Outlander (2014) s05e04 Episode Script

The Company We Keep

- Previously: - You need more men.
I'll leave tomorrow.
I will promise to stand by your side, Colonel Fraser, sir.
Confirmed sightings of Bonnet in Wilmington.
- Bree doesn't know, does she? - No.
Kezzie and I are indentured to a man who lives not far from here.
Take these lads and the company and continue to Brownsville.
Claire and I will go see this Mr Beardsley.
- I must speak with your husband.
- Husband's dead.
I would like to purchase your two bond servants.
Keep 'em.
You said he was dead.
He struck me, then he fell, I couldn't move him.
Baby's father is Black.
You hear that? She isn't yours.
- Fanny? - She's not coming back.
- She left the deed with the baby.
- And indenture papers.
Halloo the house! I got it.
Do not move.
I'm Captain Roger MacKenzie, in command of a militia serving under Colonel James Fraser of Fraser's Ridge.
We saw you up the road, Morton, you bastard.
You'll pay for what you did! Hide! Hide! What do you want with Morton? None of your concern.
Hand him over.
You think they're Regulators? Not unless Morton's secretly a corrupt tax collector in disguise.
Isaiah! I'm sorry.
I had to tell.
I couldn't marry Elijah Ford.
Please, Isaiah, say you'll do right by me.
- Don't hurt him! - Alicia! - I'd rather die than be without him! - Have a shred of dignity.
Shouting for all the world to hear of your shame.
What can we do? What can we do? Oh, Lord, give me courage.
I suppose we better do as they ask.
- What? Turn Morton over to them? - Aye.
- We're gonna need that whisky, Fergus.
- Oh, are you sure? Aye, and get a full bottle, please.
- A bit of Dutch courage is all we need.
- Aye, captain.
Stand down.
Stand down.
- How was town, mistress? - It was good and busy.
We got paper and books, fabrics, linen, cotton.
Oh, canna wait to see them.
- And something a little special for you.
- For me? - You'll smell like orange blossom.
- Thank you, mistress.
Now, let's go inside and make stew and dumplings.
What do you think, Mr Bug? Go to town for sugar, and it's savory dumplings again? Well, we all know you're sweet enough.
Ugh, stop your nonsense.
Mrs Bug, where did Jemmy get this? While you were collecting the post, a man ruffled Jemmy's hair and gave him a coin.
- Did he say anything? - He said, "What a handsome lad," and did he take after his mother or his father? And then just gave him a coin? He say anything else? He was Irish, you see.
Of course, once they get talking, it can take all day, but - What did he look like? - A gentleman he was, fair and strong.
- Did he have a scar here? - I'm sorry.
I dinna recall.
I hope you don't think I would ever let the bairn come in harm's way.
No, I know.
I just know all about the Irish gift of the gab, that's all.
Don't want Jemmy's mind filled with superstitious nonsense about luck.
- Let's forget about it.
- Aye.
I'll call you when the stew's ready.
With so many away from the Ridge, I think maybe we should move into the big house with everyone.
Aye, mistress.
'Tis nice to have company.
How much for a cask? We'll buy some and you can be on your way.
Will you oblige me and have a little more? What are you, whisky merchants? No.
No, no.
As I was saying earlier, we are militiamen charged by Governor Tryon to march against the Regulators.
Well, it's tolerable, I'll admit.
Then perhaps I can propose a toast.
To the men of Brownsville and to the men of the Fraser's Company.
We've come to notify you of your obligation to provide men.
"Obligation"? Or opportunity, I should say.
Forty shillings and two shillings every day thereafter for each man.
The only present obligation I have is to my daughter.
And these men here, who'll break that boy's neck without hesitation if I give the word.
What could Morton possibly have done that can't be resolved over a drink? That bastard's cost me a fortune.
I had a match arranged with my daughter.
Elijah Ford brought with him almost 10 acres and a decent trade in tobacco.
I tell her the news and she weeps, refusing to be wed because Morton got to her first.
Ford won't marry a harlot.
Maybe Morton isn't as fine a match, but would you consider him a suitor? He's dishonoured my daughter.
Now, I told her I'd see him dead at her feet if ever he dared show his wretched countenance within 10 miles of Brownsville.
And damn my eyes if that grass-livered spittle-snake hadn't the face to ride right up to my door.
Now, you and your men can stay the night.
But when you go on your way tomorrow, Morton won't be joining you.
She's a bonnie wee thing.
She is.
To see you with a bairn, Sassenach.
I could watch you hold her all day.
I hope we're not too far from Brownsville.
She won't do well on goat's milk alone.
We should be there before dusk.
In a flash.
We'll find someone to nurse wee bonnie.
And what then? Do we bring a newborn all the way to Hillsborough? I'm not sure it's the best way to put the fear of God into the Regulators, unless they're afraid of a few dirty diapers.
The surest way to send any man scurrying for cover.
Some of the men, Robertson, Morrison, and a few others are gone.
What do you mean gone? Gone where? They don't respect what you did.
What I did? Well, I had to do something.
I know, and I agree.
But they didn't.
- I'm sorry.
I tried.
- Oh, Christ.
Sounds like Roger's won them over.
Where ha' ye been a' the day bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie Saw ye him that far away bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie On his head a bonnet blue bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie Tartan plaid and Hielan' trews bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie When he drew his gude braid-sword bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie Then he gave his royal word Josiah.
Hielan' laddie I have secured you and your brother's indenture papers.
You willna see Mr Beardsley again.
Hielan' laddie Will his friends wad live or die - What about the mistress? - Well, she's gone for good.
She left her baby with us.
I didn't know she was with child.
Kezzie told me the mistress may have lain with There's a man, a former slave.
He came looking for work once or twice.
- Then all of us, we're all free? - Aye, lad.
Does that mean we can ride on to Hillsborough with your militia? How old are ye? You canna be more than 14.
I must be older than that.
I'm telling you, you're 14, too young to fight.
Aye, colonel.
Ye've fought hard to earn your freedom.
I willna let you lose it in death on the battlefield.
Go home.
Provide for the Ridge.
Charlie yet shall mount the throne bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie Weel, ye ken it is his own bonnie laddie, Hielan' laddie Fergus.
- Is that our whisky? - Oui, milord.
There was a small difficulty.
Well, before you explain, I also have a small difficulty.
You work fast, milord.
The baby needs milk.
Are there any nursing mothers around? Mothers, no.
But the lady of the house will surely be able to help.
Hi, I'm sorry to bother you.
This is Mistress Claire Fraser of Fraser's Ridge.
Colonel's wife.
My daughter-in-law Lucinda just gave birth.
She'll have the milk for the babe.
I'm so sorry to intrude.
This little one was born a few days ago.
She's not mine.
I fed her goat's milk on the road here, but She needs to be fed properly.
Such a strong and healthy babe.
- A girl? - Yes.
- Does she have a name? - No.
She lost both her parents before they could christen her.
Is she a slave's babe? Not quite.
How'd you come by her, then? What's this difficulty Fergus told me about? Wee bit of a misunderstanding on our arrival.
And ye cleared it up with our whisky? When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When I was a professor at Oxford, I loved telling my students about words and phrases, their origins, meanings.
Do you know where the expression "Dutch courage" comes from? I'm sure ye're about to tell me.
What's it got to do wi' Rome? Some say it dates back a century ago to when English troops would drink to calm themselves before heading into battle.
Others say the English witnessed the incredible courage gin gave the Dutch.
A number of times in history, an advance of soldiers were stopped by an exchange of alcohol or goods.
First World War, for example.
There was a daily rum ration on the Western Front.
Where are Morrison and Scott? Piss-drunk already? No.
They left.
And, with them, three more.
Left? Why? Ye allowed Lionel Brown to do this to one of yer men? They wanted to blow Morton to smithereens.
I had to I had to agree to some kind of temporary confinement.
And what were you gonna do once the whisky ran out? I was hoping you would arrive before that happened, and you did.
I avoided confrontation.
I kept the peace.
Do ye ken the meaning of the word "captain," Professor MacKenzie? Is that one ye can explain to me? Yer men left because ye betrayed their trust.
Those who remain willna have much faith left.
They swore to follow us into battle, to risk their lives.
As captain, ye must honour their loyalty above all else.
What good is loyalty if the men are hurt or worse? I was responsible for that too.
Now, what disarray have ye and yer cock brought upon our endeavour? If ye have dishonoured the Browns' daughter, ye must marry her, put matters to rights.
You dinna have much choice, Isaiah.
I would, colonel, but I canna.
Regretfully, I already have a wife.
I can understand the Browns wanting to see ye drawn and quartered.
How is it ye have a wife? My marriage was arranged between her parents and mine.
Ally Miss Brown, she took a likin' to me on my travels through Brownsville.
And I took a likin' to her.
My My heart had a mind of its own.
'Twas as if I had no say in the matter.
Still, ye made a vow to yer wife and broke it.
Ye swore an oath to me.
How can I be certain ye willna break it before day's end? My vow to ye was my own will.
Aye, as was yer infidelity.
We should consider clemency for the man.
After all, love makes fools of us all.
Dinna show yer face here again.
I meant no trouble for ye.
As yer colonel, I'll take care of your trouble.
- What's stopping ye? - I'll never see Ally again.
It'll be better for both of ye.
They'll come looking for him.
And they willna find him.
So Mistress Beardsley disappeared and left us with the child.
When we went outside, we found Mr Beardsley's grave.
She probably killed the bastard.
Ma, you always think the worst of people.
I'm just saying, is all.
Beardsleys were strange, came through here once on their way home, didn't say a word.
So the babe's dark.
- Aaron Beardsley wasn't the father.
- No.
Fanny Beardsley may be strange, but she isn't the first woman to find herself in an unsuitable situation, and she certainly won't be the last.
- Oh, I'm so sorry.
- Oh, don't worry.
Funny you should spill cider on it, in fact.
I don't know who these physicians think they are, writing to the broadsheets with their wisdom.
It speaks of means to prevent becoming with child.
"A woman is most fertile between" Alicia, it is improper to speak of such things in company.
May I see that? Trust you to draw her attention to that vulgar nonsense.
Have you no compassion for your cousin? There, now, my little lady.
You'll do well here with us.
The babe's a beauty.
We're not here to judge her for her parents' sins.
If you like, Mistress Fraser, I'll take the babe tonight.
It won't do you much good to be woken up by a screaming child when I can feed her.
Won't your husband mind you having to feed two hungry mouths? No bother at all.
My husband is a fair man.
- A fair man who fired at my Isaiah.
- Aye, he did, and very fairly at that.
No one to blame but yourself.
If your poor mother could see how lowly you'd fallen.
Would it be all right if I take this? I I could use it to light a fire.
That's all it's good for.
Thank you for your kindness.
There was twa recruitin' sergeants Came frae the Black Watch Through markets and fairs Some recruits for to catch Well, you've only lost a few men.
Men are what I need for this show of force.
And what should Roger have done? He had command of near two dozen men.
One word from him, and the Browns would have been outnumbered.
Instead he had them stand down and gave up one of his own.
Actions have consequences, Sassenach.
Yes, I know they do, but everyone can make a mistake.
Here, look at this.
Horses was to fleg and yer owsen was to rin Who's Dr Rawlings? - Me.
- You? Beauchamp, Randall, Fraser, now Rawlings? Ye have another husband I should ken about? It's a pseudonym.
That was the doctor's name of the medical equipment you gave me.
- You wrote to the broadsheets? - No.
No, I wrote out some medical advice for the Ridge, to dispel certain superstitions.
Never intended for it to go any further.
Who would have submitted it without me knowing? This ole farmer Thinks you never will tire Matured in oak casks, you say, huh? Aye, the Scottish way.
Of course, it doesn't compare to the wine from Champagne, en France.
That's a damsel's drink if ever I heard of one.
Fergus, that advertisement ye took to the printer, ye remember the paper ye wrote on? - Did it have writing on the other side? - There was.
- Why? - Printer must have decided to use it.
A very respectable name, after all, Dr Rawlings.
Do you think it will cause us any trouble? I mean, will anyone associate it with Fergus or the Ridge? Not unless someone tries to find the author, invite him to speak on how bloodletting is a harmful practise.
He's gone.
He's gone! He's gone! Morton's gone! He's gone! Morton's gone.
What are you telling me, boy? Was no one guarding him? No, they were drinking.
Find him, and when you do, don't wait for me.
No, Morton is a militiaman under my protection.
We're as protective as you, colonel, only I protect my own.
Halt! Ho there! What in God's name's going on? I had Isaiah Morton.
He was here, can't have gone far.
Did you have any luck with Elijah Ford? He could not be persuaded.
Well, we can still catch Morton, if the militia will step out of my way.
I'm Colonel James Fraser.
Any harm done to Morton will be considered an act of aggression against my militia, formed by His Excellency, Governor Tryon.
I'll have no choice but to consider ye traitors to the crown, no better than the Regulators we're sent to disperse.
- Who are you calling a traitor? - Stop, brother.
You sound foolish.
And a drunken fool at that.
I want Morton as much as you do.
So I am gonna talk to Colonel Fraser.
Come to an understanding.
Is that clear? You keep strange company, Colonel Fraser.
Isaiah Morton.
Not the God-fearing kind.
Little I can do about a man's character.
There's enough sin and lawlessness each day without counting those Regulators causing disorder on an already crumbling society.
And we don't want no trouble with the governor.
So if you have come recruiting, you could not have found any better men in all the Carolinas.
We'll ride to Hillsborough with you, but they'll all be answering to me.
Long as we're in agreement ye will answer to me.
You'll stay the night with us? If it's no trouble.
What sort of man would I be if I allowed a lady to sleep out with the militia on a cold, dark night? Jemmy.
Jemmy? - Where's Jemmy? Where'd he go? - Ball.
- Germain, look at me.
Did you see a man? - Ball.
Jem? Jemmy? Jemmy? Jemmy? Jemmy? Jemmy! - He took him.
- What? Who? Jemmy! Jemmy! I stepped outside for a minute.
I shouldn't have.
He can't have gone far.
We'll find him.
- Germain, where's Jemmy? - Ball.
Jemmy! Jemmy! Intent on finding his precious trinket, that's all.
There we are, safe and sound.
Off to bed, everyone.
I know.
Meet me in the kitchen.
I ken an honest cure for waking nightmares.
Okay, bud.
Connor Brown.
Hiram Brown.
Phineas Brown.
- Abner - Brown? - Will this do for you and your husband? - It's perfect.
Thank you.
I hope you don't think we're a family of ill repute, with all that's happened.
Perhaps God sent you to bring us the babe for a reason.
If you're looking for a home for her, we would care for her as if she's ours.
That's very kind.
You see, Lucinda's own was born too little.
She passed.
I'm so sorry.
Alicia will help you with the bedding.
Come and join us when you're ready.
Mistress Fraser I heard.
Is Isaiah truly gone? And better he stay gone, considering your father's feelings about him.
I know.
- But - But what? He's my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night.
He never spoke of marriage, but I wouldn't have lain with him if I thought Will you ask your husband, if he sees Isaiah again, to tell him that I'll follow him wherever.
I'll do whatever I must.
Isaiah Morton is not worth leaving your family for.
I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you this.
He's already married.
What do you mean? To whom? I don't know.
He told my husband.
He's also not worth your tears.
What will I do? I'll never want anyone else and no one else will ever want me.
Are you with child? I think so.
I don't know.
Your family will take care of you.
No, I've disappointed them.
I've ruined my Our reputation.
I wish I was dead.
No, that is the last thing you should wish for.
Ye gonna tell me what kind of devil ye conjured? I did, didn't I? I conjured everything up somehow.
I canna help ye if I dinna ken what ye're thinkin'.
It's nothing.
I mean, I hope it's nothing.
Then we'll sit here and drink in sacred silence.
It's my own fault.
I shouldn't have let Jemmy out of my sight.
Nothing happened.
I never told you this, but I killed my father.
He beat us.
Hand, belt, pot.
Whatever was close, whenever he felt the urge, which was often.
He once broke my lip.
Couldna speak for a month.
I prayed every night that he would stop.
Wished him dead.
And then one day He was arrested as a Jacobite.
Though I prayed every night for God to take him.
I let my mind be consumed by thoughts of all the terrible things that could happen to him.
He died in prison.
I killed him.
You didn't kill him.
You see, thinking, no matter how hard or long doesna make something come true.
Or else I'd be the queen of some castle filled with jewels and fine wines.
Thank you.
Our men are putting up the tents for the night, mistress, up the road.
- They need a hand.
- Good.
Wait, come here.
Open your mouth.
Stick out your tongue.
Jesus H.
Roosevelt Christ.
Must you two be alike in every way? Is all well with him? Does your throat hurt from time to time like your brother's? Aye, comes and goes.
There's nothing I can do about it tonight.
But make sure to drink plenty, water or ale, - and pitch your tent at a fair distance.
- Aye, mistress.
It's about 20 miles.
It's about two - What is it, Sassenach? - Kezzie.
His tonsils are as infected as his brother's.
Must have contracted it from Josiah somehow.
His fever's very high.
Josiah's strong enough to wait for surgery, but I don't think Kezzie is.
Can ye perform it here? I need penicillin for this kind of surgery.
And ye don't have that yet? No, I feel I was close to finding the right strain before we left.
Then ye must return with them to the Ridge.
Josiah's no use to me here.
The Ridge needs a hunter, and Keziah's no good to anyone dead.
What if you encounter the Regulators? Won't you need me? Well, ye said ye didna ken of any battles.
No, nor did Brianna.
I don't want to leave you so soon.
We didna spend a day in hell to secure the safety of those lads to see them suffer now.
Heal them both.
And return to me.
Roger Mac.
- Come dawn, ye will escort Claire home.
- What? Why? I need to take the twins back to my surgery.
What about the militia and Hillsborough? I made ye a captain without time to prepare ye or teach you what the word meant.
From the old French capitaine via the Latin Lead my wife home.
Don't worry.
We'll be back with them before you know it.
It's not that that concerns me.
He doesna have any faith in me.
He just entrusted you with the one thing he loves most.
Go and dance.
I hope my mother-in-law told you if you're looking for a good home We don't mind keeping her.
Are you quite sure? It's not her fault how she came into this world.
And we have plenty of room to spare now.
She wouldn't lack for anything.
If you'll allow it.
- Well, I'd have to speak with my husband.
- Of course.
Hey! Would you like to take her? Go on, Mac Dubh.
Mac Dubh! Go on, Mac Dubh! Didn't know you could dance like that.
- Where are you taking me? - Away from prying eyes.
Well, I should warn you, my husband's as jealous as he is handsome.
And you should know I can knock you off your feet, sir.
You can't even walk in a straight line.
- Can you recite the alphabet backwards? - I expect so.
English or Greek? Well, never mind.
If you can recite either of those forwards, then you're in a better condition than I.
There's a - A question I wanna ask ye.
- What? Do ye want wee bonnie? Do ye wanna keep her? We have a big house.
I've seen ye with her, Sassenach.
I've seen how you You would ha' looked with Bree.
And I thought maybe this might be the last chance for us to raise a bairn together.
What would you think if she stayed? Here in Brownsville? It's been suggested.
Lucinda's taken a liking to her.
I think she needs our wee bonnie more than anyone.
She'd be in good hands.
bonnie comes with the deed to the Beardsley property.
After the trouble with Alicia it'd be a welcome addition to the Browns' estate.
I have no life but you, Claire.
But if ye wanted another child, I thought that perhaps I might give ye one, one that ye wouldn't have to suffer carrying.
Please know that if it's at all possible I love you even more for wanting to take the chance.
I also regret that we were never parents together.
But regret isn't reason enough.
I love our life.
I love our home together.
Would we even be the best home for her? Then there's our obituary.
I am grateful for every day we have.
As am I.
And Marsali and Fergus I'm sure they will keep the Ridge sufficiently populated, if that's what you're worried about.
Yeah, that lass is with child every time Fergus lays eyes upon her.
And he dares to joke about my virility.
That was a gunshot.
Alicia! Alicia.
I meant the bullet for my heart.
Please leave me so I can try again! She's wounded.
We must get her home.
Come on.
It's all right, darling.
I'm all alone.
I can't live with what I've done.
I can't live without Isaiah.
You are not alone and your baby is worth living for.
Jamie, would you find some whisky? Settle her nerves.
Morton? What in God's name are you doing here? I couldn't leave, not without seeing Ally.
Do you know where I can find her? The lass kens ye've a wife already.
If her father sees ye, he'll shoot ye on sight.
She may stab ye to the heart, bigamist that ye are.
If neither of them succeed, I might do the job myself.
What sort of man gets a lass with child and no right to give it his name? With child? Aye, she is.
- Now, ye'd best leave.
- I'm sorry, sir.
I dinna wish to do you harm, but I must see Ally.
Put it down.
Ye ken fine ye willna shoot me.
So do I.
I canna speak ill of my wife, but neither one of us was happy.
We havena shared a home nor a bed for two years now, and we've no children.
Ally Miss Brown is my heart and soul.
Please, help me see her.
Nothing in this world is worth taking your life for.
- I thought you were gone.
- I should be gone.
Is it true? You're with child? - Is it true you're married? - Yes.
- And do you love her? - I love only you.
I have the muster roll here.
I just wanted to Morton? What are you thinking, coming back? I'm a fool, as ye said.
As are ye.
As is the colonel.
Are ye both telling me that if someone told ye to leave, told ye that ye'd never see Mistress MacKenzie or Mistress Fraser again, you'd stand for it, that ye'd obey without a fight? If either of ye would go and leave the women ye love with all yer hearts, say it now.
Say ye'd go, and I'll walk out of here without another word.
So I was biding my time.
I had to wait for nightfall to prove it to you.
Will ye have me? It may be bold and reckless and foolish, but how can I live without ye? Or I without you? They can't stay here.
They canna.
Go! - Those are our horses.
- Get after them! This wee devil roaming about.
Must've startled the horses.
They dinna take kindly to our cloven-hooved friends.
Adultery, betrayal, dishonour.
Excuses could be made, of course.
I know I made my own when I was separated from Frank by a power I didn't understand.
And yet, wherever you are, you make choices.
Foolish ones or ones that save yourself or someone else.
All you can hope for is that the good will outweigh the harm that may come of it.

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