Everyone has their secrets and their shame. Some secrets were threatened to be exposed. Shame drove others to act in questionable ways. Only the strong will survive.
Unbeknownst to Mary, Mercy’s father successfully conducts an exorcism to free her from her possessor. Mary shares her plans with her husband on who will be the next to be accused of being a witch by Mercy. Later when Mary meets Mercy in the market place she is unable to control her. Mercy has a fit and collapses before she is able to point her finger at Mary’s next innocent target.
During a meeting with Rose and Magistrate Hale, Mary assures them that she is still in control despite what happened with Mercy and that she only needs rest. Magistrate Hale feels that John is a threat due to John’s suspicion of him. And he warns that he may be forced to deal with John. Rose tells him that he needs to find a way to earn John’s trust. After her meeting, Mary goes to see Rev. Mather and urges him to find out what was behind Mercy’s fit in the town earlier that day. When he is reluctant to force his way, Mary reminds him that she settled for her second choice when he arrived in place of his father.
Magistrate Hale decides to hold a soirée with John as the guest of honor as a way of getting John to trust him. While talking to Anne at the party, Mary notices a charm Anne is wearing that was given to her by her father to protect Anne. Later on John speaks before everyone and brings up the idea of wondering what if the witches were really those Salem has entrusted to lead them. After the party, Magistrate Hale admits to John that Anne was bespelled and that he is only a father looking out for his daughter. John tells him that he is full of it and that he is dirty.
Meanwhile Rev. Mather finds Mary at the party and excitedly shares the news that he found no trace of demons when he examined Mercy earlier. When Mary asks him how he is certain, he reveals that he did detect evidence that an exorcism had been performed on her. Mary is enraged and accuses Rev. Mather of being distracted by drink and whores and allowing not only witchcraft but also Catholics to flourish in Salem under his watch. Troubled following Mary’s accusations, Rev. Mather finds Gloriana in the church. Gloriana suggests to Rev. Mather that there is more to his interest in her than he is admitting. Losing control, he rapes her and leaves behind coins as proof that he doesn’t see her as anything more than a whore.
Earlier Mary pointed out to Magistrate Hale that Anne lusts after John. He confronts Anne and tells her that he forbids her to have anything more to do with John. He asks her what she thinks Mary will do when she finds out that Anne covets what Mary considers to be her own. Anne insists that she isn’t afraid of Mary and that she is married and John doesn’t belong to her.
Lt. Hook assures John that the parcel is his and that he isn’t stealing when John finds him on board Mary’s ship. John informs him that he isn’t there on Mary’s behalf. Lt. Hook inquires if settling old scores are worth it and asks John if he regrets the past. He reveals that in the past John murdered innocent people without remorse and only spared his life after he begged and promised that he and John would never see one another again. John admits that he only laments not killing Lt. Hook that day before he chokes him to death. Afterward, John opens the parcel that Lt. Hook was holding to find a wooden box inside with carvings on it.
Salem continues to deliver each week. Again this week there was more development on the plot and the characters instead of more shock and gore which I really appreciate. Things are getting more complicated for everyone.
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