For the 'Underground' crew, danger lurks around every corner
Meanwhile, Elizabeth also finds herself drawn to John Brown’s way of thinking in the aftermath of the rally, what happened to Rosalee, and now with the Georgia situation. That last one is this episode’s revelation that Georgia is a freed slave who has been passing for white, a fact that Elizabeth learns as she has to bail Georgia out of imprisonment on the basis of “fraud.” And while Elizabeth gets Georgia out of jail with her free papers, word travels fast, and cue the harassment toward Georgia by men who promise they’ll be watching her, waiting. Now the safe haven Georgia has created is no longer all that safe, and while she knows the “cargo” now must be moved, Georgia doesn’t see fit to tell Lucas and the boys the truth as to why she was arrested. Consider that the one less-than-honorable flaw in Georgia’s otherwise impenetrable virtue, but really, who can blame her, especially at this time? As Georgia points out, nothing would change about the Free-Staters’ lives if they knew that she was passing: “The minute that they called themselves abolitionist, they put a target on their back. I’ve lived with one most of my life. There’s nothing easy about this secret.”
Of course, not knowing the deal, Lucas does end up getting snatched by Border Ruffians with Elizabeth while they’re in a middle of a trip, and these guys give Elizabeth an especially hard time. But if Elizabeth weren’t pissed before (over Georgia and Rosalee’s lies, over feelings of helplessness), here, she’s absolutely fed up. She’s sick of hiding, and she calls the captor’s bluff on branding her like a slave. It works, too, as he and his friends leave, claiming to be leaving her behind for the animals but also promising that if she doesn’t stop what she’s doing, they’ll come and find her. Whatever the 19th century equivalent of “Sure, Jan” is, that’s basically how Elizabeth reacts as she sets about untying herself.
This is just a glimpse of the danger of being an ally, while Rosalee is living in the aftermath of going through absolute hell. Elizabeth tries to talk some sense into her about how she’s going to get her baby killed if she continues to try so hard to get her family back, but all that logic pretty much falls on deaf ears as soon as Rosalee’s reunited with Noah. Finally. But things gets stressful pretty soon, as Rosalee turns their reunion into part of the grand plan (which would involve Noah pretending to be her slave, based on a mission she’d previously done with Harriet) to get her mother and brother back. On the one hand, the way Noah looks at Rosalee as she tells stories of her missions with Harriet are a real treat, because he should know how much of a badass his beloved has become. On the other, Rosalee doesn’t tell him about the pregnancy. Also, for dramatic irony’s sake, it’s pretty stressful knowing things are going to get out of hand once Rosalee learns her mother’s not still there.
Elizabeth tries to convince Noah that he’s the one who can stop Rosalee from going, but sadly, he doesn’t believe that, probably because he still has no idea he’s going to be a father. And the scene, like Noah’s eventual choice to go with Rosalee, sadly depends on that lack of knowledge, even though there’s no reason Elizabeth shouldn’t mention it to him at all. Going back to Macon is the “last thing” Noah wants to do, but of course he’ll do it. Love makes you do the wacky, especially when you have the freedom to do so, and that’s exactly what Noah has now. So he agrees to Rosalee’s plan, telling her, “I will follow you anywhere,” and giving her the ring he made for her. Noah’s all in on this.