Out to sea, a ship is becalmed and everyone on board is ill – not the most pleasant sea voyage. And to make it even less fun, there’s a witch hunter on board and he is so very very very sure that there’s a witch on the ship who is responsible for all the trouble even as the captain points out that they have already checked everyone.
In Salem, Mary displays Rose’s decapitated head to Magistrate Hale and makes it clear she is tired of his shenanigans. She won’t have any more going behind her back, she is the boss, she is in charge, she will lead the Gran Rite and anyone who disagrees with that can also face the chopping block. Hale kneels and abases himself, swearing loyalty and obedience and promising to spread word to the others that Mary is the boss. Now, treachery addressed, they’ve still got 8 more innocents to kill and they’re on a deadline. Mary, being all kinds of efficient, has a plan to kill 3 more off.
Over to the Hale household and Mrs. Hale tries to explain the Magistrate’s odd behaviour and disappearing to Anne – daddy is a spy for an undisclosed foreign power (not the French, after all, there are limits apparently) either way it doesn’t matter – piffling politics. Anne objects to treachery being so easily dismissed and Mrs. Hale responds with a swift backhand – apparently calling the traitor a traitor is naughty. Anne is scornful of her mother (and calls her a liar) for being in such denial – but Mrs. Hale presents her reasons: once you know something, you can’t unknow it.
Hale himself is at the brothel enjoying watching 3 of the women make out with each other until he gets a message on the skin of one of them; it’s from the ship, from the witch on board who is sure they are hidden and can keep the witch hunter becalmed. Hale wants to prevent the hunter from arriving but he hasn’t bothered to warn Mary the hunter may show up; Mab (fellow witch and brothel madam) disagrees but Hale is still playing his little games.
Back to Mary and Tituba and the problem of finding out where John has stashed the Malum which is super duper important. Mary has the great idea of entering John’s dreams. Tituba isn’t a fan because a) it’s dangerous and b) she thinks Mary wants to do it so she can have sexy times in John’s head. She overrules Tituba (of course) and goes into John’s head… to have sex
She breaks the dream when she scratches his chest – and John wakes with her nail marks on him.
On the ship, the witch hunter finds his witch – the captain. After a bit of torture he breaks the spell that holds the winds, kills him and takes over the ship. Sailing west
To Mercy, who is sharing witchy tricks with her friends (and we learn one of them, Dolly, is being set up with a Joe Barker and she isn’t a big fan of the idea). Mercy’s little tricks do make Dolly leave in fear (under the excuse she has to go to her “bundling” with Joe). Mercy is all kinds of elated that her spell worked and is gleeful with Mary.