Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Series Highlander: The Series
Season Five
Episode 18
Protagonist Duncan MacLeod
Friends Methos
Enemies Steven Keane
Set In Paris, France
Flashbacks 1746 Battle of Culloden
1779 in England with Sean Burns
1917 in France (identical to Deliverance)
1996 in France with Sean Burns
Previous Story The Stone of Scone
Following Story The Modern Prometheus
Written by Dom Tordjmann
Directed by Paolo Barzman
Produced by Ken Gord
Broadcast On May 5, 1997
Running Time 60 min.
Production Code 96516-104

Plot SynopsisEdit

After the Scottish massacre at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Duncan MacLeod was a man possessed, obsessed with killing the English bastards who had destroyed his people.

Now Immortal Steven Keane has come to make MacLeod pay for his murders. Amanda urges MacLeod to take Keane's head and be done with it, but in his heart MacLeod wonders if Keane is right -- if he is a murderer.


Adrian Paul

Peter Wingfield

Elizabeth Gracen

Chris Larkin



Story NotesEdit

Methos: Yes. Do you remember what happened after Culloden?

MacLeod: Yeah. I went after innocent men and slaughtered them.

Methos: No, that's how Keane tells it. I want to know how you remember it. Because they weren't innocent, were they? There were murderers. They were the English bastards who had destroyed your people, and they deserved to die, all of them.

MacLeod: You sure all of them did?

Methos: You were. You wanted to kill, you killed them.  You know, Keane is just like you. He wants to divide the world up into good and bad. Well it's not that simple. We are all both. Good and evil. We have rage and compassion. We have love and hate. Murder and forgiveness.  Why don't you try forgiving yourself, for once?


Since this was the first episode in which MacLeod and Methos appeared in after the events of Comes a Horseman and Revelations 6:8, Adrian Paul and Peter Wingfield felt it was still too soon for the pair to be comfortable together,  Duncan could never forget that Methos was a part of the Horsemen and it would probably always be between them to some extent. So Adrian and Peter altered the dialogue and body language enough to show more uneasiness between the pair  than the writers originally intended.

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