***Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Outlander through Season 5, Episode 4, and Book Spoilers through Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross follow. Spoilers***
After last week’s little haunted house aside, this hour’s focus was to set up future events. While Roger suffers a bit of a bruised ego, at least he got to sing again before Jamie revoked his Captainship. And speaking of showing off talents, Jamie got to break out his impressive Highland Fling; Claire was duly and pleasantly surprised.
Back to Captain Roger MacKenzie who, in his last decisive move as acting commander attempts to keep peace with the Brownsville Browns, who’re riled up over Isaiah Morton (Jon Tarcy) dishonoring Alicia Brown (Anna Burnett). When the magic of whiskey doesn’t settle down affairs, Roger agrees to hand over Morton to Lionel and Richard Brown (Ned Dennehy, Chris Larkin), chaos breaks out among the gathered militia, and a few men flat out leave, which somehow leads to the aforementioned singing. If you can’t beat ’em, serenade ’em?
Back at Fraser Ridge, Bree comes back from shopping in town only to find a coin in Jemmy’s bassinet, which sends her into a panic over the impending Bonnetpocalypse. At least she has a reason to move back in the big house and hone her drinking skills alongside murderous bestie Marsali, who reveals a whopper of a dark side. When Bree’s rapist inevitably arrives, I thoroughly expect our girl to give that creep the surprise of his life (***Not Exactly a Book Spoiler: That’s not what happens).
After a proper dressing down — “I made you a captain without teaching you what the word meant” — Jamie informs Roger of his demotion; he’s sending MacKenzie with Claire back home so she can perform double tonsillectomies on the brothers Beardsley (and test out her Penicillin). Before they go, a deal is made to recover Morton, who’s secreted away with his true love (pregnant, but not raped) Alicia.
Claire and Jamie bond with wee Bonnie to the point that Jamie wonders if they should raise the bairn as their own, after all, they’ve never actually parented a baby together. Ever practical, Claire has already decided to leave the tiny girl with Lucinda Brown (Muireann Brown), the kindly nursing mum who just lost her own newborn. Choices made, the Frasers affect many lives outside their own and as Claire reflects, all they can hope “… is that the good will outweigh the harm that will come of it.”
Another week, another fine round of wonderful scenes between Jamie and Claire. Who wouldn’t adore the pair actually getting to raise a babe together, especially seeing the look in Sam Heughan’s eye as Jamie lamented that loss of experience? We’ve been treated to so many great scenes between the Frasers every week and each time, it’s so clear what a bond Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have forged together. They’re as easy with each other as any married couple, including those cute moments when Jamie jokes about Claire’s husbands and without missing a beat, she just carries on the conversation without giving his self-amusement the acknowledgment he’d like. Just look at their expressions here! Ah-dorable.
Tipsy Claire and the heartfelt romance of those scenes at the end were lovely, too.
Jamie’s Highland Fling
“…a dance that they do around the battlefield. It’s all about kicking off the chains of the British, there’s this this sort of leg kick, and the hand [positions] are about the stag. It’s about prowess, but it has a message as well. It’s one of sort of rebellion, so I liked that. [Sam Heughan]
was great fun to watch, especially with all his protesting and the dramatic setup, and Claire’s reactions were delightful.
As Roger started in with Jamie — “When I was a professor at Oxford, I loved telling students word origins … ” and Jamie just ignored him and carried on with the conversation, I about died laughing. Sometimes I almost feel badly for Roger, but as Claire pointed out, Jamie was entrusting Roger with “the one thing he loves most.”
Dutch courage isn’t only Dutch — doesn’t every population have a saying about drinking to gain courage?
The best line of the hour was Jamie saying to Morton: “What disarray have your and your cock brought upon our endeavor?”
We found out what havoc Fergus taking Claire’s notes for Jamie’s advertisement wrought — she’s (Dr. Rawlings) famous, now!
I do hope Bree gets more to do this season than fret over Stephen Bonnet — though I don’t blame her for being terrified. I enjoy the budding friendship between Bree and Marsali, and love what a strong character Marsali is. I have no doubt she’d stand right up to Stephen Bonnet for Bree … and soon, she may just have the chance.