So I have mentioned before that I am a massive Outlander fan. Season 3 began a few weeks ago and I thought I would write a recap & review after each episode. I’m starting with Outlander 304 “Of Lost Things” as it is the latest episode aired last week. Click read more if you like to hear my thoughts on this action packed episode!
OPENING TITLE CARD
First lets talk about the opening title card. I love these each week as they give you a little glance into what to expect this episode. Episode 304’s title card is of a man carving a wooden snake, just like Jamie’s Sawney that his brother Willie carved for him. Hmmmm I wonder what this could mean?
SCOTLAND 1968 (20 years since Claire returned)
Finally the return of Roger and Brianna! I just love Roger. Claire, Roger & Bri are buried in paperwork trying to find some existence of Jamie. Fiona pops in with a tray of goodies and says to Roger if he’d like cream on his scone, he’s much too thin apparently. You see Fiona has quite a big crush on poor Roger. Quite the unrequited love. Oh bless Fiona’s cotton socks 🙂 Claire manages to find Jamie’s name on a roll call of Ardsmuir Prison. As you can imagine, everyone is pretty excited.
HELWATER 1756 (10 years since Culloden)
Here we enter Jamie’s new chapter, a groom at Helwater for a well off family, the Dunsanys. The introduction reminds me very much of Downton Abbey, all the staff lining up as the family return home. We meet the Lord and Lady Dunsany and their two daughters, Geneva & Isobel. Jamie also has a new name he is going by; Alexander MacKenzie.
Lord Dunsany asks to speak with the new groom, MacKenzie, or Jamie as we know him. We learn that Lord Dunsany knows exactly who Jamie is; a Jacobite. We also learn that Lord Dunsany’s only son, Gordon, was a soldier in the English army and he died at Culloden. Awkward. Despite this, Lord Dunsany tells Jamie that he respects a man that fights for a cause he believes in. Nevertheless, the Scottish lost and English won so Lord Dunsany has moved on however Lady Dunsany has not. Jamie tells him the pain of losing a child never leaves you, obviously thinking of Faith and Brianna. The two seem to bond over this moment, cue the tears from me! Lord Dunsany exhales and simply says “well then”…Lady Dunsany will not know who Jamie Fraser truly is, that he is just a groom recommended by Lord John Grey.
Brianna and Roger are on the side of the road with car troubles. Roger is attempting to fix the car when Brianna has a go and look at that, she fixes it. I do love Richard Rankin, his acting is brilliant. Very natural. Not so much for Sophie Skelton, I still feel like she is reading a script. I’m hoping in this coming weeks episode she will blossom.
Back in the stables at Helwater and the grooms are drawing straws as to who gets to accompany Lady Geneva on her horse ride. They are not drawing straws for pleasure, no one wishes to accompany her as she has quite the mean streak. Classic rich girl who cares about no one but herself. One of the other grooms draws the unlucky straw and Geneva asks Jamie to fetch her horse. Jamie doesn’t do this quick enough for her so she calls him a “useless scotchman” which apparently is highly offensive to Scotsmen.
As Geneva is leaving, Jamie says to one of the fellow grooms the she needs a good boot up the hind quarters. Unbeknownst to them, Lady Isobel is wandering up behind them and overhears. She says to Jamie, “the horse or my sister?” in a joking manner. Instantly I like this girl. Isobel expresses her love of horses to Jamie which he understands as he too loves horses, they bond over this. She also speaks of Lord Grey with great admiration, we can clearly see she has a massive school girl crush on him. Jamie knowing Lord Grey’s preferences, tries to sway Isobel’s affection by saying that Lord Grey is a military man and those men have no time for romance.
Dr Joe from Boston calls Claire wanting to know how she is and when she’ll be back. Joe tells her of a patient that needs surgery and Claire tells Joe that he can do it. This surprises Joe as he knows how important her doctoring is to her. To me, this shows how important it is to find Jamie. I do hope Claire tells Joe about Jamie, I have good feeling about him.
HELWATER 1957 (one year has passed at Helwater)
Here we meet the Earle of Ellesmere. A very wealthy man who looks to be in his 60’s. It appears it has been arranged for Geneva to marry him, something quite common of the time. Geneva is quite clearly unhappy about this as is her sister. However the parents seem to be thrilled that their daughter is marrying someone well off. As Ellesmere is leaving, he sees Jamie’s red hair and notes that if any of his children had red hair, he’d drown them. Yikes. Seems like a lovely fellow. Geneva looks mortified, granted. She looks at Jamie and seems to have thought of a plan.
The drawing of straws happens again as Geneva prepares for her ride. Another groom draws the straw but Geneva insists on having Jamie accompany her. As they ride Geneva asks Jamie what he thinks of Ellesmere to which he replies it’s none of his business. She states his only attractive quality is his wealth. She then asks what Jamie finds attractive in her. Jamie sees right through her plan and say they should return to the stables to which she refuses and rides on. Jamie reluctantly follows. Geneva pretends to fall off her horse and Jamie ruses to help. As he carries her away she laughs and says she knew he would do her bidding. Jamie instantly drops her conveniently into a pile of mud yaassss Jamie yassss!. She does laugh though and says she looks forward to their next meeting.
Jamie and Lord Grey are playing a game of chess just outside the grounds when Lord Melton, Isobel and Geneva stubble upon them. Melton is quite surprised. *Quick recap if you don’t remember who Melton is, he is the English officer that spared Jamie’s life at Culloden* Geneva can see there is more to this story and leads Melton away.
Later on Geneva approaches Jamie while he is in the stables. She admits to him that she now knows everything thanks to Melton. She knows he’s a Jacobite and most importantly, that he is the famous Red Jamie. She threatens to tell authorities about him and send him off to prison, along with his family at Lallybroch. As you can imagine this infuriates Jamie. She says she will not tell, if only he comes to her room that night. She says she refuses to let her first time be with a man old enough to be her grandfather.
Jamie submits to blackmail. Poor Jamie used yet again. I feel very conflicted and kinda confused with this scene because I know it plays out a little different in the book. When Jamie enters the room, Geneva says to him “you may disrobe” and I thought geez what a little nasty girl. But what comes next confuses me because Jamie clearly doesn’t want to be there or doing this and yet he says to her that she can watch him undress if she’d like. Considering this is blackmail, if I were in that position that is certainly something I wouldn’t say.
Anyway, Geneva gasps when she sees his back; the scars. I so badly wanted Jamie to say something like “yeah your people did that to me” but alas, he did not. Then comes the love making which really, it should not even be called between the two as there is no love whatsoever. Basically, Jamie shows her the ropes, is gentle and slow. It’s very important to note that there is no romance in this scene. I was listening to the Starz podcast of the episode featuring writers Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts (I believe Toni wrote this episode) and they stated they didn’t want this to be a romantic scene ala Jamie & Claire. Hence the solemn music and extreme low lighting.
Once the deed is done, Geneva states that she loves Jamie. He kindly tells her that it’s not love that shes feeling. She’s just caught up in the moment. Jamie says love is when you give your heart and soul to another and they give theirs in return, as he stares off into the distant, clearly thinking of Claire. And it was at that moment that every ladies heart broke.
Months later, well after the wedding, Lady Geneva and Ellesmere visit the Dunsany oh and WHAT A SURPRISE she is pregnant. Two guesses who the father is!
I don’t think we ever saw this earlier this season but apparently when Claire came back through the stones, she had her pearls that Jamie gave her on their wedding night. She gave them to Mrs Graham. Fiona, her granddaughter then passed them onto her before she passed and Fiona thought it would only be right if Claire had them back. Brianna and Claire seem to be bonding and getting closer since Brianna found out about Jamie.
Brianna and Roger are sitting by the fire and Brianna admits to Roger that she feels the wall has come down between her and her mother but now she is scared that when they find Jamie, she will lose her mother forever. Roger admits he is scared to because that means Brianna will be going back to Boston and he’ll never see her again. And look at that, Bri kisses Roger unexpectedly but as you can imagine, it goes well.
Isobel rushes to the stables to tell Jamie to ready the carriage and horses. Geneva is about to give birth but something is not right. We see a gorgeous shot of the carriage pulling into Ellesmere Castle, beautiful cinematography! Jamie asks the Midwife how things are going and she says that Geneva still has the bleeding (not too sure what that means) and she had a healthy boy.
A little while later Jamie finds Isobel crying. She tells him Geneva has died.Jamie seems slightly shocked. Poor Isobel is very distraught. Jamie attempts to console her but she slaps him telling him Geneva told her everything and that she was in love with him. Ellesmere knows the baby is not his as they have never slept together.
Ellesmere is going pretty nuts, to put it simply. He is cradling the baby, holding a knife to it. The Dunsany’s are freaking out and pull out a gun. Jamie steps in and calms down Lord Dunsany and takes the gun. Interesting to note that Jamie said “for the baby” and not “for the bairn”. Ellesmere still doesn’t want to give up the baby saying he would rather kill it. As he turns away and raises the knife, Jamie shoots him. Ellesmere dies and Jamie saves the baby. Ahh the look on Jamie’s face as he looks at his son for the first time…could melt butter honestly.
A few days later Isobel is pushing the baby in a pram towards Jamie. She tells him that they named him William after their father. Well, it just happens to be the same name as Jamie’s brother that passed away when he was a child. She also apologises to Jamie for her harsh words, she just wanted to blame someone and Jamie was not that person. She sees he was kind to her sister. Isobel leaves and for a brief moment, Jamie is alone with Willie. Jamie looks down and say to him “your a braw laddie” which happens to be the very last words Jamie’s father Brian, said to him. Lady Dunsany approaches Jamie and tells him that no charges will be laid on him for shooting Ellesmere. She also tells him that she knows who he really is, not his name, but that he’s a Jacobite. She’s not angry at all. In fact she tells him if he wants to go back to Scotland, he can at any moment. This pleases Jamie greatly but then he glances at William and knows that he can’t leave him, not just yet. So he makes up a story to Lady Dunsany that times are tough back in Scotland and he wants to continue sending money back to his family. Lady Dunsany understands and says that when he does want to leave, he only has to say.
HELWATER 1964 – (8 years at Helwater)
Young Willie is now 7 and Jamie is teaching him how to ride a pony as Lady Dunsany and a friend look on. They joke that Willie spends so much time with Jamie that he’s starting to look like him. Jamie and Willie are cleaning the carriage when Jamie notices how much Willie is starting to look like him. He knows his time is almost up at Helwater.
Thinking Jamie has been shipped out to the colonies with the other prisoners after the closure of Ardsmuir Prision, Claire, Bri & Roger are looking at ship manifest but only manage to find ones that are a 100 years off. They head to the bar to drown their sorrows. Women were not welcome to sit at the bar in the 1960’s so they were getting quite a lot of angry stares, much to Brianna’s confusion. Claire explains to Brianna and insists they have every right to sit there as any man. Roger and Bree wish to continue searching but Claire says it is time to return to Boston. This scene confused me because Claire doesn’t give up that easy! It’s not in her nature!
Jamie has decided it is time to return to Scotland and lets Willie know. He is not very happy about this and throws a tantrum. The exchange a few heated words but ultimately end the conversation with a hug. Jamie whispers in Gaelic to him “Don’t cry my lad, it’ll be alright”.
Lord Grey approaches Jamie in the stables telling him he clearly sees the similarities between Jamie & Willie and it won’t be long until others, including Willie himself, see them too. Jamie asks a favour of Lord Grey, to look after Willie when he leaves. In return Jamie offers his body as payment. It was at this moment that I yelled “NO JAMIE!! GOOD LORD!!” however I had nothing to worry because Lord Grey seemed quite insulted that Jamie would offer. He say he will most likely want Jamie until the day he dies, but not like this. Lord Grey says he is to be married. To a woman, much to Jamie’s surprise. He will marry Lady Isobel. The conversation ends with a handshake and Jamie say to Lord Grey that he will always have his friendship.
Later that night Jamie lights a candle with a statue of Saint Antony. Willie surprises him, wanting to see him one more time. Willie sees the statue of Saint Antony and according Lady Dunsany, only stinkin’ papists pray to statues. Jamie tells him that he prays for lost ones. His brother, sister, god father & wife. Willie says he wants to be a stinkin’ papist just like Jamie awwww 🙂 Jamie baptises him William James. James hey 😉 Jamie gives Willie a carved wooden snake, just like his own Sawney, but with Willie’s name on the bottom.
We now have a montage of goodbyes. Jamie saying goodbye to Willie, Lord Grey & Helwater. Claire saying goodbye to her search for Jamie. Brianna and Roger saying goodbye to each other. I have to say, Jamie leaving Willie was a bit of a tear jerker. Sam Heughan’s acting in this scene was just brilliant, GIVE THAT MAN AN EMMY RIGHT NOW!
The song that is playing over the montage is a version of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” covered by Walk Off The Earth. I’m not sure if I like it, it just sounds off. I definitely feel like I was missing Bear McCreary’s glorious score.
KILT RATING & GBG (Good, Bad & the Great)
There’s a Facebook page that I’m a part of, Outlander Cast Clan Gathering, and the couple who run it do a Facebook live after each episode and chat about what was good, bad and great (GBG). They also give an overall kilt rating for the episode. I’m going to do that as well!
I really enjoyed this episode! I feel like a lot happened, which brings us one step closer to the Jamie & Claire reunion!
GOOD – We get to see Roger again! I love the character and the actor! I’m hoping in future episodes he shaves his face as Richard Rankin is quite handsome 😉 Plus in the book, Roger is always clean shaven. Hannah James who plays Geneva did a great job, very believable and she looks like a younger version of Caitriona. Also, I am happy not to see Frank and Sandy/Candy 😉 #sorrynotsorry
BAD – Claire giving up so quickly!! This is NOT Claire! She is stubborn, this is not her nature. Oh and the wigs. Particularly Claire’s. Goodness they’re bad. They look so fake and don’t move!
GREAT – Sam’s acting! I feel he has really stepped it up this season. He really understands the character of Jamie and displays his emotions so well, particularly in the eyes, jaw & mouth. I said it before and I’ll say it again, GIVE THAT MAN AN EMMY!
That’s it for Outlander 304! I hope you enjoyed my recap & review. I’m very excited to be watching 305 tonight! You can expect to see a recap & review from me tomorrow! 🙂