Welcome to your weekly installment of Outlander! Today I am reviewing and recapping “Freedom & Whisky”, one episode closer to the rejoining of Jamie & Claire. Spoiler alert: this was a great episode featuring Christmas lights, Roger & the infamous Print shop scene. Read on if you would like to know my thoughts about Outlander 305!
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OPENING TITLE CARD
Ohhhh look it’s a Christmas episode! I love Christmas episodes haha! It looks like it’s Claire making a Christmas ornament to signify Brianna’s first Christmas, 1948.
We open with Claire and Joe in surgery. Claire seems to be leading the surgery. Mind you, I was watching this while eating my dinner…not a good idea. Anyway, after a few tense moment the operation goes well. We then cut to Brianna in her Harvard class. Brianna doesn’t seem to be paying 100% attention, doodling in her notebook. Brianna’s professor asks to speak to her. He can she is failing in her course. He was a good friend of Franks and he feels he has a responsibility to look out for her. He asks what’s wrong but Bri says that everything is fine, not to worry. He tells her she must turn this around otherwise she runs the risk of being kicked out of Harvard.
Brianna returns home to an empty house. Feeling reminiscent she looks at her first Christmas ornament on the tree. She then looks at a chair that I am assuming Frank would always sit in. She opens a box which holds a pipe, again I assume it was Franks. She finds old pictures from when she was a baby.
Claire is at the hospital in her office with Joe. Joe is wondering what really happened in Scotland. Claire brushes him off saying there’s nothing to tell. He asks if she met a man over there to which she replies that she kinda did.
We then see Roger pulling up outside Claire and Briannas! Yay! He’s come to Boston! Unfortunately at the door he is greeted with yelling inside…Claire and Brianna having a massive argument. Brianna opens the door quite angrily but then sees it’s Roger and calms down. Roger comes inside and Claire is surprised and also embarrassed to see him. Claire explains they were arguing over Brianna leaving Harvard. They continue to fight in front of Roger (poor bloke), Brianna telling Claire she’s not listening or understanding. Finally a taxi horn interrupts with Brianna saying she has to leave telling Roger it was good to see him and hopefully they can hang out the next day. Awwwwkaward. Poor Roger. I understand Brianna was upset but flippin’ Roger just flew around the world to see you and your like “k bye”….I’m sorry?! Claire apologies to Roger and insists he stays at her house rather than a hotel.
Roger & Claire are having a chat after sharing dinner. Roger explains he’d love to try an American Christmas, one of the reasons he came. Don’t blame him, not wanting be alone for Christmas. Roger says he has some news, meanwhile he pours a whiskey for Claire. Sounds like BIG news. He explains when Claire & Brianna left Scotland, he didn’t stop looking for Jamie (yes boy! Loving Roger even more). Roger explains he believes he has found Jamie in a cryptic poem an Alexander Malcom wrote and that this poem was written just a year ago, according to the parallel calendar timeline. Claire seems quite upset. She explains 20 years ago she shut the door to her past, the hardest thing she’s ever done. She doesn’t want to get her hopes up that Jamie is still alive. She can’t go through that again. Roger explains that this is not just hope, this is fact. Claire doesn’t want to leave Brianna, with everything she is going through. She can not abandon her daughter. Claire asks Roger not to tell her and he obliges. Roger seems quite upset and excuses himself for the evening.
Back at the hospital, Joe has laid out a skeleton on a table in their shared office. Joe explains to Claire that a friend of his sent it over. It’s a woman in her late 40’s. Claire says she’s a 150 years old murder victim. Joe looks at her puzzled as to how she knew but only said that she’s off 50 years. She was found in a cave in the Caribbean and by looking at the bones, she had her head cut off with a dull blade. I feel like this skeleton will definitely play a bigger part later on in the season or even in season 4.
Joe moves on to hearing more about Claire’s lover in Scotland (wink wink Jamie). Claire reveals that he is the real father of Brianna and that she told her in Scotland and that is why she is struggling so much at the moment. He asks if she still loves him. She replies that she never stopped ahhhhhh. Joe said everyone could see her and Frank didn’t quite get along. He says if you have a second chance, you should take it. Brianna will come along.
Back at the Boston apartment, Roger is watching a TV show, Dark Shadows, when Brianna arrives home. Brianna apologies about yesterday. Roger says he came for an American Christmas and lobster rolls and Boston cream pies. Oh he is so adorable, with his Scottish accent saying “Boston cream pies”. Jamie better look out, Roger is gaining some hearts in this episode! Brianna invites Roger to an event later today at Harvard, honoring Frank, naming a fellowship after him.
We cut to Harvard with Brianna showing Roger around. They have a discussion about history and how Brianna feels it can’t be trusted as people can change it by words they speak. Roger being a historian is probably hating this conversation haha!
Claire looks ahhhhhhmazing at the honoring event. The styling reminds me of Jackie Kennedy. After the formalities, we see a familiar faces…..it’s Sandy/Candy! Eeeeeee…….the Dean introduces them, thinking they’ve never met. Oh if he only knew. I have to mention, in this particular scene, Claire looks flipping gorgeous. I’ve been a big hater of Claire’s wigs this season, but finally, we get one that looks good! Oh and look, how convenient, the Dean excuses himself and Claire & Sandy are left by themselves. Sandy has the nastiest look on her face like she’s got a massive bone to pick with Claire. Claire tries to excuse herself but Sandy says that she should have let him go. That Claire was selfish. Frank was never happy. All those years Claire never wanted him but she wouldn’t give him up. Frank told Sandy he stayed with Claire for Brianna’s sake but she new a part of him was still in love with Claire. Frank was the love of her life and she wanted him even if it meant she had to share him with Claire. She says Claire threw away 20 years with him and that she would give anything just to have 1 more day with him. Oooooo burn.
Afterwards, Brianna asks Claire about Sandy and who she was. Claire says she was a student of Franks. Brianna remembers her. She tells a story of when they were at a bookstore once and Frank stopped to talk to her and the way he looked at her was the same way he used to look at Claire. Brianna wants no more lies, only truth. Claire admits that Frank loved her and that he was planning on marrying her. Brianna thinks Frank must have hated her because each time he looked at her, he would be reminded of Jamie, the man Claire truly loved. Claire strongly disagrees and says Brianna was the one thing that was truly important to Frank. Brianna ask if Claire resented her because she was the reason she had to leave Jamie. Of course Claire says no, never. Claire comes clean with the information Roger found. Brianna says Claire must go back. Claire says her life is in Boston, with Claire. Brianna says she is all grown up and doesn’t need her anymore.
Back at the hospital all of the staff are watching Apollo 8 on TV and Joe makes a comment on how you can take a trip like that and come back to life as you know it. Claire compares it to her own journey, wondering if it was enough going just once.
Later on back at the apartment Claire asks if Brianna has thought this through, that they might never see each other again. Brianna has been thinking that she is more Claire than either of her fathers and if she can turn out even half as good as her mother, then she’ll be ok. She tells Claire to go back and tell Jamie all about her. Claire asks Brianna what if Jamie has forgotten her or stopped loving her. Brianna says she must trust that he does.
Back at the hospital Claire asks Joe if she is sexually attractive. Joe is like “say what?” haha! Joe asks if this is about Jamie, which of course it is. Joe responds “you’re a skinning white broad with too much hair and a great ass. He’ll be in Heaven when he sees you, Lady Jane” great line 🙂 This must be the last time Claire will see Joe as she is quite emotional as she says goodbye to him.
It’s Christmas at the Boston apartment and Claire, Brianna & Roger are exchanging gifts. Brianna & Roger give Claire some practical gifts like Scottish money from the 18th century and a book all about Scotland. Brianna gives Claire one more gift, a necklace with a Topaz jewel so that Claire can get through the stones.
Now it’s time for my second favourite scene in this whole episode! The making of Claire’s 1700’s outfit aka the Bat Suit. Cue the montage of cutting material and sewing stitches to the tune of the 1960’s Batman haha! Loved this scene! Claire is studying her face in the mirror, looking at her wrinkles and grey hairs. She ends up dying her hair which is totally cool in my books, I don’t think Claire would like to have grey hair anyway.
Claire is showing off her outfit to Brianna and Roger, complete with secret pockets. Now comes the time to say goodbye. Roger walks off to fetch a drink, Claire remarks to Brianna that “he’s a good one”. She hands over the deed to the house and the bank accounts, all in Brianna’s name. Definitely a teary moment. Claire gives Brianna her pearls Jamie gave her on their wedding day. They look stunning against her red hair and purple blouse. Sophie Skelton is a stunning actress.
One last thing, they have a whisky together before Claire leaves. Brianna keeps her composure until Claire hopes in the taxi, she then looses it and cries in Rogers arms. A beautiful moment. I feel Sophie Skelton has definitely upped her acting chops in this episode. Brianna steps into the kitchen to compose her self then pops on a Santa hat and brings out a tray with a lobster roll and a Boston cream pie much to Rogers delight. Roger hands Brianna a gift, a book. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A lovely moment between the two. Roger’s gaze at Brianna is just dreamy. They share a kiss and Brianna starts to read the book.
Now for my favourite scene. The much anticipated Print shop scene! I was literally on the edge of my seat, clutching a fluffy pillow for these last 5 minutes! Claire is the taxi on her way to Scotland. They show her opening the door about to step in a puddle when suddenly the puddle she is stepping into is in Scotland 1766! Love the transition! We didn’t need to see Claire go back through the stones. We’ve seen her do it twice before so I’m glad they didn’t waste precious time. Claire looks out on the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh 1766 and I am filled with so much joy, yes, this is the Claire I love! She finds a boy to ask where the closest printer is (aka Jamie’s shop). He directs her to around the corner.
Now everyone hold your breath! She comes to the steps of the store. She gently touches the sign of the shop as she walks up the stairs. The most beautiful score is playing, Bear did a wonderful job. Up the stairs. She pauses before opening the door, taking a moment to fix her hair. We then hear the infamous door bell. The writers could have totally left us hanging until next episode for the big reveal but I’m glad they didn’t. There is silence for a few moments and then we hear Jamie’s voice call out thinking it’s his assistant. Nope it’s not! Claire walks towards the voice. She looks down below into the shop and Jamie has his back to her. She takes a few moments before speaking. “It isn’t Geordie….it’s me…Claire”. Jamie takes a few moments to turn around…very slowly. He looks at her with amazement, not believing his eyes. He then does something we never thought Jamie would ever do. He faints! And what a graceful faint it was! Claire gasps and the screen goes dark.
KILT RATING & GBG (Good, Bad & the Great)
I loved this episode. The Christmas theme, the build up to Claire return to 1766, Brianna showing more emotion, the handsome Roger and of course, the Print shop scene!!
GOOD – Dr Joe and his friendship with Claire. They pair together so well. I’m afraid this may be the last time we see Joe.
BAD – Ummm….I can’t think of anything!
GREAT – The ending! The Print shop scene! Oh and the Bat Suit scene.
That’s it for Outlander 305 “Freedom & Whisky”. Fantastic episode, however I feel the next episode will be even better!