Ian Murray, a brain operation and an epic argument is what lies ahead for Outlander 307 episode! Read on to hear my thoughts!
After more Outlander posts?
- Review & recap of Outlander Season 3, Episode 4 “Of Lost Things”
- Review & recap of Outlander Season 3, Episode 5 “Freedom & Whisky”
- Review & recap of Outlander Season 3, Episode 6 “A. Malcolm”
The title card is a 1700’s fire truck which actually works! Cool!
The episode opens back in Jamie’s room with the nasty guy ransacking his room. After words exchanged, Claire whips out a dagger and threatens him, he trips over and hits his head on the fireplace. Jamie walks in and was pretty calm to be honest. If it was me, I’d be like “Seriously Claire?? You’ve been back less than 24 hours and you’ve got a dead man on the floor in my room?!”. Claire discovers the bad dude is not actually dead but has a epidural hematoma. Basically, his brain is swelling.
Fergus and Madam Jeanne walk in and are like “what the?”. Jamie says to Claire to just let him go, you know he just tried to rape AND kill you….but Claire being Dr Claire, wants to try and save him. I personally think she should have let him go. Jamie works out that this guy is probably working for Sir Percival (the strange Englishman that Jamie met out the back of a shop last episode) looking for the extra barrels of liquor Jamie is smuggling. Claire asks if Madam Jeanne can pick up a few things so she can operate on the man. Jamie asks Fergus to gather the men.
Jamie is the only one making sense in this scene!! Claire’s like “oh well, once he’s recovered we’ll hand him over to the authorities” and Jamie is like “uhhhh have you forgotten you’re back in the 1700’s? You were in a brothel with him wearing practically nothing. They’ll believe him and arrest you for assaulting him” YES JAMIE. But Claire is still like “nah bro”.
Jamie, Fergus, Lesley & Hayes are busy moving barrels. He asks if Fergus and Young Ian can sell the casks.
Meanwhile, Claire is off to the apothecary to buy some herbs etc Claire buts in in front of another customer, she promises to come help them afterwards in return.
Young Ian and Fergus are successfully selling off the liquor to a buyer. Young Ian asks Fergus about Claire and what she was like all those years ago. Fergus says Claire was spirited, brave and fearless. He exaggerates a little of her healing abilities and that you were not to cross her as she could take a life as well.
Back at Jamie’s room, Claire attempts to save the bad dude. Ok, so let’s just say, DO NOT be eating any food at this point. Claire literally bores a hole in this guys head. The sound effects are enough to make you gag.
Surprise, Sir Percival appears downstairs, searching for the liquor. Of course he finds none as Jamie and his men have moved it all but he is still very suspicious of Jamie. Jamie heads back to his room to discover Claire couldn’t save the bad dude, he died. Not a single tear was shed (except maybe by Claire). Claire explains she has dedicated the past 14 years to saving lives without judgment. Jamie comforts her by saving they’ll be others for her to save. They have a beautiful moment where Jamie says he’s been living in the shadows and as soon as Claire returned it’s as if the sun came out.
Claire goes off to see the customer she went ahead of at the apothecary.
Young Ian and Fergus head off to get a celebratory drink and Young Ian spots a barmaid he quite fancies. Fergus calls her over to introduce Young Ian to her. Young Ian freaks out because he’s never courted a lady before so Fergus decides to impart his knowledge, telling him exactly what to do. The barmaid comes over and Young Ian tells her she is the prettiest lady he’s ever seen and does she want a drink and to his much surprise, she accepts. Nasty looking one eyed dude is sitting in the back corner watching Young Ian.
Back to Claire who set off to visit a patient. This lady is clearly out of it. She mumbles some strange things to Claire and then mentions the phrase “Abandawe”. I definitely think we will be hearing more of this as the season goes on. Apparently this lady is a seer, fortune teller. Claire kind of brushes it all off and tells her brother to stop drugging her and gives him the method of making a tea that will help her. They’re heading off to the West Indies for a high paying customer. I think we’ll be seeing this pair again soon!
Claire heads back to Jamie’s room and asks where Jamie has put the body of the man to which he replies he put it in a cask of creme de menthe. Definitely feel like this is going to bite them in the bum majorly. Claire asks Jamie if they could find a place of their own. Jamie’s like “AND LEAVE THE BROTHEL?” like it’s the worst idea in the world. Claire says she could work as a healer. They are interrupted by someone announcing that Ian Murray is downstairs.
Ian and Claire have a lovely reunion. Ian has tears in his eyes. The acting on Steven Cree‘s part is quite good. Ian is like ummmm but we grieved over you for years, where the heck have you been?! Claire says her lie “but not really a lie because she was in Boston…). Anyway, Ian is looking for Young Ian. Young Ian has a habit of running off and quite often comes to Jamie. This time, Jamie is like nahhhh haven’t seen him at all. Claire gives him a funny look. Jamie escorts Ian out. There is something Jamie is not telling Claire because Ian is like, well Claire took the news well! Jamie says he hasn’t told her yet. WHAT IS IT!!
Back with Young Ian and the barmaid, they’re quite drunk at this point back at Jamie’s print shop where Young Ian sleeps. They decide to have a bit of fun but are interrupted by some noises coming from the print shop. It’s the one eyed man searching for something. Young Ian tells the barmaid to run away. Young Ian confronts the bad dude who is apparently looks for the casks of liquor. He throws Young Ian up against the secret panel holding the seditious pamphlets. Oops. A fire is started and Young Ian is trapped.
Back at Jamie’s room, an angry Claire is waiting for him to return. I love this line from Jamie, “the years apart couldn’t erase the meaning of that look” haha! Claire is like, mate, why are you lying to your family?! Claire is very much on Ian & Jenny’s side and Jamie is like, he’s ok, he’s with me. Claire touches a sore spot with Jamie and tells him basically that he has no idea what it’s like to be a worried parent. Ooooo Claire. Don’t go there. Too late. Jamie says he is not Young Ian’s father, but he is Brianna’s and how he had no say in how her and Frank brought Brianna up. Claire says how Frank was a wonderful father to Brianna. Careful there Claire, you’re heading into dangerous territory! So now Jamie is like oooooo really?! Was he wonderful husband to you as well? He asks if Claire fell back in love with Frank when she went back, to which she replies no. They’re interrupted by the announcement of a fire in Jamie’s shop.
They rush to the print shop which is now well alight. Jamie runs into the shop and finds Young Ian and pulls him out. Young Ian tells Jamie that Sir Percival’s goon found the seditious pamphlets. Jamie says that they must take Young Ian back to Lallybroch. Jamie looks back at his burning print shop with great sadness. I felt so sorry for him 🙁 Honestly Claire, you’ve been back for 24 hours and look whats happened!
And this is when Fergus lets the cat out of the bag. He and Jamie are having a private chat and he says “OH SO CLAIRE DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR OTHER WIFE?”.………..I’m sorry. What. Other. Wife.
KILT RATING & GBG (Good, bad, Great)
GOOD – The argument between Jamie and Claire. It was very realistic. The whole “you know nothing, you’re not a parent” argument. Loved it.
BAD – This episode as a whole was my least favourite out the season by far. First of all, Claire trying to save the guy who just tried to rape and murder her? I understand she’s a doctor but come on. Also how they revealed Jamie’s big secret…like “oh btw what about your other wife”. No big reveal. Obviously we don’t know WHO it is but still, we now know Jamie has married someone else.
GREAT – Steven Cree’s (Ian Murray) acting. He was brilliant. The tear. Oh I loved it.
What is your GBG?