Outlander 308: the return of much loved Jenny Murray, another wife of Jamie’s and Lallybroch! These are three of many things I love about this episode of Outlander titled “First Wife”. Read on to hear my recap & review!
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
- Review & recap of Outlander Season 3, Episode 7 “Creme de Menthe”
Alright let’s jump right into it! Just saying right off the bat that I LOVED this episode!
First up; the title card. The title card appears to be a young girl, around 10 years of age, holding a platter while a woman (it looks like it’s Jenny Murray) places figs on it.
Jamie, Claire & Young Ian are riding horses up to Lallybroch. We have Claire doing a voice over talking about Lallybroch. A lot of people don’t tend to like the voice overs but I don’t mind. We then cut to a very shocked face of Jenny Murray (Jamie’s sister just incase you needed reminding). This is the first time she’s seen Claire since her return. I’d say Jenny looks to be a bit angry, confused and upset all at the same time. Tbh, it’s a bit of an awkward moment for all involved. Claire doesn’t really know what to expect. They all head inside. The camera lingers on Jamie for a moment as he does this great finger tapping on the strap of his bag like “crap this is NOT going to go down well”.
Inside, Ian and Jenny lay into Jamie, understandably. They’re angry that Jamie didn’t tell them Young Ian was with him. They’re like “mate, he was selling illegal liquor, there was some kind of fire that made you flee, what is going on?!”. Jenny is on FIRE. She’s like “oh so the only reason you came back to Lallybroch is because your shop burnt down” and then she adds the scorcher “WITH A STRAY” and looks Claire up and down *mic drop*. Ouch. Harsh Jenny, harsh. Then Jamie calls Jenny “Janet”. That’s you know when things are serious between siblings, when they call each other by their proper name.
Jamie tries to explain that they were attacked and Young Ian chirps in that “Aunty Claire killed him, killed him good”. Good Lord kid, shut up, you are making matters worse! So then Jenny is like “you killed a guy in front of my kid?!” to which Claire responds that it was self defense. Jamie says that he treated Young Ian as his own son. Ian is like “alrighty then, you can punish him then” and hands Jamie his belt. Jamie is not down for that and says that maybe there are other ways to punish him than beating him.
Cuts to Young Ian making what appears to be piles of hay mixed with manure. Of course hes complaining because goodness that would smell and it looks like one of his sisters, Janet is near by. I can’t work out if she’s meant to be older or younger. Ian and Jamie supervise from afar and have a makeup moment basically telling each other they were right. Ian should have let Young Ian go and explore while Jamie should have told Ian that Young Ian was with him. Gosh I love Ian. Great character, great actor.
There’s about a bazillion children running around Lallybroch and either Ian & Jenny have been busy or they’re the grandchildren. Turns out to kinda be both because I’ve lost count how many children they have. Claire introduces herself to two of the children who turn out to be Maragret’s sons. Margaret was the baby Claire delivered. Claire and Jenny try and make small talk. James Murray (Jenny & Ian’s first son) comes down the stairs holding a baby. He hands the baby to Jenny who starts to cry. Claire offers to help and Jenny gives her this epic one liner: “Dinna want to bewilder the bairn wi’ a strange face, now”. Ouch Jenny. It was at this point that I was like, man Jenny, lay off Claire!
Outside, Jamie is having a chat with Jenny. I can just tell this conversation is going to be full of fireworks. Jamie is trying to convince Jenny to let Young Ian have a taste of freedom while he still thinks it’s hers to give. Jenny is all “you know nothing, you’ve never raised a child”. Please. Not that age old argument Jenny. Jenny then brings up Jamie’s “other wife”. Jamie tells her that he never would have married again if he knew that Claire was still alive. Jenny pretty much demands to know what happened. What Jamie tells her is mostly the truth, just leaving out the whole “travel back in time 200 years” bit. They thought each other were dead so they moved on.
Jenny so doesn’t believe him! She says how she was with Claire the whole time when Jamie was taken by the Redcoats back in season 1, she saw how Claire didn’t give up. The Claire she knows would have never stopped looking for him. Jenny is a smart one! And Jamie knows it.
Later that night, Jamie & Claire are having a conversation about their future. Jamie says how they could build a cottage on the land of Lallybroch. Claire brings up how Jenny can barely look at her. Claire mentions that maybe they should tell Jenny the truth. Jamie disagrees, he wouldn’t think she would understand as Jenny has never left the farm.
Jamie tells Claire the story of the day he escaped Ardsmuir Prison looking for Claire. He heard a story about a white witch who guarded a treasure on an island. We then see a flashback of Jamie swimming to the island an looking for Claire and stumbles across the treasure.
Claire and Jamie share a lovely metaphor about birds and their soulmates. If one bird dies, the other must die too otherwise it will grieve itself to death. Obviously they are likening themselves to the birds. A very sweet moment made sweeter by Bear McCreary’s amazing score.
Claire can sense something is wrong with Jamie. Jamie is right about to tell her about his other wife when OMGOSH WHO BURSTS THROUGH THE DOOR BUT LAOGHAIRE.
LAOGHAIRE IS THE OTHER WIFE. WHHHHAAAAAAAAT.
Along with Laoghaire are 2 young girls who call Jamie “daddy”. Claire is understandably HORRIFIED, as I think all show watches were to. Laoghaire calls Claire some lovely names. Glad to see she hasn’t changed one bit after 20 years. Well actually, she has grown more bitter and foul mouthed. Jamie is like “what the heck are you doing here?!?!” and quickly ushers her out of the room before calling Claire some more choice names. This scene was sooo good, I was literally sitting on the edge of seat going, “omgosh omgosh omgosh”.
Jamie is downstairs having a conversation to the little girl, Joanie. How cute is this little girl! She also seems to be the only one not going off her nutter. She innocently asks Jamie about Claire and what this means for her mother, Laoghaire, and her sister Marsalie. Jamie explains that he tried very hard to have a good relationship with Laoghaire but they didn’t have that bond that keeps people together forever. Joanie notes that he has this bond Claire. She asks if Jamie will leave her. Aww sweet child! Jamie says to dinna fash, Jamie will always look after her.
Back to Claire. She’s pretty much in hysterics right now. She’s madly packing her bags. Jamie tries to explain himself by saying that he doesn’t live with Laoghaire, her and the girls live elsewhere and that he didn’t think they’d come to Lallybroch. Jamie says that the marriage was a mistake. Claire notes that it took him a long time to figure that out with how old the children are. Jamie says that the children aren’t his, they’re from Laoghaire’s previous marriage. Claire throws in the “oh really? Then how come the little one has red hair?!?!” and Jamie serves right back with a great response that there ARE other red haired Scots hahaha!
Jamie is like “look it’s all cool, we’ve only been married less than 2 years, she already had the children and we’ve been living apart…all cool!” ummmmm mate. I literally yelled at Jamie “IT’S LAOGHAIRE!!” then Claire yells back “IT’S LAOGHAIRE!!” haha! Trust me, I love Jamie but sometimes he is a bit clueless. This is Laoghaire. The same chick who put an ill wish under their bed, the same chick who almost sent Claire to burn at a witch trial, the chick who said she will dance upon Claire’s ashes. Oh but it’s all cool, according to Jamie.
Jamie gives a ridiculous excuse, “you’re the one who told me to be kind to the lass!” then I yelled back “be kind, NOT MARRY HER!!” and again, Claire echo’s my response. Claire asks Jamie why he didn’t tell her. Jamie says it’s because he’s a coward. That he feared he would lose her all over again. He would sacrifice everything to be with her again, and then he adds this on the end, “even though you left me”……I’m sorry Jamie…..Claire left you?? Uhhhhh nope. She WANTED to stay. She WANTED to die at Culloden with HIM. He was the one who forced her back through the stones. This scene is not friendly towards Jamie!
There are so many words spoken in this scene, I encourage you to rewatch the fight (separated into 2 videos) in the videos below:
Such a good fight scene, yeah? I love it possibly even more than the fight scene in episode 109 “The Reckoning”, where Jamie and the Mackenzie boys have just rescued Claire from Black Jack and on their way home, they stop by a creek where Jamie asks Claire to apologise for running off.
Anyway, back to this episode. Claire and Jamie get into a play fight which then turns into what Claire and Jamie seem to do best, make love, only to have them interrupted by a hilarious Jenny with a bucket of water that she drowns the pair in telling them to shut up, the whole house can hear them! Oh my goodness, I love Jenny haha! Both Claire & Jamie run out of the room.
Claire is sitting by the fire downstairs when Janet, Jenny & Ians daughter, asks Claire if she’d like a whisky. Claire apologises for anything she may have heard. Janet then says she should apologise to her, it was her who told Laoghaire that Claire was here. And here comes the real kicker: it was Jenny who told Janet to tell Laoghaire. Oh Jenny.
Jenny conveniently walks into the room. Claire asks Jenny why she told Laoghaire to come. Jenny gives this “well duh, she’s his wife” response. Claire says that SHE is his wife. Jenny then responds as to why she did not come look for him after the war, and why it took her 20 years. Claire thought Jamie was dead. Jenny says that he was, in a way. It took him years to slightly become the man he was before. Jenny states what everyone is thinking, that Claire is back for no less than a week and all of these bad things have started happening. Claire states she wanted to become part of this family again. Family tells each other they’re alive, family writes letters, says Jenny. Good one.
Claire reveals she had another husband in America and that she had to put her past behind so she could move on. This startles Jenny and she asks if Jamie knows and if they had any children. Claire is truthful that Jamie knows but she lies about Brianna. Jenny believes Claire but knows there is still more that she is not revealing. She doesn’t know if she can trust Claire again, “when a horse breaks it’s leg it is put out of it’s misery because it will never heal right. Neither will we”. Ouch, again Jenny.
Jenny goes up stairs to clean up the mess in Claire & Jamie’s room. Ian joins her. She asks Ian is he not annoyed that Jamie is lying with 2 wives, Ian, the more straight headed of the two, responds that Jamie and Laoghaire are not living like man & wife, never have been and that Jenny knows this all to well. Jenny says Jamie is making a fool of the family, Ian responds that Jenny is the only fool. Another great one liner from this episode, Ian says if there a pot of crap to stir, Jenny will stir it like it’s God’s work hahaha! Oh my goodness, Tim & I laughed so hard and long at this line!
The next morning Claire is leaving with her bags. Jamie stops her at the gate. Claire says she never should have come back. Jamie says he’s still the same person she fell in love with. He’s only known one love in his life and that is Claire. They’re interrupted by a rather red faced, angry Laoghaire holding a gun aimed at Claire.
Jamie steps in front of Claire, words are exchanged and the gun goes off, hitting Jamie. Claire pushes Laoghaire away from Jamie and she runs off. With the help of the family, Claire gets Jamie inside and goes into doctor mode on Jamie’s wounds, pulling out each pellet. Next we have a montage of each pellet being removed. Young Ian watches over. At the end he offers Claire a drink. Young Ian is such a sweet kid.
Later on, Jamie is recovering by the fire. Claire is still pretty cold towards Jamie. She wonders out loud what Jamie ever saw in Laoghaire. Jamie starts to tell her the story. When Jamie returned from Hellwater it was Hogmanay (New Years Eve) at Lallybroch. Music, food, dancing, laughter, but Jamie didn’t feel as though he should have. Little Joanie and Marsali run up to him with a plate of figs (from the title card) and asked him to dance. He accepts and the three dance around. Jamie explains his heart started to feel lighter. He asks who their mother was. Jamie catches sight of Laoghaire by the fire. AND HE SMILES AT HER. Stop that right now. However Jamie says how he wanted to be a father and husband and found it to fill that hole.
He thought if he married Laoghaire, he could have the same life he thought he was going to have with Claire and Brianna. His affection for Joanie & Marsali grew but Laoghaire’s previous horrible marriages had left her broken. She wouldn’t speak with Jamie. Jamie was gentle with her but it was of no use.
Claire notes that Jamie is burning up. Jamie responds he thought it was the heat of shame haha. Claire pulls out her needles and penicillin. Jamie has never seen a needle and is confused as to how sticking a needle in his butt will help his arm.
Claire and Jenny have a chat outside on the steps. Jenny notes that 20 years ago, she knew very little about Claire and her past but never questioned it. Jamie chose her and that was enough then, but not now. Jenny concedes that Claire will never tell her the whole truth. Claire was like a sister to Jenny. Claire asks for a second chance.
Back inside, Claire stumbles upon Ned Gowan, the lawyer! Yay, I loved Ned 🙂 Ned meets with Jamie and Claire and says that with the return of Claire, legally, Jamie’s marriage to Laoghaire is invalid. Laoghaire has made a complaint to the Justice of Peace for distress. They can charge Laoghaire on holding a firearm which is banned for Scottish people at the time. If charged, she could be transported to the colonies. Jamie won’t allow it though. He doesn’t want the children to go without a father and mother as well. Jamie asks what Laoghaire wants. She wants money basically. Twenty pounds initially, ten pounds a year until the girls have wed. Jamie works out he could use the treasure he found on the island to pay off Laoghaire. Jamie can’t swim because of his wounds so Young Ian offers. Jenny allows it. Ian says that Jamie will take better care of him this time. Jamie responds that they will. It was at this very moment, that every Outlander fan knew that something bad was going to happen to Young Ian.
We cut to Jamie & Claire standing on a cliff watching Young Ian swim over to Silkie Island, where the treasure is. Young Ian makes it to the island, meanwhile Jamie & Claire have a little D & M. Jamie says that there is no one in sight but still, Claire cannot look at him. Claire is unsure if things can ever be the same again. She thinks maybe they’ve changed so much that it will never work out, she is unsure if they’re still meant to be together. Thy both had good lives just before returning. Claire notes that being a printer wasn’t too bad. “Being a printer was naught compared to be being your husband” awwww love it. “Will you risk the man I am for the sake of the one you once knew?”.
Suddenly Claire notices a ship pulling up to the island and a row boat with men approaching Young Ian, who is completely oblivious. Claire & Jamie yell out to Young Ian with no avail and he is taken by the men of the ship. Jamie & Claire run down to the beach, Jamie tries to take off his sling to swim to Young Ian but Claire stops him. The tall ship lets down it’s sails and speeds off. Then we have a great wide sweeping shot of the ship leaving and Jamie & Claire left on the beach.
KILT RATING & GBG (Good, bad, Great)
GOOD – The conversation between Joan & Jamie. That was really cute. I can see how he fell in love with the girls.
BAD – How quickly the tall ship at the end arrived without anyone noticing and then how quickly they grabbed Young Ian and left. Waaaayyy too quick haha!
GREAT – I have a few! Firstly, the reveal of Laoghaire! That scene was just perfect! The pure bitterness and hatred that Laoghaire has for Claire came across so well in the dialogue as well as the body language. Nell Hudson did a great job. Wow oh wow, the fight scene between Claire & Jamie….I’m just gonna put it out there that it is my favourite fight scene between our favourite onscreen couple and as you know, they’ve had quite a few across 3 seasons. It was such a “real” fight as well. The script was spot on, the emotion that Cait & Sam displayed…perfection. Lastly, the many awesome one liners from mostly Jenny but Ian as well. Not sure if they are in the book (I haven’t read Voyager yet, I only read the book that goes with the season once that season has ended) or if the writer, Joy Blake, put them in. All of Jenny’s scathing remarks to Claire, Ian basically calling Jenny a trouble maker and also Jamie stating the obvious to Claire that there are other red haired men in Scotland.
What is your GBG?