Outlander Costume Recap: Season 2, Episode 12

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We’ll be recapping every episode of Outlander this season, both in blog post AND podcast. Kendra and Sarah will be focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach — in our blog posts, but probably tackling both the costumes and the story itself in our podcasts. 

And, we’re sorry guys. No podcast this week. There’s just nothing new to talk about other than plot points that are pretty straightforward! We’ll discuss this episode and the finale in next week’s podcast. In the meantime… You can find our previous podcasts on iTunes!

For those who aren’t regular Frock Flicks readers: this blog and podcast is all about costumes in historical movies and TV shows, and we approach things from the angle of history. So, expect us to be talking about the costumes primarily from the point of view of comparison with the real history of the 1740s. We’ll also talk about costume in terms of story, and the deviations that come with this one having the fantasy element of time travel. But, know that when we talk about that dreaded phrase “historical accuracy,” we’re not doing it to be mean or judgy. It’s just one lens through which to watch this fabulous show.

Claire, Jamie, and company ride into the Scottish army camp outside of Inverness:

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Wool, kilts, plaid, horses. — Kendra
I like the green on Claire. It’s a fabulous color on her. — Sarah

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Tired Highlanders. — Kendra
We’re pulling for you, guys! — Sarah

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Rupert does kind of look like a pirate with his cool eye patch. — Kendra
Definitely increases his hotness factor considerably. — Sarah

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Jamie is very bedraggled. — Kendra
Cold and wet and still fabulous. — Sarah

Claire goes into Inverness for medical supplies and runs into Mary Hawkins:

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It’s eighty thousand degrees here in the South Bay. I wish I lived somewhere where I could just layer wool blankets on me all the time. Except I wouldn’t look nearly as elegant as Claire. — Sarah

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Mary’s hat and mantelet are cute! — Kendra
Lots of green this episode! I feel like we’ve been seeing mostly blues on Mary and Claire. I like this change. — Sarah

Jamie tries to talk sense into Bonnie Prince Charlie and the generals:

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This extra has a nice cap and bedgown (a loose gown worn by working class women). — Kendra

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No, BPC, the British army isn’t at the bottom of your whisky glass. — Kendra
Breakfast of champions! — Sarah

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More nice wigs on the army leaders. — Kendra

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KNEES. *grabs fan, flutters* — Kendra
Is it just me or is BPC getting hotter? — Sarah

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Not quite Jamie’s “O” face… – Kendra
It’s been so long, I’ve actually forgotten what his “O” face looks like. — Sarah

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Yes, Chuck. That is a sword. I don’t know how much help it’ll be against cannons. — Kendra
I am enamored of the attendant’s outfit. — Sarah

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You can never have too much gold braid! — Kendra
BPC puts the “b” in subtle. — Sarah

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The ballad of the misguided, poncy would-be prince. — Kendra
*cue the violins* — Sarah

Claire goes to tend to a very sick Alexander Randall but isn’t happy when Black Jack shows up:

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Oh yeah, he’ll be on his feet in no time. — Kendra
“I think I’ll go for a walk!” — Sarah

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Oh dear, Black Jack looks sharp in his black civilian suit. I like Mary’s gauzy embroidered apron, too! — Kendra
Damn. That’s one fiiiiiine black suit. — Sarah

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Get it together, Mary. — Kendra

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Claire: fuck this shit. — Kendra
Randal: wait, it was all a misunderstanding! — Sarah

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WHYYYY does Black Jack have to look so good??!! — Kendra
The eviler the villain the hotter he is. It’s true. Look it up. — Sarah

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Tell him, Claire! — Kendra
See, this is why you can’t just go around raping people’s husbands. It might turn around and bite you in the ass one day. Or stab you in the crotch. — Sarah

 

Claire tells Jamie the British army’s location, which she learned from Black Jack:Outlander s02 e12

 

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I do love that jacket. — Sarah

Colum MacKenzie shows up:

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Ever notice how people keep dying around Claire? — Sarah

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Oh I love your knowing smiles, Jamie! — Kendra

Alex Randall really isn’t doing well:

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The real question: How did Jack get his hair so flat and shiny? — Sarah

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Mary’s stomacher is quilted into a grid pattern. — Kendra

 

Jamie tells Dougal that Colum is here:Outlander s02 e12

Claire convinces Black Jack to marry Mary:

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Murtagh: just let me Duke-of-Sandringham him! — Kendra
TEAM MURTAGH 4EVR — Sarah

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This extra’s rump annoyed me. It’s what happens when you use a too-sausage-shaped-for-this-era rump. — Kendra
The skirt’s not full enough for that level of bumroll. — Sarah

Colum asks Claire for something to end his life and suffering, then tells Dougal that he wants to make Jamie ward of his son, and thus essentially chieftan, of the MacKenzie clan after he dies. Jamie isn’t into it:Outlander s02 e12

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Dougal: Still not king. — Sarah

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Don’t worry, Mary, Jack won’t be around much longer. — Sarah

Mary and Black Jack get married:

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Everyone: :( — Sarah

Jamie comes up with a plan to do a nighttime sneak attack on the Brits during their general’s birthday party:

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Lovely green coat on the right. Also, note BPC’s tartan knee-socks! — Kendra

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Dougal tries to have it out with Colum, but Colum takes the meds Claire gave him and dies:

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Dougal in a leather vest. Yum! — Kendra
Poor Dougal. No one loves him enough to make him laird. — Sarah

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The nighttime raid fails because Bonnie Prince Charlie and his troops get lost:

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Great hat, wig, cravat, braid! — Kendra

Thanks to Outlander Online for the screencaps!

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5 Responses

  1. Susan Pola

    I can imagine Claire telling BJR that his dying brother wants this ever so much. This is that Mary be given the Randall name as she’s carrying the future (preggers).

    For all his sado-masochistic heart, BJR really wuvs his wittle brother, Alexander (shades of Princess Bride Bishop.) So he does, knowing that he will also die.

    The episode was one really big Kleenex box as I had tears watching both death scenes.

    But I’m glad that Mary Hawkins has matured in a good way. I feel that her dress in this episode reflected her maturity.

    Re hot factor of villains. I agree that BJR is hot, but Dougal is hotter. Has to be his bald head and his air of command.

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      • Susan Pola

        You can have Dougal, if I can have Yul. But I agree, there’s something about a bald head and a man with such an aura of power.

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  2. Charity

    Not sure I liked that post-death pounding BJR gave his little brother. Seemed… weird. Even out of character, a bit. I get that he was all angst-ridden and full of rage that the only person he’s ever cared about or been nice to had the gall to die on him, but still.

    LOVED the chat Claire had with him about Mary, though, because he basically voiced what has been going through my head for WEEKS: *lists his crimes* “Do you REALLY want Mary in my bed?”

    Me/Claire/Entire World: NOPE.

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  3. L.R.

    BPC is wearing argyle socks, not tartan :) Sorry, I had to share!

    Also, I LOVE the phrase, “puts the b in subtle.” I am going to steal that one…

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