This is our final recap of every episode of Outlander this season, both in blog post AND podcast. Kendra and Sarah have been focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach — in our blog posts, but tackling both the costumes and the story itself in our podcasts. You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
This week, we have a special guest on the podcast: historian of Scottish costume Brenna Barks rejoins us for our finale podcast, which covers the second season in general. Brenna wrote our fabulous review of Outlander’s season 1 men’s costumes, and joined us for the podcast on episode 4 of season 2. Brenna is a dress historian and material culturist who completed her MSc in History, Theory, and Display at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. She is the Managing Editor at Worn Through, has contributed to an encyclopaedia of American fashion history, and has published in Jane Austen Knits. Her current research interests focus on clothing and material culture and their social implications from circa 1740 onwards, particularly that of Scotland, India, and the British empire. She has also been known to moonlight on the topics of social and cultural history between 1910 and 1940, and on the clothing and culture of Japan — the latter having been the focus of her undergraduate studies.
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.
This episode jumps back and forth between 1968 and 1746 repeatedly, so bear with!
We begin in 1968 with a bearded young man watching telly.
It’s Roger Wakefield, and it’s his adopted father’s (the Reverend Wakefield) funeral.
Roger spots a hot young redhead:
Turns out its Brianna, daughter of Claire and Frank Randall. Frank has died, and Claire and Brianna are in Scotland just for the day to pay their respects.
has a chubby for Brianna is a nice guy, so invites them to spend the night. In the middle of the night, Claire can’t sleep so she and Roger have the first of many chats:
Back in 1745, Jamie argues with Bonnie Prince Charlie, trying desperately to avoid the battle of Culloden on this day. Chuck is having none of it.
In the podcast, we discuss the “biscuit tin” portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald with our guest, historian Brenna Barks. Here’s that painting:
In 1968, Roger takes Brianna sightseeing, including to Fort William, where Jamie was flogged, raped, and other bad things happened.
Claire goes to visit Lallybroch, which is a ruin:
Back in 1746, Claire suggests that they could poison BPC, since if he were dead the battle wouldn’t happen. Jamie is considering it.
Brianna tells Roger that there’s a secret between her parents that relates to their time in Scotland, and she wants to find out what it is.
Claire visits the local archivist, who finds a deed to Lallybroch that gives it to Ian (Jenny’s husband), and is signed with her name.
Dougal overhears Jamie and Claire discussing poisoning BPC. He immediately goes for table flipping, and Jamie just tries lots of “Hold on” instead of “IT’S GOING TO SHIT TODAY!”
Roger takes Brianna to the university at which his father worked, so they can look through his old papers and journals.
Brianna wanders into a Scottish independence rally, led by none other than Geillis Duncan, aka Gillian Edgars:
Claire visits the Culloden battlefield:
Jamie and Dougal fight, and Jamie ends up killing Dougal with Claire’s help.
Brianna and Roger find newspaper clippings about Claire’s disappearance, and grab the Reverend’s journals to take home to learn more.
Rupert walks in post-Dougal killing and is not happy. Jamie bargains with him for 2 hours before he promises to return to face what he’s done.
Claire finds the Clan Fraser stone at Culloden, and tells Jamie everything that’s happened to her since 1746.
Brianna gets more info from the Reverend’s journals, instead of, you know, going to her mother and saying, “Okay, I know the shit went down, now tell me what happened.”
Brianna confronts Claire, who tells her (and Roger) everything. Brianna is SO not down and doesn’t believe her mother.
Jamie writes a deed giving Lallybroch to Ian (and Jenny), which he backdates so that it will be from before he became a “traitor.” He tells Fergus to take the deed to Lallybroch, and Murtagh to put the Lallybroch men on the road home.
Brianna and Roger have a drink.
Claire tries to visit Gillian, but instead finds her husband, who she left a few weeks ago. The husband is not in good shape, although he is clearly rich because he has a stunning home and 2 luxury cars. Claire manages to sneak away with Gillian’s journals.
Gillian shows up at the pub, and tells Brianna and Roger that she’s about to leave to go somewhere to further the cause.
Murtagh agrees to get the Lallybroch men safe, but then wants to come back and die with Jamie.
Claire goes through Gillian’s journals, which have all her research on time travel. Gillian thinks that she needs a human sacrifice to go through the stones. Claire, Roger, and Brianna figure out that Gillian is planning to go asap.
Jamie leads Claire away from the camp. He wants her to go back to her own time to be safe, because he’s realized she’s pregnant. Jamie says he’s a dead man because of killing Dougal so he’d rather die in the battle. Claire tries to get him to agree to an alternate plan, including possibly coming with her through the stones, but Jamie refuses.
Claire, Brianna, and Roger turn up at Craigh na Dun.
Where Gillian has torched her husband, found some oldey timey clothes, and goes through the stones before Claire can really talk to her.
Claire and Jamie have a tearful parting, including a quick shag on the dirt.
Claire goes through the stones.
Roger tells Claire that Jamie didn’t die at Culloden.
Claire realizes that this means that Jamie may still be alive.
Thanks to Outlander Online for the screencaps!
Outlander Season Two, Episodes Twelve & Thirteen Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of episodes 12 and 13 (okay, really all of season 2) here or on iTunes!