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.
However, this week is different! Sarah literally just got off a plane to London, and Kendra gets on a plane to Paris at 6:52am tomorrow morning. So, unfortunately there’s no podcast this week, and only Kendra writing the blog recap today. We will discuss BOTH episodes 6 & 7 in next week’s podcast, and we’ll continue to recap/podcast even while we’re in Europe! (Yes, your Frock Flickers may just be going to a costumed event. At Versailles. You can hate us now.)
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.
We start the show with Jamie brooding. Murtagh is all excited about the duel with Jack Randall, but Jamie has to break the bad news, and Murtagh is confused and angry.
Claire is at the hospital. The executioner/urologist warns her that the king is planning to execute a number of supposed practitioners of the “dark arts.” It’s clearly meant to be a warning to pass on to Maitre Raymond, but it might also be for Claire herself as well.
Claire heads to Maitre Raymond’s to warn him. He agrees to leave the city.
Jamie rubs Claire’s feet (GOOD JAMIE!!). He tells Claire that the real reason he agreed to wait a year to kill Randall is so that should anything happen to him (Jamie), Claire will have someone to go to who will love/protect her. He gets Claire to agree that she’ll go back to Frank if Jamie dies.
The next day, Claire mixes up some herbs to fake smallpox and tests them out on Jamie. They work.
Murtagh is still pissed. Jamie and Claire agree that they have to Tell Him Everything. Jamie does, and Murtagh (after punching Jamie) basically says “okay!”
Jamie and Fergus head off to Le Havre to implement Plan Fake Smallpox.
Jamie comes home after spiking the sailors’ wine. He and Claire get shmoopy. Jamie is summoned to Madame Elise’s to meet with Bonnie Prince Charlie. He finds BPC and the Comte Saint Germain stressed out, because some of the sailors are sick. They’ve been hidden for now, but it’s bound to come out soon. Jamie is forced to agree to travel to Le Havre and (bring back?) the wine cargo WITH the Comte Saint Germain.
Jamie & Co. come up with a plan to further foil the Comte. Murtagh (disguised as a Frenchman) and some toughs will pose as highwaymen and attack Jamie/Comte en route back from the Le Havre. Murtagh is DISPLEASED as having to dress as a Frenchman.
Claire heads to Louise’s for a night out with the girls.
Highwaymen attack Jamie and the Comte. The Comte refuses to stand down, so Jamie has to jump on him and push him off the carriage. Jamie “fights” with one of the highwaymen, who knocks him out with the butt of his pistol.
Claire is worried about Jamie & Co., and all the women want to do is gossip about trivialities. She tries to get them to concern themselves with the plight of the poor, but they are too shallow. She leaves in a huff.
Claire heads to hospital to do something useful. She’s worked herself to exhaustion, and Mother Hildegarde forces her to get some rest. Claire is spotting a bit, but Mother Hildegarde reminds her that that’s typical for this period of pregnancy.
Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jamie, and the Comte all lick their wounds. BPC is despondent. The Comte is suspicious and PISSED.
Jamie heads home in the early morning. Fergus and he have a bonding moment about looking out for Claire.
Jamie gets summoned to Madame Elise’s again. Chuckie has run up a huge gambling debt and is refusing to pay.
At Madame Elise’s, Jamie tells Fergus to stay by the door, but he doesn’t and wanders into a room… where a British army officer’s coat is hanging. The door suddenly shuts and Fergus is trapped…
Claire heads home…
…to find that Jamie is meeting Jack Randall for a duel in the Bois de Boulonge. Despite being clearly exhausted, she piles into the carriage and races to try to stop the duel.
When Claire arrives, the boys are going at it, and she realizes she can’t do anything for fear of distracting Jamie and getting him killed. As the fight intensifies, Claire starts experiencing pain.
Jamie stabs Randall in the junk, which is highly satisfying…
…until soliders/gendarmes arrive, Claire doubles over in agony, Jamie can’t go to her, and she whispers to her servant to call for Mother Hildegarde.
We want to thank Outlander-Online.com for their awesome screenshots!
Outlander Season Two, Episode Five,
No podcast this week, as Sarah just got off a plane and Kendra is about to get on one! We’ll discuss this week’s episode in next week’s podcast. In the meantime, you can listen to our podcast recaps of previous episodes on iTunes!