“Wilmington” – Recap and Review

Hey, y’all!  Merry Christmas!  🎅🎅

Before I get started, allow me to give all my loyal readers an apology.  I’ve been notoriously lagging behind with these Outlander recaps, and it was seriously unfair to all of you.  Also, due to me having to play catch up, my Outlander recaps are the only thing I’ve been posting about as of late, and there’s other topics I’ve wanted to speak on, believe it or not.  So, in order to catch up, I had to skip the past two episodes and go straight into the recap for this week.  Once again, I’m sorry.

I wish I could tell y’all that nothing special happened in the last two weeks in the world of Outlander, but if I did, I’d be lying through my country teeth.  Very briefly, in the “Blood of My Blood” episode, Lord John Grey and Jamie’s illegitimate son William paid The Frasers a visit; John came down with measles, which allowed Jamie and Willie to have some bonding time (although the boy still isn’t aware of his true parentage), and it allowed John to show his entire ass while Claire was taking care of him.  Lord Grey even managed to piss off Murtagh, who was still visiting with the family himself.  Claire and John later patched things up, and thankfully, he survived his bout with measles.  Later Jamie gifted Claire with a new wedding ring and they made sweet lurrrve.

In “Down the Rabbit Hole,” Claire and Jamie took a backseat and the story focused solely on Brianna and Roger, who have now both traveled back to the 1700’s and managed to come across the most nefarious people in the show:  Laoghaire and Stephen Bonnet.  Crazy ass Laoghaire went from caring for Brianna after she found her near dead in the woods, to trying to frame the girl for witchcraft the minute she found out Brianna is Claire’s daughter.  Evil ass Bonnet allowed Roger to tag along to the Colonies as a crew member on his ship, and along the way, the young Scot witnessed certain atrocities such as Bonnet throwing women and children overboard that may be sick with smallpox, and him threatening to kill Roger for providing a young mother and her baby with food.  Bonnet took the Anton Chigurh route and decided Roger’s fate with the flip of a coin.  Luckily, it was heads and Roger lived.  All that brings us to this week, which was even more of a trip.  Let’s do this!

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The episode takes places in Wilmington, NC (hence the title), which is just a mere 2 hrs. away from where I live!  Anyway, Roger is in town still searching for Brianna.  He even manages to come across Fergus, who truthfully tells him that he hasn’t seen Brianna at all.  Sadly enough, Roger managed to miss Claire and Jamie, who are also in town visiting Fergus and Marsali, who’s already given birth to their baby boy, which they named Germain.  Why they named that sweet child after St. Germain aka TFF, I’ll never know (see season two for the reference).  It turns out there’s another reason Claire and Jamie are in town.  The governor invited them both to a play, and when Governor Tryon extends an “invitation,” apparently declining it isn’t an option, especially given the fact that the gov wants Jamie to meet his right hand man.

Marsali and Claire break away to fix lunch for the fellas, and Claire asks the new young mother how she’s coping with Germain.  Marsali admits she loves the baby to death, but she’s scared to death of him being hurt in any kind of way, and would run onto a blade to stop him from going through any type of pain.  Claire tells her that’s how it is when it comes to parenthood, and unfortunately, you can’t be with your kids every second of the day and can’t stop them from being hurt.  Oh, the irony.

Roger continues to search for Brianna, and by a stroke of luck, he finds her in a tavern looking for passage to Cross Creek.  Their reunion is a tender one, but it soon turns into an argument when Bree mentions that Roger following her wasn’t part of her plan.  Brianna’s servant girl, Lizzie (oh, yeah…Lizzie’s father begged Bree to take her on as a servant to save her from being a concubine), witnesses this exchange from a distance and immediately thinks the worst of Roger.  In all actuality, the argument dies down quickly when Bree tells Roger the reason she didn’t tell him what she was doing is because she didn’t know how to tell him that she loved him and she knew he’d try to stop her.  They run off and start making out, and we all know what’s coming next.

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Before we get to the panties flying off, Brianna asks Roger if it’s still important to him that they be married—or at least engaged—before they do the do.  Roger calms his hormones down enough to admit that it is still important, and this time, Bree agrees to marry him.  After all, he traveled across time to find her.  Roger suggests they have a handfasting ceremony, where two people can be married to each other without a priest to preside over the nuptials.  Bree is enthralled by that idea.  Later that night, they have the ceremony, and two seconds after they’ve said “I do,” they make lurrrve for the first time.  I have to say, the scene was pretty hot.  Not as hot as Claire and Jamie’s wedding night, but hot.  Lizzie asks for Brianna later that night, and the barkeep informs her that Bree’s still with the man she saw earlier.  Lizzie asks if it’s the same man with the loose morals, and the barkeep confirms that’s the one.  This won’t bode well for Roger later.

Across town, Claire and Jamie are at the play the governor invited them to.  When he introduces them to his right hand man, Claire notices that he’s in a great deal of pain, and he’s constantly holding the left side of his body.  Claire offers to examine him further, but she’s quickly dismissed by Governor Tryon.  The governor and Jamie leave to discuss men’s matters, and allow the ladies to meet with the other wives.  What fun.  However, Claire is in for a little treat…Tryon’s wife introduces her to none other than George and Martha Washington.  Yes, that George Washington.  Of course, he’s not the president yet, but Claire is still psyched to meet the father of the country and the man that whupped the British in the Revolutionary War.  Claire tells Jamie all about him, and says that if Bree were there, she’d have a million questions for him.  Bree’s too busy gettin’ her freak on.

Before the play starts, Governor Tryon tells Jamie that he set up a trap to arrest a group of Regulators that plan to rob a carriage carrying tax monies.  Jamie asks how he could possibly know what the Regulators have planned, and Tryon admits that there’s a traitor amongst them.  Jamie goes on to ask if he knows who the Regulators are, and Tryon—who doesn’t know how to shut the hell up—gives the name of the leader, Murtagh Fitzgibbons.

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Jamie knows he has to warn Murtagh somehow.  First he offers to ride out with the men, but the governor refuses, telling him to enjoy the play.  Jamie watches the play for a while—although I don’t see how he could possibly enjoy it with the audience constantly running their mouths, which apparently was custom back then—and notices that Tryon’s right hand is in even more pain than he was when they first got there.  Jamie gives the poor man a quick elbow in the side, putting him in even more distress.  When the man starts to scream in pain, Jamie interrupts the play to get Claire.  He tells her what’s going on with Murtagh and that he has to warn him.  Claire says she’ll buy him as much time as she can and demands to operate on the sick gentleman ASAP.  Of course, Tryon acts a fool, but Claire’s not taking no for an answer, especially given that she’s just diagnosed the man as having a hernia.  To add insult to injury, his intestines have moved, and possibly cut off his blood flow.

Outside, Jamie runs into The Washingtons.  They’re heading home, due to the fact that the play sucked.  Jamie lies and says that he’s going to get Claire’s surgical tools, and future President Washington offers him a ride.  Jamie is very keen to that idea.  Back in the theatre, Claire is operating on the right hand, who has the misfortune of going through surgery without anesthesia.  Ouch!  Tryon is still asking around for a damn surgeon, even though Claire has mentioned time and doggone time again that she is a surgeon!  Claire goes through with the surgery, and advises Tryon to speak to the man to keep him calm.  Tryon promises the man a fine house as Claire pushes the intestines back in and closes the surgical opening.  Of course, when the poor man passes back out, Tyron hopes that the right hand won’t remember a word he said.  The gentleman’s regular surgeon finally arrives as Claire’s stitching the man up, and says, “You butchered him!  All he needed was some smoke up his butt!”  Indeed.  Tryon finally wises up and lets the surgeon know that Claire has everything under control.  Jamie comes back just in time after Claire finishes closing the wound.

Somewhere across town, Murtagh and his crew about to rob the coach full of redcoats when Fergus appears, telling him that it’s a set up and there’s a spy in his camp.  Murtagh is a bit peeved that Jamie didn’t come and tell him himself, but Fergus informs him that Jamie was sort of stuck at the theatre.  Murtagh still happy to see Fergus anyway.  Keep in mind that Fergus was a 10 yr. old child the last time Murtagh saw him.  Now he’s a happily married father.  Man, time flies!  When Jamie leaves the theatre with Tryon, the governor’s pouting that he didn’t get his man.  He figures someone alerted Murtagh ahead of time, and the little man riding with them mentions that Colonel Washington (he was a Colonel back then) left earlier with his wife.  Washington, the little man, and Jamie were the only ones that knew about the set up.  Thankfully, no one saw Jamie leave with the Washingtons, but although Jamie’s in the clear, now the future president is now on the governor’s radar.

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Brianna and Roger are basking in the afterglow as they discuss Claire and Jamie’s obit.  Brianna hates that the year of her parents’ death is smudged on the obituary, and Roger agrees that the smudged date is extremely frustrating.  That’s when Brianna realizes that Roger had to have known about Claire and Jamie dying in that fire as well.  Roger admits that he found out about the fire before she left, but didn’t tell her.  That pisses Brianna off, and she gets even more pissed off after Roger tells her that he told Fi and not her.  They start arguing, and Bree eventually throws Roger out and tells him to go back to the 20th century.  Roger foolishly leaves Bree alone, a mistake that will seriously come back to haunt him.

Brianna goes back to the tavern and runs into none other than Stephen Bonnet, who’s gambling Claire’s stolen wedding ring in a card game (the original Lallybroch ring).  He grabs Brianna by the hand and asks her to blow on the ring for luck.  Bree recognizes the ring and asks where he got it, seeing as her mother had one exactly like it.  Bonnet tells Brianna that if she wants the ring back, they can come to an arrangement.  Brianna agrees.  *Sigh*  Sure enough, Bonnet lures her into a room off of the tavern and proceeds to beat and rape her.  What’s worse is that the people in the tavern hear Brianna crying and screaming for help, but they sit there going about their business like everything is everything.  God, I’m so glad I was born in 1981.  After the jackass is done assaulting Brianna, he mocks her for not being a virgin and gives her the ring, stating that he’s “an honest man that pays his debts.”  Before Brianna leaves, he tells her to give her mother his regards.  Poor Brianna walks up to her room, completely traumatized.  Wow.  Claire and Jamie really should’ve let his evil ass die.

This episode was really good, but it was also pretty dark.  To be honest, this entire season has been dark.  So far, we’ve dealt with racism, robbery, hate crimes, murder and rape, and there’s still five episodes left!  This is America!  Don’t catch you slippin’ up!  Brianna’s character is growing on me.  True, she’s still a bit bratty, but I’m starting to like her now.  I hate she had to go through what she went through.  The writers mentioned that they decided to have Brianna live the best and worst day of her life on the same night so the audience can feel the roller coaster of emotions she must’ve felt.  Let’s just say that crap worked.  The end of the episode was pretty damn depressing.  Once again, Bree and Roger’s story line this time around was more interesting than Claire and Jamie’s (God only knows what that doggone play was supposed to be about).  I remember when Bree and Roger’s scenes were good times for me to use the bathroom or get a drink of water, but no longer.  They’re getting more juicy, and I’m here for it!  The writers also pointed out that everyone was in Wilmington during this episode:  Claire, Jamie, Bree, Roger, Fergus, Marsali and Murtagh.  Unfortunately, everyone kept missing each other due to some type of circumstance.  I’d love to see an episode where everyone is together and they can all meet.  During Bree and Roger’s stand alone episode last week, Brianna was able to meet her Uncle Ian, and it was really sweet to see them together.  My only gripe is that Jenny wasn’t there.  Touching on the subject of Murtagh and Jamie, I can’t help but notice that Jamie’s affiliation with the governor and Lord John is making Murtagh see him in a new light.  I really hope this doesn’t destroy their relationship.  Anyway, this was a great—yet bleak—episode!  Keep ’em comin’!  Next week, I believe Jamie and Bree will finally meet!

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By the way…guess who’s finally caught up?  This chick!  Again, I wish y’all a safe and merry Christmas!  🎄🎁

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “Wilmington”?  Was it a good episode, or was it not one of your faves?  Was the ending too dark for you?  Was Bree wrong to be mad at Roger?  Was Roger wrong for not telling Bree about what happened to her parents?  Do you hate Stephen Bonnet?  Who do you believe is worse, Bonnet or Black Jack?  Do you want all the characters to meet?  Do you think Murtagh and Jamie’s relationship will be strained due to his relationship with the governor?  Do you think that Bree and Roger’s scenes are more interesting that Claire and Jamie’s?  Let me know in the comments section! 

 

“Savages” – Recap and Review

Okay, y’all…here’s another Outlander recap for ya!

1700’s North Carolina

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So this episode starts off with Claire and the Cherokee medicine woman spending time together picking herbs and trying to learn each other’s language.  During their conversation, the medicine woman asks Claire if she has children.  Claire replies that she has a daughter, but she lives far away.  The medicine woman informs Claire that her daughter is there with them.  Claire figures she means that Brianna is in her heart.  Shows what you know, Dr. Fraser.

In the next scene, we see the finished product of Jamie and Claire’s house, and man…Jamie did that.  It’s a pretty two story log cabin with a porch and a farm!  Jamie’s about to head out to town with Ian to get more settlers on Fraser’s Ridge, whereas Claire is about to leave the house to help a local girl give birth.  Before either of them go, Jamie mentions that he had a dream that Brianna had a diamond shaped birthmark behind her ear, and that he gave her a kiss there.  Claire confirms that Bree does have a birthmark there, and wonders how Jamie could’ve possibly known that given that she never mentioned it and Jamie’s never laid eyes on Brianna.  Of course, the answer is unknown.  Jamie leaves, but not before telling Claire that he doesn’t like leaving her all alone on that land.  Claire, being the hardheaded chick she is, assures him she’ll be just fine.  *Sigh*

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When Jamie gets to town, he offers the people 100 acres of land a piece, and informs that they can live on the acres rent free for the first year.  Not one man had time for what Jamie had to say.  Neither Ian nor Jamie can figure out why none of the men would turn down that much land for no rent.  When Jamie asks one of the locals, he tells him that basically the taxes are way too high, and that they gave up their farmland so they wouldn’t have to make the rich even richer.

Later that day, Claire is still with the local girl—who comes from a German family—who’s just given birth to a little girl herself.  The girl’s father and her brother show up sometime after the birth, and they’re over the moon.  However, the happy mood soon fades when the father catches wind of the hot Native American guys committing the heinous crime of getting water for their horses to drink.  Ooooooh!  The nerve!  The audacity!  How dare those no-good bastards try to get water for their horses on land that was initially theirs?

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Anyway, the father runs out with his son, guns drawn and ready to shoot the Native Americans…for the crime of watering their horses.  Claire tries to diffuse the situation letting the Natives know that although water belongs to everyone, Herr Dummy doesn’t see it that way.  Hot Guy, who’s among the men, decides to let it go, given that Claire is Mrs. Bear Killer.  However, Hot Guy decides to bless the water before he leaves.  He probably figured it was infected with stupidity.  Further proving this point, Herr Dummy tries to shoot Hot Guy for blessing the water.  Claire lets him know him know about the water blessing ritual and that he’s not trying to poison anyone.

For the next few days, Claire goes about her routine of housework, which includes feeding the animals, getting her medicinal herbs prepared, cooking dinner and throwin’ back some liquor.  I couldn’t help but notice that the animals seem to be eating better than the humans, considering that they appear to be eating salad, whereas the Fraser/Murray clan has been surviving off a beef jerky diet.  Snap into a Slim Jim!

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In the meantime, Jamie and Ian’s trip to get more settlers for Fraser’s Ridge turns out to be a complete bust.  Before they head back to the house, they see that their horse’s bit is broken, and Jamie sends Ian to the local blacksmith to fix it.  When Ian goes to the blacksmith, he refuses to mend the bit, seeing as it’s almost time for him to get off work.  Ian pleads with him, and the blacksmith agrees to do it for it for 21 shillings (is that like $10.00 nowadays?).  When the blacksmith turns to face Ian, we see it’s none other than Murtaugh!  MURTAUGH’S BACK!!!!!

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When Jamie finds out that Ian had to spend all the money they had to mend the bit, he’s pissed and goes to give the blacksmith a piece of his mind.  Of course, when Jamie sees who the blacksmith is, it’s all smiles and hugs.  Murtaugh even gives Ian the money back.  Awww…  Jamie and Murtaugh catch up, discussing Brianna—who Jamie is more than psyched to brag on, considering that she’s a young woman that attends a university and she’s currently living in the year nineteen hundred and seventy-one—and Claire, who Murtaugh’s more than psyched to hear about coming back through the stones to the 1700’s.  It was so cute to see him get so hyped up about that.  Jamie asks Murtaugh if he by chance knows how to forge silver, too (Jamie took one of his mother’s silver candlesticks that his Aunt Jocasta gave him, and he’s been looking for a silversmith ever since.  Every time he went to the local silversmith’s house, he’d always bump into his thirsty THOT bucket of a wife).  Murtaugh says he can work with silver, and will assist with whatever he needs.  Jamie also asks Murtaugh to come back to with him to Fraser’s Ridge.  Murtaugh refuses, especially after hearing that Governor Tryon granted Jamie the 10,000 acres.  After all, Tryon’s the one that’s been taxin’ the hell out of everyone.  Instead, Murtaugh extends an invite for Jamie to come to a meeting later that night.

Jamie and Ian show up at the meeting, and lo and behold, it’s a Regulators meeting.  It turns out Murtaugh isn’t just a member of the Regulators…he’s also the president.  Murtaugh asks Jamie to join up with them after the meeting, but he refuses, considering that Governor Tryon granted Jamie the land only under the condition that Jamie could keep the peace between the Regulators and the sheriffs.  Jamie informs Murtaugh that although he won’t join them, he won’t stop them, either.

Back at Fraser’s Ridge, things start to take a turn for the worse.  The local preacher visits Claire and tells her that the young German girl that just gave birth died of measles, and so did her baby.  Claire immediately tries to go to the German family’s home to console them, but the preacher stops her.  He tells her that Herr Dummy is blaming the Native Americans and her for what happened, and he’s out for blood.  You best believe Claire’s on her guard then!

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Sure enough, Herr Dummy comes to Claire’s cabin a few days later, and Claire makes sure to have her rifle and Rollo ready for any foolishness that might jump off.  However, Herr Dummy tells her that he’s actually there to make sure she’s okay and that she wasn’t infected with measles like his baby girl and grandchild.  When Claire hears that she lets ol’ boy in and allows him to grieve over the loss of his family.  Herr Dummy mentions that he and his son had measles not too long ago, and Claire lets him know that measles is contagious and can be passed from person to person (duh).  Herr Dummy still thinks the Native Americans had something to do with, considering that the baby died so quickly.  *Sigh*  He tells Claire that he took care of everything though, and he gives Claire a gift.  Claire assumes it’s the doll she previously gave the young lady as a gift after the baby was born.  Sadly enough, it’s not the doll…it’s the medicine woman’s scalp.  Claire is understandably horrified; Herr Dummy justifies his actions by saying he just took out the witch that concocted the spell the Natives put in the water in the first place.  Whatever.  Claire promptly kicks Der Furher out of her house.

It turns out that Herr Dummy isn’t just ignorant when it came to measles or being tolerant of other people’s beliefs/cultures, he’s also hella dumb when it comes to the subject of vendettas.  Violence just begets more violence, and the Natives were definitely all about taking an eye for an eye.  The hot guys show up at Herr Dummy’s house again, but this time, they don’t want no doggone water.  Just the opposite—they start shooting flaming arrows, Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves style.  Herr Dummy’s poor wife catches an arrow to the back, and God only knows if his son makes it out of the house alive.  Maybe he did and traveled back to Germany and sired the man, that sired the man, that sired the man that sired Hitler.  Just kidding.  Anyway, Herr Dummy turns up just in time to see his wife’s dead body burning and for the Natives to light his ass up…literally.

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Jamie finally comes back home, and after living in fear for the last few days, Claire is more than happy to see him.  He asks her what’s wrong, and Claire asks him to just hold her, which he does without question.  A day or so later, Claire’s out gathering firewood, and she hears someone whistling “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” behind her.  She turns and sees Murtaugh, and she couldn’t be happier.  Yay!

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Things aren’t too much better in modern day Scotland.  Roger goes to Inverness to try to find Brianna, but according to the taxi driver and the woman that runs the local bed and breakfast that he speaks with, they’ve seen Brianna, but she’s been gone for a hot minute.  The innkeeper gives Roger a letter that Brianna left for him.  Even though Brianna instructed her not to give Roger the letter until a year passed, she goes ahead and gives it to him right then, seeing as his heart was broken.  She makes sure to advise Roger to go “find a nice Scottish girl.”  I don’t know why, but for some reason, that cracked me up.

In the letter, Brianna tells Roger that she found out on her own that Jamie and Claire die in that fire, and she has to go back and try to help them.  She also refuses any help from Roger and tells him not to follow her (yeah, right!  Like he’s really gonna listen to that!).  The next thing we know, we see Brianna at Craigh Na Dun, dressed in 18th century garb.

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She walks up to one of the stones as the camera pans around the back side of it.  By the time the camera reaches the other side of the stone, Brianna is gone!

This episode was really good, but the non-stop racism that the Frasers are experiencing lately is just depressing.  Yes, I know this is how things were in the good ol’ U.S. of A. during this time period, but it’s infuriating nonetheless.  Thankfully, they don’t have to deal with that in the next episode (more about that later).  I was so glad to see Murtaugh again.  After he disappeared on season three and didn’t get so much as a mention afterward, I figured he’d just remain out-of-sight, but they brought him back.  His reunion with Claire and Jamie and the Native Americans’ revenge were the highlights of this episode, hands down.  Yeah, I said it.  Herr Dummy had no business killing an innocent woman—an innocent old woman, at that—that had nothing to do with what he thought happened to his daughter and grandchild.  I just hate that his wife and son had to suffer for his sins.  On another note, I love Jamie more and more as the series goes on.  The silversmith’s THOT wife kept throwing herself at him, but Jamie was just like, “I’m married, so don’t even try.”  On top of that, he was so proud of Brianna’s accomplishments and he it was adorable how happy he was to come back home to Claire.  I also loved the way his joy immediately shifted to concern once he saw that Claire was upset, and all he wanted to do was comfort her, just like she asked him to.  We all need a Jamie in our lives.

—Written by Nadiya

What did y’all think about “Savages”?  Who did you believe was the real savage:  Herr Dummy or the Native Americans?  Is Claire hard-headed?  Should she have listened to Jamie when he mentioned that she shouldn’t be alone?  How did you feel about Murtaugh’s return?  Are you excited?  How do you feel about Brianna traveling through the stones?  Let me know in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

“Common Ground” – Recap and Review

Hey, y’all!  I know I’m still behind, but I’m trying to catch up, so let’s jump right into this review, shall we?

The 1700’s

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We start off with Jamie meeting with the governor of North Carolina, signing his deed to Fraser’s Ridge, which is a whopping 10,000 acres of land!  I looked it up; that’s 15 square miles!  I failed to mention this before, but it was discussed in “America the Beautiful” that Jamie making this land deal with the governor could prove to be detrimental.  When the American Revolution comes in the next few years—and it will come—the governor may consider Jamie to be on the side of the British since he accepted this deed, which means he’ll have to fight for them when the war starts.  As we all know, the British lose the war, and the folks that were British sympathizers ended up losing the land they had…if they even survived.

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The governor asks Jamie if he’ll has any other settlers coming to the property, and Jamie tells him he has his best man (Fergus) putting out the word.  The governor warns Jamie to be careful who he lets on his land, considering that there’s “regulators” protesting against the tax collectors, and even some of the lawmen are stealing the tax dollars when policing the radicals.  I have a feeling this will be an important piece of info later on.

Before setting back out to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire goes to get some provisions.  Marsali tells her that she would’ve packed some food for Claire herself, but thanks to her morning sickness, she can’t even think about anything edible.  Marsali appears to be sad, and Claire asks her what’s wrong.  It turns out that she misses her crazy ass mama.  I have to be honest, even though I can’t stand Laoghaire’s nasty ass, I totally get where Marsali is coming from.  I’m damn near 40 myself, but whenever I feel sick, it’s so comforting to have my mom nearby.  Claire comforts Marsali, and tells Jamie that when she was pregnant with Brianna, she desperately wanted her mother there with her.  Claire worries about Brianna and sometimes wonders if she should’ve stayed with her.  Jamie tells Claire that when they were separated, he held on to her memory to keep him going.  He says that Brianna will do the same thing.

The family leaves for Fraser’s Ridge and starts setting up posts around the property boundaries.  While doing so, Jamie steps in some animal poo (gross), and Ian wonders what creatures may be roaming in their neck of the woods.  Claire informs him of the mountain lions and bears that might be in the area.  Just then, the Fraser/Murray family receives a visit from the Native Americans themselves…some smokin’ hot Native Americans at that.

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Jamie, never letting his guard down, drops his knife and shows them that he’s all about peace.  They men ride off, but they return a few days later, saying something to him and the others in Cherokee.  I’m sure it was something along the lines of, “Get off our land!  We were here first!”  Later that night, Claire confesses to Jamie that she feels like the Native American ghost she saw a few nights before may have been warning her that they’re not supposed to be on that land.  Jamie insists that the ghost brought them to the area and that the mountain spoke to him.  They’re right where they’re supposed to be.  He just wishes he could communicate with the Cherokee to let them know that they mean them no harm.  Claire suggests making a gesture of goodwill to them.  Jamie agrees and and says that he’ll talk with Mr. Meyers in the morning.

When they go to sleep that night, they hear some rustling in the woods.  At first, they think it’s the Cherokee coming back, but when their horse returns seriously wounded with scratches, Claire deduces that it’s a bear.  Jamie sees Mr. Meyers the next day and tells him what happened.  Mr. Meyers says that the Cherokee have been talking about tskili yona (pronounced “scheely yonah”) for the last few weeks, which is Cherokee for a bear that’s a bit more than the average bear.

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Old heads like me understand that reference.  😉😉

Some time later, the Cherokee are meeting for some type of ritual.  Nearby, the Fraser/Murray clan is turning in for the night, when they hear yet again another noise outside.  When they head outside to check it out, they see Mr. Meyers outside, mauled by a bear and hanging on by a thread.  The only thing the poor man is able to do is repeat the words tskili yona.  Claire rushes him in their makeshift hut, shifting instantly in doctor mode.  Jamie goes out to find the bear.  Meanwhile, the Cherokee ritual shows a medicine woman smoking a peace pipe and reciting a type of chant, while the others dance as if they were bears.

While Claire’s trying to save Mr. Meyers, she notices a bite on his neck and realizes that what’s been harassing them all this time wasn’t a bear at all.  At that same moment, Jamie is attacked by the true culprit:  a man dressed as a bear.  Jamie and the man fight, and thanks to the fact that he disarms Jamie right away and is armed himself with a knife and fake claws, he has the upper hand right off the bat.  As they’re fighting, Jamie notices one of his property posts nearby, and he manages to run from the dude just long enough to get to the post and pry it from the ground.  As expected, the bear-guy rushes Jamie and falls on the sharp end, which impales him through the chest.  Ouch.

Jamie takes the body to the Cherokee and greets them as Mr. Meyers instructed.  The hottest one out of the tribe—I’ll just call him Hot Guy—asks Jamie in English if he killed the faux bear.  Jamie tells them that he did, and the dude wasn’t some type of mystical bear; he was just a man.  Hot Guy replies that they knew he was just a man.  A while back, he raped his wife and that’s against Cherokee custom, so they banned him from their village.  The dude’s harassed them ever since, and basically lost his everlovin’ mind in the process.  Jamie asks if there’ll be anymore trouble from the tribe.  Hot Guy tells Jamie that death follows white men.  Jamie assures him that his family has come in peace.

Thankfully, Mr. Meyers survives his attack, and the Cherokee people visit the Fraser/Murray family to let it be known that they can co-exist in peace.  They’ve even bestowed the name “Bear Killer” to Jamie (Ian got a kick out of that!).  I swear, this man has too many doggone names.  Jamie invites the Cherokee to eat and the medicine woman tells Claire that she had a dream about her, and that Claire will grow to be a wise healer, with a great deal of medicine to cure the sick.  She also tells Claire that death comes from the gods and “it” will not be her fault.  Claire is understandably confused.

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Later on, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian continue working on Fraser’s Ridge, as well as their new home.  In a very sweet scene, Jamie carries Claire over the threshold of their unfinished house, describing how the finished product will look, blissfully unaware of the tragedy that will befall them.

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A year has passed, and Roger is still sulking over his botched proposal to Brianna.  In a moment of nostalgia, he pulls out the drawing that an artist sketched of himself and Brianna while at the Scottish Festival, and he also reads a bit of the book Bree gave him a as gift.  The book is about Scottish people that settled in North Carolina during the early colonial days, and in it, there’s a passage that gives some information about Fraser’s Ridge.  Roger hits up the author, and within a few weeks, she provides him with documents detailing Claire and Jamie’s time together on their land.  Roger decides to call Bree with his newfound info.

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Brianna, who’s still in Boston (with a foxy black roommate with the perfect ’70s ‘fro), is happy to hear from Roger (apparently, she’s told her roommate all about him, too…proof that Brianna has strong feelings for him…although he wants to act a damn fool), and she’s even more psyched to learn that her mother found her biological father.  However, when Roger gives the news to his childhood friend Fi—who knew about Claire traveling through time all along—she gives Roger other documents revealing that Claire and Jamie die in a tragic fire on Fraser’s Ridge a few years after they find each other!!!

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Roger tries to make another phone call to Brianna to give her the bad news, but her roommate, Gail, drops a bomb on him.  Brianna traveled to Scotland to “visit” her mother.  Sorry y’all, but I have to post another GIF for this revelation.

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Yep, that ’bout sums it up.

This episode was…decent.  The first time I watched it, it didn’t really hold my interest until the “bear” started wreaking havoc on the family.  The second time around, I found myself slightly more invested in the story, but it’s still not exactly hooking me into it.  However, we’re coming up on episode five now (once again, I know I’m behind), and Ms. Brianna decided to walk her rump through those stones and enter an era she’s not familiar with (reading about something and experiencing it firsthand are two different things), so things should start to pick up very soon.

I can’t wait to see Jamie’s finished house.  They show a glimpse of it in the opening credits, so I know it’s going to be nice, but I want a full tour.  I also can’t wait for Brianna to be reunited with her mom and meet her father for the first time.  That’s really gonna be interesting.  From what I’ve heard, Roger will go through the stones himself to find his woman, so these next few episodes should be chock full of drama, and hopefully I won’t feel like I’m watching a TV series as an assignment for my history class.  By the way, I’m really feelin’ those Native American men.  Be still, my beating heart.  ❤️❤️

—Written by Nadiya

How did y’all feel about “Common Ground”?  Was it a great episode, or just average?  Do you think Jamie will be able to keep Fraser’s Ridge?  Will Brianna and Roger find them in the 1700’s and save them from the fire?  What do you think about Brianna going back in time?  Do you believe The Frasers and the Native Americans can truly live in peace?  Are you psyched to see Jamie’s new house?  Let me know in the comments section!