“If Not For Hope” – Recap and Review

No rant today.  Just my usual recap.  Let’s go!

This ep starts off with Roger in the shower.  For a quick second, I figured that he actually did say, “Fuck Brianna,” and decided to go back to a time period that was a tad less violent.  However, the hot Mohawk guy shows up in the mirror behind Roger, and we see that he basically just had a hallucination.

Over at massa’s plantation aka River Run, Brianna—who’s now beginning to show her bun in the oven—is sitting in one of the meeting rooms drawing dark and disturbing images.  Lizzie sees her drawings and believes she’s possessed, but Brianna assures her that’s not the case.  Lizzie starts to blame herself for everything that’s happened, and begs forgiveness.  Surprisingly, Brianna forgives her and tells her that what she did was just an honest mistake, which it was, although it caused a ton of trouble.  Lizzie goes to walk out the room, but turns back and asks if Brianna will ever forgive Jamie.  Of course, Brianna can’t forgive Jamie because of what he said, despite the fact that he apologized the second he said it.  *Sigh*  So Lizzie can be forgiven, but not your father?

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In our favorite place, Nowhere, USA, Jamie is searching for Roger with Claire and Ian.  To say that there’s tension between the Frasers is an understatement.  They’re barely talking, unless it’s to discuss the situation with Roger.  Jamie asks Claire if she knows anything about the Mohawk.  Claire says that she only knows what she’s seen in movies, and with films, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction (the constant debate regarding Bohemian Rhapsody is proof of that).   Jamie remarks that if you don’t have both sides of the story, it is hard to tell what’s made up and what’s real.  Claire catches the subtle shade.  Jamie goes on to say if anyone made a movie about him, he’d probably be portrayed as a vicious brute.  Claire says that’s one side of the story.  *Sigh*

Ian tries to get the Cherokee to lead them to the Mohawk tribe, but they refuse, as they have no business up there with them.  Since Ian knows a little bit of the Mohawk language and the man he sold Roger to speaks English, they decide to go on without a guide.  When the family stops to make camp, Ian asks Claire to try to patch things up with Jamie.  Claire claims she’s not mad at Jamie, but she’s worried about Brianna and she’s upset about the situation.  Ian tells Claire that he hates to see the both of them suffering so much.

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In Wilmington, Fergus is looking for Bonnet and a job, and having no luck in either case.  When he gets back home, Murtagh is there, speaking with another regulator.  Marsali isn’t very comfortable with Murtagh being there—to say the least—and she’s especially not comfortable with the tasks he’s assigned Fergus with.  Fergus reminds Marsali that Murtagh would do the same for him if he had the chance.   As for being refused work every five minutes, it’s starting to make Fergus feel like half a man.  He remarks that Jamie doesn’t treat him as if he’s disabled, but the folks in town act like he’s a useless cripple since he only has one hand.  Later that night, Marsali wakes Murtagh up (and the way she wakes him up is doggone hilarious), and asks him to please allow Fergus to join the Regulators.  Even though what they’re doing is dangerous, and Fergus could possibly be killed, Marsali wants Fergus to feel like a man again.  She either wants a full man, or none at all.

At River Run, Jocasta’s planned a dinner in a few days and she makes arrangements to have Phaedra (the house slave) fit Brianna for a new dress, since she’s the guest of honor.  However, Brianna turns down Phaedra’s assistance.  It’s not because Phaedra is working for free against her will (much like the federal workers before the shutdown finally ended), but it’s due to the fact that Brianna isn’t in the mood for partying.  Brianna opts to draw a picture of Phaedra instead, given that’s she a beautiful girl.  Anyway, Jocasta later speaks with Brianna and tells her that being around other people will be good for her.  Besides, she already had Phaedra alter one of her old dresses, since Brianna refused to have a new one made.  Brianna says that she’s happier being by herself drawing.  Jocasta regales her with a story about how her sister (Jamie’s mother and Brianna’s grandmother) married way past her “prime,” but when she did, she married for love.  The story makes Brianna feel a bit better, and she agrees that being around other people may make things easier.  With that, Jocasta tells her to get her pregnant ass upstairs and try her dress on.

The night of the party comes, and Ms. Brianna looks stunning in her retro fitted dress.  All the fellas think so too, because the minute Brianna comes downstairs, they’re all staring at her with drool leaking from their open mouths.  I wish I had a bucket of water for their thirsty asses.

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It’s not lost on Brianna that the majority of the guests at that party are men—single men.  The few women that are there are either the men’s mothers or sisters.  What really irked me though, is when the guests inquire Brianna about her hobbies and interests, she mentions that she likes to draw and that she finished a picture of Phaedra just the other day.  Of course, Ms. Forbes, one of the guests, assumes that she drew a picture of Phaedra from Greek mythology.  That damn Jocasta even went along with that lie.  Another guest, Judge Alderdyce, correctly guesses that she’s talking about Phaedra the house slave.  The first thing out Judge Alderdyce’s mother’s mouth was, “Why ever would you want to draw a picture of that?”  That?  That!?  THAT!?

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Brianna actually looked appalled and the thirsty men continued to be thirsty.  However, their thirst turned to disappointment when the last guest arrived…Lord John Grey.

Back at Fergus’s place, Murtagh asks him to join The Regulators.  Although Fergus is more than happy that Murtagh even considered him to fight by his side, Fergus rejects the offer, telling him that his place is with Marsali and Germain.  Marsali is in the next room listening in, and when she hears Fergus’s answer, she’s delighted.  Yes, she wanted Murtagh to allow Fergus to be a Regulator, but hearing Fergus say that he’s more of a man being near his wife and child gives her reassurance that he is still a whole man, and that he’s happy with his family regardless.  She tries to hold in her joy when she enters the room they’re in and announces that the ship they were looking for just arrived at port.  Bonnet’s ship.  Before Fergus and Murtagh leave, Marsali stops the latter to say thank you.  Someone on social media mentioned that Marsali is so much more mature than her mother.  I wholeheartedly agree.

Back at River Run, the thirst continues to be real.  Brianna suggests they all play a  psychological game she learned a while back, and of course, the men jump at the chance.  She tells them all to close their eyes and imagine they’re in a secluded forest with one other person and an animal, and she’ll tell them what the person and animal represent.  After they’ve all done the exercise, Brianna asks Judge Alderdyce what he saw.  The judge says he was walking with Christ and saw a squirrel that continually pops up in his mother’s garden.  Brianna deduces that the judge feels the need to confess something and he’s keeping a secret from his mother.  The judge’s mother is quick to say that she and her son have no secrets.  Right.  Let me tell y’all something…my mom is my best friend, but she doesn’t know every little detail about me.  Let’s just be real.

Judge Alderdyce excuses himself for a moment, and Brianna asks Lord John what he saw.  Lord John says that he saw Jamie.

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Brianna wonders aloud why Jamie is the person Lord John imagined he’d be with, and he tells her that Jamie personally asked him to check on her.  When Brianna asks why, John answers that Jamie only told him that Brianna would soon be embarking on a long journey.  Brianna inquires if Jamie gave any other details, and Lord John tries to put her mind at ease by telling her Jamie would not divulge any personal info of hers unless she wanted him to.  John adds that Jamie is an honorable man, and Brianna quickly retorts, “Don’t talk to me about my father’s honor!”  Brianna is such a damn brat.  If these men knew I what I know, they’d run.

Brianna tries to excuse herself for a moment, but faints.  Lord John sees to her and helps her to another room.  Lizzie comes in genuinely concerned, but unfortunately spills the beans about Brianna’s pregnancy.  Naturally, Lord John doesn’t pass any judgement, and Brianna tells the tale of how she and Roger were handfast, hooked up, and how he was sold to the Mohawk.  John then gives Brianna a letter Jamie wanted her to read.  Of course, Brianna doesn’t read it.   Jocasta comes in to see about Brianna, and once they have some time alone, she asks if the party was a setup.  Jocasta admits it was (shocking!), and she tells Brianna that she has to get married soon, now that she has a baby on the way.  Brianna insists that she get married for love like her grandmother did, but Jocasta tells her that if doesn’t make a move soon, the baby will be born a fatherless bastard.  It’s one thing to be born out of wedlock in 2019, or even 1981 (me!) or 1971, but in 1769?  That’s a no-no.

At a tavern in Wilmington, Fergus, Murtagh and a few more of the Regulators spy on Bonnet’s ship mates.  After a few moments, guess who comes boppin’ up?  Stephen Doggone Bonnet himself, getting victim #2 ready.  Bonnet heads upstairs at to undo his fly and get ready for the deed, but before he can, Murtagh appears with his gun drawn.  Bonnet swears up and down Murtagh has the wrong room, and my boy gives him the perfect response, “Yes.  I’m looking for a gentleman.  You’re no gentleman.”  Then he knocks the hell out of Bonnet’s evil ass.  I love it.

Murtagh and Fergus are about to load Bonnet’s nasty ass in the wagon to take him away, but the authorities notice them.  Murtagh tells Fergus to get back to his family and punches him in the stomach to make it look like he was assaulting him.  When the cops arrive, they recognize Murtagh from his wanted posters.  Murtagh makes sure they realize he has Stephen Bonnet, a wanted murderer.  The cops take both of them away.  Dammit.

Later that night, at River Run, Brianna is up wondering if she should read Jamie’s letter or not, and true to form, she decides not to.  She gets up to get something to eat and/or drink and hears the sound of panting coming from another room.  She walks into the direction the noise is coming from, and guess what she sees!  It’s Lord John and Judge Alderdyce gettin’ their freak on!!

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I figured that when Brianna mentioned that Judge Alderdyce had a secret his mother didn’t know, him being gay was the hidden truth.  Once Brianna notices the two men having some private time, she runs back to her room.  The next morning, Phaedra happily wakes Brianna up to let her know that Mr. Forbes (one of the suitors) has staked his claim to Brianna and he’s already asked Jocasta for her blessing.  Naturally, Jocasta has no problem with it.  Brianna tells Phaedra to let Jocasta know that she went out for her morning walk and will be back.  She also tells Lizzie to have Lord John meet her outside.  Once she and Lord John are on the grounds alone together, she asks Lord John to marry her.

Lord John refuses, and Brianna—whose audacity knows no bounds—-threatens to tell other people about what she saw the night before.  She even throws Jamie’s name in the mix, threatening to tell him what she knows and Lord John easily calls her bluff, telling her that Jamie and Claire are already well aware of his alternative lifestyle.  After more threats and harsh words (one of which sounded like a veiled threat of marital rape if Brianna did force Lord John’s hand), Brianna and Lord John calm down and begin to speak to each other like civilized adults with some home training.  Brianna admits that she really wouldn’t have said anything, and in turn, Lord John admits that although he sees Jamie when he closes his eyes, he sees Claire as well, and the love they have for each other.  With tears in her eyes, Brianna confesses that she was raped and isn’t 100% sure who the father of her child is.  If and when Roger comes back, he may not want to be with her anymore.  Brianna doesn’t want to marry Mr. Forbes, but she will for the sake of her baby, since it looks like she no longer has a choice in the matter.

Brianna comes back to the house, and is all ready to give Mr. Forbes an answer.  However, Lord John enters and announces that he and Brianna are engaged.  Mr. Forbes leaves the house, clearly disappointed, but Jocasta is overjoyed.  It may not be the man she wanted for her grandniece, but it’s a man nonetheless.  Later, Brianna and Lord John are talking while on the porch.  Brianna admits that in this world, she’s said and done things she never thought she would or could.  Lord John tells her that sometimes people do bad things for a good reason, and that Jamie may know something about that.  Slipping back into brat mode, Brianna doesn’t wanna hear that, and says that she’s not sure what’s worse:  dwelling on the past or facing the future.  Lord John then tells Brianna about William, and how much he loves him, even though he’s not biologically his.  Oooh, I bet this child’ll have a shit fit when she finds out who William’s father really is.  Anyway, Lord John assures Brianna that Roger will love the baby no matter what.  It’s only then that Brianna finally does the mature thing and reads Jamie’s letter.

Back in the Neverending Forest, Rollo approaches Ian with a big ass bone.  Ian is eventually able to pry the bone from Rollo’s mouth, and when Claire examines it, she states the obvious…it’s human.  Hell, I honestly believe it was a femur, also known as a thigh bone, for those of y’all that cut anatomy class.  Rollo leads them to the body where the bone was found and Ian recognizes him as the man that was already captured by the Mohawk when he sold Roger to them.  They go off in different directions and search for Roger’s body, but they don’t find anything.  They end up giving the man a proper burial, and when Ian states that he feels so bad for him, Jamie says, “Well, one thing…he was someone’s son.”

Claire—like her bratty daughter—finally has the power to forgive Jamie.  She enters his tent later and apologizes for not telling him the truth about Brianna’s attacker.  She goes on to say that after Frank died, Brianna and Claire kept secrets just to themselves, which is why she didn’t tell Jamie what was going on.  Jamie tells Claire that Brianna doesn’t need him, and that he can’t be a father to her.  After all, Brianna said that Frank would never say the things Jamie said to her.  Jamie goes on to say that he’s jealous of Frank because Brianna thinks he’s a better man.  He even says that he was starting to think that Claire saw Frank as a better man, too.  Claire comforts him by telling him that Brianna says things out of anger just like he does, and that Frank was far from perfect.  They embrace and y’all can guess what happened next.  This scene made me cry.  I hate seeing Jamie so miserable.

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Somewhere in upstate New York (let’s say Syracuse!), Roger finally arrives at The Mohawk encampment.  The second he arrives, the men untie him and form a Soul Train line where they actually take turns beating him.  Seriously.  Even I can’t make this shit up.  And that’s the end.

This episode was enjoyable, but I can’t help but notice that Jamie and Claire are being pushed further and further into the background whereas Brianna and Roger are being brought into the forefront.  For the last few weeks—including the following episode, which I will review soon—we’ve seen Brianna and Roger have the most screen time as well as the most interesting storylines.  Outlander is supposed to be Claire and Jamie’s story.  I miss the plot centering around them.  This season, they’ve become supporting characters in their own doggone show!  As for Ms. Brianna, she showed a bit of improvement, but she’s still not on my good side as of yet.  That won’t happen until she actually faces her father, and tells him, “I forgive you, and I’m sorry for the hurtful things I said.”  I would add that she needs to call him “Da,” as he asked, but at this point, we can’t expect miracles.  Even if she does that, I still have to give her the side eye for being so complacent with having slaves wait on her hand and foot.  I’ll give her a point for being offended when Jude Alderdyce’s clueless mama referred to Phaedra as “that,” but that’s all I can give her credit for.  Hell, Brianna’s even gotten comfortable with ordering Lizzie around at this point.  As for Roger, I really feel bad for the poor man.  This trip back in time has been pure hell on him!  The 18th century truly blows!

Despite my feelings regarding Roger and Brianna being the main focus of the series as of late, I did like this episode.  The party had me in stitches, considering that Jocasta brought together some of the most least desirable men in North Carolina to ask for Brianna’s hand in marriage.  What really had me rollin’ was that the oldest, least attractive one was the thirstiest of them all (Lieutenant Wolf, in case you’re wondering).  Ain’t nobody comin’ to see you, Otis!

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It was good to see Lord John again, and aside from that uncharacteristic threat he gave Brianna, he further proved why he’s such a beloved addition to the Outlander arc.  Ironically enough, he was the only handsome “suitor” invited to the party (even the writers touched on this), but we all know he wasn’t interested for a multitude of reasons.  I’m glad that Claire and Jamie made up.  It’s just a shame that they had all of 15 minutes of screen time.  Sadly enough, they got even less screen time in the next ep.  More on that later.

I apologize for being late posting these again.  All last week and most of this week, I was under the weather, so I didn’t write as much as I wanted.  I’m going to crank out this next episode recap/review as quickly as I can, as well as the season finale.   That’s right, we’ll soon face the season known as “Droughtlander.”  If that means a break from Brianna though, I’m all for it.

—Written by Nadiya

So what did y’all think about “If Not For Hope”?  Do you think Brianna is still being a brat?  Did you ever feel like she was being bratty?  Did you think she was okay with having the slaves wait on her at Jocasta’s house?  Do you feel bad for Roger’s plight?  Do you think he’ll still accept the baby if it isn’t is?  What do you think about Jamie and Claire no longer being the central characters this season?  Do you miss seeing them, or are you okay with Brianna and Roger taking the spotlight?  Let me know in the comments section!

“The Heart’s Deep Core” – Recap and Rant

That’s right…this is one of those posts.  Buckle up.

Picking up where we left off last week, Jamie finds Brianna in the yard, and she notices his hand is bandaged.  When she asks what happened, Jamie shrugs it off and confesses that Claire told him what happened to her.  Jamie offers an invitation for Brianna to join him for a walk, and while they’re together, Jamie tells Brianna that she’ll have to get married soon.  Brianna says that she only loves Roger, although she doubts he’ll want her after all is said and done.  Jamie sweetly tells her that if Roger is worth his salt, he will still want her, and if not, he doesn’t deserve her in the first place.

Brianna goes on to blame herself for what happened, and no matter how hard Jamie tries to tell her that the rape wasn’t her fault, she refuses to listen.  True, victims of sexual assault usually blame themselves, but this is also a symptom of Brianna’s big mouth, her having an answer for everything, and her thinking she knows everything.  Yeah, I’m a bit pissed at Brianna right now.  You may have gathered as much from the main photo.  I’ll explain.  Read on.

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When Jamie sees that Brianna won’t listen to good old fashioned reason, he decides to use some faux slut shaming that even had me fooled at first.  Brianna tries to slap him (the one time that I actually justified it in this episode), but Jamie sees the blow coming a mile away, grabs her arm and puts her in a headlock.  Jamie tells her that if he wanted to, he could snap her neck, and asks if there’s any way she can fight him off.  Brianna has to admit that she can’t, and Jamie asks, “Well, how do you think you could’ve fought him?”  Brianna sees Jamie’s point, and she reveals that she knows about what he went through with Black Jack in Wentworth Prison.  She also asks him what he wanted to gain from killing Jack Randall.  Jamie says he wanted to regain his honor.  Brianna admits she wants to kill Bonnet, but Jamie reminds her that she’s never killed a human being before.  Brianna says that she feels like if she kills him, she’ll forget.  Jamie tells her that unfortunately, she’ll never forget, but eventually, she’ll heal.

Somewhere far away, Roger is held captive by the Mohawk tribe alongside a nameless man that’s a bit worse for wear.  Roger isn’t in much better shape than the other hostage, considering that he looks like Martin after he went toe to toe with Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns, but he’s still alive, thank God.

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Roger, who’s a very smart and resourceful young man, is making sure to take note of the landmarks around him, keep track of the days of the week and the direction they’re traveling in.  That way, he can make his way back when he escapes, which he informs his fellow captive he will most definitely do.

Later, Claire and Brianna get together one night to discuss her options.  Claire tells her that if she decides to have an abortion, it’ll have to be surgical, since there’s no Plan B herbs she can give her.  She goes on to remind Brianna that if she takes the surgical route, it’s gonna be painful and risky.  No, really?

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However, if Brianna wants to keep the baby, she’s gonna have to go back through the stones soon.  There’s no guarantee she and the baby can go back through the stones together, or there’s the possibility that Brianna ends up in one time period and the baby goes to another.  The abortion will also have to be soon, if that’s what Brianna wants.  Brianna makes peace with the fact that she’ll have to decide something quick, and hugs her mother.

Brianna spends the next few days enjoying her family.  During this time, she finds out that Ian has a little crush on her (gross…Brianna is quick to tell Jamie that in her time, we don’t date our doggone cousins, but nonetheless, she enjoys having a cousin), has more warm family dinners and a conversation with Claire about what they miss most about the future.  They mention hamburgers, aspirin and listening to music whenever you want to, which I can totally relate to, but then they mentioned the main thing I would’ve missed if were them…toilets.  We can add maxi pads, toilet tissue and running water to that mix.

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Then it all goes to hell.

Brianna has a dream that Roger has come back for her, and she tells him that she’s pregnant, but she doesn’t know if he’s the father.  The dream quickly becomes a nightmare when Roger becomes Bonnet, who immediately tries to violate her again.  Lizzie wakes Brianna up and tries to put her mind at ease by telling her that the man will never hurt her again.  Jamie whupped the dude’s ass, and he’s not coming back.  Brianna asks how Lizzie knows what “the man” looks like, and even though they don’t show her confessing that she fingered the wrong person, we all know the real deal.

Now we’ve come to the part where Brianna starts pissin’ me off.  While the family’s having breakfast, Brianna comes in and asks where Roger is.  Of course, Jamie and Claire are confused, considering that they were under the assumption that Roger traveled back to Scotland and returned to 1971.  Brianna tells them that Lizzie let the cat out of the bag and that it was Roger that got his ass beat.  By the way, I noticed that Brianna called Jamie by his name when she mentioned the beating, and not “Da,” and continues using his name for the rest of the episode.  Jamie honestly tells them that he didn’t know it was Roger and if he ravished her like she said, he needed a good beating.  Brianna blurts out that she was handfast to Roger and she wanted to have sex with him.  After Jamie hears that, he jumps to the conclusion that Brianna lied about everything after she found out that she got pregnant.  True, this isn’t Jamie’s finest moment, but I see how he figured that was the case considering that a) getting pregnant out of wedlock was a serious taboo back in the 1700’s, b) Brianna never mentioned that she lost her virginity and got raped in the same night and c) Brianna purposely failed to mention that the real rapist was Stephen Bonnet.  With that being said, Brianna gets in her feelings and builds up enough gall to slap her father, and this time, she succeeds.

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This is when Brianna finally comes out and says that she was raped, but it was by a different man.  Jamie immediately apologizes for what he said, but Brianna isn’t big on forgiveness, which is ironic seeing how doggone bratty she is.  Jamie gives his word as her father that he’ll make things right and find Roger, but Brianna has to rub more salt in the wound and say that her father would’ve never spoken to her the way he just did (meaning Frank), and Jamie’s nothing but a savage.  Ugh.  Ian asks who the real rapist was, and that’s when Claire reveals the real Lallybroch ring, proving the assailant was Bonnet.  ‘Bout damn time.  Only problem is it’s too little, too late.  When Brianna demands to know where Roger is, Ian says that he sold him to the Mohawk tribe.  Brianna, who feels the need to put her hands on everyone, delivers a slap to Ian this time, which causes his nose to bleed.  Lizzie apologizes for fingering the wrong man, and Brianna curtly answers, “You should be.”  Yes, it’s mostly Lizzie’s fault this clusterfuck happened, but it’s always irked me when people say “I’m sorry,” and “you should be” is the answer they get, especially if the person giving that answer has a questionable personality their damn self.

Jamie sees red and knocks a chair over, and that’s when Brianna has the nerve to holler out, “No!  No!  You do not get to be more angry than me!”

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Okay…so Jamie finally gets to see his estranged daughter after 20 some odd years, and finds out she was raped by none other than the man that he helped escape the noose, who also later robbed his wife and killed one of his closest friends.  To insult to injury, he beat up the wrong man thinking he was the rapist because Lizzie misidentified him, but it turns out that the poor dude was Jamie’s son-in-law and the potential father of Jamie’s unborn grandchild, just trying to get back to his woman.  On top of all that, this mishap has caused the relationship Jamie has with his daughter to sour before it really even starts.  Yeah, Jamie absolutely has no right to be as mad as Brianna.  *sarcasm*   And to think, the folks behind the scenes thought that line was gold.  Brianna asks how they can possible get Roger back, and Claire informs her that the Mohawk reside in upstate New York.  That’s a 400 mile distance from Fraser’s Ridge.

Meanwhile, in Nowhere, USA, Roger is still on the road with the tribe.  The poor dude that was also sold to them died, and seeing how the dead body is no longer profitable to anyone, the Mohawk literally drag him away.  Before forcing Roger to keep up behind their horses, they make sure to mention that they’re going to ride even faster than they did yesterday.  Damn.

That night, Ian explains that he received a necklace after delivering Roger to the Mohawk.  Of course, Brianna the Brat has to throw in the fact that it was his price for allowing them to take Roger.  Uh…he thought he was a rapist.  Not condoning slavery and/or kidnapping at all, but in the same vein, I can see why Ian wouldn’t have too much sympathy for someone that sexually assaulted his family…considering that he himself was sexually assaulted.  Anyway, Ian goes on to explain that he can use the necklace to bring Roger back.  Jamie promises to trade all he has to get Roger, but of course, Brianna doesn’t want the two of them to go, considering all the damage they’ve done.  Blah, blah, blah.  Claire pulls Brianna aside and asks her what she wants to do, given her situation.  Brianna says she’s decided to keep the baby, given there’s a 50/50 chance it’s Roger’s.  Even if the baby’s not Roger’s, she’ll still love it regardless.  That’s really sweet.  I’m still not liking you right now though, Bratty Brianna.

Claire tells her that she’ll be there for her through everything, but Brianna tells her mom that she’s not going to be there, because she needs her to go with Jamie and Ian.  Claire insists on staying with Brianna, but Brianna the Brat hollers out, “After everything those two have done, can you look me in the face and tell me you trust their judgement?”

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Claire still refuses to leave her spoiled ass child alone—with good reason—but Brianna says that if Roger sees Jamie and Ian coming for him, he won’t see them as rescuers, but as people that want to harm him again.  I have to admit, that makes a lot of sense, and although Claire seems to agree, she still doesn’t want to leave Brianna by herself, regardless of Lizzie being there.  Jamie suggests taking her to Jocasta’s plantation.  Murtagh offers to take her there so they can save time, and Brianna agrees.  She then goes on to tell everyone that they’re all going and they’re going to bring Roger back to her.  Before she walks off, Jamie tells Claire he had no way of knowing it was really Roger he whupped, considering that he was told the young man went back to his time.  Also, he brings up the extremely good point of Claire knowing who hurt Brianna, but not saying anything to him.  Claire reminds him that he told her that he hit a tree, and Jamie reminds her that she said that, he just didn’t correct her.  Semantics.  Claire storms off, apparently on a bit of high horse herself.  Before y’all think that I’m making Jamie and Ian exempt from any blame, I’m not.  They both did wrong.  However, it’s not all on Jamie and Ian.  Everyone has plenty of responsibility for this mess, Claire and Brianna included.

Now, you’d think with this foolery going on, we’d stop with the secrets and lies.  Oh, no.  Jamie asks Murtagh to find Stephen Bonnet on the low after he drops Brianna off.  He wants Bonnet delivered to him in secret.  Y’all can pretty much guess why Jamie wants him.  Stephen Bonnet robbed the woman Jamie loves and raped his daughter, not to mention he brutally murdered a good friend of his.  He gon’ have to die.

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Once again, I understand the motive, but we really need to stop with all the damn secrecy.

That next morning, Brianna says goodbye to Claire…and only Claire.  Ian offers his hand to Brianna in marriage in an attempt to fix the situation he had a part in (and I’m sure the fact that he has a bit of crush on her—for whatever reason—played a hand in the proposal as well), but Jamie tells him to get off his doggone knee.  Jamie promises to bring Roger back, and Brianna coldly tells him that she’ll hold him to that.  *Sigh*  What, you couldn’t even wave goodbye to your dad? I mean damn, he’s doing all he can to make up for what he did!  They all ride off, and in a few hours, Murtagh, Lizzie and Brianna arrive at River Run.  Brianna doesn’t seem to mind the slaves that much.  Truth be told, she doesn’t seem to mind the slaves at all.  Claire got sick to her stomach the second she saw them singing Negro spirituals in the fields.  Lord, this child irks me.   Murtagh and Jocasta greet each other and exchange stories of their earlier years in Scotland before getting to the real meat and potatoes of his visit.  He tells her that he’s brought Claire and Jamie’s daughter to live there with her for a while, and Brianna finally makes herself known, and doesn’t bother beating around the bush about why she’s there.  Jocasta greets her with open arms and welcomes her to the home, regardless of the circumstances.  Brianna remains somewhat cold.  Not surprising at this point.

Back in Nowhere, USA, the Mohawk stop for water at a nearby waterfall (when I say waterfall, it’s less like Niagara Falls and more like a trickle of water escaping a crack in a rock).  After they allow Roger to slurp a sip, they go back to dragging him behind the horses.  Roger’s been walking behind these men for at least a week and a half, so he’s pretty tired.  He starts to lag, but the men don’t stop moving for him.  Roger eventually falls behind—literally—and rolls off a cliff, hanging by the rope tied around his wrist.  He screams in pain as the Mohawk try to pull him up, but his hand slips out the knot.  Once Roger hits the ground, he gets on his feet and tries his best to run away.  One of the Mohawk shoot at him, but the other member of the tribe stops him.  After all, another dead man won’t be any good to them.  Roger gets a good distance away, and hides behind a rock to stay out of sight.  As the Mohawk pass him, Roger goes off in another direction.

As he’s making his way through the forest, Roger hears the sound of bees buzzing.  The sound gets louder and louder, and when Roger reaches the source, he doesn’t find a bee hive.  He finds another Craigh Na Dun type stone (how many of these things are there?).

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Roger begins to cry.  Ever since he traveled to the 1700’s, he’s had his life threatened, his ass beat, his heart broken, his freedom stolen, and he witnessed a seven year old child being thrown overboard to her death and her mother following behind.  I think it’s safe to say the 18th century sucks.  He takes the two gemstones he acquired from evil ass Bonnet out of his pocket and slowly reaches a hand out towards the stone, contemplating returning to a simpler time where things make sense, and indoor plumbing is plentiful.  Fade to black.

Now it’s time for me to go in.  Brianna, I was just starting to like you.  Yeah, you still had a small bit of brattiness in you, but Frank and Claire (mainly Frank) spoiled your ass rotten growing up, so I guess it’s hard to shed that.  However, your behavior this episode was abhorrent.  Yes, I understand you were raped the same night you lost your virginity to your true love, and my heart goes out to you for that.  I also understand that you’re living with the ghastly possibility that you’re pregnant with a child that may be the product of that rape.  You also have my deepest sympathy for that.  But the sympathy ends there.  You should have told Jamie and Claire from get go who was responsible for this heinous act.  No, Jamie shouldn’t have gone half cocked and whupped Roger’s ass, Lizzie should’ve gotten clear confirmation before fingering Roger as the rapist, and they shouldn’t have kept it quiet, but that doesn’t make you exempt.  You and Claire should’ve told the damn truth about who was responsible.  You call Jamie a savage and disown him because he was looking out for you, when you didn’t tell him the entire story?  Girl, bye.  Like it or not, Jamie is your doggone daddy.  Show some damn respect.

This brings me to another point:  you love to say and do horrible things to your parents when you get in your little feelings.  This includes Frank, and he was your favorite out of the three!  When Claire fessed up about your true parentage, you dropped an F bomb at her, implied she was a bored, ho-ish housewife that cheated on her husband with some random dude and made up a story to dress up the ugly “truth” (hmm…you ever stop to think that maybe you and Jamie aren’t that different?) and wished that she died instead of Frank!  When Frank told you that he wanted to divorce your mother, you stormed away from him and didn’t even bother to say that you loved him after he said it to you.  Sadly enough, he died a few hours later.  Bet you wish you could take that shit back.  When Jamie left, you couldn’t get your head out of your ass to tell him goodbye, knowing he could run into danger trying to get Roger back.  Roger was right; you’re still a damn child, and you’ll never learn.  Grow the hell up.

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As for the epic beating and Mohawk trading fiasco, I don’t agree with it, but I can definitely see where Jamie and Ian were coming from.  Believe it or not, Miss Brianna, you’re not the only person in the family that’s been sexually assaulted.  Jamie is a rape victim.  Ian is a rape victim.  Hell, Claire was almost raped dozens of times throughout the show.  Jamie and Ian have both been through that hurt and anguish, and will deal with it for the rest of their lives.  They couldn’t have felt too good with the knowledge that now you have to deal with the same hurt and anguish.  With that being said, when Lizzie told them that the man that hurt you was nearby—near your home—naturally, they wanted to protect you and make the man that committed this crime suffer.  Yeah, I get they whupped your boyfriend, but can you at least see why they did it, even if it can’t be condoned?  I mean, you mentioned killing Bonnet your damn self.  You don’t think your father felt the same way?  Oh, and Claire…baby, I’m gonna need you to get off your high horse, too.  You could’ve said something to Jamie once you found out who the real assailant was.  I can’t stress that enough.  And stop letting Brianna believe that she’s running things.   She don’t run shit.  “Mama, you’re going!  You’re all going!”  Child, please.  And to think…I heard she acts even worse in the books.

Brianna, I’m gonna need you to do better.  I really am.  Not saying Jamie’s perfect, I’m not saying what he did was right, but he did it to look out for you.  He doesn’t deserve your cold shoulder, your slaps to the face(my mother would knock my ass into next week if I put my hands on her), your little cuss words or dirty looks.  You have the right to be mad, but not disrespectful to your father in his house.  And you don’t have the right to dictate how someone else should feel about this royal mess…a royal mess that you could’ve possibly prevented.  You’re about to be somebody’s mama now, so I suggest you start acting your age and not your shoe size.  I hope to see some improvement in your attitude over the next three weeks.  But until then, you’re canceled.  Kick rocks.

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—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “The Heart’s Deep Core”?  Is Brianna being a brat?  Do you agree with her?  Did you understand why Jamie and Ian did what they did or do you think they were just all the way wrong?  Is Brianna your least favorite character or one of your all time favorites?  If you’re a book reader, do you believe that her behavior was worse in the book?  Do you think Jamie doesn’t have the right to be more angry than Brianna?  What about her disowning Jamie?  Do you agree or disagree?  Do you think I went in on her too harshly?  Let me know in the comments section!

 

“The Birds and the Bees” – Recap and Review

Happy New Year, y’all!  🍾🎆🥂🎊🎇🎉

Let’s jump right into this bad boy…so, we pick up where we left off last week; a traumatized Brianna enters her room, clearly assaulted.  Lizzie asks if she was with “that man,” and Bree just answers yes, wasting little time changing out of her bloody clothes and washing herself.  Lizzie sees the blood on her undergarments and the bruises all over Bree’s back, not to mention the bloody nose she has from Bonnet hitting her.  She tells Bree that if she wants to talk, she’s willing to listen, but Brianna isn’t trying to discuss the subject at all.

The next morning, against Lizzie’s advice, Brianna gets up to continue her search for Jamie and Claire.  Before Bree woke up, Roger came back to the tavern looking for her.  Instead, he comes across evil ass Stephen Bonnet, who pretty much forces him to accompany his crew back on his ship to sail to Philly.  Roger reminds Bonnet that he only needed passage to Wilmington, and Bonnet reminds Roger that he agreed to join Bonnet’s crew to all ports of call, and Wilmington was just one of the ones on the way.  If Roger refuses, Bonnet’s friends onshore will make sure that he loses a limb.  What an ass.

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Bree comes downstairs a few hours later, and the barkeep informs her that Roger was there and he was looking for, but he boarded a ship.  By the time Bree goes to the docks, Bonnet’s ship is gone.  Bree’s clearly upset until Lizzie tells her that she heard some people talking about a woman at a play in town that opened up a man—as a surgeon would—and saved his life.  Brianna automatically knows she’s talking about Claire.  Lizzie also lets it be known that the woman’s husband, Jamie Fraser, is in town as well.

Bree rushes to the location Jamie is rumored to be.  She asks a man standing around if he’s happened to see a tall, red-headed Scotsman, and he says that he’s in the back.  Dun-dun-DUNNNNNNN!!!

Sure enough, Brianna finds Jamie in the back of the building…peeing.

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Gross, but real.  Jamie senses someone watching him do his business, so he asks the young girl what she wants.  Bree mentions she wants him, and he’s quick to let her know he’s married.  I doggone love Jamie!  Anyway, Bree asks if he’s Jamie Fraser, because if so, she’s looking for him.  Before he can walk off, Bree puts her hand on him, and it seems to me that she not only wanted to stop him, but she wanted to touch him to make sure he was real.  Jamie reiterates that he’s married, and asks if she has a message for him.  Brianna lets him know that she’s his daughter.

The two of them share a tearful first meeting with hugs and sweet words in Gaelic (Jamie already has a special name for Brianna!).  A few moments later, Jamie takes Bree to see Claire, who’s somewhere in town picking up supplies, and they’re happily reunited.  Afterward, Brianna informs Claire and Jamie about the fire and meets Young Ian for the first time.  Claire later suggests that for the next decade, they don’t spend any time in the cabin on January 21st (remember, they don’t know what year the fire takes place, because the date was smudged).  Jamie reminds Claire that they haven’t had much luck changing the future before.  Lord, don’t I know it (Culloden, anyone?)!

The Fraser/Murray clan make their way back to Fraser’s Ridge, and during the commute we learn that Lizzie has a little crush on Ian, and Brianna finds out from her little cousin that Stephen Bonnet’s evil ass came across Claire’s wedding ring after he robbed them and killed Jamie’s friend from Ardsmuir.  Ian also tells Bree that Jamie felt guilty enough for what happened considering that Bonnet conned him and Claire into helping him avoid the authorities.  As a result, Bree stays silent about the rape and keeps Claire’s original Lallybroch wedding ring to herself.   Bree does tell Claire about breaking up with Roger, but Claire can sense something else is bothering her.

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When the family gets back to the house, they’re greeted by none other than my boy Murtagh!  They spend the night having dinner and exchanging embarrassing stories about Jamie’s childhood (Lizzie was MIA due to being sick).  Brianna excuses herself after a while and goes to bed, her mood suddenly wavering.  The next morning, she and Claire are wrapping up herbs, and Bree admits that Frank knew that Claire would return to Jamie someday and die in that fire (in the “Down the Rabbit Hole” episode, we see a flashback where Brianna finds Frank reading the obit a few while slurping down some brown liquor.  Bree didn’t know what the document was at the time).  While talking, she accidentally knocks over some of the bags of herbs and gets upset.  Claire assures Bree that they can talk about what happened with Roger, but Brianna tells her what’s done is done.

Over the next few weeks, Jamie and Brianna get to know each other.  Sometimes Brianna’s happy and smiling, and sometimes she’s sad and sullen.  Claire suggests that Brianna and Jamie spend some quality time together hunting, and Jamie agrees.  When he goes to wake up her up that morning, he notices that she smiles in her sleep, just like he does.  Interesting enough, Bree and Jamie go in the mountains to hunt bees.  Jamie explains to Bree that they’ll retrieve the hive and release the bees closer to their house so they can cultivate the honey nearby.  Bree asks if the bees will okay, and Jamie tells her they’ll be content in their new home, obviously alluding to Brianna being with him in the 1700’s.  Bree replies that she has a home, and Jamie tells her he has no intention of replacing her father.  Bree also brings up the fact that she learned her nickname means “disturbance” in Gaelic (Jamie and Murtagh had a discussion about her nickname sometime earlier.  Jamie didn’t want to tell Bree so he wouldn’t hurt her feelings, but Murtagh spilled the beans).  Jamie tells her that although she and mother were disturbances, they were welcome ones, so he’ll continue to call her Bree.  Bree’s not sure what to call him; he insists she call him “Da,” if she wants.  Later, they go home and enjoy the honey from the bee hive.

While in bed, Jamie laments to Claire he dreads Bree going back to the 20th century one day.  Claire tells him she must go back, considering that the 1970s are the time period that she knows and belongs in.  I mean, let’s face it, ever since Bree came to the 18th century, she’s been threatened and raped.  A day or two later, Claire and Brianna are out harvesting herbs, and Claire asks her to tell what’s really going on.   Claire goes on to ask the million dollar question…“How far along are you?”

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Bree confirms she’s about two months along, and she also confesses that the baby might not be Roger’s.  It’s only then that Bree reveals that she was raped, but she still doesn’t mention who the man was or finding Claire’s original wedding ring.  Claire asks when Bree was raped, and she tells Claire that it happened the same night she lost her virginity to Roger.  Later that night, Claire tells Jamie what happened and about Bree being in the family way.

In the meantime, Roger’s slavery—I mean, employ—on Bonnet’s ship finally comes to an end.  When it’s time for Bonnet to pay Roger, the latter asks for one of Bonnet’s rubies as compensation instead (you have to have a gemstone to pass through the stone.  By the way, I’m certain those rubies Bonnet had are more of Claire and Jamie’s stolen merchandise).  Bonnet agrees and Roger walks away with one of the tiniest stones.  I’m surprised his dirty, greedy ass let him have one.  Roger makes his way back to North Cakalacky and guess who spots him?  Lizzie.  She immediately thinks that Roger is the rapist and she goes to tell Jamie the news.  After Jamie hears everything, he orders Ian to take Lizzie home while he gets ready to raise all hell.  He also orders Lizzie not to breathe a word of this to Claire or Brianna.

Back at the house, Claire finds her original wedding ring in Brianna’s clothes.  When she confronts Bree about it, she puts two and two together and realizes that Stephen Bonnet is the one that raped Bree.  Brianna makes Claire promise not to tell Jamie for fear of upsetting him further and of what might happen if he encounters Bonnet again.  After all, the man is evil incarnate.  A little ways from the house, Jamie finds Roger in no time, and as Roger proceeds to politely ask him where Fraser’s Ridge is, Jamie proceeds to give Roger a down home country-Scottish ass whuppin’.  Ian and Jamie put Roger’s bloody pulp of a body on a horse to…anywhere.  Jamie basically says he doesn’t give a damn where Roger goes as long as he’s out of his sight.  DAYUM!

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And that’s how the story ends.

I tell y’all what, this season of Outlander is just getting better and better with each episode!  Brianna is really growing on me, and my heart seriously went out to her this week.  She had to be going through a serious emotional roller coaster.  She finally met her estranged biological father and reunited with her mother, but the night before she lost her man and was later raped by a psychopath.  Then, to make matters worse, she ended up pregnant and has no idea if the father of her child is the love of her life or the physical manifestation of pure evil himself.  As for what happened towards the end, this is the end result when folks keep secrets.  I know Bree’s going through a lot right now, but I wish she had been truthful about the person that hurt her.  I also wish that Jamie had been forthcoming about what Lizzie told him.  Because of all this, poor Roger got his ass royally whupped for nothing, and I mean royally whupped.  That’s no way to introduce yourself to your son-in-law, Jamie.  Next week, it looks like Roger’s going to be in the company of some of the Native Americans nearby, tied to a horse…but even that won’t stop him from trying to get to his lady love.  Jamie and Lizzie won’t be too happy about that.  Bree’s going to have to fess up.  Oh yeah, and Brianna and Claire are going to discuss her options.  Y’all know what I mean.  Once again, great episode!  I can’t wait for next week!

—-Written by Nadiya

So what did y’all think about “The Birds and the Bees”?  Were you happy to see Bree’s first meeting with Jamie?  Did you feel bad for Bree throughout the episode given what she was going through internally?  What about Roger?  Do you think Brianna and Jamie were right about keeping the truth about everything, or do you think they did the right thing?  What’s your opinion on Lizzie falsely accusing Roger of Brianna’s rape?  Do you think the season is getting better as it progresses?  Let me know in the comments section!

“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! 

 

“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.

The 1970’s

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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!

“The False Bride” – Recap and Review (Plus the Mini Recaps of Eps 1 and 2!)

What’s up, y’all!  I told you I’d do my Outlander recaps this season, didn’t I?  Yes, I know I’m late as all hell, as usual (and yes, I’m aware I’m still an episode behind), but better late than never!  I was wrong about one thing, though.  Instead of doing one mini-recap, I have to do two before going into what happened in last week’s episode.  Not much is happening this season so far so the recaps won’t be too drawn out.  Here we go!

Episode 1 – “America the Beautiful”

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“America the Beautiful” starts off with Claire and Jamie in North Carolina, awaiting their friend’s execution for basically defending himself against a pissed off husband that tried to murder the poor man after finding him with his lyin’ ass wife.  Jamie suggests causing a distraction to free his friend (whose name I can’t remember at the time, and I’m not going out of my way to find out, considering the guy was a peripheral character at best), but his buddy refuses and accepts his fate.  We see that Jamie’s friend isn’t the only person about to be hung on the scaffold.  There’s also a dude named Stephen Bonnet that’s about to be strung up as well for the crime of piracy.  Long story short, Jamie’s friend dies, a commotion is caused by someone else in the crowd right afterward and Bonnet escapes.

The Frasers consider taking a ship back to Scotland to take Young Ian back to Jenny and Ian, Sr., but they soon decide to stay in America, because…reasons.  Fergus and Marsali decide to stay for a more legit reason:  Marsali’s pregnant, which means Claire, Jamie and nutty ass Laoghaire will be grandparents!  While finding a spot to officially bury Jamie’s friend later that night, they find Stephen Bonnet hiding in their wagon, and he begs them to help him escape the authorities.  Claire and Jamie’s hearts are made of gold, so they help the dude out.  Big mistake.  When they travel with Young Ian down the river to go to Jamie’s aunt’s plantation, Bonnet catches up to them and thanks them for their kindness by robbing them blind and killing Jamie’s other friend from prison, with Ray Charles’s “America the Beautiful” playing in the background.  This is America.  Don’t catch you slippin’ up.

Episode 2 – “Do No Harm”

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*Sigh*  This episode’s story line pissed me off so much, I thought I’d need a damn drink afterward.  After Jamie and Claire are robbed by murderous pirates, they finally make it to Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta’s house.  Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta has a beautiful plantation right on the river (as a matter of fact, the property is known as River Run), that’s chock full of slaves.  Claire, of course, is not here for the foolishness, so you can imagine her reaction when she finds out that Jocasta left the plantation to Jamie when she dies.  Jamie figures he can take the property and free all the slaves, but he soon finds out in order to do so he’d have to go through a ridiculous amount of red tape that I won’t even try to break down, because it’s all bullshit.  So much for slavery being a choice.

To add insult to injury, Jamie is later summoned to be a witness “to ensure that justice is done” after a slave has injured an overseer near River Run.  However, when Jamie gets to the location, he sees the slave with a hook in his side and a noose around his neck.  The overseer, injured though he may be, is the one stringing the man up.  Guess he wasn’t hurtin’ too damn bad.  Neither Claire nor Jamie is up for this shit, and Jamie orders the man off the noose.  Oh, that pissed off the townspeople plenty.  Claire takes the slave, Rufus (the young man admitted to Claire later that he was taken from Africa, so there’s no telling what his real name is), and performs surgery.  Jocasta warns that they’re making a grave mistake and they must turn Rufus in to the authorities as mandated by the law.  They basically give Jamie until 12:00 AM to hand Rufus over.  Needless to say, the bloodthirsty racist ass mob shows up at River Run around 10:45.

Jamie suggests to Claire that they should euthanize Rufus instead of delivering him into the hands of the mob, where he’ll undoubtedly face a long, agonizing death.  Claire agrees and puts some poison in a tea and allows Rufus to drink it.  After Rufus recalls his happier times in Africa with his sister to Claire, he passes away.  Jamie delivers Rufus’s dead body to the River Run chapter of the KKK and they proceed to string him up on the nearest tree as Jamie, Claire and Young Ian watch in horror.  Welcome to the dirty south.

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North Carolina, the 1700’s

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This brings us to the present, so to speak.  After the Fraser/Murray family personally witness a live retelling of Roots, they wisely decide not to spend any more time at River Run.  Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta isn’t too happy about that, especially when she hears Jamie’s plans to live out his days as a printer, but she’s just SOL.  They’re going.  Jocasta makes sure to give Claire an earful before they head about about how Jamie is squandering his birthright and how he should have been a laird, and yadda-yadda-yadda.  Yeah, Claire.  How dare you?  Being a slave master isn’t that bad!  It’s perfectly fine to snatch up an entire race of people just because they’re a different color than you, debase them, split up their families, force them to change their culture and religion and have them work for you day and night…for free!  What’s even better is that Jamie can get freaky with the slave girls, knock them up and either sell the babies for profit or utilize them for even more labor!  What’s even better is that this practice will go on for another hundred or years!  Jamie had the perfect chance to carry on the practice of systematic racism and oppression.  Damn you Claire, you selfish ho.

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Right before Jamie and Claire leave Jocasta to her foolery, Ian lets it be known that he’s staying in America with them and not returning to Scotland.  Jamie tries to convince Ian that he’s not old enough to be on his own, but Ian reminds his uncle that he’s been attacked by pirates twice, gone through a hurricane, kidnapped and thrown in a dungeon (not to mention he’s been sexually assaulted and witnessed a hate crime).  After all he’s been through, he’s basically grown from a boy to a man in the past few months.  I had to agree with Ian after hearing that, and Jamie does too.  Jamie relents and goes to write Jenny and Ian Sr., but Young Ian tells his uncle that he’s a man now, and a man can write his own letters.  You go, young man.

The Fraser/Murray family set out with the family dog, Rollo, and Mr. John Quincy Meyers, a local guide.  Ian, who has become pretty close with Mr. Meyers (they started to bond in the previous episode when Mr. Meyers helped Ian wash Rollo after the pup had an encounter with a skunk), breaks away from Claire and Jamie with his new friend to trade tobacco with the nearby Native Americans.  While the Frasers have some time to themselves, they chat about Brianna, and how in her time, women can be anything they want to be.  Claire admits that Brianna hadn’t quite found her way when she left (we learn during this episode that Brianna began studying engineering at MIT sometime after Claire went back through the stones).  Jamie assures Claire that Brianna is a smart young lady, and she’ll eventually find her purpose.  Claire later asks Jamie if he was making decisions about his life just for her sake, and if being a printer would really be enough for him.  I guess Jocasta’s foolery got under Claire’s skin after all.  Jamie tells her that although he enjoyed living the life of an outlaw, he’ll gladly give that all up for her, Ian, Fergus and Marsali.  Just then, they hear thunder from an oncoming storm, and their mule runs off.  Hardheaded Claire runs off after the mule although Jamie tells her to stay there.  You can imagine Jamie’s surprise when the mule returns, but Claire doesn’t.  It turns out when Claire runs off to find the mule, she ends up lost in the process.  Learn to listen, Claire.

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To make matters worse, while Claire’s trying to find her way back to Jamie, lightning strikes a nearby tree and spooks her horse, causing her to fall off it and hit her head.  *Sigh*  By the time Claire wakes up, the storm is in full force, and she has to find shelter.  She camps out under a large tree and uncovers a human skull as well as a jewel.  Claire seems to be intrigued by what she finds (I’d be creeped out by that doggone skull), and she notices someone carrying a torch nearby.  At first, she figures it’s Jamie coming to save her, but it turns out to be a Native American man walking towards her.  Now here’s the kicker:  each time the lightning flashes, the man disappears, but he reappears once the lightning stops.  I’d really be freaked out by this point.

When Claire wakes up the next morning, she finds her boots gone, but there’s fresh footprints in the ground.  The footprints seem to match her boots, so she follows them.  They lead to a stream, and not only does Claire find her boots near the water, she finds Jamie, too.  Yay!  It turns out Jamie followed the footprints to the stream as well, and he asks why Claire walked to the stream in her stocking feet.  Claire tells him that although her boots are there, she’s never been to that stream before.  Sometime later, she’s washing her newfound skull by the water and notices that there’s a silver filling in the skull’s teeth.  It doesn’t sound too farfetched to us, but fillings aren’t invented for another hundred years or so.  Come to think of it, toothbrushes and toothpaste didn’t come around for another hundred years, either.  I bet everyone had breath bad enough to singe somebody’s nose hairs.

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After Claire makes her revelation, she and Jamie look out over the land and see how beautiful it is.  Jamie’s smitten by the location, and he decides that he and Claire will make a life there in that very spot.  Jamie decides to call it Fraser’s Ridge.  Awww…

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North Carolina, the 1970’s

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The series has gone back to giving us Roger and Brianna’s storyline along with Claire and Jamie’s (yay?), and we see that two years have passed since we last saw the budding couple.  They’ve never officially said they were together, and Roger admits that they haven’t really had a chance to hang out in the last few months due to their schedules—and the distance they have apart, I’m sure—but Roger is committed enough to leave Scotland, fly out to Boston and drive with Brianna to North Carolina to attend a Scottish festival with her.  The ludicrous notion is mentioned by other characters within the show, and I’m glad it is.  That’s like me leaving South Carolina, flying to Philadelphia then driving to Syracuse to attend their version of the Egg Scramble Jamboree (South Carolinians—namely ones in the Pee Dee region—know what the Egg Scramble Jamboree is.  The rest of y’all Google it).

Roger and Brianna start off having a great time together, on the drive to North Carolina and at the festival itself.  It’s obvious they’re both falling in love with each other, and Brianna decides to take the relationship to the next level, and by next level, I mean actually telling people that Roger is her boyfriend.  Plus, the entire trip, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could see that Brianna really, really REALLY wants a piece of that Scottish strudel.

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When nightfall arrives, Roger performs a few songs with his guitar as he promised, and even sings a beautiful solo.  By this time, Brianna has to damn near be hosed down.  Brianna invites him to her room for drinks, and doesn’t waste anytime making her move.  Roger decides he wants everything to be “perfect” before they do the do, though.  Basically, that translates to him completely ruining everything in 3…2…1!  This fool proposes marriage!  Of course, Brianna is shocked, and informs him that he’s moving way too fast.  After all, she just started introducing him as her boyfriend that afternoon.  Roger doesn’t care.  He wants the wife, the house, the white picket fence, the four kids, etc.  Brianna stops him in his tracks.  She doesn’t want to get married—at least not at the moment.

Roger has the audacity to get pissed, and reaches the highest point of pissivity when Brianna continues to try to kiss him.  “You won’t marry me, but you’ll fuck me!?”  Wow.  Roger goes on to slut shame Brianna, and she reminds him that it’s 1970, not 1870.  He damn sure ain’t no virgin, and there’s precious few women still saving themselves for marriage.  Roger figures that Brianna just doesn’t love him, but she assures him that that’s not the case.  Roger isn’t trying to hear it.  Later, Brianna meets up with Roger again during the stag burning ceremony (if anyone knows the official name for this ceremony, let me know in the comments) and tries to talk to him.  When he asks if she’s changed her mind, she tells him she hasn’t…but she does want to be with him.  Roger tells her that either she’ll love all of him or none of him.  Roger goes to burn the ceremonial stag in the name of the MacKenzie clan (no disrespect, but this scene put me in the mind of The Wicker Man a bit.  The original, not the wack Nicolas Cage remake) and Brianna leaves, ending the show.  *Sigh*

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So far, this season of Outlander has been pretty ho-hum, and this episode was no exception.  It’s not quite as sleep inducing as the first half of season two featuring the Frasers in France (God, that was awful), but it’s not grabbing me as of yet.  You know it’s a sad day when Roger and Brianna bring more drama and a tad more interest to the screen than Jamie and Claire.

While I’m on the subject of Roger and Brianna, let me just say that although Brianna isn’t my favorite character on the show (that honor is bestowed on her daddy), I agreed with her wholeheartedly on this.  Some folks might say this is why I don’t have a man, and hell, maybe it is why, but I believe Roger was actin’ a damn fool in this episode.  Like I said before, they weren’t even officially calling themselves a couple until that very same afternoon, and before he left for America, he wasn’t even sure what their status was.  But yet you went out and spent God knows how much on a ring?  Boy, bye!

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Plus, Brianna is what, 22?  She hasn’t even finished school yet (she mentions this herself)!  I can’t blame her for not wanting to jump the broom before really experiencing life just yet!  Personally, I can’t stand when men take it to the extreme over the least little thing!  I remember when I was 18, I met a cute dude at the Eckerd drug store (telling my age again).  I gave him my number, and everyday, multiple times a day, starting at 9:00 AM sharp, he would call me and tell me that he missed me.  He missed me!?  I just met the dude!  See how ridiculous that is?  Roger really needs to pump his brakes.

The recap for the next episode is gonna be late is all hell too, but I’m on it.  Stay tuned!

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “The False Bride”?  Was it interesting, or mostly dull?  What about Roger and Brianna’s storyline?  Was Roger right to propose marriage so soon, or did he jump the gun?  What do you think about the Native American man Claire saw?  Was he a ghost?  Do you believe Jamie is wasting his ambition and birthright not taking his aunt’s plantation?  Let me know in the comments section!

 

 

“Je Suis Prest” – Recap and Review

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Je Suis Prest means “I am ready” in French, for those of y’all that forgot (like me).  I did remember that it’s Jamie’s family motto, and it’s more than fitting for this episode.  So y’all get ready to get this party started!

Some more time has passed.  A few of the men have deserted Claire and Jamie due to their hatred of being bossed around by Lord Lovat.  Lovat’s son had to go back and persuade them to rejoin the ranks, with the promise of land after the war ends (40 acres and a mule, anyone?).  Claire, Jamie and their remaining soliders finally meet up with Murtagh and Fergus (last week, little Fergus insisted on joining them to fight), and set up camp.  The next day, Claire and Jamie get another blast from the past!  Angus, Rupert and shady ass Dougal McKenzie join the army (Willie married an Irish woman and moved to America, much to the fellas’ chagrin)!  Claire and Jamie are more than happy to see Angus and Rupert.  Dougal?  Not so much.  Dougal, on the other hand, is glad to see that Jamie’s taken up the Jacobite cause, but it’s short lived when Jamie lets him know that he’s in charge and that the men are going to to stay at the camp for further training, ’cause Lord knows they need it.  Dougal’s more hellbent on just charging in on the British as is.  Fool.

While the soldiers train, Claire begins to have flashbacks of her time as a nurse in World War II, which reveal that she’s struggling with a form of PTSD.  Jamie has his hands full not only trying to figure out what’s going on with Claire (she won’t admit that she’s reliving WWII), but trying to lead the soldiers, who are no where near ready to fight a war.  Oh, yeah…and Dougal keeps trying to undermine Jamie’s authority.  During another one of the soldiers’ bumbling training sessions (if that’s what you call them…I’m not well versed in military shit), Jamie gives a Braveheart type speech about the horrors of facing a real war with trained killers, and reminds them that they need to take training seriously.  Two seconds later, Dougal and his boys come running up wielding swords, scaring the shit out of the men and causing them to fall out of rank, despite Jamie and Murtagh telling them to halt.  Dougal starts braggin’ about how the real way to defeat the British is to surprise them just like he and his boys just did.  Jamie puts Dougal in check by letting him know that he’s the boss, and he’s the one calling the shots.  I heard that.

Dougal can’t resist the urge to start more drama, so he corners Claire in the kitchen and takes the opportunity to blackmail her into talking to Jamie about having him “help” with training the troops.  He reminds her of their little deal about marrying him if Jamie died in Wentworth Prison, how he’s so sure that Claire never mentioned it Jamie.  Claire is quick to remind Dougal that she already told Jamie about their deal, and he was fine with it.  She also tells him that he’s only concerned with his own self interests and should really stop pretending to be Barack Obama when he’s really Donald Trump.  Then she ends her rant in true Claire badassery:  “Fuck yourself!”

Little Girl Giving the Finger

Dougal admits he’s a narcissistic asshole, but he also admits that as much as he loves himself, he loves Scotland more, and would give his life to make sure King James takes his rightful place on the throne.  Claire appears unmoved.  Personally, I believe him.  Dougal is a jerk, but he’s proven that he loves his country time and time again.

In the meantime, the soldiers are getting better (they’re still not great, though), but Claire’s PTSD is getting worse.  She has another flashback while she’s going in on Angus for not taking better care of his feet, which is crucial for soldiers.  By the way, when the flashback ended, Claire dropped another F bomb.  18th century society will learn the meaning of that word yet.  Later that night, Dougal continues to be a douchebag, and forces a few locals to join the army, claiming they “volunteered” for the cause.  Jamie sees right through that and sends the men home.  Jamie has to pull rank on Dougal’s behind again, and reminds him that he is to follow orders, and places him and his men on sentry duty.  As for the sentries that let the men in without even saying a word, they’re gonna be punished.  The following morning, they each get six lashes from a leather strap.  It reminded me of all the times my mom put the belt to my behind.

When the men have target practice later, Claire experiences another flashback, and this one is much worse than the others.  She remembers her car being shot down by the Germans while trying to take some American soldiers back to their unit.  Claire and one of the Americans are hidden in a trench, while the other private is somewhere across the street, badly injured and screaming for his mother.  The Germans are patroling the streets with tanks, searching for the enemy.  The American solider tries to cross the street to get to the injured private, but he’s seen and quickly killed.  Claire stays in the trench for the rest of the night and is later found by another American soldier the next morning, clearly traumatized.  Jamie finds Claire cowering on the ground, just as she was in the trench.  She finally tells Jamie about how training for the Jacobite Rebellion is bringing back bad memories of the war.  Jamie offers to send her back home, but Claire tells him that leaving him is not an option.  If she goes back home, it’ll be like lying in the ditch again, because this time, people that she loves will be lost, and she’ll be helpless to save them.  Jamie promises she’ll never be alone again.  Awww…

That night, while Jamie’s takin’ a pee (ill…), he’s attacked by a young British guy.  The young Brit claims he saw the lights from the camp’s fires and went to investigate, when he came upon “Red Jamie,” a traitor to the crown.  Jamie tries to find out what army the boy marches for, but the kid ain’t talkin’.  Claire walks in and pretends to be a helpless English lady held prisoner.  She and Jamie put on a convincing show as a would be vicious rapist and a scared victim.  The boy starts talking immediately, and reveals that he is William Grey.  Jamie lets the boy go, but not before Young Grey states that since Jamie spared his life, he owes him a debt, but once that debt is paid, he will kill him (if I’m not mistaken, I remember the book readers saying that William Grey will be an important figure in this series).  Jamie, being a fair man, decides that he himself deserves an ass whuppin’ for not shielding the camp’s fires.  Murtagh does the honors (I don’t think he’d have it any other way).  Man, Jamie doesn’t friggin’ play in his camp.

After Jamie gets whipped, he and some of the men get ready to do some guerrilla warfare and sabotage William Grey’s army.  What I loved is that they went full on commando just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, baby!  They had the camouflage paint on and everything!  Dougal thinks he’s going to be in on the action, but Jamie lets him know that he’s on sentry duty, and he has to stay to guard the camp.  Shots fired!  Jamie reaches the British camp, but he doesn’t do too much damage.  He just takes the wheels from the cannons, and burns them, which is enough to cripple the hell out of them.  Jamie tells Claire about their victory and they get lovey dovey…but Jamie cuts the sexy time off, saying they have to move out before the British camp wakes.

The camp picks up and leaves, and reaches Prince Charles’ encampment soon after.  Jamie allows Dougal to ride to the prince and let him know that they’ve arrived.  He then turns to Claire and tells her that there’s no turning back now.  She responds by saying, “Je suis prest.”

This episode was better than last week’s.  It turns out that it’s more interesting to see these men prepare for war as opposed to seeing them talk about why it’s necessary, or seeing Claire, Jamie and Murtagh try to stop the war.  It was also really interesting to see Claire deal with her PTSD.  You can argue that she never showed any signs of it before, which she hadn’t, but at the same time, nothing had ever set her off to make her relive those traumatic moments until now.  I was reading an internet article about “Outlander” last week, where someone was comparing the first season with the second, and it was pointed out that whereas the second season mostly dealt with politics and intrigues, the previous season dealt mostly with human relationships.  This episode was one of the best ones (it ranks #3 in my list) so far this season because it dealt with human relationships:  Claire reliving the war, the soldiers slowly realizing that fighting is no laughing matter, Jamie and Dougal’s power struggle, etc.  Also, it was great to see Dougal, Angus and Rupert again, especially Dougal.  He always brings the drama.  My only gripe with this episode was once again, they cheated us out of a love scene.  I honestly believe that one scene in “La Dame Blanche” is the only one we’re gonna get.  Aside from that, it was a good ep.  Keep ’em comin’!

Jamie - Je Suis Prest

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “Je Suis Prest”?  Was it a welcome relief to see some type of action, or do you long for the days of chess games and long conversations?  What did you think about Claire’s struggle with her PTSD?  Were you happy to see Dougal come back?  What about Rupert and Angus?  What about the arrival of young William Grey?  Do you think he’ll be an important character?  Give me your thoughts!