The Fraser Fire

Season 4 Episode 410

The Deep Heart’s Core

Directed by: David Moore

Written by: Luke Schelhaas

 

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Summary: Jamie teaches Brianna a valuable lesson. Roger continues to travel with the Mohawk. Claire offers Brianna a choice. Young Ian is smitten. Claire’s at home in the garden. Homestead life thrives. Claire and Brianna play a missing game. A nightmare causes revelation. “Where’s Roger?” Brianna rages. Punches and slaps are thrown. A plan is made. Jamie asks for a favor. Young Ian proposes. Everyone departs. Aunt Jocasta meets Brianna. Roger makes an escape. A buzzing calls to Roger. An anguished decision is being made.

The Fraser Fire and Many Shades of Parenting

There’ve been glimpses of the Fraser fire in Brianna in the past couple of episodes, but tonight the emotional dam breaks and she lets loose. Following in her English parents’ footsteps, she generally doesn’t open up easily, but she can’t seem to stop herself at any point in the episode. If you’ve ever been through a serious traumatic event or events, sometimes emotions can’t be held in regardless of intent. All the internal box lids come flying off and emotional chaos ensues and hopefully, healing can begin.

Brianna’s emotional transformation begins with her telling Jamie he must hate her because she’s an unwed, pregnant, and so forth daughter. This is more about her self-image and what she believes about herself than what Jamie thinks. Jamie to his credit expresses he doesn’t hold her accountable for what someone else did to her before he jumps in and says she’ll be wed before the baby comes. Because you know it’s the culture of the time. Regardless, she has someone in the 20th, her Historian so she won’t wed anyone else. Jamie is feeling her out and giving her parental space while being reassuring.

When Brianna begins talking to herself about how she is stupid and at fault because she didn’t fight and should’ve known better than to follow “him” into a dark room, Jamie jumps in telling her it’s not her fault, but she doesn’t believe him. Jamie’s parenting style takes a dark turn for many, but demonstrating the truth is more impactful than telling it. He begins to taunt her, tells her maybe she’s lying, or she liked it. Her anger riles, and she goes to take a swing at him, he grabs her placing her into a choke hold. Brianna can’t move no matter how she fights. She takes his point and finally understands there’s nothing she could’ve done to stop the man from harming her. I love how they sit together, and he speaks into her what she is feeling. That she is a coward because she couldn’t fight off a wolf.¬† In my mind, this is a nod to the books, where Claire did, in fact, fight off wolves bare handed outside of Wentworth. ¬†He knows Brianna would’ve died at her attacker’s hands had she fought.

Brianna is in a state of vulnerability that can’t sit by itself, she asks Jamie about his experience with Black Jack Randall. Did he fight back? Did seeking vengeance help? Did killing his attacker make him feel better or forget? Jamie took the questioning in stride. He’s walking a fine parenting line, having his private pain sitting next to hers without judgment, only openness, and wise guidance.

The next level to Brianna’s emotional breach is after a nightmare (a really beautiful nod to Jamie’s nightmare in Season 2 where Black Jack Randall is swapped for Claire) when she learns from Lizzie that Roger came to the Ridge and was mistakenly beaten up and sent away by Jamie. The way she barges into the cabin is the bull in the china shop we expect. She yells, growls, slaps, says terrible things to Jamie, and generally commands the room. ¬†Jamie being the adult and the parent, takes her tongue lashing, he takes her brutal words, he lets them absorb without turning on her (even though some furniture is not so lucky). He is the Da. He learns what parenting this daughter, a Fraser daughter means during this moment. There’s no altering her course or changing her opinion. Claire is the protective mother yet is at a loss seeing her daughter unhinged when Brianna goes beyond all measure and punches Young Ian in the face.

Brianna is grown and claiming what is hers. She wants Roger back no matter how long it takes.

Last, she goes on to make her mother leave her because she doesn’t trust Young Ian and Jamie will get the job done because of their judgment and because Roger will need to see a friendly face and a doctor. She puts the pursuit of Roger in front of all else, even if that means her mama misses the birth of the baby while she is safe at River Run under Aunt Jocasta’s care.

When mentioning shades of parenting, I have to address Claire offering Brianna a surgical abortion. It’s a tender and most gentle offering. Though we don’t get the background in the show, Claire referred patients who sought an abortion to other doctors. She couldn’t do them because she could feel the life force of the fetus. She’s a healer. For her to offer the choice to Brianna by her own hand, is a very big deal to Claire as a mother and as a physician. When Brianna asked Claire If she considered it (with her pregnancy), Claire was astonished and horrified at the thought. This squeezed my heart for Brianna to get that reassurance and the truth from her mama. And it not only speaks volumes about how Claire felt about the baby she was carrying and Jamie, but how she trusted Frank even though she tried to send him away.

I like this vulnerable and fiery Brianna. I love this truly connected mother and daughter pair. For the first time maybe ever, Brianna gets her mama as she really is and shares the pieces of her heart she long concealed in the 20th century.

Brianna and Jamie have a long way to go to repair and grow their relationship, but the seeds and foundation are there to be reaped when he brings Roger back.

Run, Roger! Run!

The note about Roger is about his utter devotion to getting away from the Mohawk and back to Brianna. He accidentally escapes (boy, oh boy those Mohawk are bad trackers so far) and finds himself face to face with the standing stone we saw the ancient people dancing around in the first episode. He has the gemstones in hand. He is anguished and can escape this horrid reality right now if he wants to. We’re left hanging as he reaches for the standing stone when the camera fades to black. Could he really go without having a resolution in the 18th century? I can see why he would want to jump centuries and get the hell out of the nightmare.

Wrap Up:

  • What consequences will Jamie face over yet another secret?
  • Can Claire forgive him for Stephen Bonnet being alive and able to continue to wreak havoc?
  • Can Jamie forgive Claire for not telling him who the rapist is?
  • How will Brianna acclimate to River Run?
  • What will Murtagh do with Bonnet until Jamie returns?
  • If the Mohawk catch Roger and adopt him, who will take his place?
  • What is Jocasta scheming? You saw how she was feeling Brianna out like she is a prized beast.

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The Birds and The Bees Ep 160

Season 4 Episode 409

The Birds & The Bees

Directed by: David Moore

Written by: Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts

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Summary: Brianna returns to her room battered and bleeding. Lizzie tries to help. Roger returns to the tavern for Brianna but is greeted by someone unexpected and forced to leave. Brianna wakes late learning Roger has left. ¬†The Frasers are in town. Brianna and Jamie meet for the first time. Claire is overwhelmed seeing her daughter. Brianna explains the reason for her visit. Young Ian meets his cousin. Lizzie is smitten. Brianna tells Claire all about Roger. Young Ian tells the story of what happened the last time they went upriver. They all arrive at Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie and Brianna bond over bees. Domesticity rules. Roger gets a gemstone and heads to the Ridge. Brianna reveals truths and secrets to Claire. Lizzie makes a proclamation. Jamie takes mistaken vengeance.

It’s All Good:

For the first time maybe ever, I have only good to say about this episode. It hits every beat with superb acting, good storytelling, and every character feeling right in their own skins and actions. This episode feels like the essence of Outlander and why readers go back to the books again and again. Outside of the very first episode, this episode in my favorite of all the seasons. The second viewing was even more satisfying than the first. This episode is what a quality adaptation should look like. The heart and soul of the story and the characters are masterfully brought to life with the alterations blending in as if they have always been there. I hope this is the new standard for the series moving forward. Toni and Matt wrote excellent material for the ensemble of actors, the director, and the host of personnel to turn into something magical.

Miscommunication, Relationship Dynamics, and Secrets:

  • Roger leaving on the Gloriana.
  • Lizzie’s vantage point.
  • Brianna’s guilt over Roger leaving.
  • Father and daughter.
  • Claire’s overwhelm.
  • Teenage hormones.
  • Loyalty and bonding.
  • Brianna’s secrets.
  • Jamie’s secret.

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So many lingering questions:

  • Why did no one check where the Gloriana was going before assuming it was heading back to Scotland?
  • How is Jamie going to explain his busted-up hand?
  • Will Claire keep the secret?
  • Will Lizzie and Young Ian keep the secret?
  • What will Young Ian do with Roger?
  • Where’s Murtagh sleeping?
  • When will Bonnet pay for what he’s done?
  • How does Brianna’s skirt have pockets?
  • Will Brianna go back to the 20th century or wait for Roger?

Final Thought:

Lack of clear communication and proper investigation mixed with high emotion create a plethora of problems for the characters. Thankfully the preview for episode 410 shows Lizzie spilling the beans to Brianna about Roger being carted away. Then we enter the game of “Where the heck is Roger Mac?”

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Wilmington Ep 159

Season 4 Episode 408

Wilmington

Directed by: Jennifer Getzinger

Written by: Luke Schelhaas

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Summary: ¬†Roger searches for Brianna. Jamie and Claire visit Fergus, Marsali, and the baby. Roger mopes in a tavern before finding Brianna. A declaration is made. A wedding transpires. Jamie and Claire are off to a play with the who’s who of Governor Tryon’s friends. A consummation occurs several times. Claire fangirls over someone famous. A plan is underway. Jamie worries for Murtagh and creates a distraction. Claire performs surgery in front of a crowd. Roger and Brianna fight. There is an unhappy parting. Murtagh is saved for another day. Brianna is drawn into trouble.

The Good:

  • Seeing Fergus, Marsali, and meeting baby Germain and their home. What a dumpling that baby is.
  • Claire being so excited to meet George Washington and making a particularly poor joke.
  • The initial reunion between Roger and Brianna is exciting and momentarily filled with promise.
  • Jamie’s creation of a distraction to warn Murtagh. Way to elbow poor Fanning where it hurts.
  • Claire performing surgery amongst a crowd to gain street cred and provide a distractive cover for Jamie.
  • The handfasting ceremony mixed with tradition and modern vows.
  • The absolute horror that is Stephen Bonnet and the sensitive manner in which the assault scene is carried out.

The Okay:

  • The sexy time between Roger and Brianna left me a bit cold instead of warm and fuzzy. An experienced man should know the necessary role of foreplay (not just kissing) to warm and ready the nether parts of a female. The lack of talk about pregnancy prevention is ridiculous given their circumstances. Was the infamous coitus interruptus utilized? It is about as effective as properly used condoms. Well, that is when the penis is washed in between encounters, the fluids are spent well away from the vulva, and timing is flawless.
  • The use of the magical alcohol during the surgery given the sober state of the patient is unbelievable. Laudanum was commonplace in the Colonies, and surely someone would have had some handy. Though it’s not an excellent means of anesthesia, it would be faster acting and better used for this surgical scenario.

The Ugly:

  • How the fight escalated between Roger and Brianna ending with Roger leaving her.
  • Murtagh being an ungrateful jerk when Fergus shows up to warn him.
  • Roger’s unfortunate costuming is taking away from his appeal. Why do the other sailors look decent and don’t get me started on the swagger and bad boy sex appeal Bonnet exudes?!

Character Portrayal and Storytelling:

  • There are traitors everywhere. Someone in Murtagh’s crew is in the Governor’s pocket. Roger leaving Brianna is traitorous to their relationship and future. Poor Georgie W., he’s the unwitting patsy for Jamie’s actions. Did you know Governor Tryon actually plotted to have Washington killed? Indeed he did. There’s a link below that explains it.¬†
  • The family is a central theme this season and continues into this episode.
  • Brianna seems small and weak causing Roger to look like a serious jerk who wants to control her. Where’s the fire? Many of the other actresses are diminutive in stature, yet they pack depth of strength and fire in their character portrayals.
  • The lack of relationship development of Brianna and Roger leaves me struggling to find the passion and necessity for their relationship moving forward. Even with limited screen time, we know exactly who and why Marsali and Fergus are together. Why are Roger and Brianna different?¬†
  • The constant fighting between Roger and Brianna doesn’t add realism. It makes me not care about them as a couple, and wonder why they want to be together. This isn’t about a culture clash between these characters.¬†Brianna, like Claire, makes decisions based on her needs not on the culture at large. They are not feminist advocates or bandwagoners with deep streaks of the traditional within.¬†
  • Murtagh’s sour grapes coupled with Tryon’s constant harping about taxes is so in our face. WE GET IT. SOMETHING IS COMING. Hey Claire, why don’t you explain to Murtagh if he simmers down and bides his time the revolution is coming regardless of what he does?!
  • The feeling things move too quickly without a pause to get to know pivotal information is inescapable. There’s so much in the scripts being edited out that doesn’t make it to the screen to the detriment of the storytelling.

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Down the Rabbit Hole Ep 158

Season 4 Episode 407

Down the Rabbit Hole

Directed by: Jennifer Getzinger

Written by: Shannon Goss

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Summary:  Roger follows after Brianna with the help of a friend. Brianna is ill-equipped for the rigors of the 18th century Highlands. Brianna remembers her daddy. Unexpected hospitality is offered. Roger becomes a crewman for a wicked captain. Brianna learns a terrible truth about her host. Ian Murray helps her to the coast. Brianna secures a travel companion and passage to The Colonies.

Brianna’s Quest

Brianna appears to have made a fast getaway into the 18th century because of her inappropriate clothing and purse choices. She doesn’t even don gloves or warm knitwear. She watched her mother quickly prepare for her departure yet seems to have not heeded the example at all well. In a nutshell, she’s on foot and trying to get to the coast from the standing stones to secure passage to North Carolina but injures herself and ends up being taken care of by Laoghaire “Damn Her Eyes” MacKimmie and her daughter Joanie at Balriggan.

Brianna gets to bond with wee Joanie, who seems to be the real adult in the household. She also gets an earful about Laoghaire’s deadbeat former husband. It’s a perspective check that strains what Claire has said of Jamie.

Brianna sees the hateful and wretched side of Laoghaire when it’s revealed in the conversation who her mother is, who her biological father is, and who Laoghaire’s ex-husband is. With the tongue of an adder, Laoghaire strikes Brianna. It’s poetic justice when Brianna tells Laoghaire Jamie never loved her. At least until Laoghaire threatens to have Brianna arrested as a witch and locks her in her room. Joanie saves the day by freeing Brianna and taking her to Lallybroch. Uncle Ian gives her money, a trunk of Claire’s old clothing, and advice to find Aunt Jocasta when she arrives in Wilmington.

We also get to see the relationship she had with her daddy Frank and how the revelations about her parents’ marriage and his death have taken a toll on her. Between that and the effects of her mother’s secrets and subsequent return to the 18th, it’s quite easy to understand the depth of trauma that has accumulated within Brianna.

What the Frank?

Frank returns in flashback highlighting the strain of his and Claire’s relationship, his closeness to Brianna, and the last time she saw him before he died. ¬†We see a side of Frank that has gone largely unexplored in the series. Did the obituary give him the onus to divorce Claire, tell Sandy he wanted to marry her, take the job at Cambridge, and ask Brianna to go with him to England? I find myself angry that Frank spilled the divorce beans to Brianna after his last fight with Claire. What a hellish last conversation to leave her with before he dies. At least his final words to her were “I love you.”

Roger’s Journey

Fiona takes Roger to Craigh na Dun so that he can go after Brianna into the 18th. He’s very smartly clean shaven to deter lice and fleas from infesting his facial hair.¬† In period clothing, he goes through and becomes a crewman of the Gloriana. The ship is captained by none other than the malevolent Stephen Bonnet. ¬†Roger shows his grit by vehemently decrying Bonnet’s actions in front of the passengers and the crew. Suffice it to say throwing an ill child out the window is not something Roger can tolerate. Roger takes it a step further and hides a mother and her baby (Morag MacKenzie and Jemmy) when the baby has a teething rash. Roger is a man of principals and does what’s right even if it could cost him. By the flip of the coin, Roger’s fate to live or die for his indiscretion against the captain. The luck of Danu was with him.

The Faces of Laoghaire

  • She’s a lovely, generous, and kind hostess to Brianna.
  • She’s a good and loving mother.
  • She has a skewed version of Jamie, their marriage, and what lust or love means.
  • She turns her temper on a dime when Jamie, Claire, or alimony is brought up.
  • She’s bitter about men and tells anyone who will hear.
  • She’s unreasonable and locks Brianna in a bedroom.
  • She sees herself as a victim.
  • She cross contaminates her food. Did you see that cutting board?
  • She has an ax to grind with Claire and Jamie and passive-aggressively grinds it into Brianna. Such a flaming b**ch.

Bonnet, Bonnet, Bonnet

  • The swagger.
  • The humor.
  • The danger. He threw a child overboard for goodness sake.
  • The RING.
  • And Danu.

Truths

  • Frank loved Claire more than she loved him.
  • Laoghaire loved Jamie, but he never loved her.
  • Frank knew Claire was telling the truth about time travel and would eventually return to Jamie.
  • Brianna is Jamie’s daughter. I thought Laoghaire would vomit right there.
  • Frank wasn’t going to ask Sandy to marry him (he did say “come with me” to Brianna when he told her about the divorce and getting a job at Cambridge). Maybe truth.

Callbacks

  • Brianna walking and walking and walking like she’s going to Mordor to throw My Precious into the lava before getting rescued by a stranger after passing out, is reminiscent of Claire wandering around that blasted island in Uncharted last season. The writer of this episode wrote that one.
  • Roger being held back by the men as he fights and yells at Bonnet is similar to Jamie being held back while the Cherokee threaten William. Or countless other times Jamie has been held and unable to protect someone from harm.
  • Brianna’s flashbacks of memories that remind her of what is going on in her current situation, such as the argument between Laoghaire and Ian.

Shout Outs for Book Readers

  • The case of the missing PB & J is solved.
  • We meet Morag, baby Jemmy on the ship and The Weymss at the dock.

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Blood of My Blood Ep 157

Season 4 Episode 406

Blood of my Blood

Directed by: Denise Di Novi

Written by: Shaina Fewell

Below are my immediate thoughts about this fantastic episode. To hear ALL my thoughts, you need to listen to the podcast (just click on the above bar or listen through your chosen streaming service).

Summary: ¬†An unexpected duo comes to visit. Lord John’s wife has died. The boy William is grief-stricken. Lord John asks for discretion. Murtagh serves up politics and distrust with dinner. The boy remembers Mac the groom. Murtagh discovers the truth about William. A liquor lubricated chess game is played. John becomes ill with the measles. Jamie and William head out on a multi-day tour of the Ridge. Claire tends to John. Barbed and frank conversations occur. The boy and Jamie go on a hunt. Emotions run high. John makes a confession. The boy shows courage. Claire and John make peace. Parting gifts are shared.

All the Feels:

This episode is a roller coaster of emotions where we see longing, tenderness, passion, vulnerability, confrontation, brutal honesty, humility, fear, hope, understanding, introspection, and healing.

  • When William turned around to look at Jamie as he rode away, he left Jamie with the promise they would see each other again.
  • John and Claire being utterly frank with each other and not holding back no matter what the other said.
  • Claire wishes happiness and contentment upon John to find a worthy partner.
  • Jamie standing up for Lord John to Murtagh.

The Good:

The bulk of this episode is fantastic.

  • The exchanges between Claire and John are difficult and almost catty in the beginning, then the conversations evolve into blatant honesty and mutual pain before understanding grows between them blossoming into their own relationship filled with mutual respect. It is heart-tugging to witness their struggle with each other.
  • Jamie has great restraint when it comes to William as he clearly wanted to touch him and love on him as a son. William is hurting and grieving for the loss of his stepmother, then when his father becomes ill, he fears for his life too. The knowledge that Jamie is Mac the groom who left him at Helwater deepens the wound of loss he feels. William’s trying to process and manage his difficult emotions at the tender age of 12. He’s no regular boy, he’s an Earl and heir to lands and wealth. His path is not simple, and he wears the cloak of the impending duty and responsibility upon his young shoulders. His internal battle shows the conflicting desire to leave childhood behind and grow into his idea of what it means to be a man.
  • The boy also shows his courage in the face of the Cherokee and takes responsibility for himself after Jamie offers up his blood instead. Jamie is proud of William and holds the boy after the encounter.
  • William thinks he told them he was his son to be protective, and I expect the memory of that experience will jar William into conscious knowing of who his biological father is at some point in the future.
  • Throughout the time Jamie and William spent together, there were teaching moments that William can add to the earlier things Jamie taught him when he was the groom.
  • I also appreciated how the Cherokee were shown as proud and merciful during the fish confrontation.
  • Finally, the missing ring is brought up when Claire is taking a bath. Claire tells him she doesn’t need a ring when he kisses her bare hand, he presents her with the thistle ring he had Murtagh make from part of the silver candlestick. It also has the Catullus 5 inscription in it. It is pretty much perfect.

The Awkward:

Murtagh being singularly focused on the tax situation in every conversation he participates in does not make for interesting viewing. the dozen or so years apart from Jamie has altered their relationship. For the first time, Murtagh has something of his own to fight for and keep or lose. He’s no longer Jamie’s protector and main guidance counselor. Having these two characters re-establish their relationship while being at odds is difficult to watch. Jamie is definitely working from an optimistic vantage point while Murtagh is pessimistic about what the Governor will or will not do. I hope we see resolution before too long if only to lighten the mood.

Lingering Questions:

  • Where the heck is Brianna?
  • What the heck is Roger doing?
  • Will the tax situation force Murtagh to rise up against the Governor or leave North Carolina?
  • Will the tax situation pit Jamie and Murtagh against each other in a physical conflict?
  • Where’s Adawehi’s necklace?
  • When will Laoghaire want her pound of flesh and alimony?
  • How are Marsali and Fergus?
  • Why is William’s wig as bad as Jamie’s?

Favorite Lines:

  • “I just wish I’d had time to make appropriate sleeping arrangements for you and the young master.” Claire to Lord John
  • “You sir are a lout.” William to Jamie
  • “You cannot at all be a comfortable woman to live with.” Lord John to Claire
  • “You are neither circumspect or circuitous. I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone so devastatingly straightforward, male or female.” Lord John to Claire
  • “Oh, it’s hard. It’s hard watching you with him. Oh‚Ķ” Lord John to Claire
  • “Why torture yourself? Surely you knew coming here that you could never have him.” Claire to Lord John.
  • “Do you know what it’s like to love someone and never be able to give them happiness? Not through any fault of yours or theirs, but simply because you were not born the right person for them?” Lord John to Claire

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