Summary: Breakfast is served, but not for Claire. Jamie desires an astrolabe. John Quincy Myers summons Jamie. A thief-taker threatens. A mother protects her own. Jamie shows his leadership prowess. Claire has a pop-up clinic. The unintended consequence of high taxes is revealed. A personal account of the riot is offered.
Chapter 2: Loaves and Fishes
Setting: Mt. Helicon, NC, Late October 1770
Claire is making breakfast, wanting to be in on the MacGillivray mayhem, and prepping for her clinic day.
Jamie is borrowing food, making a list of these he wants to barter for, quashing the MacGillivray mayhem, and learning about Abel MacLennan’s story.
Abel MacLennan is eating breakfast, soothing Marsali, and sharing his tax and riot tales.
Private Andrew Ogilvie is eating breakfast and sharing the demise of the regiment.
Lizzie is mooning over Private Ogilvie.
John Quincy Myers is fetching Jamie to assist the MacGillivray family.
Fergus is following Jamie into the MacGillivray’s situation.
Marsali is helping with breakfast, feeding her baby, and talking to Abel.
The MacGillivray Family is in a fix with the thief-taker.
Before I begin the opening of TFC, I feel the need to address what we didn’t yet see in some form in S4 of the television show. Six chapters were not covered in the adapted material. And since Roger returned to River Run instead of the Ridge, they’ll be some changes to the order of things and surely some scenes will be omitted altogether.
Jamie and Brianna’s reconciliation.
Jamie bonding as a grandfather.
Lord John recuperating at River Run and traveling with the group until he was to turn toward Virginia.
Roger’s oath to the baby and claiming him as his own.
Roger and Jamie accepting each other.
Roger and Brianna hashing out their feelings and relationship while discovering who each other is now. Who doesn’t want to see Roger awkwardly stripping down the first time he is in Brianna’s intimate space while she breastfeeds the baby?
Roger becoming acquainted with his baby.
Claire and Jamie’s relationship advice to Roger.
The big house being built.
Jocasta getting engaged.
Naming the baby.
The beginning of the Gathering at Mt. Helicon. Days 1-4. OMG A listener brought up the idea that the writers could do away with the Gathering altogether!!! WHOA!
Update from Young Ian.
Claire getting Frank’s ring back.
Reuniting Lizzie with her dad.
Jamie taking the baby gambling.
Claire doctoring folks.
The Highland Regiment
Roger disclosing the contents of Frank’s letter to the Reverend to Jamie.
Jamie making peace with Frank.
Calling of the Clans
How do you think the writers will fit it in? How do you think it will be adapted? What will end up being ignored?
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Summary: Roger remains imprisoned. Jamie and Claire arrive at the village but are turned away. River Run receives a guest. Brianna awaits the birth of her baby. Otter Tooth is revealed. Young Ian makes a decision. Jocasta gets some lovin’. Testosterone poisoning rears its head. Roger learns the truth. Roger reveals his experiences. A choice needs to be made. A baby is born. Uncle Murtagh enjoys the baby. Jamie and Claire return. The baby has no name. But is Bonnet dead? Roger returns. The British are coming. Tryon assigns Jamie a job.
Things I am Pondering (in no particular order):
Hey 1970’s Otter Tooth, how’d you bring the gemstone through the stones without it dissolving?
Young Ian is quite decked out in tribal ware and language coming into the episode.
Seriously?! They traveled for months, only to get turned away.
Why did the Mohawk go roughly 700 miles to bury Otter Tooth’s head and the stone?
Why would Murtagh, a fugitive, show up at River Run knowing Jocasta has many British friends?
By the way, Murtagh has terrible manners.
Where the heck is Lord John? EDIT: He’s away on business.
Phaedre’s magical skills feeling the baby’s position through layers of clothing is, well, close to reality. Her technique was decent and well ahead of the times, but hands on a bare belly are needed to really feel for the baby’s position.
Would the Mohawk really have taken Otter Tooth’s head and g
It’s a good thing Claire knows one word in Mohawk.
Will the banished Mohawk woman end up at the Ridge?
Jamie, Young Ian outwitted you, sir. He’s a man grown now choosing his own destiny.
It’s gut-wrenchingly sad to see young Ian left behind.
Who knew being told you were never liked and getting a drink in the face is foreplay? Smooth operator, “Remember where ye came from…”
By the way, Murtagh is looking like a fine silver fox lying shirtless in bed. Jocasta is a saucy minx.
Testosterone poisoning at its finest. That said, I truly enjoyed Roger’s fighter coming out on Jamie.
Young Ian killed the gauntlet. Clever boy.
Claire’s annoyed stance looks like any wife, sister, mother, waiting for the boys to stop it.
I am curious why Claire did not look at Roger’s obviously injured arm after he stopped hitting Jamie.
Roger, Roger, Roger! So many feels. Just so damn good. As he asks questions and the information he is given sinks in and as he shares what he knows, seems to deepen the loss and difficulty of the whole situation.
Roger needs a minute! Jamie simmer down.
Wait a minute. ROGER cost you a lad that you love? No. Claire did by wearing that damned gemstone of Otter Tooth.
One of my fave moments, when Roger says, “What?!” with disdain to Jamie.
A gorgeous laboring scene with Brianna being surrounded by women then cut to Brianna being introduced to her baby. What the absolute hell?!
“We will choose his birth date wisely, but you can be sure the lad was born in wedlock.”
So “Uncle” Murtagh has been hanging around River Run for several months. Interesting.
Brianna’s sadness that Roger is not with her parents is tough to watch.
But Murtagh do you really know Bonnet didn’t get out of the jail too?
What’s the significance of that awkward dinner Brianna decides to show up at? An olive branch of forgiveness?
Finally, Brianna’s love for Roger shows when she runs out the door and into his arms. Homerun that.
The love is there and we can feel it.
“Take me to see my son.”
Roger’s looking pretty fine with his low cut 70’s open shirt.
The snuggle between Jocasta and Murtagh has Jamie and Claire perplexed.
Murtagh’s regulating ways have him in hot water.
Did Roger stop at the standing stones on the way to River Run?
Who’s tending to and settling the Ridge? One-handed Fergus with Marsali’s help and the one other tenant are not capable of doing it all these past many months. That storyline got dropped like a hot potato.
Has Roger processed his trauma?
Will Jamie fake Murtagh’s death by sending him to Canada or back to Scotland?
When in Season 5 will we get to see Young Ian decked out in his new Kanienkehakan manner?
What in the heck are the circular pin adornments for? I looked it up and couldn’t find the answer. EDIT: They are pins gained in trade.
Why did Brianna not ask where Young Ian was?
The lack of any reconciliation between Jamie and Brianna is strange especially because she told Murtagh she already forgave him.
The timey-wimey-ness of Season 4 hurts my brain and made it difficult to figure out any frame of reference. Certainly, Brianna’s timeline was ahead of Roger’s. He was gone for 11 months. Jamie and Claire were gone 6.5-7 months to retrieve him even though they were only a couple of weeks behind him in theory?
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