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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My basic thoughts outline is below, you’ll need to listen to the podcast above to get the details!
Summary: Roger is recaptured. Brianna uses art therapy. Brianna sketches a beautiful woman. Jocasta plans a party. Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian are on the trail. There is a worry about Brianna. Young Ian plays a marriage therapist. Fergus finds intel, but not work. Jocasta bears a gift. Marsali knows what a man needs. The eligible men arrive. Brianna commands a parlor game. A pirate is captured. A proposal will be made. Brianna hatches a plan. Bones are discovered. Jamie and Claire makeup. Roger is put to a test.
This episode brims over with emotional vulnerability and characters being unable to hide who they are, what they are, and exist in bareness for viewers to watch. The overarching theme of hope from hopelessness is a bit over the top and lacks any subtlety whatsoever, yet the message gets brought home for each of the characters loud and clear.
Brianna The Prized Heifer:
Salivating single men…mostly.
Jocasta is persuasive.
A Lord joins the dinner party.
A game of psychology.
Brianna swoons and begins to gain a friend.
An offer he couldn’t refuse.
Bonding with Brianna.
What’s Up with Roger:
He’s tested by the Mohawk villagers.
Jamie and Claire:
The divide between them.
A Man Needs A Purpose:
Fergus’ plight and the wife always knows best.
Murtagh the Wanted:
Capturing the pirate.
The Bonnet conundrum is fixed.
Lizzie the Loud Mouth:
She’s irresponsible with her words.
I wanted to love this episode. So much detail and excellence were given to the whole River Run experience, yet the Jamie and Claire makeup seemed okay but the lacking impact left something missing. The Fergus subplot is plain bizarre since he had a job when Roger ran into him at the newspaper shop. Nevertheless, Marsali shines. Murtagh and Bonnet end up going to jail together. This should prove an interesting story arc in the next episode.
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