The Wedding Ceremony Ep107

The Wedding Episode 107 was quite a ride. A kilt drops sort of ride. That happens though after the wedding ceremony.

The actual ceremony is shown in flashback as Jamie and Claire are chatting. He is explaining about his day, his three conditions to marriage, and all the preparations in his day prior yo the wedding (more posts to come).

He asks Claire what she did that day. Well DRINK. Remember the whisky she took off Dougal the night before?

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Well a helluva hangover she had but she remembers a good bit of the wedding. The important parts. She is thinking of Frank, of needing to be protected, of her attraction to Jamie, of Inverness and the stones.

Jamie remembers all of it. Every moment. You see he loved Claire already. He wants to protect and keep her. To touch, taste, be consumed by her.

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He sees Claire and the sky cleared. The sun burst through.

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Ned has a strumpet for a date onlooking with pride.

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Claire is beautiful. Sad. Conflicted.

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Dougal and Murtagh approve.

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Jamie closes in.

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He bows. Her servant.

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Claire has one more thought. She cannot marry him without knowing his name (er marriage contract sister.).

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They formally meet.

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Dougal declares time to get on wit’ it.

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On the way. Claire takes off Frank’s ring.

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Resolute.

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In they enter.

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To the altar they stand.

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Vows exchanged.

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The ring.

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The unexpected blood vow. Dougal. Dirk. Tied.

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Repeat after me.
You are blood of my blood. And Bone of my bone. I give you my body that we two may be one. I give you my spirit til our life shall be done.

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Now kiss yer bride. And the bride kisses back.

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Ceremony complete.

I present Mr. and Mrs. Fraser.

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2 Grooms 2 Rings 1 Claire

The Wedding episode 107 written by Anne Kenney and directed by Anna Foerster opened, ran and closed in a very unexpected manner.

We see Claire and Frank walking together. Frank stops them in front of the register office. Happy conversation turns to marry me right now, right here. After seeing them kiss then Jamie and Claire kiss at their wedding, cut to Frank and Claire skipping into the register office assuming on the viewer’s part they are going to be married. This strayed so heavily from my reader’s expectation that I exclaimed out loud something like “What the hell? What is happening?”

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So Claire is remembering her wedding day to Frank, an elopement in Westminster or it is a red herring and they were actually married in a kirk in Scotland. Regardless of location, we have groom one, Frank crashing into the groom two reality of Jamie.

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Truth be told I was reeling in the first few minutes from flash forward, the wedding kiss with no build up, voice over and then immediately arriving at the inn room post wedding.

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Claire and Jamie are in their room while the crowd downstairs awaits the consummation to take place. She is agitated and uncomfortable knowing they need witnesses. She in no way is ready to rush into things. Jamie is uncomfortable but using his wisdom of Claire hands her whisky and makes a toast to her.

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Claire is conflicted. She knows she is attracted to Jamie, is now married to him and has a official duty to do, but loves Frank. He is in the honeymoon suite as it were. So she drinks, and has another drink and a sip. Jamie is clearly expecting her to toast him back.

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He thinks she fears him. No not that. She asks him why he married her because she had no real choice in it, but he did. To keep her safe he explained. He had no choice either in his mind. “You have my name, my clan, my family, and if necessary the protection of my body as well.” Jamie in this one sentence beyond “I do”, gave Claire a community and a place of absolute belonging. He gave her home.

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Slowly Frank is leaving the space after that statement and Claire warms up to Jamie.

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Almost kissing, she blurts out “tell me about your family.”. He laughs and they talk, share, drink, get to know each other better. Jamie is pulling clear into her view. Only shadows of Frank remain.

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Hours pass and after a check in visit by Angus and Rupert, Claire declares it to be late and is time for bed. The letter of the law shall come to pass. He offers to help her with her corset. Away we go.

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This kiss, their first real kiss. Simply wonderful. Claire is ready and in it. Jamie throws all in.

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Afterglow. She asks if it was what he expected? Mostly. She finds out he thought it was like horses from behind. Laughter of course ensues.

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Did she like it he asks. She pauses too long. Frank is back in spades. He misreads her. Tells her Murtagh, Rupert, and Ned said in general most women don’t like it. She then tells him she liked it.

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This poses a huge problem for Claire Randall. “There it was. Not only was I a bigamist and adulteress, BUT I’D ENJOYED IT.” She is quite flustered and says she needs food and bolts for the door. He tries to stop her. Opening to the landing cheers and jeers. Mortified into reality, Jamie sends her back into the room. He will get the food.

Sharing food they laugh and talk. Yet she sits troubled. Frank at her left hand. She reacts negatively to Jamie touching her neck. Immediately apologizing she attempts to vanish Frank and be in the present.

Again he touches her, Mo Nighean Donn he whispers (My brown haired lass). This time she seems to melt and fire.

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Resisting the heat, she asks about the new kilt… Jamie tells her of his threes conditions to marrying her with flashbacks and stories. Number one, a proper wedding in a church with a priest. Number two, a ring to be made from a key in his sporran. Number three, a proper dress procured for her by Ned. (There will be a post with details about the conditions).

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Frank is disappearing into the vapors again….as Jamie asks what did she do all day. She picks up the whisky bottle. This she says.

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We flashback to Murtagh and the inn lady getting hungover Claire up and dressed.

Quickly flashing to outside the church where we see Jamie then Claire. He talks about how he remembers every moment. Seeing her was like sunshine on a cloudy day. She looked distressed and sad. Frank no doubt heavy upon her. She says the line. He tells her his full name. Ready for the ceremony. Claire removes her gold band and drops it in her bodice. She is trying to put Frank away.

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They say their vows. His ring is placed upon her right hand, not left as she expected.

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The blood vow shocks her, wrists freshly cut, tied together by Dougal. The words she must repeat in gaelic mean: “You are blood of my blood. And bone of my bone. I give you my body that we two may be one. I give you my spirit til our life shall be done.” The kiss. They are married.

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Back to true time, he says when she kissed him like that (at the altar) that maybe she wasn’t so sorry to be marrying him after all. Yes Jamie it seems thus.

Claire has banished Frank. She asks to see Jamie naked. A slow inspection around him. She likes what she sees. Frank is gone baby gone. She is right here with Jamie.

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Fair is fair. His turn. He has never seen a naked woman up close or one that is his.

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More hot sex with a lesson involved ensues. How many times now?

He falls asleep and wakes to find her by the fire. The sporran gifts a set of pearls. His mother’s pearls. Claire is precious to him he says like the pearls one of the last remaining things of his mother’s he has. And cue more sex. Yea they are in it to win it.

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The day breaks. Jamie is out for food. Claire is in blissful Frank free glow. Until she decides to tidy the room. Her wedding dress she picks up from the floor and shaking it out, the gold ring falls to the floor, clinking, careening across the room. He is back. Frank crashes through the looking glass.

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Now Claire sits. A ring on her left. A ring on her right. A 20th century husband. An 18th century husband. The stones lie between.

Fade to credits.

I liked it. I found though the jumps in current time a little troublesome and the strays from the book a bit too far leaving me wanting for a few things we did not get. Exciting, hot and the story was moved forward very well overall. I am happy with the end result that keeps our known Jamie and Claire on track while showing her conflict toward Frank alive and well.

Addendum: after reading some negative comments about Claire going back for more sex after what made the marriage official my thoughts began to form. It struck me that she is a vital sex positive woman who has been not only through hell, but without touch for months. Sex is a love language of sorts for her. It was a way to reconnection with Frank after much time apart during their marriage. Now it is connecting her to Jamie. Floodgates open. For the needing to be held, to feel safe, to feel desired, to feel pleasure, to feel a sense of belonging to something or someone. The sex, hot as it is, is more than the physical. A touchstone. A marker of balance and rightness to connect. Here in her now, Jamie is becoming her place, her home, eventually her deepest love.

The Wedding Ep107 Initial Reactions

Me oh my there were many unexpected turns in The Wedding Ep107.

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This highly anticipated episode had me all aflutter with antici——-pation.

There will be additional posts up later with detail and screen captures. For now, my initial thoughts.

1. WTAH um confused
2. Wait where’s the wedding. What the fork is happening?
3. Pearls reference mmkay got it. Next.
4. Where’s the dress. My brain hurts.
5. Oooooh pretty bodice
6. AWKWARD — so nekkid time yet? Perverts wanna watch. (Um yeah Claire ME)
7. Nice toast.
8. Drink. And DRINK. AND drink. Yeah no toast for you buddy.
9. She knows yer not a rapist.
10. What the hell. Why’d you want to hitch yourself to me?
11. I am calling bullshit. Only to protect her. Bah. Nope.
12. Dougal you fookin clever pig dog. Forcing Jamie to show you he really cares for Claire. That’s right Jamie she’s no a hoor.
13. Oh no you did not go there Dougal. Yup you did. BJR. Bastard.
14. Mmmhmm see there giving her the name, family speech worked. She is right next to you now lad.
15. Tell me about your family! Kissus interruptus. Hahaha.
16. Oh lubrication by whisky and storytelling!
17, Rupert and Angus show right on time. A coof. Is that like a fanny bawbah?! Howling with laughter.
18. A wee keek is it. Angus yer a lecherous wee hoor.
19. Smooth move garçon. Sleep or bed. Oh sure help her in to, out of, well you know.
20. Oh my – fires spontaneously starting.
21. “I kissed a Jamie and I liked it.” Claire
22. Oh aye no monk there. Nope.
23. Deflowered at last. Booyah Claire.
24. Snickers. Like horses. Um no.
25. Tell Murtagh and Rupert and Ned to stop giving bad advice.
26. Of course she liked it you dolt that’s why she’s a bit off.
27. Only you know your a bigamist and adulteress. Hoor.
28. Cheers and jeers. Oh bloody hell.
29. Claire “Cherry Popper” Fraser.
30. Oh Dougal is a jealous pig.
31. Ah yes Claire betwixt you Jamie.
32. Mo nighean donn that’s right lad.
33. Touched by a Jamie.
34. Murtagh you softie.
35. An old fashioned verse off.
36. Windows for a wedding.
37. Angus and Rupert show part deux.
38. Nuttin. Mmhm a whole bunch of something in that sporran.
39. Whorehouse dress procurement.
40. Get your bad self some bow chicka wow wow Ned.
41. A dress, a quickie and a date – good go Ned.
42. A dog with twa tails. Cryin!
43. Drinking! G and I screamed at the screen.
44. Monstrous hangover. Damn girl.
45. Aaaah shucks Jamie. Earnest man is here. Rainbows and unicorns.
46. Um Claire did you not read the marriage contract? JAMMF.
47. Dies. The best way. The blood vow. A heaping mess.
48. Oh no conflicted not sorry.
49. Oh YUSS inspection time.
50. Damn right Diana one fine ass man indeedy.
51. Awwwwwww you have the naked woman of your own now Jamie.
52. Getting hot up in here. Fans self.
53. Intro to female orgasm. Remember it Jamie. She really likes you.
54. Bite bite mmmmm – need fire extinguisher stat.
55. WTH no more booze. Drinking Claire is thirsty.
56. Claire been around Jamie’s block at least twice and downtown Dougal. Dude yer a true hoor.
57. And ooof Rupert takes it on the chin. Jealous Dougal rises.
58. The precious pearls for precious Claire.
59. Shexy pearl sex. Cold shower stat.
60. Noooooooo my precious ring!!!’n
61. Damn it. Bloody hell. JHRC. But I might like it here. Frank.
62. OMG what a ride. Might need to watch a few more times.

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Wedding Anticipation Ep107

The buzz is thick. Fans of the books and Outlander TV series are a frenzy over The Wedding episode airing tonight.

ANTICI—-PATION is palpable.

Claire needs protection from Black Jack Randall. If not for being turned into a Scot by marriage then legally Dougal would have to turn her over at Ft. William. Clever Dougal and Ned Gowan.

Jamie is the chosen groom by Dougal. No prospects. A wanted man. Available. More revelations to come later. It is complicated.

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Dougal informs Claire after their visit to the garrison and her horrific altercation with BJR that she must be turned into a Scot by marriage. Obviously Dougal and Ned have been a plotting. She is reticent but prefers staying out of English prison.

Oh such a lovely engagement it was too. I am still smirking about her taking the entire whisky bottle for herself.

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The ever excellent godfather Murtagh assures Jamie Claire is a good one. She has a sweet smile like his mother Ellen had. Murtagh is going to make us all tear up.

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Before sundown the next day the wedding must take place. Preparations. The vows. Before the wedding night to seal the deal. Certain tissues will be required. Jamie in full regalia. Claire in a loaned but beautiful dress. A new/old kirk. The blood vow. We are in for a ride tonight.

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The lawful consummation must take place. An inn full of witnesses are present. Jamie is raring to go. Come on he IS a virgin, had been wanting some Sassenach “kisses” and obviously loves Claire. She is now struggling with being a bigamist. An age old time traveler question! Can she be a bigamist if her husband has not been born yet? Anyway, she is also obviously attracted to Jamie and as agreed to the consummation but… Again it is complicated.

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The Claire and Jamie story begins tonight.

He declares everything he is and has. All in baby that is Jamie. This is far more than simply protecting Claire from BJR.

For Claire, well you shall see.

Slaintè mhath! We have a wedding to attend…..