Prestonpans S2 E10 Discussion Review Podcast

The fight is on in Prestonpans S2 E10! For their Prince they battle. Jamie Fraser continues to rise in rank and favor. Dougal MacKenzie is victorious for a moment. We see the depth of the friendship and brotherhood among  the men. Even wee Fergus gets into the battle. A swift and deadly fight, Claire Fraser and the other women have their hands full in the field hospital. Blood lust is indeed real. Unexpected death surrounds them. This episode was written for television by Ira Steven Behr and directed by Philip John.

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 The Band is Back Together. Jamie and Claire. S2 E4

It has been a long, rocky, and disconnected road for our Jamie and Claire Fraser since Wentworth. The result, Jamie turned into a ghost, a shell to himself and his life mate, Claire. Beyond the functional compartmentalized business of life, the damage left behind sowed devastating crops in the quiet and private spaces. A most distressing decline for this couple, the team, the marriage, we fans love and root for. If Jamie cannot heal. If their relationship cannot recover. It’s almost too much like real life. It has to get better, I keep saying. Even with the baby and the pregnancy virtually ignored, their body language speaking of loss, pain, and longing, Jamie unable to rebuild the shattered internal spaces to reclaim himself and his marriage…something has to give. The give finally comes in the form of a confession. After what looks like months of knowing, Claire tells him Jack Randall is alive. As I have said in my podcast, this truth, instead of being further devastation to Jamie’s psyche, is the catalyst to bringing him out of hiding, to truly begin the halted and difficult healing process. This piece of information granted Jamie access to the dark place, allowing light to shine in, stirring him back toward himself and his wife. In essence bringing the band back together for what should be a phenomenal reunion tour for Jamie and Claire.

FINALLY. I whispered it, shouted it, laughed it. FINALLY he is returning to himself and moving forward. FINALLY he can find his way back to Claire. And many sighed in and out, deep cleansing breaths held long and steadfast for this man and this couple. FINALLY.

Seeing Jamie come back to life with such joy returning, is also bittersweet with the aftertaste of revenge. At whatever cost to have him return it feels like. What will his payment be for revenge being the spark? After this hellish road just traversed, I’m a bit scared to even think of it.  For now, he has a shelter and a roof in Claire, and a purpose to fulfill to cleanse his pain.

Jamie’s glee at feeling aroused without seeing the face of Randall, is tempered by the ill-gotten way he discovers this fact. Getting randy with a whore, whether or not it is in the babysitting the Prince job description, is never the best idea. It’s especially a poor idea when your wife is pregnant and aching for your touch. Jamie’s practical sense of “look what I can do” again versus Claire’s point of view, is a clash that breaks down into the core of Jamie. The exposure of his nakedness under the blade of grass, a necessary truth Claire needed to know. It is necessary for him fully expose himself to Claire. There’s a line between secrets and lies. This secret was twisting in to a lie that looked and felt like a forever truth to Jamie. His speaking out loud, shattered the lie into pieces. Now the work, the finding of one another, the shelter can be built on a once again solid foundation, instead of memories of what was. Claire believing all he said, then seeking him out, asking him to find her, to find them, is seed of hope and transformation that takes root. 

The intimacy of thought and body returning quells the ache and squeezes the heart to contented tears. It’s not simply sex, it’s the proximity to each other, the knowing looks, the thoughts shared without words, the kisses, the small touches, the protectiveness, the togetherness as a team. Sex is a primary mode of safety and communication between them. It’s their place of re-connection, validation, and acts as a salve to the days of challenge.

Jamie may think revenge is the key to his wellness, but no…their resumed all-encompassing intimacy is the key, and the hope, and the answer.

Now ahead we go, adventuring through days of unknown with this couple intact. New memories to make. Love to grow. Plots to work. The band is indeed back together!

I applaud Toni Graphia for her deft skill and understanding of these characters. She wrote the love back in. She found the vehicle to get them to the destination of togetherness once more.  She found Jamie. Jamie found Claire.

Click on the thumbnails to see the screen caps in full size. These show the difference between them. Sigh. Finally.


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Top Ten Moments – Useful Occupation and Deceptions S2 E3

Keep reading for my Top Ten Moments from “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”, S2 E3 of the Outlander series. This episode, we meet up with Jamie up to his blue eyes in political intrigue and booze by night, and by day, successfully running his cousin’s wine business. Claire is definitely not the definition of a “Lady”. She’s bored and feeling all too conventional with her leisurely life. On some sage advisement, she gets a volunteer position at L’Hopital des Anges, the hospital for the poor and needy. She’s filled with happiness.

There’s definitely so much more than that… Some sweet. Some funny. Some weird. Some sexy.

10. Jamie and Monsieur Duverney are playing chess, as Jamie is trying to get into his favor. So charming is the Minister of Finance.  The most delightful aspect of the exchange is learning the sad and much water tortured wig is alive and well. It’s been resurrected from the ’80 metal band death grip. So long road life.

9. The joining of the Mother Hildegarde to the spy business when she handily discovers what the key to the musical cipher is. She was a child prodigy after all. She also happens to think that Herr Bach’s music will have no lasting power historically, as it lacks heart.

8. Murtagh’s reaction to finding out Black Jack Randall is alive. Gut wrenched, dumbstruck, and obviously horrified, he agrees with Claire to keep it a secret, for fear Jamie will rush in blind anger back to Scotland to try and kill Randall once and for all. He’s the best wing man EVER. His protectiveness of Claire and Jamie is pure love and loyalty.

7. Master Raymond and Claire bonding in his apothecary shop. He gets her. He sees her for who she is. A friendship in bloom. He tells her she has to help people. Indeed, it’s at her core and not simply an occupation. He is the wise one who advises her to volunteer at the hospital run by Mother Hildegarde. There’s no stopping Claire now.

6. Monsieur Duverney gleefully and overtly appreciating the ample bosom of one of the women at Madame Elise’s establishment. He is having the off the record financial meeting with Prince Charles and Jamie. His face is pure rapt pleasure, but of course, no touching, because he fears his wife.

5. Mary Hawkins asking Claire and Lousie de Rohan if they know about Frenchmen. Louise nor Claire have any idea what she means, until she goes into her explanation. He puts his thing in between a woman’s her legs and up inside her. Louise screams “No!” and Mary not getting her sarcasm, screams “YES!” and keeps talking.  Louise is roaring with laughter while Claire simply says, “We need to have a talk.” The sweet naivete of Mary Hawkins thinking men where she’s from in Sussex would never do such a thing. Priceless and endearing. Oh, dear Mary, aye they do and if done right you will like it too.

4. Claire and Jamie figuring out who “S” is at the same time, after Jamie translates the musical code into a letter. Sandringham that is. He’s a double-dealing snake that one. This is truly the first team work they have had onscreen this season. It feels good to see them in sync, if even for a minute.

3. Enter wee Claudel aka Fergus. he’s the cherubic and mature beyond his years pickpocket from Madame Elise’s. Jamie spies him stealing from patrons. He follows the boy in to a chase, overcoming him in the alley way only to discover he has Sawney, the wooden keepsake snake from his sporran. Jamie hires him on the spot to become part of the plot to stop the rebellion. Smart move! The boy has fingers with a feather light touch.

2. Claire, under the watchful eye of Mother Hildegarde, comes upon a patient on her first day at the hospital. Curious as to Claire’s skill set, she watches as Claire looks the patient over, asks her questions, sniffs then without hesitation, tastes her urine from a cup. Mother Hildegarde is impressed and asked for a diagnosis and prognosis. Claire’s answer is the same as the physician. She is now in business treating all sorts of injured patients.

1. Claire angry because her maid failed to darn an item, flies into Suzette’s room, pulls back the bed curtain, only to discover her naked panting maid atop Murtagh, happily sampling his wares. Hey now, Murtagh deserves to get some loving. The man does for everyone else. It’s about time he has his done well. Curiously, Murtagh had a spring in his step the rest of the day. Go figure.

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