It’s crazy how short episode 307 felt after watching the super sized episode 306 a bunch of times. This episode was action packed and before we know it the end credits start to roll and our mouths are hanging open.
In the previous episode we got to relish and linger in the moment with Jamie and Claire as they came back together as one flesh…lots and lots of flesh…**heart eyes*** This week is what I call a driving episode, it takes us from one place and delivers us to another. So much happened this week so let’s dive in!
The episode picks up right where it left off. Claire is in the midst of an altercation with an unknown intruder. She manages to grab a knife from the bedside table and slash him a couple times. The man ends up tripping and hitting his head on the hearth.
Jamie comes in right then and see what’s happened. Jamie would have preferred to let the man die naturally but Claire can’t stand aside and watch a person die if she can help it. Claire insists on saving the man’s life to Jamie’s chagrin and heads off to the apothecary.
It’s interesting to see this dynamic between Claire and Jamie. Claire can’t separate herself from her identity as Doctor…it’s literally who she is to her core. In the same token Jamie can’t change that he’s from the 18th century and things are just done a certain way.
Sir Percival is likely to come looking for his missing excisman when he doesn’t return. So Jamie and his crew hide move all the contraband from the Brothel basement.
Claire returns to the brothel to begin surgery with the assistance of Mr. Willoughby.
Jamie heads downstairs because Sir Percival and his one-eyed henchman have arrived to search the premises. Much to his irritation they find nothing. Sir Percival promises that this isn’t the end of his search.
Claire loses her patient…she’s able to share to Jamie what failing at saving a life feels like. Claire starts to feel badly that she’s caused him so much trouble but Jamie tells her that has come back to life now that she has returned. This moment between them is precious. “I would give up everything I have for us to be together again,” Jamie says.
Fergus and Ian are celebrating the sale of the goods at the tavern. Fergus you naughty boy! A ménage a trois! Ian has the hots for a girl that works at the tavern but he is nervous to talk to her. Fergus gives Ian a lesson on spitting game at a lassie. Ian tests it out and it works marvellously.
Claire heads over to the Campbell’s and Margaret has a outburst of gibberish when Claire touches her hand. Claire realizes that they have a little fortune telling business translating Margaret’s “visions.” The vision that she has and speaks to Claire, sounds a lot like what’s going to happen in a certain west Indies island and a crocodile head…
Ian and Brigid are drunk and getting frisky at the print shop. Operation devirginize Ian commences.
Back at the print shop Ian is actively not being a virgin….Until they hear a sound. The way Ian says “that I heard!” Absolutely cracked me up!
Sir Percival’s one eyed henchman is tearing through the shop looking for the casks of liquor. In the process of the altercation between Ian and the henchman the printshop is set on fire. Ian is pretty balsy for his age and stature…taking after his uncle… Ian ends up being trapped in the print shop as it becomes engulfed in flames…
“The years apart coulnda erase the meaning behind that look,” Jamie says to Claire when he enters the bedroom and sees her arms crossed and looking less than pleased about lying to Ian. Claire doesn’t think it’s right that Jamie didn’t tell Ian where young Ian was.
So this turns into their first real marital argument in twenty years…and boy was it good!
Claire- Low blow #1 You have no idea what it’s like to be a worriesd parent.
Claire – Low Blow #2 You’re not the boy’s father Jamie.
Jamie – Really good point #1 No, I’m Brianna’s father.
Jamie – Really good point #2 But I didn’t get to raise her did I?
Jamie – Low Blow #1 That wretched thing you call a bikini, even whores have the decency not go parading about in the like.
Claire – really good point #1 If Frank and I had raised Brianna to be a criminal taught her how to smuggle and be a traitor, then you’d approve?
Jamie – Low Blow #2 At least her virtue wouldn’t have been endangered.
Claire – really good point #2 Says the man living in a brothel.
Finally, Jamie asks Claire a question that we know has been on his mind for perhaps the last 20 years, “Did you fall in love with Frank when you went back?”
Claire softens as tells him no. We all know Home girl ain’t lyin’! I mean come on ⤵️
So Jamie is feeling a little jealous…and we’ll let him have that for a minute…
Madame Jeanne knocks on the door with the unfortunate news of the fire in Carfax Close. Claire and Jamie rush down there and the whole street is filled with smoke. The Printshop is engulfed in flames.
Jamie runs up the stairs realizing that Ian is most likely in the Printshop. Jamie runs in and jumps down to the second floor with the stealth of a sexy panther making Spider-Man look like a klutz. He locates Ian and grabs his cameo of Willie, throws Ian over his shoulder and makes an impossible (almost) exit from the colapsing Printshop.
Every one is relieved and they take shelter from the smoke in a nearby alley. Ian begins to explain what happened with the one-eyed henchman. Jamie will be in deep doo doo if Sir Percival get his hands on those seditious pamphlets.
Claire pushes for Ian to be brought home to his parents. Jamie realizes this is good on one hand because Sir Percival only knows Jamie as Alexander Malcolm of Edinburgh, not James Fraser of Broch Turac.
We are finally let in on the little secret Jamie has been keeping from Claire….his other wife.…the plot thickens…