Siiiiigh. It finally happened. Jamie and Claire. Claire and Jamie. After the vast expanse of time, space, and age separating them, these two finally became one in what was Outlander’s most intimate episode to date.
Words can’t express the sheer happiness that took over my body when Claire (Caitriona Balfe) called out to Jamie (Sam Heughan). Two weeks ago, we had a glimpse of Jamie’s reaction but seeing it from his POV was SO much better.
What I admired so very much about this Outlander episode wasn’t simply the reunion of Jamie and Claire. It was the tiny glimpses of their epic love trying to make sense of reuniting after being apart for so long. There were subtle moments of awkward talk that were beautifully balanced with comfort and familiarity. Claire and Jamie don’t know one another like they used to but regardless don’t miss a beat in connecting again.
I have to admit (and I’m sure ya’ll felt the same) that I was afraid Jamie had moved on with someone else when the episode first started. Much to our relief, it was simply Madame Jeanne, head honcho of the brothel Jamie now called home. A point that strikes Claire as quite odd initially. Of course, she adjusts because let’s be honest, all that REALLY matters is that she and Jamie are together again.
The beauty of this episode was Claire and Jamie’s time together. They are strangers, yet not. They are lovers, yet not. They are married, yet…not? Amidst the perplexing feelings, they dove right back into the groove of things. Tonight’s episode consisted of A LOT of love-making, then talking, then some more love-making, followed by more love-making. The two could not get enough of one another. Aaaaaand we were totally okay with that.
It was a series of moments beautifully woven into what we know and love about Claire and Jamie. We felt their intense connection, their love for each other, and the years of pining come to this very moment. It was absolutely wonderful.
It was a touching moment when Claire first told Jamie about Brianna. The look in his eyes was indescribable, but the father in him came pouring out. They spoke of their lives apart from one another, and wined and dined the night away. Jamie told Claire of his son, WIllie, while Claire told him of the ups and downs she had with Frank. Sigh, thankfully it was an extended episode because I just could not get enough of their banter. It was sweet and innocent, and heartwarming.
Jamie wasn’t the only person Claire reunited with this episode. After all this time, she finally saw Fergus again. Except he has gone from a wee lad to a grown man. Aw, the feels, I canna even. We were introduced to Jenny and Ian’s son, Geordie, who I expect to play a big role this season in one way or another.
One of the mysteries that slightly ailed Claire throughout the episode was Jamie’s current profession. Aware of his secretive ways, she knew there was more than he led on about his job as a printer. This is apparent in the fact that he now goes by Mr. Malcolm (aka A. Malcolm, get it?). Lucky for her, he was open about sharing his run-ins with the local law enforcement, who has not been able to prove him guilty of any crimes.
We know things are about to get interesting and go sideways, as the episode ends with a man attacking Claire in their room. A man who was in search of Jamie’s business ledgers…suspicious much? Ugh, let’s hope Claire is okay.
As we head towards of the halfway point of this season, there is a lot to process. Jamie and Claire have reunited, but where do things go from here? What will their lives be like? And what kind of trouble is Jamie in? We know Claire is more than capable of taking care of herself, no matter the century she is in. I anticipate she will be the one to sort Jamie’s troubles out. I canna wait to see what unfolds as the season progresses and if we will ever see Brianna/Roger again!
Reebs’ Rating: 8/10
Outlander airs Sunday, October 29th on Starz (8 PM EST)/Starz App(12 AM EST).
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