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La Dame Blanche

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Here is a recap of the Frasers’ previous antics:

Episode 3 left off with a lot of tension between Jamie and Claire. Claire found a useful occupation helping the estimable Mother Hildegard, where we also met the beloved Bouton.  Claire makes the mental “Mary Hawkins” connection by recalling seeing the family tree with Frank.  Fergus becomes part of the deception and steals mail…leading to the discovery of Sandringham’s musical “key” and it’s implications to stopping the Rising. Jamie and Claire decide to plan a dinner to bring the interested parties together.  Despite Murtagh’s urging Claire to tell Jamie that Black Jack lives, she continues the deception.

Enter Episode 4: La Dame Blanche
What is that you see? Is someone messing with the carriage pin? Hmmm, what is up with THAT?

e4cog Fast forward to Jamie playing yet another game of chess with the Master of Finance, who had practically begged Jamie to lose a game to plead his case, and this time Jamie is completely distracted by Claire’s presence and talking baby names.  Baby Lambert? Baby Dalhousie?  Jamie finds Lambert “too English” and Claire wants to “sneeze” over Jamie’s suggestions.  Le Comte St. Germain to the rescue!  Le Comte totally gives away the game and Jamie gives up. Claire realizes she is a distraction, so off she goes.  Monsieur Duvernay tells Jamie the King is intrigued by the Scottish “King’s” patrons who want to pledge boat loads of money to the cause.

ep4drinkmemeWhy yes, I’ll have a drink! Claire’s glass face is a dead giveaway to the bad taste of the drink and immediately falls victim to…to what?

Le Comte is lurking and watching, what has he done?

ep4comteClaire starts choking and moaning, she is whisked away by Jamie and they make a dramatic exit after drawing attention to themselves.

Did Claire drink bitter cascara in the drink?  Well, Claire, does not know, but now they are on alert.  What problem will this create? Well, no spoilers here, but book readers know of the events to come.
Jamie comes up with a scheme to host a dinner party to bring the parties together, everyone Jamie has been rubbing shoulders with at court can meet Bonnie Prince Charlie at their Paris apartment, since said Bonnie Prince cannot be accepted at court.  Claire makes her recovery bed her place of fessing up to Jamie that Black Jack Randall is alive.


Say what?  Jamie is nearly jumping out of his skin at this “wonderful news” that Black Jack is still alive!  He professes that Claire has given him a gift, that he wasn’t robbed of spilling Black Jack’s blood himself and that now he can be the one do to it.  Thank you, truly, for more excitement to come.  Of course he isn’t going back to Scotland to run Black Jack through.

Claire encounters Murtagh and flippantly tells him Jamie knows that the Captain lives, and disses him by telling him she didn’t know why he was so worried.

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Claire confronts Master Raymond, who professes his innocence at selling any poison directly to le Comte, but of course!  Any servant could have purchased it.  Master Raymond invites Claire into his hidden lair, one of the scenes we have been waiting for.  While the details of this scene are not from Dragonfly in Amber, the vision of Master Raymonds hidden room, filled with skulls, certainly is. Kudos.

e4skullsMaster Raymond is a fortune teller, or is he? He plays fortune Yahtzee and tells Claire she will see Frank again but that he doesn’t know his fate.  Master Raymond is not as he appears.  She departs with a gift, the poison-induced-color-changing bauble we’ve ready about in the books.

cuckooCuckoo, cuckoo! Louise summons Claire to discuss her enceinte situation and she wants Claire to help her.  Isn’t Claire in the business of saving people?  She is now suggesting how Louise can abort the child?  Claire has no idea who Louise’s lover is, but Louise cannot leave her husband but she needs to convince her husband the baby is his, no small feat when they haven’t had whoopee together in months.  Louise is so child like, not taking into consideration her actions, only of the pleasure of the flesh in the here and now. She muses on how she can can raise a baby with a father who isn’t the father of the baby…sound familiar?  If it doesn’t, go watch Episode 1 again.  All the child needs is love.  Truer words have never been spoken.

Sneaky Jamie, he thinks he’s going to crawl into bed and give Claire a bit of himself, finally. Woah!

bite memWhat the hell are those BITE MARKS on his legs? Naive Jamie goes from stepping into a pot hole to jumping into his own grave. He has spent the evening with whores, one of whom bit him on both thighs when attempting to engage in soisant-neuf. This scene is hilarious in that Sam has played Jamie’s innocence so well, trying to make her believe that he is again alive with passion after being aroused by whores. Well, Claire is having nothing of it. This leads us to one of the biggest and most missed lines that did not happen in Season 1 – the destruction of Jamie’s fortress.

 “Now it’s like….like my own fortress has been blown up with gunpowder—there’s nothing left of it but ashes and a smoking rooftree, and the little naked thing that lived there once is out in the open, squeaking and whimpering in fear, tryin’ to hide itself under a blade of grass or a bit o’ leaf, but….but not….not makin’ m-much of a job of it.” Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon”

This is one of the most emotionally stimulating scenes from Outlander and we find it here.  Sam should definitely be nominated for an Emmy for this emotional and insightful portrayal of Jamie’s fragility from Wentworth and how he has finally found himself able to be alive. The speech is given over two scenes, but this is one of the most emotional moments so far in Season 2.  He goes to sleep elsewhere and Claire follows.  Make up sex, is there anything better? While Jamie’s fortress was blown apart by Black Jack Randall, Claire has helped him build a little lean-to, with a roof, no more hiding under a blade of grass, naked and afraid.

Speaking of the roof, Bonnie Prince Charlie makes a grand entrance, into their window after walking on the roof.  Alas, this is not the way he is supposed to meet Claire, but this is what happens in the book. After a little bit of conversation and an examination of his injured hand, Jamie and Claire deduce that the Prince is romantically involved with Louise and is the biological father of the unborn child. Prince Charlie was roof-hopping because Louise’s husband came home early and he had to make a hasty exit after they quarreled. #Markme. The Prince will win her back.

Prince Charlie and Louise are a pair who both live in a fantasy world, both dreamers, who have lofty ideals without real means to obtain their dreams. A man without a country and a woman without love, together they make a baby. Such is the life of dreams, where can I sign up?

You can almost see the wheels spinning in Jamie and Claire’s heads as they come up with the idea to use Louise and her husband – by exposing her pregnancy – in front of Prince Charles and allowing him to make a fool of himself.  A fool and his money are soon parted, at least that is what the Fraser,s are hoping for, that the Prince loses financial backing from the Duke of Sandringham.

Claire beats a quick exit to help Mother Hildegarde because the house staff won’t let her near any of the chores to get the house ready for the soiree.  And because she likes to be at L’Hopital helping ailing Parisians.  While waiting for Claire, Murtagh and Fergus have a little heart-to-heart on the behavior of women.Murtagh does not want to take advice from a child but Fergus has been around the “ladies” for too many years not to notice how fickle they are.  Fergus makes a point to tell Murtagh that Suzette is in love with any man who goes by her door.  Ouch.

A compound fracture is what that looks like, nasty business and a difficult injury treat, even in our time.  Claire learns how to perform a nerve block and is treated to the luxurious feel of the hangman’s grease…given to Mother Hildegarde by Monsieur Forez.  Ewww. Mary, Claire’s surgical helper, is clearly disgusted, but Claire is prompted to find out where Mother Hildegarde would get such grease.  The good doctor is, in his regular job, the executioner and I guess the bodies aren’t immediately buried – some of the dead make a detour for Monsieur Forez to take a bit of the blobby fat to make salve.  More ewww.  Mother Hildegarde confesses that while the bulk of physicians (who help her) are better than nothing, Claire is a great deal better than nothing.  Claire has finally won over Mother Hildegarde.  Time to go.

Murtagh tells Claire the wheel to the carriage was broken – remember the opening scene? That one where someone took out the cotter pin to the wheel? Yeah, sabotage. They beat feet back to the house, with Fergus ahead of them to let Jamie know they’ll be late.  Where is MacGyver when you need him?

Tick tock. No Claire…

ep4 clockMeanwhile, back at the house, Jamie is receiving guests sans Claire, and looking none to pleased about it, or about kissing the Duke’s ring, either.  Mary’s Uncle Silas and her betrothed arrive, as does the Prince, Louise and her husband arrive, whereby the Prince commences to inappropriately kiss Louise’s hand for way too long, but she lets him up to a point.  Fergus tells M’lord (Jamie) that Murtagh, Claire and Mary will be late.  Dun du dun….in walks le Comte St. Germain with his wife.  Jamie is clearly stunned, the Duke invited them.

While Jamie is greeting guests, Claire, Murtagh and Mary are attacked and Mary suffers the ultimate degradation for a virgin.  The only reason the attackers left as they did is because one of them recognized “La Dame Blanche” and high tailed it away.  Keep in mind that hand shot of the birthmark…

They get back to the house, Jamie is notified and they rush outside along with Alex Randall. Jamie and Murtagh are ready to draw blood, but they have a dinner party to attend. Too much at stake.

After getting Mary settled and giving Alex instructions on how to care for her (a man alone with a woman in a bedroom in the 18th century? Tsk, tsk). If her attack isn’t enough to taint her, this certainly is. Claire readies herself and Jamie lets her know the Comte is downstairs. Say what?

Claire enters and the party begins! Making conversation around the table, the Duke, who is sitting across from Prince Charlie, starts dissing the Pope and his lack of availability when he was in Rome. Prince Charlie, who always takes himself waaaaay too seriously, dishes right back to the Duke about how a Catholic king must be restored to the throne. Who would have thought Claire would ask the Duke to tell a joke? His facial expressions were far better than the politically incorrect joke he told – way to go Simon!

ep4 duke
What else do you talk about at a dinner party in Paris? Jamie suggests the Prince discuss God’s plans for Scotland, but oh no! That line of conversation was waylaid by flitty Louise who wants to talk about the opera. How about marriage and women? What the hell is “pulchritude?”  Maybe babies are a better topic?  Oh yes, Jamie and Claire out Louise in front of the Prince, who as planned, makes a complete ass of himself at the dinner table.

Meanwhile upstairs Mary awakens and mayhem will ensue when she mistakes Alex as her attacker…wait for it.

baubLe Comtesse admires Claire’s bauble and her wiley husband tells her of it’s magical powers. Did the female viewers wish they were that morsel on the Comte’s fork as he fed himself?  Crash, bang, what the hell?

fightJamie and everyone else rise to find Mary under Alex on the floor in the sitting room. The mother of all fights, so far, ensues. What about dessert? The Duke must go elsewhere to sate his appetite. And who knew a curtain tie back could be such an effective weapon? Dinner is ruined, much like Mary’s reputation. Exit Prince Charlie with le Comte and the others, but not after le Comte sends for the Parisian police.  Rut roh.

curtain tieThis episode was completely action packed, setting the stage for many scenes that happen, at least in the book.  We have yet to find out how it will play out on screen, but for now, ENCORE!

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Droughtlander: The End.

Finally the epic stretch of Droughtlander is over.  The End.  Finis. For the majority of fans in the US, Starz aired the Season Two premiere of Outlander’s Dragonfly in Amber on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  Ron Moore, the Executive Producer, wrote the first episode, “Through a Glass, Darkly” and did he ever deliver a gripping epic end to Droughtlander. If you haven’t seen Episode 201 yet, then I suggest you tuck away this blog to read later.    At the end of Season One we leave Claire and Jamie on the boat, full of reassurances that all will be well.
Image from Starz
Opening scene of Season Two, we find Claire describing her pain as she is lying on the ground, then gets up and is looking around, at the stones, and through the grass as she realizes she is missing something – a something that is a ring from which a jewel has probably fallen out.

Missing stone

The first minute or two is enough to gut wrench anyone and bring the strongest to tears.  Ron’s writing and Claire’s performance in the opening scene is a powerful promise to the remainder of the episode and keeps (me anyway), on the edge of my seat waiting for the next scene.
 As Claire discovers from a passing motorist, after she almost rips his head off, that it is indeed 1948 and the English have won the battle of Culloden, she has us all feeling the pain of loss in seconds, as if we had been on the battlefield losing the centuries old clan system and way of life.
Frank arrives to the hospital to find the wife he was convinced hadn’t left of her own volition.  Claire’s body language screams “I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE” louder than any verbalization can, and in fact, her spoken words give that very same attitude.  Here is where my first thought of a missed opportunity to have a grieving Frank is missed. Frank responds with a very flat “And I’m so very grateful” line after Claire tells him she is back, and the entire sequence is enough to make me just want to fast forward a bit.  It was flat and uninspiring, sounding nothing like a man who is relieved his wife-who-has-been-missing-for-years should feel. I have my own speculations on this front, which will be revisited later in the season.  On a side note, as Claire looks out the hospital room window, we see a lady walking a dog across the streeet and that dog belongs to Ron and Terry (information from Maril Davis’s tweets).
Discussions Frank has with the Reverend Wakefield are all excellently placed and are enough to believe he does have the patience of Job and is trying to pass along that patience to Frank. Claire bluntly tells Frank she is pregnant and Frank, for a microsecond, is happy and elated before he realizes that it couldn’t be his and not only because his wife has been gone for two years. Yes, two years. There is a comment where he says she’s been gone for two years and I thought I didn’t hear it correctly, but I did.  We have a compressed timeline in the show and book readers know she was gone for three years.  In the show she disappeared at Samhain 1945 (in the Outlander book it’s Beltane 1945), which would be six months later than the book.  We do know she returns in 1948, as stated by the passing motorist.  So she has been gone (for the show) about 2.5 years.
During the interchange and when Frank realizes that his wife has been well-swived by another man, we see him nearly explode in a rage and beat Claire, which actually reminded me of Black Jack Randall.  Instead of showing Claire’s hallucinatory moment with Frank as he leaned over the bed and “became” Captain Randall, this would have been a better placement of her hallucination given the violence both Jack Randal was prone to and the instant that Frank began his resentment of Claire.
We see him balling a fist, a la Black Jack Randall, and he lets his flash of anger dissipate; however, the seed has been planted.
What is this about Frank being sterile? I’ve often wondered how Frank knew he was sterile and this bit comes out during a talk with Reverend Wakefield.  Frank confides in the Reverend about how he and Claire had been trying to conceive to no avail and that one year earlier he had his fertility tested to find out he was sterile. WHAAAT? His wife is gone a little longer than one year (the show) and then he has his swimmers checked?  I have a feeling this is setting us up for future events and if you’ve read the books, you will know what I’m referring to.  If you are a show fan, well, just tuck that bit of info behind a door labeled “Frank Can’t Have Kids” and hopefully we will have enough seasons to unlock that bit of business. Diana is known for revisiting scenes and topics several books and years later, so don’t forget about this tidbit.  While the Reverend speaks of little Roger, he tells him that this is an opportunity to be a father to a child who otherwise would not have one.  Sage advice and well done.  By the by, Roger is just the cutest little kid.
Claire and Frank are new to each other again, neither can know of the experiences the other has had the past two-plus years, but Claire does confide in Mrs. Graham, who believes her far-fetched story and helps her to ease the instantaneous disruption of her past life.  Claire realizes she must tell Frank the entire story and does so after she tells him she wants to keep all questions and comments at bay until the end.  Frank tells her she doesn’t have to tell it and can do so in time, but she must tell and tell she does. It’s my opinion that Frank doesn’t really believe her, but then even he can’t explain how Claire came into possession of the historian-verified authentic 18th century clothing.  If it smells like a duck, sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck, it must be a duck.  Claire and Frank strike a bargain (keep this bit of info handy for any potential future seasons) and off they go to Boston – after he burns her clothes.  Brilliant acting and story lines, hated the burning of the clothing. Frank the historian burns history he could have had a chance to preserve, especially articles from his beloved Jacobite era.
I realize it was to erase the past from Claire’s mind, but I see it as a missed opportunity for Frank (who has no small ego by the way) to have the clothing preserved in a museum.
One.  More.  Step.  That’s all Claire needs to touch down in America with her own two feet.  She accepts Frank’s hand, the camera moves from her face and pans down to…Jamie, holding her hand to get off the ship at La Havre, France, 1745.
I’ll just shout it here… THIS WAS BRILLIANT and had to be the best film editing of the episode. Hats off to Ron, Metin, and the entire production team for this. I’m not alone, the audience at the premiere held at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday, April 4th, thought so too.  Tears, yelling, sighs, heavy breathing, and applause. You name it, it happened in that instant.  Bravo. It happened again at the screening on the 9th.
We are reacquainted with an injured Jamie and his dour godfather, Murtagh, as they disembark the ship in France. Jamie is happy to be off as Claire is confessing that she thought she might have to throw him overboard a few times during the crossing.  Here is where I found the set up to be strange (go ahead, strangle me).  We know they filmed with a real ship in the Clyde area of Glasgow.  Now, I’m a 21st century boater and this is from my experience boating – there is VERY little chance that any captain would EVER set up a ramp off the bow of a ship.  Of any size.
The bow is the part of the ship that feels every single movement of the water.  Why they didn’t have the ramp off the port side and onto the quay, I have no idea.  Strange. Weird.  Unrealistic. The midship region has less movement and is less susceptible to rocking, safer for loading and unloading, provides a shorter span, etc.  Let’s not forget that unloading comes from the bilges and they would have to go up more steps to remove goods from the bow. Someone help me out as to a good reason this was done, other than “it’s TV.”  This is the last bit that made me realize I was watching a show and not embodied in the characters so well played by the cast.
Claire is full of suggestions on how to stop the rebellion but Jamie wants to know how to win.  Alas for the lass, she doesna ken how to win.  We see Jamie very uncomfortable, clearly still affected by his pain, both physically and mentally.  Claire tells Jamie that being in France is where they can stop the Prince and that they can ask his cousin Jared to set them up with introductions, since he is a well-connected Jacobite.  So it’s settled, meet Jared and then face the wrath of Murtagh because they refuse to tell him what they are up to…until it is the proper time.
Fast forward to a meeting with Jared, Jamie’s Fraser cousin who is steeped in politics and the wine business.  He, a skeptic Scot in a time of political deviance, doubts Jamie’s desire to meet with the Jacobites in France.  He ends up revealing the 200+ reasons, in the form of his very scarred back, why he has reason to rise up against the [English] King.  Of course he can’t tell Jared why, so this will have to suffice.  They strike a bargain, Jamie squeezes a quarter out of a nickel, leaving Jamie in charge of Jared’s wine business, earning a 35% share of profits, a place to stay, along with a loose promise of backing by the Clan Fraser. Voilà!  Problems solved.
Capture7Until Claire meddles again, that is.  While at the docks at La Havre, she witnesses what appears to be a body being unloaded (from the mid-ship, no less!) from a ship, she decides to investigate.
Capture8Now look at the above photo, it is almost a slack tide, as noted by the wet rack line on the seawall in the background to the left, and the ramp isn’t at a significant slant.  Now look at the next photo:
Capture9Same body being carried off, yet the ramp is at a greater angle.  The last two images are taken from a time when they were filming at a very low tide:
Capture10Oops. A little problem with continuity. Bulkheads and living on the water are my life, so this is very noticeable to me.   Enough of tides, let’s get back to bodies.
Puss filled blisters. Fever. Not a good thing.
Capture11Claire pushes past the seamen to examine the sailor, makes Jamie stay back because she can’t get the pox, which is what she thinks it is.
Capture12Enter le Comte St. Germain, and another body. into the storeroom.  Her proclamation of the smallpox has not gone over well, the port master tells le Comte that his ship must be destroyed, and Claire has made a new enemy.   This is yet another perfect example of Claire completely overstepping her 20th century bounds into the 18th century, not realizing how her actions endanger others, even though she thinks she is helping.  She doesn’t realize the danger she puts herself and others in; however, trouble does seem to find her, she doesn’t always find the trouble.
Le Comte insults the Frasers and he learns that they are related to Jared.  It is quite evident that the actor (Stanley Weber) is a native French speaker, even to my novice ear (I did take French many years ago), making it obvious that Claire, Jamie, and Jared are not native French speakers – it all fits well.   Le Comte swears they will both pay and we see the infamous burning of the ship described in the book come to the screen.  Jamie and Claire exit stage right with le Comte glaring at them.
And that’s a wrap.  What did you think?  Did you think it was a good opener for Starz?  Except for a few things noted, I believe it to be an excellent start to the season.  Gripping, intriguing, suspenseful; all good traits to hook new viewers.   The acting is excellent, the small touches and nuances were superbly done.  Hats off to everyone.
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The Search – Jenny and Claire

Get ready for it, Episode 114 of Outlander and “The Search.”  We left last week with the return of Ian without Jamie after Horrocks set them up for an ambush.  Jamie figured it out, but too late.

This week we will see just how tough and resilient Jenny and Claire are.  Jenny proves herself to Claire while out in the wild Highlands looking for her beloved brother.  Claire will do anything for love.

Jenny and Claire on a mission #findjamiefraser
Jenny and Claire #badlasses

This episode will definitely show the men who watch Outlander just how strong and gutsy these two women are – women from different worlds with a love of the same man.   Full of the no-guts-no-glory type of action, Claire signs on to part of her life in 1743 with new abandon.

Any thing to #findjamiefraser
Anything to #findjamiefraser

Will she do it?  Claire pledged her life to save the lives of others, how will she handle her internal battle?   Well, that remains to be seen on Saturday.

As the two figure out to find Jamie, let alone where, they have a clue:

The missive
Bad Ass Lasses of #Outlander

And what of Ian? Baby Maggie?  The Highlanders?  Jenny and Claire both break out of the molds they have been poured into, shattering the expected behavior norms – for the 18th and 20th centuries.  We see the return of Rupert and Angus, with Murtagh in the background (as seen in the preview).

Metin Huseyin has done a superb job on this episode; the purists will see many aspects of the book on the screen, spiced by new scenes. What will you need to watch this episode?  Bring on your inner punching bag because you will want to go to war with these women. You may need some tissues as well for some of the tender scenes. Other than that, prepare for a great ride on Saturday night – don’t forget to tweet using the #outlander hashtag at 9pm ET, even adding the extra moniker of #badlasses to your tweet to show support of our two heroines.

If you haven’t see the Episode 114 trailer, click here to view it.

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World War II nurses in the movies sing a ditty.


“The Wedding” – Eroticism at its best.

“The Wedding”, the episode that Outlander fans have been tweeting about for months, wanting to know about the dress, the ceremony, how the wedding night would occur…etc.  So, was it what you expected?  It wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was done well and went off without a hitch – except for the couple that got hitched.

Again, there were deviations from the book, which readers of the book should expect by now.  This keeps the fans of the books on their toes yet keeps the storyline in a form so as to keep new watchers hooked.  Why the writing team deviated from Claire’s wedding to Frank we may not know, but while she appears joyous to marry Frank (circa 1935),

claire frank wed

She has the deer-in-the-headlights look right after her nuptial kiss to Jamie, 1743.

claire jamie wed

We see the couple as they are pronounced man and wife and the story takes us through a series of flashbacks revealing events that have led up to the wedding.  I’m not going to recap everything, just my take on some scenes that really worked.

Clearly the couple are nervous. Claire gets drunk (again), or maybe she hadn’t recovered from the hangover that she woke up with.  Jamie tells Claire there are three conditions that he tells Dougal must be met for him to agree to marry Claire.  Dougal – a bigger cad you’ve never met, but a completely crude fellow that I quite enjoy.

Jamie’s conditions: a wedding by a priest in a kirk, a wedding ring, and proper wedding attire for her (and him). Okay, now that we have the formalities out of the way, what hit me most about this episode (and I’ve watched them all a dozen times at least), was the eroticism of The Wedding Night.

Starz has made the promise of sex more appealing through erotic touch than watching a virgin bridegroom stumble his way through his own deflowering.  Warning, while there is no _explicit_ content, the content is suggestive and may be considered R-rated.

necklace off

To the female fandom: how many times did YOU close your eyes and feel Jamie’s hands caress your flesh, to remove a ribbon from your neck?   You can bet millions of of viewers wished they were on the receiving end of that simplest of undressings.  Of course, Jamie being a virgin-but-not-a-monk, knew he needed to undress his bride, yet he doesn’t know he is starting a firestorm in Claire’s loins.

How many of you brown haired lasses would like to hear Jamie say “mo nighean donn” in a breathless whisper while brushing a stray lock of hair away from your neck?  I’ve seen how many twitter handles are out there, resembling the Gaelic phrase of “my brown haired one/lass”.   Fess up and make sure you have a bib for your drool for every time you rewatch this episode.  Don’t forget to check back in after you buy a box of L’Oreal “Mo Nighean Donn”, the newest color on the market.  I want to see how many new bottle brunettes there are following this episode.


What of the male fandom out there?  As I tweeted before this episode, I have no doubt there will be many babies born in the couple of weeks before or after June 20th.   Did you care that your women folk were drooling over Jamie like he was real, while you were secretly (or maybe overtly) drooling over Claire?  Or maybe you just didn’t care about your women have been yakking about for months, years, decades?  Yeah, I’m sure there are a few of you who wished you were Jamie.

claire boobb

Oh right, back to business.

Jamie to Claire: You’ve not told me what you did all day…

Uh, I don’t need words for that! claire and the bottle

So, while the liquid courage is flowing at record levels in her blood, Claire decides to take this bedding business into her own hands.  She’s already deflowered Jamie, so it’s time for her to be dominant…

The moments the throngs of women have been waiting for…

claire touch jamie


jamie butt

Well, the next frames instigated the “thuds” heard around the proverbial world (the US anyway).

The barest whisper of a touch has the potential to be more sexual than just about anything else.  ‘Nuff said.

Now, the sales of long, single strand pearls probably skyrocketed after this scene.  Guys, if you haven’t gotten one for your lass for her birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, or just becuase, then you’d better get cracking.  They aren’t just to wear with her little black sweater.

pearls lightened

And then…reality check!


Girl, you have yourself two husbands in two spatial dimensions.

I commend Starz on how they have presented the much anticipated wedding night.   What happens next?  For those who’ve read the books (like me), we all know what will happen…but from what I’ve heard, Episode 8 will be a cliffhanger.

Thanks for reading my first ever post.  I decided to take one aspect of the episode to write about since there have already been endless recap’s out on the internet. The comments and thoughts contained herein are purely my own. Images are (mostly) from Starz.