With the Outlander mid-season slump – aka #Droughtlander – in full swing, I thought I’d take the time to revisit a few of Jamie’s most awkward moments so far this season. The poor lad’s had quite a few, most all of them humorous due to Diana Gabaldon‘s impeccable writing, Ron Moore‘s talented adaptation skills, and Sam Heughan‘s brilliant acting. Never to be excluded is the lovely and equally brilliant Caitriona Balfe, who as Claire never lets Jamie get away with anything.
Presented below are my favorite Jamie’s Top 30 Awkward Moments from Outlander Season 1 Part 1. As usual, I’ve selected a range from all 8 episodes as I’m sure you’ll recognize. And as Outlander is a drama, I decided to start with the darkest scenes first.
Watch out for SPOILERS, especially those of you who’ve not yet read the novel(s).
30: Jamie’s Awkward Naked Sister Moment from Ep102: CASTLE LEOCH – Yeah, this one sucks. Not only is poor Jamie being forced to look at his naked sister, but she’s in the arms of the one man who makes Angus look like the ideal brother-in-law.
29: Jamie’s Awkward Ill-Timed Taunting Moment from Ep106: THE GARRISON COMMANDER– Bravery aside, probably not a great idea to taunt the sadistic English dragoon holding a whip who’s about to flog you. Oh, Jamie . . . you did look mighty fine doing it though.
28: Jamie’s Awkward Stiff Lesson Moment from Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW – Next time, Little Jamie can wait until you scope the area out for English deserters. Don’t waste stiffness on the lesson to learn.
27: Jamie’s Awkward Scottish Whoreson Moment from Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW – Does Jamie want to watch you rape his wife? That would be a big, fat NO. And don’t call him a Scottish whoreson, either, you-no-good-deserting-rat-bastard.
26: Jamie’s Awkward Wife Fight Moment from Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW – Aww. Those first marital spats are the toughest, Jamie, especially in front of the guys and particularly when the new ball and chain is right.
25: Jamie’s Awkward Grand Rescue Moment from Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW – Nothing like catching your new wifey in the hands of the man who’s presumably sleeping with your sister. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – this is the worst honeymoon ever. You two desperately need a do-over!
24: Jamie’s Awkward Falling Off Moment from Ep101: SASSENACH – There’s no graceful way to fall off a horse, but Jamie does it with style.
23: Jamie’s Awkward Oath Ceremony Moment from Ep104: THE GATHERING – Hmm. Facing your uncle surrounded by a bunch of drunken clansmen just itching to stick their dirks in something and not in the good way. . . that’s what I call Scotch Rocks.
22: Jamie’s Awkward Vast Knowledge Moment from Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW – Claire just loves to torture Jamie. Every friggin’ time he asks her a delicate question regarding his libido, she takes her sweet damn time to answer. Yes or no, woman!
21: Jamie’s Awkward Lurking Leery Moment from Ep102: CASTLE LEOCH – Eventually moving on to Lip-Smacking Leery . . . Leeching Leery . . . Lying Leery . . . Languishing Leery . . . Looting Leery . . . Lying Leery (again) . . . Lusting Leery . . . You should have stopped while you were ahead, boy. She only wants you whenever Claire’s around.
20: Jamie’s Awkward Gettin’ Married Moment from Ep106: THE GARRISON COMMANDER – Yep, we’re gettin’ hitched. Take a swig of this.
19: Jamie’s Awkward Bonny Lass Moment from Ep103: THE WAY OUT – Jamie’s in the hot seat here but I feel more awkward than him watching the writers turn him into a jerk in this scene.
18: Jamie’s Awkward Sleeping Dirk Moment from Ep104: THE GATHERING – The only thing more awkward than tripping over Jamie while he’s sleeping would be if he were naked. Damn those writers.
17: Jamie’s Awkward Chafing Groin, Er, Shoulder Moment from Ep103: THE WAY OUT – Poor Jamie has an itch he just can’t seem to scratch. Hint: It’s not in your shoulder, Jamie.
16: Jamie’s Awkward Morning After Moment from Ep105: RENT – What are you – 12?
15. Jamie’s Awkward Lush Wife Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – It’s never a good sign when your wife needs to get plastered before she lets you touch her.
14: Jamie’s Awkward Victorian Age Moment from Ep105: RENT – Ruined reputation? Ah, correction. This is the Age of Enlightenment. If this were the Victorian Age, Jamie would have been all over Claire. Those Victorians!
13: Jamie’s Awkward Dangerous Fillies Moment from Ep103: THE WAY OUT – Geesh, ye kiss the wrong filly and they never let you forget it, do they, Jamie?
12: Jamie’s Awkward Virtuous Virgin Moment from Ep106: THE GARRISON COMMANDER – Jamie, you must be the last virgin in Scotland over the age of 16 . . . besides Angus.
11: Jamie’s Awkward Wet Nurse Moment from Ep101: SASSENACH – Admit it. You were hoping she’d offer one up.
Drum roll please . . . here we have Jamie at his most awkward x10.
10: Jamie’s Awkward Bad Boy Moment from Ep103: THE WAY OUT – Not sure what’s worse here – the fact you’re kissing your cousin or the fact you’re kinda sorta cheating on Claire.
What am I saying? If I’d known you were this desperate . . .
9: Jamie’s Awkward Honeymoon Kiss Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – You finally have the right lass in your sights and you blow it.
But if she doesna want to kiss you . . .
8: Jamie’s Awkward First Cockstand Moment from Ep102: CASTLE LEOCH – In front of Claire, that is.
To Claire: He’s only got one arm. You can take him – I mean, handle him.
7: Jamie’s Awkward Dejected Lover Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – What? You expected to be a great lover on your first attempt while losing your virginity? Okay, maybe on your second attempt . . .
6: Jamie’s Awkward Worsening Chafe Moment from Ep103: THE WAY OUT – Poor Jamie. Claire’s loosening the wrong pressure strap, isn’t she?
5: Jamie’s Awkward Exhibition A Moment from Ep105: RENT – You know you’re not just eye candy and I know you’re much more than eye candy, but all those women who haven’t read the books yet might not know it. Until then . . . sigh.
4: Jamie’s Awkward Back Scars Moment from Ep102: CASTLE LEOCH – This poignant moment captures Jamie’s entire story and even forecasts what’s to come. How compelling it’s a moment shared with Claire.
3: Jamie’s Awkward I Thought . . . Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – Horses? Um, yeah. Better let Claire do the thinking in bed – at least ’til you get the hang of it, lad.
2: Jamie’s Awkward So Close Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – Yep. You have boy parts and she has girl parts. It’s all very technical and organic.
1: Jamie’s Awkward U-Turn Sex Moment from Ep107: THE WEDDING – This may not be your favorite, but I love the subtly of this moment on the faces of both Jamie and Claire when she takes charge of their lovemaking after his brazen declaration of:
“If I need guidance, I’ll ask.”
Claire and Jamie Fraser’s Outlander adventure continues in Episode #109: THE RECKONING, premiering on Starz on Saturday, 4 April 2015 in the U.S.