Episode 113: THE WATCH presents Jamie with some rather formidable challenges. Not only is he forced to share close quarters with The Watch, but he must also welcome into his home a familiar and dangerous acquaintance from his recent past – angel eyes Horrocks.
On the personal side, he learns Claire may not be able to give him the house full of children he’s always dreamt of having. Obviously devastated, he puts a brave face on for his wife’s own broken-hearted tears.
Jamie shares quite a few greatly appreciated scenes with his brother-in-law, Ian, as well as some dramatic moments with new character – Taran MacQuarrie. Together, Ian and Jamie face the threats imposed by The Watch and Horrocks, both conflicts ending with disastrous consequences.
Sam Heughan‘s performance in this episode is outstanding, as he expresses more emotion with his face than through his dialogue. I do not intend this as an insult to his verbal acting skills. It’s more a praising of his expressive artistic skills which are what compelled me to create the Top 30 in the first place.
I make special mention of the cinematography and lighting in my review, but I’d like to acknowledge it here as well. Lighting isn’t only important to make the actors and action visible to the audience, it sets the mood. This week, the lighting is most definitely a friend to Jamie’s Top 30 Looks. I present them to you now in their very well-lit glory.
#30: Jamie’s A Week Too Early, A Day Too Late Face – Timing is everything. Unfortunately, Jamie’s timing in the last two episodes sucks. He arrives at Lallybroch just in time to meet up with The Watch, then realizes too late they’ve entered a trap. If only the witch trial could have lasted a few more days . . .
#29: Jamie’s Non-Provocation Face – Yeah, Jamie. Keep trying.
#28: Jamie’s With Frank? Face – Is it just me, or does everyone feel chills every time Jamie says the name Frank?
#27: Jamie’s Protective Of Ian Face – As much as I love the romantic and tender side of Jamie, this is how I most often think of him – fiercely protective and extremely devoted to his family.
#26: Jamie’s Clandestine Meeting Face – I wish Jamie would clandestine me.
#25: Jamie’s Road Trip Bromance Face – I’m not sure if Jamie is cheating on Claire or Ian here.
#24: Jamie’s Doing The Math Face – Jamie’s thinking: What’s one more body? Well, that would be two.
#23: Jamie’s I’m Good With Horses Face – And suddenly . . . I want to be a horse.
#22: Jamie’s I’m Jamie McTavish Face – Oh, but he’s grown up so much since SASSENACH.
#21: Jamie’s Dagger Eyes Face – How is it Jamie looks so cute even when he wants to kill someone?
#20: Jamie’s Broken-Hearted Face – Jamie’s eyes are like a mood ring, aren’t they?
#19: Jamie’s Excuse The Stramash Face – I wish Jamie would stramash me.
#18: Jamie’s Zoolander Blue Steel Face – Oh . . . but he does it so much better. #OutlanderBlueSteel
#17: Jamie’s Taking A Bite Out Of Crime Face – And suddenly . . . I want to be a slice of bread with butter.
#16: Jamie’s I Remind Ian of Taran MacQuarrie Face – I like Taran . . . this week . . . but he ain’t no Jamie.
#15: Jamie’s Claire Never Counted On Loving Me Face – More math?!?
#14: Jamie’s Breaking The Bad News Face – Okay. Things are getting too serious. Put the blasted leather jacket on. I want drunken, immature Jamie back.
#13: Jamie’s Blue Steel To The Right Face – Now, that’s talent. Jamie can do blue steel in both directions.
#12: Jamie’s Ne Jamais Être Pris Vivante Face – Scottish . . .Gàidhlig . . . French . . . Whatever. I’m a puddle.
#11: Jamie’s Sawny Face – Sigh. I could have done a Top 30 with this scene alone.
And here we arrive at Jamie’s Yummiest Top 10:
#10: Jamie’s Confessions Of A Killer Face – Is it wrong to be turned on by Jamie’s stone-cold confession?
#9: Jamie’s “A Sword To The Head Puts A Good End To The Second” Face – And a hand to the sword puts a good end to the night.
#8: Jamie’s Convalescing In A Brothel Face – And suddenly . . . I want to be a whore.
#7: Jamie’s Or Else What? Face – SPOILER Oh . . . I suppose Mary MacNab or Geneva Dunsany will do in a pinch. Never would I want to be Laoghaire though.
#6: Jamie’s Would Take More Strength Than I Have Face – If these two do not win Emmys . . . we riot. #EmmysForOutlander
#5: Jamie’s I’m Sure I Wouldn’t Face – Can you repeat that? I can’t hear you above all the bawling from #6.
#4: Jamie’s Which Is The Bigger Sin? Face – And suddenly . . . I want to be a sinner.
#3: Jamie’s Fornication Or Killing? Face – Killing . . . definitely killing. Absolutely nothing wrong with fornication.
#2: Jamie’s And Will We Go To Hell? Face – I ask myself that every week as soon as I finish Top 30. Still here.
#1: Jamie’s Final Goodbye Face – And suddenly . . . I’m out of jokes.
Outlander Episode 114: THE SEARCH premieres on Starz on Saturday, 9 May 2015 in the U.S.
If you missed last week’s Top 30, you’ll find it here: Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode 112: LALLYBROCH
My recapped review of this episode is also available: A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode 113: THE WATCH