In Episode 208: THE FOX’S LAIR, Jamie (Sam Heughan) faces off against his unscrupulous grandfather, Lord Lovat, in an attempt to appease the even more (or slightly less) unscrupulous Prince Charles.
There’s not a lot of time for Jamie to get back into his old life of farmin’ and takin’ care of his tenants afore he’s forced to march off to an uncertain war. They can change the future. They can’t change the future. They can change the future. They can’t . . . you get the idea.
Nothing in life is certain, other than politicians making bad choices for the good of the people. Jamie happens to be one of those people having choices made for him. But being the warrior he is, he doesn’t give in easily.
I truly enjoy watching Sam Heughan explore the many facets of Jamie’s character in THE FOX’S LAIR, especially during the political storyline parts. This episode reminds me a great deal of THE GATHERING and THE RECKONING, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Jamie goes up against the big dogs of two clans in Outlander and manages to pup his way out of each predicament.
So, whether or not you appreciate this particular episode, I hope you enjoy my Top 30 selects for another of Jamie’s forays into Scottish politics.
#30: Jamie’s Deed Of Sasine Face – Just another example of the rich stealing from the poor.
#29: Jamie’s My Grandmother Was A Kitchen Maid Face – Now we know from which side of the family Jamie gets his looks, ’cause they sure ain’t from Lord Lovat. Nor the personality. Or his integrity. And then there’s his kindness, his bravery . . .
#28: Jamie’s The Man Who Takes Claire In Unholy Embrace Will Have His Privates Blasted Like A Frost-Bitten Apple Face – And that’s the nice way of putting it.
#27: Jamie’s James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser Face – Get chills every time I hear that.
#26: Jamie’s Canna Go Back To Lallybroch Face – You know, sometimes I wonder if Jamie’s life would be easier if he weren’t so damn good looking.
#25: Jamie’s But Lallybroch Is Safe For Now Face – Until the next greedy SOB comes along and tries to take it away from the Frasers.
#24: Jamie’s Mr. 152 Commands Face – Mr. 152 insights into my soul. No competing with that.
#23: Jamie’s I Thought We Hated Leery Face – Does anyone else believe Claire would ask Jamie to thank Leery for being her whorish self? Nah. Didn’t think so.
#22: Jamie’s A Good Soldier Must Obey Face – As you wish . . .
#21: Jamie’s The Damn Prince Made Me A Damn Traitor Face – Shoulda gone with Murtagh’s Plan B. Sqreeak.
#20: Jamie’s Fool’s Errand Face – It kinda sucks when the women are always right.
#19: Jamie’s “Suckers” Face – Even Colum didn’t believe Claire’s performance.
#18: Jamie’s Change Of Plans Face – Call me unscrupulous, but I would have added Lord Lovat’s name to the list of pledges. How’s that for a new vision, gramps?
#17: Jamie’s Long Goodbye Face – Love means never having to say goodbye or something like that.
#16: Jamie’s Proud To Fight Alongside Young Simon Face – Sure hope there’s time on the road for combat training, ’cause this kid looks barely strong enough to take on Leery from whom (I’d like to point out) he ran away.
#15: Jamie’s Time To Talk Politics Face – And hoping Claire doesn’t blast his privates like a frost-bitten apple later.
#14: Jamie’s Yeah, Whatever Face – He’ll get back to Leery on the forgiveness thing . . .
and her love. Did we just jump a guppy here?
#13: Jamie’s Had No Means To Take A Wife Through Rape Face – Well . . . look at his face. Duh.
#12: Jamie’s Fergus Drafted Into Murtagh’s Ranks Face – How much do we want Murtagh to stay? Waaaahhhhh.
#11: Jamie’s Short Goodbye Face – No love lost means never having to say you’re sorry and Colum sure doesn’t or something like that.
#10: Jamie’s Headstrong But Never Reckless Face – Reckless except when it comes to Claire . . . and Randall . . . and Fergus . . . and Jenny . . . and Brianna. But otherwise, yeah, not reckless at all. We’ll call him recklessly passionate.
#9: Jamie’s Dinna Ken My Wife Can Cook Face – Eyes on the baby, Mrs. Crook.
#8: Jamie’s Will Always Have A Home For Sweet Fergus Face – Fergus is cute and all, but can we get to the part where he’s a hot Frenchman already?
#7: Jamie’s Not A Fool Face – Hmm . . . Janet must not be in the room.
#6: Jamie’s His Soul Will Burn Forever In Hell Face – Pretty sure that’s going to happen to grandpa even if he doesn’t try to violate Claire.
#5: Jamie’s My Father Was A Bastard Face – Notice he told Claire with his shirt off. Cheater.
#4: Jamie’s My Poor Cousin Face – Not “My Poor Cousin’s Face.”
#3: Jamie’s Listening To Threats Against Claire . . . Yet Again Face – For Pete’s sake, Comte St. Germain’s body ain’t even cold yet.
#2: Jamie’s Sexy Silhouette Face – I know you can’t actually see Jamie’s face, but are we really going to complain, are we?
#1: Jamie’s Baby Talk Face – I never wanted to be a baby prop . . . until now.
Outlander Episode 209: JE SUIS PREST premieres on Starz on Saturday, 4 June 2016 in the U.S.
My nutshell recap of this episode is also available: A True Fan’s Nutshell of Outlander Ep. 208: THE FOX’S LAIR