In Episode 209: JE SUIS PREST, Sam Heughan takes command of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser and progresses his character arc to a whole new peak. The future of Scotland and its people, the fate of the woman he loves, the weight of the whole damn world rests on Jamie’s shoulders. Rather than let it crush him, he appears to stand taller and pushes back against the gathering storm and his arrogant uncle.
As I state in my review, this episode screams Outlander, much of that due to Jamie’s “commanding of age.” Sam Heughan makes the performance seem effortless, completely natural. He’s been living with James Fraser for quite a while now, but I doubt he ever takes his television ego for granted. Like Diana Gabaldon, he strives to keep the character engaging, entertaining and slightly unpredictable.
One scene often stands out as a favorite in each episode. JE SUIS PREST has two for me – Jamie’s reality of war speech and his meeting of a young man who will one day have a major influence in his life. Without further adieu, let’s dive into Jamie’s Top 30 Looks for Episode 209.
#30: Jamie’s No. 1 Face – Admit it. You were thinking something else. This isn’t The Scottish Prisoner, you know.
#29: Jamie’s Dougal Is A Tool Face – That is all.
#28: Jamie’s Tired Of Politics Face – And Dougal is still a tool.
#27: Jamie’s This Is Treason . . . Face – And you’ll likely all be hung. No-o-o-o-t the best recruitment speech ever given.
#26: Jamie’s Beautiful Bromance Face – Can you tell I’m just a wee bit excited for Season 3?
#25: Jamie’s Dubious Of Dougal Face – And . . . still a tool.
#24: Jamie’s Je Suis Prêt Face – And . . . still hot.
#23: Jamie’s Hot For Teacher Face – What do you think he accepts for extra credit homework?
#22: Jamie’s Sentry Duty Face – I recommend latrine duty.
#21: Jamie’s Break A Leg, Er, Arm Face – Don’t worry. Jamie and John Grey kiss and make up.
#20: Jamie’s Last Time He Ever Does Something Nice For Dougal Face – He might pass the salt one last time.
#19: Jamie’s Hot Poker Face – I wish Jamie would, um, interrogate me.
#18: Jamie’s Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy Face – 3 out of 4, anyway.
#17: Jamie’s Pig Face – I’d roll around in the mud with him.
#16: Jamie’s Smiling For The Troops Face – Just before he makes them pee their kilts.
#15: Red Jamie’s Face – There can be only one?
#14: Jamie’s Ravaging Claire Face – I never wanted to be a body double for Claire . . . oh, wait.
#13: Jamie’s Beloved Uncle Face – More like Meddling Aunt.
#12: Jamie’s 18 Lashes Face – Easy peasy.
#11: Jamie’s Telling Claire To Get Dressed Face – Boo. Just boo.
#10: Jamie’s Bad-Ass Rambo Face – There’s no way Dougal is going to argue with a face like this.
#9: Jamie’s Giggle Face – Well, this scene made me giggle anyway.
#8: Jamie’s Commando Face – You thought I meant his actual face?
#7: Jamie’s Knows Best Face – How the tides have turned since rent collection.
#6: Jamie’s King Of Men Face – Even Claire looks in awe. Lucky b*tch.
#5: Jamie’s Lauren Bacall Face – He puts his lips together and blows . . . and now I wanna be a prop knife.
#4: Jamie’s Good Time Face – My idea of a good time with this guy is a little bit different . . .
#3: Jamie’s Promise To Claire Face – . . . and it does not include Claire.
#2: Jamie’s Pledge of Protection Face – There’s just gotta be a way to get this guy through the stones.
#1: Jamie’s Word Of Honor Face – Stock tip: Invest in Kleenex today.
Outlander Episode 210: PRESTONPANS premieres on Starz on Saturday, 11 June 2016 in the U.S.
My nutshell recap of this episode is also available: A True Fan’s Nutshell of Outlander Ep. 209: JE SUIS PREST