Outlander Episode 304: OF LOST THINGS aired on Sunday, 1 October and introduces several new and exciting characters. David Berry returns as Lord John Grey. Yay! We can never have too much of him; I say. Here’s hoping Ron & Co. add more Lord John to fill the wide gap left behind by the unfortunate demise of Frank & the about-damn-time death of Jonathan Randall. Lord John’s character is refreshing after all the darkness in the previous two seasons – not that I’m complaining. It all serves to build upon young Jamie’s development into mature Jamie – my personal favorite of the two. Lord John is certainly an important part of Jamie’s growth in maturity and healing. In this episode, David Berry continues to hit the nail on the mark with charm, humor and great delivery.
A special mention goes out to the portrayal of Isobel Dunsany by Tanya Reynolds – the more good-natured but less vivacious of the Dunsany sisters. Isobel has a few quiet yet substantial moments with Jamie. I very much enjoy Isobel’s contributions to the storyline which could easily be overshadowed by Geneva, but they stand out because of Tanya’s wonderful performance.
Geneva storms onto the screen just as we expect, making me suspect Hanna James had a blast playing the fiery, spoiled rich girl we all love to hate and envy at the same time. She has breeding, beauty and balls. She has Jamie’s balls in her pocket … and in her hands at one point. Hannah and Geneva certainly makes this one of the most amusing episodes to watch.
And finally, little Clark Butler – an adorable, gifted and perfect actor for William Clarence Henry George Ransom, aka Willie. What a charmer this kid is – running, chasing, following and keeping Jamie on his toes. Sam seems to have great chemistry with all his co-stars, especially this wee one.
But enough about all the other brilliant stars of this episode, let’s talk about Sam Heughan. Sam. Sam. Sam. Setting aside the confusing hair … come on. admit it. you thought the same thing … Sam and Jamie have new emotions to explore at Helwater, on a range of levels. This is a power packed episode, covering several years of Jamie’s life. His relationship with Lord John endures, even flourishes. There’s simply not enough minutes to delve into this life-changing friendship, but Sam and David get the job done in the time they have onscreen – with and without dialogue. Jamie’s liaisons with Geneva are brief but highly entertaining. Jamie really pulls on the heartstrings during his time with Willie, knowing there’s no happy ending to that part of the story – at least, for now. Let’s face it. They have their work cut out for them.
Given that I’m feeling better and could not decide on single looks for Jamie this week, I did something a little different. What started out as Jamie’s Top 10 Moments, turned into his Top 20, then his Top 30. I probably can’t do this every week because it’s quite time consuming, but I hope you enjoy my favorite 5-second bits in Jamie’s Top 30 Moments for Episode 304: OF LOST THINGS. [If you have not yet watched the episode, I strongly urge you to do so before viewing this post.]
One last tidbit: Diana Gabaldon stated this is her favorite episode of the season so far; therefore, I’d like to dedicate this post to her.
#30: Jamie Pulls At Lord Dunsany’s Heartstrings: And by the way, how old are your daughters, sir? He’s asking for a friend.
#29: Jamie Tries To Throw Lady Isobel Off Lord John’s Scent: Jamie’s just as bad at discouraging Isobel as he was at discouraging Leery. [Spoiler: Jokes on the men – they both end up marrying the girls.]
#28: Jamie Fetches Lady Geneva’s Palfrey: I’m sure glad Geneva finds out the best use of a Scotchman halfway through this episode.
#27: Jamie Takes One For The Team: You know nuthin’, Jon Snow … er … Jamie. Never approach a hysterically emotional woman unless you wanna get slapped.
#26: Jamie Dishes Out The Discipline: Even the cutest little bugger can be a wee bastard.
#25: Jamie Meets Lady Isobel: There’s no real reason for this scene on my list other than I think it is simply both beautifully staged and photographed.
#24: Jamie Takes One Life For Another: Another poor dude forced to take second fiddle to Jamie. Yes, I’m talking about Frank.
#23: Just Jamie Being A Great Dad: Is he getting an extra stipend for raising this kid?
#22: Jamie Pretending There’s No Sexual Tension Between Lady Geneva And Himself: Well, it has been a long time…
#21: Jamie Learning What Sexual Tension Can Breed: Well, that didn’t take long.
#20: Jamie Wants To Put A Boot On Lady Geneva’s Hind Quarters: Nope. No sexual tension there.
#19: Jamie Tries Not To Cry While Leaving Helwater: How’d you do?
#18: Jamie Telling It Like It Is: Does Jamie kiss with that mouth? Does Jamie do other things with that mouth?
#17: Jamie and Lady Geneva’s Pillow Talk: Shouldn’t Jamie be asleep by now?
#16: Jamie Prays For His Brother Willie: I love me a good candle scene.
#15: Just Jamie Holding His Son For The First Time: Jamie emoting. The baby blinking on cue. Pass the Kleenex.
#14: Sex With Jamie 101: I don’t normally include nudity or sex on my lists, but – gosh – I love the soft illumination in this shot. All the light is on Geneva’s face rather than Jamie’s because this moment is about her, not him. What a guy!
#13: Jamie Turns Willie Into A Stinking Papist: Willie will be sure to thank Jamie for it later.
#12: Jamie Flirts – Yes, Flirts – With Lord John: I don’t know how Sam was able to elude us for so long, but that’s the cutest, shiest, most adorable smile he’s ever given anyone on the show.
#11: Jamie’s Uncomfortable Ménage À Quatre: This scene makes me smile every time I watch it. Lord Melton is like – Again? And Lord John is all – This isn’t what it looks like. While Lady Geneva is like – I know exactly what this is. Poor Jamie is just – Damn this power of mine to make everyone fall in love with me.
#10: Jamie Steals A Moment With Wee Willie: And then, there’s the two of them.
#9: Jamie Teaches Lady Geneva More Than He Intended: Yeah. I think Jamie just had a Claire moment.
#8: Jamie Has No Regrets: It’s one of those things where you have to take the bad to get to the good, especially difficult when the bad is really, really sucky. But so worth it for a moment like this.
#7: Jamie And Lord John Compete Over Who Is Going to Cry First: Funny how Lady Isobel hasn’t got a clue.
#6: Close Up Of Jamie Trying Not To Cry While Leaving Helwater: Either that, or he’s hoping he has better hair in the next episode. Oh, come on!
#5: Jamie Showing Lady Geneva A Good Time: À la useless Scotchman style.
#4: Jamie Disappointed Lord John Doesna Want Him?: You mean, even Jamie has self-esteem issues?
#3: Jamie Shows Geneva How It’s Done: It – the universal word for sex even in the 18th century.
#2: Jamie’s Like Father, Like Son: Ah, those clever cinematographers.
#1: Jamie and John Sitting In A Tree: Or standing on a path. Either way, such a great bromance these two have embarked upon. The animated expressions on both their faces slays me which is why I could not capture the moment with only still images.
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If you missed the other great looks from Outlander Season 3, you can find them here: