Outlander Episode 307: CRÈME DE MENTHE aired on Sunday, 29 October and, well, the honeymoon is already over. Now that Jamie and Claire have had oodles and oodles of anticipation sex, it’s time to argue over childrearing. Twenty years ago, Jamie was very concerned about the dangers his wife and child would face without him. But he had no idea things like bikinis existed in the future. Good thing Claire doesn’t mention push-up bras. Oops. Too soon for those. But then, the 60s bullet bra was worse, in my opinion.
It’s day one, and Claire is ready to set up new digs and a back alley clinic to practice her healing skills. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa, says Jamie. What’s wrong with the brothel? It has everything they need. Free room and board. People coming and going. A madam who may or may not want Jamie all to herself. Naked women being snogged in the parlor every hour of the day and night. Who wouldn’t want to pass through that?
Besides the eye loads of bare breasts, there’s lots of mysterious intrigue in this episode. We have a hard-nosed customs officer sniffing around, a would-be (or should I say may-be) excise officer rummaging and pillaging, a fortune-telling hustler who keeps his sister drugged up, and a one-eyed thug breaking and entering into Alex’s print shop. Then enters Ian Murray, looking sickly and pale – and not just from his long journey all the way from Lallybroch. Claire is baffled, but silent, when Jamie flat out lies to his brother-in-law’s face. It’s one of those “I’ll tell you later” moments.
My favorite scenes of the episode are between Fergus and Young Ian. Those two have stolen my heart and the show. Both César Domboy and John Bell add a sparkle to Outlander with their youth and vitality. I could, however, have done without seeing Young Ian lose his virtue to the young tavern wench. But at least she showed him proper. And I’m trying not to imagine a 15-year-old in a ménage à trois – funny as the delivery in that scene turns out. Other than that, who’s for a spin-off following the exploits of these two lady-killers?
Caitriona Balfe‘s Claire is front and center in this episode, first defending herself against an intruder, taking him out, then spending the rest of the day trying to save his life – all against Jamie’s wishes. I understand the desire to emphasize Claire as a surgeon, and I’m all for scenes of skull drilling, blood and gore – especially so close to Halloween. What I don’t understand is her seeming lack of judgment in the situation. She plans to make the bad man all better and turn him into the authorities with no consequences to herself, Jamie or Madame Jeanne’s establishment. I dinna buy it. And that’s all I have to say about dat.
Sam Heughan‘s Jamie is back to business as usual and reminds me of Season 2 Jamie in Episode 206: BEST LAID SCHEMES. I suppose because he’s back to scheming. And now I’m suddenly excited at the prospect of Fergus, Young Ian and Murtagh scheming with Jamie in Season 4. Would things be simpler in Jamie’s life if Claire had not returned when she did? Mayhap. But then again, Jamie has never led a danger-free, simple life. The Frasers, aka Malcolms, are off to a rocky start, but when hasn’t their life together been rocky? There was that one time for about five minutes when no one was trying to frame, arrest, seduce, kidnap, rape or kill one or both of them. Wasn’t there? Anyone? Bueller?
Well, anyway. Let’s start the recap of this episode’s Top 30 Moments for Episode 307: CRÈME DE MENTHE.
#30: Claire’s Average Day In The 18th Century Moment: Has she even been back 48 hours yet?
#29: Jamie and Claire’s Agreeing to Disagree Moment: Or rather, Claire ignoring Jamie and doing whatever the hell she wants.
#28: Jamie and Claire’s We’ve Been Here Before Moment: So, basically, every time Claire is alone and almost gets raped, it’s her fault?
#27: Jamie’s I’ve Got Everything Covered Moment: Might want to re-think this one, old chap.
#26: Young Ian’s Crème de Menthe Moment: If no one in Scotland drinks the stuff, why exactly do they have any at all?
#25: Young Ian’s Justifiable Homicide Moment: Geez. Never mess with a Scot.
#24: Jamie’s Trying Too Hard Moment: A salesman, he ain’t.
#23: Jamie’s There’s Always The Next Time Moment: This is the 18th century. You can’t walk down the street without someone dropping deadish in front of you.
#22: Jamie’s Heartfelt Admittance Moment: Sure to melt Claire’s heart.
#21: Jamie and Claire’s Awkward Moment: Or not. If Claire doesn’t want him, I’ll take him.
#20: Jamie’s What About Me? Moment: Poor Jamie. Claire really did travel 200 years to make love only once.
#19: Jamie’s Clingy Moment: I’m getting a little worried about Jamie’s self-esteem.
#18: Fergus and Young Ian’s Cheers To Themselves Moment: More of these two, please!
#17: Fergus and Young Ian’s Ye Olde Hooters Moment: Better watch it boys … you’re bordering on good, old-fashioned sexual harassment.
#16: Fergus and Young Ian’s Slightly Inappropriate Sex Education Moment: But damn funny.
#15: Young Ian’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High Moment: Guess Fergus should have added a few more rules to the list.
#14: Young Ian’s Fast Learning Moment: Of course, it’s a woman who has to tell him how it’s done.
#13: Ian’s So Good To See Ye Moment: And here enters the only person who’s not a big, friggin liar.
#12: Ian’s Precious Moments Moment: A great performance by Mr. Steven Cree. Just thought I’d help him out a bit.
#11: Jamie and Ian’s Butch & Sundance Moment: That’s a helluva long way to travel for a ten minute conversation.
#10: Jamie’s Not-So-Secret Secret Compartment Moment: Well, that was easy.
#9: Jamie’s I’m Right And You’re Wrong Moment: Someone please smack TV Jamie for me.
#8: Jamie and Claire’s Ridiculous Conversation Moment: 1) Of course, whores don’t parade around in bikinis. They’re naked! 2) Really, Claire? You forgot how rigid the 18th century is? That’s like forgetting they don’t have penicillin. Oh, wait … that you remembered.
#7: Jamie’s Hypocritical Oath Moment: You might want to tone it down there, boy.
#6: Jamie’s Look! Up In The Sky Moment: It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s bionic batman. (Yes, I added a sound effect.)
#5: A. Malcolm’s Print Shop Inferno Moment: Nothing happening here … I just like the flames behind the sign.
#4: Jamie’s Incredible Hulk Moment: Yay! He’s saving the printer. Oh … no he’s not.
#3: Jamie’s These Boots Were Made For Climbing Moment: I had an Edward Scissorhands joke … but then … I lost it. Cool boots though!
#2: Fergus’ Adopted Son Knows Better Moment: F*ck it. I would have told her myself by now.
#1: Jamie’s Day 2 With Claire Moment: What was that he said … “no matter the cost. I would give up everything I have …”
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