Later, Claire, Brianna and Roger attend a ceremony naming a fellowship after Frank (Tobias Menzies) where Claire has an awkward run-in with Frank’s mistress. Instead, they literally have Claire step out of a cab in 1960s Boston and into a puddle in 18th century Edinburgh.
Claire wasn’t thrilled at Roger’s findings at first. But what does that mean exactly when her “element” for the past 20 years has, yes, been badass surgeon and mother, but also a woman living a half-life?
Now comes the part where we wait for two weeks. “I thought that it’s a great “out” on the faint”, Moore says. You remember the one. the pretty blonde Ph.D student whom he wanted to marry but died before he got the chance? You may be even more upset to learn that the gap isn’t just one week, but two: Episode 6, “A. Malcolm“, won’t air until October 22 (next week, Starz will reair episodes 1-5) – but in Graphia and Roberts’ defense, they didn’t know that when they were writing the episodes. “So it felt like we should reset a little bit”. “Obviously there’s a lot of trepidation with Claire going back. Not the way I did when I was little”, Brianna says. The usually self-confident Claire worries about her looks once she knows she’ll see Jamie again; she picks at her face and dyes the grey streaks in her hair.
“I’m most excited that we chose to do something that most people wouldn’t do which is to spend about 40 minutes in one set with two characters and see them reconnecting”, Davis says of the next episode. It’s so long to sit with them in there but to me, it’s a luxury and a journey.
After five episodes of build-up, the moment is finally here – Claire and Jamie have reunited! “You have to go back”.
“Gary Steele, our production designer, spent a lot of time designing the print shop. That gives you I think a slight rigidity, I think”, Balfe tells us.
The excerpt also says “Printed by Alexander Malcolm”. Balfe praises writer Matt B. Roberts for his execution. “But it’s messy and complicated and parts of it are amusing”. It’s nearly a teenage love fear. No, but sometimes you can not help love.
Because the moment is so one-sided with the surprise – “Claire had the opportunity for the journey to Scotland and the journey from the stones to Edinburgh to think about that moment, like maybe this will happen, or maybe that will happen”.
As I’ve discussed before, I liked how “Outlander” made Frank Randall not only more three-dimensional, but sympathetic. We know he eats chicken cacciatore on Tuesdays (per last week’s “Of Lost Things“), that he’s more cautious in surgery than Claire, and that he has an anthropologist friend named Horace.
However, as happy as Claire and Jamie’s reunion was, it came at the price of a heavy goodbye for Claire and their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton).
“When she goes back, this is a woman who’s sort of put her entire romantic and sexual life on hold for the best part of 20 years”.
I think it’s really nice moment because Claire has made this sacrifice for Brianna for 20 years and now Brianna makes this sacrifice too.
Want to hear more about episode 5? She’s dressed in the 17th century gown. What was filming that like?Sophie Skelton: You see it all in the scene where you see Brianna at the window and she’s putting on such a courageous face for Claire, which is something Bree is very good at. Bree asks Claire when she announces she’s leaving college. (I could have gone my whole life without being asked to pretend that Caitriona Balfe with a gray streak is somehow less attractive than regular Caitriona Balfe.) Still, she manages to be quietly affecting in the more restrained beats. In other ways, she is still a kid who needs serious reassurance. When Claire stares at the moon in the wake of Apollo 8, we know she’s thinking of things that orbit and return, and looking for enough resolve.
“Who knows where they go from here”. And, besides, it’s Christmas and, according to Love Actually, that means you have to tell the truth.
We don’t get to be inside of Jamie’s head here, but we can guess what he sees when he sees Claire: a ghost. They’re quite stubborn souls and they like to be right. And in true “Outlander” fashion, showrunner Ronald D. Moore and his team did what they always do best: Staying true to Gabaldon’s written word, while putting their own unique spin on the story. They belong together, so stop stalling, Claire.