In Freedom & Whisky Brianna is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that her father is in actual fact an 18th century Highlander. Meanwhile Roger has important news for the both of them.
It’s an episode that really pays dividends, a real slow burn with Roger bringing the news that Jamie is definitely still alive in his parralel timeline and running his own printing works giving Claire real food for thought. It’s actually Claire’s medical friend Joe Abernathy who makes up her mind for her.
There is a brilliant segueway as what we think will be Claire alighting from a 1968 taxi to find she is alighting from a hansom cab in the 1760’s. Finally after five episodes it’s the moment everyone has been waiting for – Claire seeing Jamie again. He is busy working in his shop, turns around at the sound of her voice and promptly faints.
One of the total delights about the series is it’s real depth, fans of the books will relish how closely the show parralels them but it’s the total immersion in the period and the attention to detail that makes it so special.
The episode title incidentally comes from a Rabbie Burns poem Claire was fond of quoting to Jamie. Roger sees it printed in an old pamphlet that was printed when Burns was still a bairn and puts two and two together.
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 8 October 2017 at 8.00pm
Writer: Tony Graphia / Director: Brendan Mahaer
Series: Outlander Season 3 Episode 5
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall Fraser
Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield
Douglas Reith as Professor Brown
Cesar Domboy as Fergus
Will Johnson as Joe Abernathy
Sarah MacRae as Sandy
Mitchell Mullen as Dean Tramble
Zach McCullough as Baker’s Boy
William Meredith as Anesthesiologist
Jessica Preddy as Nurse
Justin Skelton as Cabbie