We’ll be recapping every episode of Outlander this season, both in blog post AND podcast. This time it’s just Kendra for the blog post, and as usual, I’ll be focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach. However…
We have a very special guest on this podcast! Brenna Barks, a fashion historian who specializes in Scotland and who wrote our fabulous review of the men’s costumes in season 1. Brenna joins me to discuss Scottish history, Outlander, and episode 4 on our podcast, which you can find at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
For those who aren’t regular Frock Flicks readers: this blog and podcast is all about costumes in historical movies and TV shows, and we approach things from the angle of history. So, expect us to be talking about the costumes primarily from the point of view of comparison with the real history of the 1740s. We’ll also talk about costume in terms of story, and the deviations that come with this one having the fantasy element of time travel. But, know that when we talk about that dreaded phrase “historical accuracy,” we’re not doing it to be mean or judgy. It’s just one lens through which to watch this fabulous show.
We begin with yet another chess game between Jamie and Duvernay at Versailles:
Claire gets poisoned, but with something that just hurts for a bit and won’t actually kill her — and the culprit is probably the Comte Saint German. Back at home, Claire recovers. This whole plot thread reminds me of the “affair of the poisons,” a big scandal that happened in the late 17th century (read more about it at Wikipedia).
Claire heads off to Maitre Raymond’s to confront him about potentially selling the poison to the Comte (likely).
Claire goes to visit bestie Louise, who confides in Claire that she’s pregnant — but not with her husband’s child.
Back at Chez Fraser, Jamie comes home with bite marks on his upper thighs and stories of almost 69ing with prostitutes. Claire is pissed, and I am team Claire… except that Jamie is getting over a horrible, brutal rape, and while I get that Claire is trying to get Jamie to communicate with/lean on her, I think she could be a lot more understanding of what he’s going through.
Jamie and Claire shag (FINALLY!), then hear someone on the roof. Jamie is ready to cut a bitch, when they discover its Bonnie Prince Charlie, who has been bitten by his lover’s monkey. Claire figures out that Louise’s baby daddy is BPC!
A week later, Claire and Jamie are about to host an important dinner party at which they plan to blow up Prince Charles’s relationship with Sandringham. But beforehand, Claire has to go to the hospital as there’s been some major disaster. Mary goes along to assist, while Murtagh and Fergus escort them.
Outside, the carriage’s wheel has broken… how, when it was just parked outside? Claire decides they will walk home. There aren’t hackney carriages in Paris? They have to hurry because she has to get home for The Dinner — but then are shown strolling. Huh?
Chez Fraser, Jamie has to welcome all the dinner party guests on his own.
Everyone turns up:
Claire and company are hours late to the dinner — because they are attacked while en route. Poor Mary gets raped. The attackers suddenly start calling Claire “La Dame Blanche” and take off, clearly afraid of her.
Back at chez Fraser, Sandringham is a dolt and invited the Comte and Comtesse Saint Germain.
Claire and company finally show up. Poor Mary is sent to bed, with Alexander Randall to watch over her (the two are in love). Claire changes and heads in to dinner, despite Jamie’s offer to cancel things.
During dinner, Claire and Jamie’s plan to set up BPC by announcing Louise’s pregnancy — she managed to convince her husband that it’s his — at dinner seems to be going well. BPC is being sulky and it looks like things might blow up as Claire & Jamie hope…
Except — Mary wakes up, sees Alex and freaks out, goes running out into the house with Alex trying to calm her… but he ends up on top of her in a compromising position. All the guests rush in and most assume Alex is trying to rape Mary. A completely random melée ensues, during which various random male party guests try to beat up Alex and then Jamie and Murtagh as they leap to the rescue. Jamie and Murtagh win, of course. The Comte lurks ominously, then sends for the guards.
Which costumes did you love this time around? Did anything give you an eye twitch?
Outlander Season Two, Episode Four, Podcast Recap
Listen to Kendra discuss episode 4 with fashion historian Brenna Barks in our podcast recap of the episode, here or on iTunes!