We’ll be recapping every episode of Outlander this season, both in blog post AND podcast. Kendra and Sarah will be focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach — in our blog posts, but probably tackling both the costumes and the story itself in our podcasts. You can find the podcast 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.
Claire (and Fergus) have waited up all night for Jamie to return from the Bastille prison, where he was sent after the dinner party brawl the night before.
The next day…
Jamie is at work at the wine shop. Murtagh feels terrible about being overpowered during Claire & Mary’s attack. He vows to find the person responsible.
Claire goes to visit Mary Hawkins. She comforts Mary, assures her that it wasn’t her fault and that she probably isn’t pregnant, and learns that Mary won’t be marrying the French guy and has planned to marry Alexander Randall.
Mary gives Claire a note exonerating Alexander from her attack (Alexander is currently in prison). Claire debates whether or not to burn the note. She’s worried that since Jack Randall and Mary are supposed to have a child that will be an ancestor of Frank, if she encourages Mary and Alexander’s marriage then Frank won’t be born. She finally decides against burning the note.
Back at the wine shop, Bonnie Prince Chuckie turns up. His English financial backers have fallen through, but he has an elaborate plan that involves selling a shipment of wine with the Comte Saint Germain. With those profits, he feels he can definitely get the French to support his cause.
Claire and Alexander Randall have a chat. Claire tells him that Mary would be miserable following him from city to city as he looks for work. Alexander vows to give up Mary.
Over at Maison Elise, Jamie meets with the Comte Saint Germain about BPC’s wine plan. He basically tells the Comte that whenever he finds Claire’s/Mary’s attacker, he will kill them.
Back at home, Jamie updates Claire.
The next day, we’re off to Versailles. Jamie is supposed to help the Duke of Sandringham buy a horse.
Here are images Kendra posted in our Outlander Season 2 Preview post — first, real 18th century florals:
Next up, mid-20th century florals:
For comparison, here’s an example of a real 18th century maternity ensemble:
Claire runs into Annalise, Jamie’s flame from his teen years. The two go for a walk and both try to pee on Jamie.
Kendra will bet you a million dollars that they based it on this real 1730s jacket at the Musée Galliera in Paris:
Claire sees Jack Randall and is justifiably upset. He’s in Paris looking after his brother. He’s way too excited to see Claire.
The king turns up, and basically cuts Jack Randall right and left.
Jamie comes over to collect Claire, and sees Jack. The couple walk away, then Jamie heads back to talk to Jack — he has arranged a duel.
Jamie and Murtagh are making plans for the duel, when Claire turns up. She begs Jamie to not kill Jack for a year, so that Frank can be born. Jamie is very upset, as to be expected. Claire finally gets Jamie to agree only by saying that he owes her a life, as she’s saved his twice.
We want to thank Outlander-Online.com for their awesome screenshots!
Okay kids. What’s your vote on the brown & yellow dress? What did you think of all the other costumes?
Outlander Season Two, Episode Five, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!