Episode 9 – The Birds & The Bees

The Birds & The Bees

Date: December 30, 2018  8pm EST
Written by Matthew Roberts & Toni Graphia
Directed by David Moore


Synopsis: As Brianna struggles to compartmentalize the trauma she’s suffered in the wake of the tragedy that befell her in Wilmington, she refocuses on finding her parents.




Sam and Sophie decided not to rehearse this scene before the day of shooting, because they wanted it to feel more natural – like two people who knew of each other but hadn’t spoken before. This was the first scene they acted in together in the series.

In the book, the date on the newspaper is not smudged and reads that Jamie and Claire will die in a fire years later – in 1776. For the series, the writers found that smudging the date created the urgency that was needed to get Brianna to the 18th century immediately, because she couldn’t be sure if they would die in a few months or a few years.

Jamie’s comment about the smudge being an “unforgivable mistake by the printer” is a call back to his past career as a printer.

“Bree” means several different things in Scots. A disturbance is one. It can also mean a soup or broth. One of the restaurants in Glasgow that the writers and producers frequent is called Barley Bree – and in this case it means whisky.

All of the bees in this scene have been added in visual effects. The beehive was created by the art department and placed in the tree.

The whisky still was created by the art department, and it is an actual working still. However, no whisky has been produced from it… yet.

As time goes on, you can see that little changes are made to Young Ian’s clothing. The costume department started to include small Cherokee touches like the arm band and the red porcupine quills on his jacket to show the relationship he’s building with the Native Americans.

This story from Jamie’s time fostering at Leoch can be found in the book Outlander. It didn’t make it into the first season but fit well in this scene. The writers often save book moments that don’t make it into a particular season and include them in later episodes/seasons.



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