Warning: This article contains spoilers for Outlander Season 5, Episode 2, “Between Two Fires.”
Remember the happiness and joy that filled Outlander’s Season 5 premiere episode? Yeah, that’s gone. The second episode opens up with an old fashioned tar and feathering — which I guess back then was considered new and not old fashioned. Either way, not a fan.
Murtagh gets all murdery. He and his men pour burning tar and fluffy feathers on the bare skin of their enemies. There’s a lot of screaming, and Murtagh tells them they deserve it. Here are seven other takeaways from the episode, too:
Brianna’s PTSD & Claire’s MD
Cut to Brianna sketching under a tree — uh oh, she’s sketching Stephen Bonnet. Her dark drawing session is interrupted by the screaming arrival of a woman and her dying husband. Thankfully, Dr. Claire is in the house. The wife tells Claire she gave her husband mercury pills. Claire says there’s nothing she can do. “Because you fed him mercury, you idiot.” She didn’t actually say that, but I heard it.
Jamie Plays Both Sides
Meanwhile, Jamie’s busy riding with the enemy. He’s set off to find Murtagh with some Red Coat babysitters in tow. One being his new fake best friend, Leftenant Hamilton Knox. Let’s call him Lefty. He compliments Jamie on being able to bring people together. *Bromance alert.* Except, oops, the bromance is halted when Jamie’s new BFF says, “I can’t wait til we hang Murtagh Fitzgibbons.” Insert Jamie’s disappointment here.
Claire Doctors It Up
It turns out Claire loves playing “Operation” on dead bodies. The mercury dude who died on her table? She’s performed an autopsy on him. Bree enters, almost barfs, and is like, “Mom, wtf?” Claire explains it’s the only way to save people. Claire then sees Marsali cutting up an animal carcass, and she’s like, “Oooh, idea.”
Jamie sees firsthand what Murtagh and his men did. He isn’t super happy with their tar and feather skin care regimen for the Red Coats. The Highlander prisoners are shocked to see Jamie with the enemy. He tries to tell them he’s on their side, but they’re like, “We regret nothing, only that we didn’t give everyone a tar bath!”
This angers Lefty, who whips out his sword and kills one of them. Jamie’s pissed. Later, Jamie breaks the Highlanders out of jail. Lefty tells Jamie, they must prepare for war. Dum dum da dum. And then we don’t see Jamie for the rest of the episode. I assume he’s riding his new pretty white horse back to Claire.
Roger & Bree Disagree
Roger can’t do anything right. Bree tries to teach him how to shoot. He aims at a tiny squirrel and misses. He tells Bree it reminds him of “Tufty Fluffytail” — Sorry, Tufty WhatTail? He explains, “Tufty Fluffytail” was an English character who taught children about road safety. So that’s why he missed.
He then whines about Jamie not respecting him. (Note: You have to earn that, Roger). Bree then has him shoot a tree. He misses. Then a turkey. He misses. Bree shoots the turkey in one shot. Happy Thanksgiving. Guess whose ego can’t take that his wife is a better shot than him? ROGER. He quickly turns into Pouty McFluffyTail.
Bree quickly figures out Roger wants to head back to the future. “Our family is here,” Bree says. Roger responds, “You and Jemmy are my family. James Fraser is my colonel.” Cold Roger. And now I like you even less than before. Who knew that was possible?! Bree responds, “What about Mama?” Roger then says, “You don’t want to leave them.”