Episode 14: The Search

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.20.45 AMOutlander’s The Search aired on May 9, 2015 on the Starz channel at 9pm EST.


Claire and Jenny head off to save Jamie from the redcoat captors and meet up with Murtagh, who joins them. The trio employ unusual tactics to get word to Jamie


My Thoughts

I really thought this episode of Outlander was gonna be a snooze fest but it ended up being quite exciting with a little levity before the storm.

First things first… the title card…OMG I never even realized what they were showing us until later on.

It’s funny how sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of our eyes.  This little easter egg was a very nice surprise paying homage to Claire going through the stones.  They replay the puppet show later on in the episode with the song that Gwyllyn the Bard sang in The Way Out. 

Claire and Jenny set out to find Jamie like two crazed mama bears hunting for her cub.  Jenny just given birth, I sure hope her saddle had memory foam in it 😉

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.22.36 AMJenny’s packing heat and she’s not afraid to use it! Thanks to Jenny’s nose for smelling horse dung they track down the Redcoat gang and they waylay one of them that is on his way to Fort William jenny flop_smallto get reinforcements to find Jamie who has now escaped from their evil clutches.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.29.59 AMClaire and Jenny tie up the guy up and Jenny proceeds to use a ramming rod on the guy’s foot like a branding iron.   OUCH! Can we say bitches be crazy when you mess the family!

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.32.31 AMClaire being from the 20th century is having all sorts of second thoughts about this type behavior but it doesn’t take her long to realize that there is no other way to get the information they need to find Jamie.  It’s really unsettling to her but she knows that Jenny is right and the Redcoat has to go. But while they’reScreen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.33.22 AM arguing about that fact, they hear gurgling in the background and said Redcoat is pouring red from his now slit throat thanks to Murtagh.

Claire and Jenny are Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.34.21 AM gathering firewood when Claire admits that if Murtagh hadn’t  done the dirty deed that she would have done it herself.  This is when Jenny realizes that Claire can really be trusted even though she is a “Sassenach”.  Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.39.04 AMJenny now knows that she can leave Claire and whatever it takes to get Jamie back, Claire and Murtagh are willing to carry it through. But before Jenny takes her leave Claire feels the need to play the prophet telling Jenny to plant potatoes and sell of any land that’s not good for crops. Because Jamie has forewarned Jenny that Claire may tell her things that sound odd but to listen to them anyway, Jenny takes note of this and tells Claire she’ll do accordingly.

So Claire and Murtagh set out to every village and hamlet to spread the word of the fortune telling, healer, singing Sassenach and her high stepping highlander sidekick.
murtagh dancing_smallThe first time I saw Murtagh’s dance routine I rolled with laughter.  His demeanor just doesn’t lend itself to someone who would put on his dancing shoes but I’m sure there is more to this highlander than we may ever know.  Plus as Claire stated “desperate times calls for desperate measures”.

Clair singing_smallThings move very slowly for the two and Claire just about gives up but Murtagh assures her that Jamie will get wind of the two of them and seek them out.  Claire suggest they add a song to their vaudeville act and it sorry for it afterwards as Murtagh makes her dress like a boy and sing a bawdy Scottish song that is sure to make  Jamie send a message to them.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.51.28 AMTheir little act is bringing in such good crowds that a competing group of gypsies steals their idea for their own. Claire begs them not to sing that particular song and even pays them off.  Of course we all know that the gypsies could care less about her lost love and will continue to sing and dance as long as the money is flowing.

Things are starting to look pretty bleak so Murtagh and Claire are taking shelter one evening in a Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.56.55 AMcave.  Having lost all hope of Jamie ever sending word and have run out of ideas,  they start blaming each other for not getting any clues to Jamie’s where abouts. They, like many of us start making accusations at each other. Claire gets pissed off and Claire being Claire, blurts out that Murtagh has no clue how it feels to lose someone you love. That doesn’t sit very well with the highlander and he opens up to her about a love he has lost.  This love being Jamie’s own mother, Ellen, back in their younger years.  And how he tried to win her heart but she loved another.

He, being the bigger man, gave her a pair of boar tusk bracelets he had made as a wedding present.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.59.55 AMAs we found out in an early episode Ellen never told anyone who gave her those bracelets.

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This was a wonderful bonding moment for Claire and Murtagh.  It really showed his softer side. As Jamie says “still waters run deep ya ken”.

So they decide to start over when low and behold Mr. Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.02.50 AMWard, the gypsy leader, shows up at a local pub with news that someone sent word for them to meet them.

So they set off post haste to a cave where they’ve been told to meet Jamie.suprise dougal When they get to the location they are surprised to find none other than Dougal. Now what the hell has he got up his sleeve.  There sure is a lot of loot stashed up in this here cave.

He proceeds to tell Claire and Murtagh that he has news about Jamie and the news, well, she’s ain’t good. He was captured, taken to Wentworth prison where he stood trial and was sentenced to hang.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.09.02 AMOf course uncle Dougal could care less about any of that.  Oh Claire, he says, just write Jamie off as a lost cause there’s nothing we can do now.  You evil SOB! Uncle Dougal will take care of  you, all you have to do is marry me and we can lived happily ever after.

In a pig’s eye Claire tells him all you’re trying to do is Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.10.59 AMget your hands on the Fraser lands to help with your Jacobite cause.  Claire’s not backing down from the conniving warchief either.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.12.28 AMIn the end they strike a deal that he will not stop his men from helping her but if she fails to rescue Jamie she must marry him.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.12.35 AMWhen Claire and Murtagh meet up with the rest of the MacKenzie clan, Claire works her magic and Willie of all people steps up, which makes Angus and Rupert feel bad even though they think it’s a death sentence for them all. angus crucifix_small
They’re not letting some young pup show them up by no means.

That was the easy part Murtagh says and with Claire Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.15.01 AMleading the rescue party, the five of them set off for Wentworth.

From the looks Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.15.19 AMof this shot Wentworth is a pretty ominous place.  Looks freaking huge too.

I, like so many others are not looking forward to what lies behind those stone walls. I’m stockpiling tissues like a mouse making its nest.

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Just on the off chance you’re interested in the words to the song Claire sing in “The Search”
It is a REAL song 

The Reels o Bogie
TUNE: Cauld Kail in Aiberdeen
You lads an lasses a’ that dwell
In the toun o Strathbogie,
Whene’er you meet a pretty lass,
Be shuir you tip her coggie.
The lads an lasses toy an kiss,
The lads ne’er think it is amiss
To bang the holes whereout they piss,
An that’s the reels o Bogie.
There’s Kent, an Keen, an Aiberdeen,
An the toun o Strathbogie,
Where every lad mey have his lass,
Nou that I’ve got my coggie.
They spreid wide their snaw-white thies
An rowe aboot their wanton een,
An when they see your pintle rise
They’ll dance the reels o Bogie.
A trooper gaun ower the lea,
He swore that he wad steer me,
An lang before the brak o day,
He giggled, goggled near me.
He put a stiff thing in my hand,
I could not bear the bangin o’t
But lang before he went awa
I suppled baith the ends o’t.
His pintle was o largest size,
Indeed it was a banger,
He socht a prize between my thies
Till it became a hanger.
Haed you but seen the wee bit skin
-He haed to put his pintle in,
You’d sworn it was a chitterlin
Dancin the reels o Bogie.
He turned aboot to fire again
An gie me t’other sally,
An as he fired I ne’er retired
But received him in my alley.
His pebbles they went thump, thump,
Against my little wanton rump,
But suin I left him but the stump
To dance the reels o Bogie.
Said I, young man, mair you can’t dae,
I think I’ve granted your desire,
By bobbin on my wanton clue,
You see your pintle’s a’ on fire.
When on my back I work like steel
An bar the door wi my left heel,
The mair you fuck the less I feel,

An that’s the reels o Bogie.


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Stills from Episode 114 – The Search



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