Episode 9: The Reckoning

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 10.49.21 PMOutlander – The Reckoning  aired on April 4, 2015 on the Starz channel at 9pm EST.

Synopsis:  Jamie and the Highlanders rescue Claire from Black Jack Randall.

My Thoughts

First let me say I’ve already viewed Outlander’s episode 9 “The Reckoning” oh, let’s just say 6 times. Yes, I said 6 and it just aired last night.
whatYeah that’s just how my hubby feels too. When Outlander’s on he just goes to his man cave for the night.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the opening seen and how it mirrored the the very first episode “Sassenach” but in Jamie’s POV and how they looped back around to that same point later in the episode bring the it full circle.

I’m also glad they actually showed how Jamie rescued Claire rather than having him just tell her how he got in that window like in the book. Good call by the wonderful Outlander writers. jamie in window

Once Jamie got out of the window it was a battle of nerves against BlackJack. Once again Tobias Menzies (BlackJack) looks as though he’s dripping with evil and when he screams at Jamie to put the pistol on the desk it just makes you jump out of your skin.

Do it BJR w:text

I did however burst out laughing when Jamie finally made his move on BlackJack and busted his head into that desk. That was classic.


Jamie must have learned that move from Angus. If you remember the brawl in episode 5, “Rent” Angus cracks a guys scull on the table for dissing Claire.

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Ok so BlackJack is knock cold on the floor,  Jamie and Claire start to leave when there is a voice over about Jamie thinking he should have killed BJR, well duh! But really that voiceover was a bit distracting for me really thought it could have been left out, just saying.  Ok so they start down these stairs and what I don’t get is why in the heck Jamie would even let Claire go first knowing the place is crawling with freaking redcoats. I mean really WTH.  You just rescued her crazy arse and now you send her down a stairwell first and yep what happens they run right into a bunch of redcoats.  See told ya!

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Ok now this next part just made me shake my head… REALLY???

So as they are making their escape from Fort William, which happens to be surrounded by water on 3 sides and they are pretty much at the top of it.  Jamie tells Claire they are gonna make a jump for it.

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Now mind you yep there is water there but HELLO you all are fully dressed in woolen clothing. Not to mention she’s got on like 5 layers of clothes with a heavy cloak and you’re jumping in that water and swimming for it.  I think NOT!  You’re all arses would sink so fast and you’d get all tangled up in that mess you’d never make it ashore. But it’s a TV show and of course the next scene they are all riding off and dry as bone.

This next scene was EPIC! OMG Sam & Cait blew it outta the castle on that one.  They were up in each others faces going at it like 2 sore tail cats as my dad would say.

Honestly Claires chin was sticking out so far it was in another timezone.

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No way was she going to back down she’s just as stubborn as Jamie is and it’s a good thing cuz he wasn’t letting up either. He was gonna get that apology for running off!

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After they have it out and like most couples in the heat of a passionate debate say a bunch of shite they don’t mean they make up and Claire thinks everything will settle back into a normal rhythm…NOT! The worst is yet to come .   

They arrive at a village to eat & spend the night before traveling on to Castle Leoch. None of the party will speak to Claire because they are pissed off at her for just about getting them all killed rescuing her Sassenach arse from the worst English SOB they’ve known.  So she heads up to bed after being given the cold shoulder from all the men.  Murtagh tells Jamie that Claire just doesn’t get it, that she doesn’t realize what she almost cost them and Jamie, being her husband must drive the point home.

I’m not gonna go into the whole spanking scene cuz it’s been done to death. Let’s just say Claire get her butt spanked as punishment after a game of cat & mouse around the bedScreen Shot 2015-04-04 at 11.09.07 PMand is pissed off for a good long while afterward, which I  don’t blame her.   I do want to say that I think they handled this particular scene very well thank goodness.  The lighthearted music helped to ease the tension as well as the awesome acting done by Sam & Cait.

Next morning alls right in the eyes of the men punishment being rendered and they commence harassing Claire over her “scalped arse”.

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Once back at Castle Leoch the newlyweds are greeted to the hoops and hollers of the castle residents except for the Laird, Colum MacKenzie. He gives them a rather cold stare.

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Jamie then runs into Laoghaire in the hallway where she confronts him about running off and marrying someone other than her like a spoiled brat thinking just cuz Jamie kissed her a few months back she had some claim on him.  Get real little missy Jamie don’t give 2 hoots about you and never did.

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Meanwhile Jamie’s has been summons to see Colum along with Dougal and Ned to find out just what when on at Fort William and what’s the deal with the rent money and this extra bag of coins that is for the Jacobite cause.  Let’s just say he was none too happy with his brothers political moves behind his back and rips them all a new one.  Dougal fires right back at him tell him he’s done all this and that for him and even made sure his bloodline was continues.

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Oops cat’s outta the bag about wee Hamish now.

Jamie heads on up to their room where Claire is making up her place in the bed. Jamie’s all nonchalant  making small talk gonna try to slip into bed with her and Claires like…

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No…Not gonna happen

And Jamies all…

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Next day Jamie’s trying to figure out how to get back into Claire’s good graces while skimming rocks down by the creek when who happens to stroll up that freaking Leghair oh did I say that I mean Laoghaire. Who like the hoor that she is offers her virginity to him showing him her heaving bosom.

I was all like that wasn’t in the freaking book…

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Jamie’s tempted but tells Leghair to pretty much take a flying leap.

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Poor Hoorhair is all just kill me nowgiphy (11)

Jamie finally gets a plan together to get Claire back in his bed.  So he makes his way back to the castle where Claire is combing her hair. He proceeds explain how he’s willing to change to keep peace between them. He then gets down on his knees, pledges his fealty to her just as the clansmen had pledged to Colum during the gathering.

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It’s a very sweet act but Claire is making it rough on him but just giving him a look that would kill.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 11.33.39 PMClaire finally sees how hurt Jamie is over what has happened and in her heart she knows she’s not ready to give him up over one difference of opinion.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 11.35.00 PMHe finally tells her that her ring is made from the key to Lallybroch because he pretty much doesn’t need it since he found her.  “You are my home” he tells her Ugh melts your heart right on the spot and makes ya…


Then some freaking hot, passionate love making starts and just as it’s getting good this happens.

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Claire tells him if he ever raises a hand to her again she’s cut his heart out and have it for breakfast all while riding him all cowgirl style.  Doesn’t make Jamie lose his stiffy though and they keep going at it.

In the morning Claire finds a strange object under their bed.  An ill wish Jamie explains. Looks like a poor try at a voodoo doll to me though.

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Jamie knows just the blonde bitch that put it there, Laoghaire! Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 11.42.02 PM

I can tell you neither him or Claire is gonna put up with that shite.  giphy (15)

Until next Saturday… Good day to ya

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The opening scenes from Outlander Episode 9

Jamie sets out to rescue Claire from the
hands of BlackJack


Married Life Clip

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Screenshots from “The Reckoning

















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