Outlander 102 Castle Leoch Recap
Claire has arrived at Castle Leoch, with the Highlanders realising this is the very same place she visited with Frank. While it was a ruin then, now it is a fully functioning, well built castle, further cementing in Claire’s mind that she has traveled back in time.
Claire looks ungainly as she is helped from the horse. She notices a man looking down upon them from an upper storey window. They are enthusiastically greeted by a woman who invites the Highlanders into the kitchen for food.
Jamie introduces Claire to the woman, Mistress Fitzgibbons. Looking Claire over, Mrs Fitzgibbons takes over, bringing her inside for food and something more to wear. Claire says Jamie is injured and needs attention. Mrs Fitzgibbons looks somewhat suspicious of Claire asking her is she is a charmer. Claire says, yes, something like that and Mrs Fitzgibbons directs Jamie to come inside as well. His wound needs to be dressed. The stone corridors are lit with flaming torches, and we see flashback to Frank and Claire strolling down these very halls in another time.
Mrs Fitzgibbons brings Claire the medicinal herbs she requires. They are boiled in a cauldron of water over an open fire. Mrs Fiztgibbons invites Claire to call her Mrs Fitz. This is small show of respect to Claire. Claire begins cleaning and dressing Jamie’s shoulder wound. When Jamie removes his plaid Claire sees Jamie’s scarred back.
He explains the Redcoats flogged him, twice in a week. Importantly, he tells Claire that Captain Randall was responsible, and he was pleased with himself. A small clue into Randall’s darkness. Claire asks why he was flogged. Jamie tells her, the first time was for escaping Fort William and he second was for theft, per the charge sheet at least. Jamie was imprisoned for obstruction- being any reason the English make up.
A party of Redcoats moving through trails, then along the road to an imposing stone building.
The English essentially raiding the countryside for horses and supplies. We see Captain Randall upon horse, then Jamie in a field tossing hay, as he explains his father was away at a funeral.
Jamie hears screaming, they are Jenny’s screams, and rushes to her aid. He tells her to run, and she makes for the house while Jamie fights off Redcoated soldiers. However, Jenny does not get away.
She is grabbed by Randall who toys menacingly with her face and hair once he finds out she is Jamie’s sister. Randall tears at Jenny’s clothes, baring her breasts. Jamie tries to stop Randall but is overpowered.
Jamie’s arms are strung up in the stone arch entrance and he is whipped, by Randall as Jenny watches on. Randall threatens to harm Jamie further unless she agrees to go into the house with him. Jamie tells her not to go. Randall hits Jamie knocking him unconscious. Jenny, wanting to protect her brother from further harm goes inside with Randall. Jamie Kenn Jenny went with Randall but that’s all. He woke, trussed up, in a wagon with chickens on the way to Fort William.
As Jamie acknowledges Claire’s kindness and healing touch, and says her husband is a lucky man.
We see the Reverend Wakefield and Frank looking fruitlessly for Claire at Craigh na Dun.
Back in 1743 Jamie sees that Claire is upset. She says she is thinking about her husband. Jamie asks if he is alive, Claire truthfully responds that he is not. She cries and Jamie comforts her, holding her to his “good” shoulder.
It is obvious he is attracted to her, they face each other and almost kiss, but Claire breaks away apologising. They stand and look at each other for a long time, Jamie bare chested and aglow in the firelight. Jamie says “You need not be scairt of me. Nor anyone else here, so long as I’m with ye”. Claire asks what about when he not with her and Jamie tells her not to forget she’s English in a place where that not a pretty thing to be. She thanks him, as he reaches out for her hand and tells her to watch herself. He tells her she’s worn out and to sleep a bit as likely someone will want to speak with her before too long. A hint of a likely inquisition. He collects his belongings and leaves the room. Claire looks bedraggled and befuddled, on the verge of more tears, as she stands before the fireplace.
Later Mrs Fitz, loudly wakes Claire, who has been sleeping most of the day. She has brought hot broth.
Claire rises, sits by the fire and briefly sips the broth before she is pulled away by Mrs Fitz who begins undressing her. Mrs Fitz looks suspiciously at Claire’s brassiere. Claire quickly says “It’s from France.” – that is sufficient to explain its strangeness. Claire removes all her clothing. Mrs Fitz helps her into the appropriate 18th century layers. When completely dressed Mrs Fitz leads Claire in front of a mirror, declaring Claire is now ready to be taken to “Himself”.
There is an abrupt knock on the door, it is Murtagh, who takes her upstairs (unseen) and leaves her alone in a lushly decorated room, complete with birds and books. Using VO Claire tells us what she must do if she is to survive in this alien world. She sees a document with the date 1743 – now she knows what time she has traveled to. She is “caught” holding a book and looking at the desk by a distinguished man, with badly deformed legs.
It is Colum MacKenzie. He welcomes her and introduces himself as Colum Ban Campbell MacKenzie laird of the castle. He invites her to sit. Claire mentally reviews her knowledge of history trying to find the place in time. He is friendly enough, but there is an undeniable undercurrent of questioning after Claire tells her story. Claire anxiously brings the conversation back to finding her way back to Inverness. In five days a tinker will pass by, Colum will arrange for Claire to return to Inverness with him. Claire is offered the hospitality of the castle. She leaves Colum’s room and goes down stairs, opening a door and exiting at what appear to be battlements.
Claire looks over the view, ominous black clouds (very photogenic ones) fill the distance as she thinks about the little she knows of Scotland in the 18th century. Hearing voices below, she looks over the edge and sees Dougal play fighting with young Hamish.
Later that day Claire nervously enters the hall, all eyes are upon her as she self consciously walks the length of the stone floor and curtsies in front of Colum. Dougal gallantly pulls out a chair for her at the main table which sits on a raised platform overlooking the other castle folk. Colum pours her a drink (in a very large, very beautiful glass) and introduces Claire to his wife Letitia. Colum pours Claire another drink and begins his subtle enquiries about her status and history. Claire asks after Jamie – Mr MacTavish to her – Dougal informs Colum he is at the stables helping with the horses, kept away from inside the walls.
There is some awkwardness as Dougal has made a decision about Jamie, rather than Colum. Claire tries to take in what just happened while further sipping on her drink as yet more alcohol arrives. Colum persists in his questioning. Young Hamish arrives. Claire makes the mistake of assuming Dougal is the boy’s father, Claire embarrassed by her error excuses herself pleading tiredness. She has fallen for the oldest trick in the book – flashback to Frank taking about plying a subject with alcohol to make them talk. Curious eyes take in her every move.
Next morning sees Claire enters the kitchen, she has missed breakfast but declines Mrs Fitz’s offer of porridge, instead asking after the location of the stables – up at the meadow in the east. She wants to change the dressing on his wound. Claire is being followed. Jamie is training a horse. Claire inadvertently makes a noise which causes the horse to rear up, Jamie falls.
Claire has brought lunch as well as bandages. They proceed to eat, Jamie very heartily. Claire comments on his appetite saying he’d eat grass if here was nothing else. Jamie confirms he has done so, when he was living rough in the woods the winter before last, when raiding cattle has failed. Claire asks why he was living the life of a thief. He tells he there was a price on his head, ten pounds Stirling. The charge was murder. But he did not kill the man. Jamie explains how he was rescued from Fort William soon after his second flogging and during the ruckus a Redcoat was shot. That was four years ago. Claire assumes his name is not MacTavish, he agrees that is the case and that informers could get a reward for giving him up. Claire asks if Colum knows, Jamie says yes, and Dougal but they are his Uncles on his mother’s side. She asks why he has told her this valuable information, he simply says “You asked.” Saying he didn’t think of lying to her.
Their moment of closeness is interrupted and Jamie must return to his work. Claire asks him not to get flogged or stabbed today. He replies “No promises, Sassenach.” In a very nice tone of voice.
As Claire leaves he stables she sees a Highlander snooping around and challenges him about following her. He is not very helpful, but implies he’s following Dougal’s instructions and will continue to do so saying she is lucky he is keeping an eye on her and not Angus – he says some very unkind things about Angus’s personal habits.
Back in the castle, unable to keep her cool, Claire challenges Dougal about his suspicions, he says he thinks she may be a English spy. Claire is taken aback, retorting she will be gone in four days, didn’t Colum tell him? Claire determined to do nothing worth reporting, declares she is to maintain a simple routine, helping Mrs Fitz in the kitchen and garden.
While in the garden Claire is met by another woman, who teases her about poisonous mushrooms, and sharing a little herbal information. The woman introduces herself a Geillis Duncan. She knows who Claire is, likely a Sassenach spy is the word in the village. Geillis says people say she is a witch and invites Claire to see her in the village to share information about potions. But, before then she will see her tonight at the hall.
That evening people are gathered in the Hall. A piper plays as Colum MacKenzie enters and walks painfully to his seat flanked my Dougal.
Claire notes she has diagnosed his condition as Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome, a degenerative disease of bone and connective tissue. It’s most famous sufferer (who did not yet exist) died at thirty eight. Claire believes Colum is living on borrowed time. Men are called forth, and tell their story to Colum, but in Gaelic. Colum dispenses advice to them and the other people who have come to settle their disputes. Then a young woman is dragged before Colum, accused of loose behaviour by her father who wishes her punished for disobedience. There is tension in the air as her sentence is announced in Gaelic. We see Jamie in the gathered crowd speaking to Murtagh. The distressed young girl is being held by two men as Jamie steps forward, speaking Gaelic to Colum offering to take the girls punishment. Colum allows it. The young woman rushes to the open arms of Mrs Fitz. Jamie chooses fists rather than the strap. Rupert, the man whose task it was to follow Claire begins hitting Jamie. Dougal stares down Rupert willing him to continue he punishment until chivalrous Jamie falls to the blood spattered floor, rising to bow to Colum and staggering off helped by Murtagh. During these proceedings Claire has barely been able to restrain herself from stopping the barbarous punishment and rushing to Jamie’s side, stopped only by Geillis Duncan. The young woman is held by Mrs Fitz as Jamie leaves the hall. Geillis takes Claire to Jamie by a more cautious route.
We see Claire once more tending Jamie’s wounds. She asks him why he took the beating. Does he know her? He knows who she is but hasn’t spoken with her. He did not want her to endure the shame of a beating in hall. Mrs Fitz brings willow bark tea to ease his pain, she is grateful for his actions as Laoghaire is her granddaughter.
Claire tells Jamie he can take the bandage off his shoulder in the next two days. He wonders why she won’t do it, she tell him she will be gone – “leaving with Mr Petrie tomorrow”. He looks a little crestfallen and prepares to say goodbye. We see Laoghaire peek into the kitchen wishing to speak to Jamie. Jamie wishes Claire safe journeys, she leaves. Laoghaire enters the kitchen.
Next misty morning we see Claire and Mrs Fitz coming down the stairs.
Mrs Fitz has prepared food for Claire’s journey and she embraces Claire in farewell. Claire is desperate for a way to return to Craigh na Dun, hopeful that she can return to her own time. Claire is about to board the tinkers wagon as Dougal approaches with news that Colum wishes to see her. She goes up stairs though the fire lit hallways, once more thinking of Frank – who we see in flashback along with Claire when they push open the basement door – as Dougal leads the way into the very room where she and Frank made love.
Colum awaits her, talking about Beatons – healers – as we see more flashback of Frank and Claire. Word on Claire healing skills has reached Colum and he wants her to stay and take over the work of healer to Clan Mackenzie. Colum makes it clear he does not believe her story, and has decided she must remain as his guest. Claire is outraged, saying she is a prisoner.
Colum says she is only a prisoner if she tries to leave. A frustrated Claire goes to the door, finding both Colum and Dougal standing outside. Dougal closes the door and locks her inside. She is trapped.