Outlander 103 The Way Out Recap
This episode opens in World War II with Claire about to depart on a train, leaving for the front. She is being farewelled by her husband Frank. Both are in uniform. The irony is that Claire is the one going to the front lines, with Frank remaining back in England.
Next, the audience are in for rather a shock. It seems that Claire is revealing the truth to Mrs Fitz about how she came in be found by the Highlanders. She tells Mrs Fitz that she has fallen back through time from 200 years in the future. Mrs Fitz’s reaction is to scorn Claire as a demon. Then this is shown to be Claire imagining what she would say and what the reaction would be as she sits having her hair brushed by Mrs Fitz who tells Claire about the Gathering which is soon to happen.
Claire tries to earn the respect of the Laird, Colum MacKenzie, however in doing so she has unwittingly made herself even more valuable to the community. As Claire goes through the herbs and medicinals left by the previous healer she is being closely watched by Angus.
Claire is now wearing her 18th century clothes with confidence and aplomb, she looks the part of an 18th century healer. The Rupert and Angus begin to trust her more, leaving her side to drink in the kitchen. One of women, Colum’s chambermaid Shona, is distressed. Mrs Fitz
explains Shona’s son, Lindsay MacNeill died last night. The boy had been to the monastery, known as The Black Kirk and fallen ill. The Black Kirk is known for being haunted by demons.
Colum’s tailor is preparing a new coat for him, Colum is not happy to see it is longer than a standard “frock coat” and feels he is being mocked because of his misshapen legs. He is angry and takes his dagger and threatens to slash the garment. Claire looks uncomfortable as Colum tells her why he has sent for her, to massage him, as the previous healer had done. Colum climbs onto the massage table and lays face down baring the lower half of his body for Claire to massage. As she works to ease his pain he invites her to attend the gathering as his guest, telling her that Gwyllyn the Bard will be singing in the hall before the gathering.
The clan gathers in the great hall, Dougal actually compliments Claire on her healing touch for helping Colum, but also has a dig at her saying the feral cat we picked up on the road is pulling up her claws. Claire excuses herself from his company and moves away to find a seat.
Laoghaire sits near Claire and they briefly talk, introducing each other, Jamie arrives in the room Claire says to Laoghaire that Mr MacTavish cuts a fine figure. Jamie sits between them. As Gwyllyn starts to play Claire mentions to Jamie how beautiful Laoghaire looks, he gives Laoghaire a quick glance and offhandedly says she is bonny. The bard sings, Claire asks how long the bard has been at the castle, Jamie says he was there when he first came to the castle at the age of 16. Laoghaire tries to make further conversation with Jamie about that earlier time. He barely remembers her. Claire is sipping rhenish – her third glass – offering the remainder to Jamie. Laoghaire looks on unhappily. Claire is getting intoxicated. Jamie is impressed at how she has been able to drink as much as she has. Jamie tells Claire that he dressing has been chafing him and asks for her help to remove it – now. Jamie dismissively passes the glass to Laoghaire to look after, not giving her a second glance as he leaves the hall with Claire.
Jamie and Claire go into the empty kitchen, lit by the glow of many candles. He says he doesn’t really need help, but just wants to see her back to her surgery while she can still walk upright. Claire admits she has over indulged slightly. They banter about how he could have removed the dressing himself but he jokes was afraid to do so for fear of having his arse skelped by Claire.
Jamie reveals that showing old Alec his scars would have been too personal and changed the way Alec thought of him. Claire unties Jamie’s stock and unbuttons his shirt to inspect how his wound is healing. They exchange lingering looks as they say goodnight to each other and part.
Next day we are in the garden, with Claire still being followed by Angus. Claire is greeted by Geillis Duncan, who tells her that Father Bain is to perform an exorcism on the Baxter boy, Tammas – Mrs Fitz’s nephew, who has also fallen under demonic possession at the Black Kirk. Geillis asks Claire if she believes in demonic possession. Geillis goes on to directly ask Claire if she has ever found herself in a situation without earthly explanation. Claire suggests the boy may only be ill. Geillis warns that saying so will challenge people’s beliefs. Claire leaves the garden followed closely by Angus and goes to the village. Claire admonishes Angus when he says Colum wouldn’t like her interfering with the spirits. She enters the home to find a boy strapped to his bed, Mrs Fitz is sitting beside his bed. Father Bain has been sent for. The fanatical Father arrives and begins to fling holy water onto the boy. Claire retreats and leaves.
Back in the castle Claire reflects on what she can do to help Tammas. Claire sits near the kitchen as directed by Angus. She turns and sees Jamie kissing Laoghaire in an alcove. Jamie has been pulled into the alcove by Laoghaire and he looks directly at Claire.
In the evening at dinner Claire teases Jamie about having a swollen lip. Did he get thumped in the head by a horse? Claire continues to tease on how fillies can be dangerous. Jamie presses Claire’s foot under the table, as she pushes back he spills his drink.
Embarrassed he leaves. Murtagh having observed their banter looks intently as Claire, saying “Hey, if you’re teasing the lad about Laoghaire… If her father or Colum comes to know about it, young Jamie could get more than a bloodied nose.”
Claire replies “Like a wife?”
Murtagh says “Maybe. That’s not the wife she should have. He needs a woman, not a lassie. And Laoghaire will be a girl until she’s 50. I’ve been around long enough to ken the difference very well, and so do you, Mistress.”
Murtagh walks away, leaving Claire looking thoughtful.
Exterior view of the castle at night, lit by flaming torches as Claire walks down a path ashamed of teasing Jamie, admitting to herself that she did it because she was jealous of their intimacy (rather than of Laoghaire) – she is missing her husband. Flashback – we see Frank kissing Claire. Claire is pulled out of her reverie by someone calling her name – it is Dougal MacKenzie asking if she is alright – she sniffs back tears. Dougal asks if she would like to visit Geillis Duncan to restock her herbs before the gathering. He is going to the village the next morning and will take her with him.
Next day we see Dougal riding ahead of Claire, into the village. Then inside Geillis’s still room Claire and Geillis discuss what Claire will need. Willow bark as a hangover cure for one. Geillis warns Claire to stay clear of Father Bain, a man of no mercy. Claire admits she feels out of place, a stranger in a strange land. There is noise from outside. Father Bain is pushing a young boy along for Arthur Duncan to dispense justice. Geillis says he’s probably been caught stealing and will probably lose a hand Arthur Duncan’s mood being what it is due to his digestive issues. Claire is appalled.
Arthur comes to ask Geillis for something to ease his discomfort. Geillis uses her wiles to convince him to be lenient. One hour in the pillory and one ear nailed is the sentence. Claire asks what one ear nailed means. She is shocked. A crowd gathers as the sentence is carried out. The boy cries out in pain. People tease the young boy as he remains nailed. Geillis presses Claire for details of her background as Jamie arrives to fetch Claire back to the castle. As they go outside Claire sees the boy still nailed and asks Jamie to help free him. She pretends to faint causing a distraction so Jamie can pull out the nail allowing the boy to go free. Claire asks another favor, to be taken to the Black Kirk – they go. Their relationship begins to form.
The building is ancient, it is roofless and falling down a mere collection of sturdy stone vine covered walls. Jamie and Claire talk, Jamie revealing he’s a educated man. He had a tutor who taught him Latin and Greek, but while he is educated he does not want to tempt the possibility of demons. Claire asks Jamie what they did at the Kirk as a boy. He shows the wood garlic plant to Claire, it is not wood garlic. It is Lily of the Valley, poisonous plant. Claire mistakenly asks if the monks who built the Kirk were from Germany, then she corrects herself saying, Prussia. Having worked out what Mrs Fitz’s nephew has ingested she returns to the boy. Father Bain is standing over the child blessing him. Mrs Fitz and her family believe the boy is going to die. Claire tells them about the poisonous plant and that she can give Tammas something to counteract the poison. It is still risky but Claire feels she has no choice. Father Bain challenges Claire and tells her to leave. Mrs Fitz tells Father Bain they will decide what happens in their house, and asks Claire to tend to the boy. Father Bain whispers to Claire “I smell the vapours of hell on you.” Claire gives Tammas belladonna hoping she has got her diagnosis and treatment correct. The boy recovers. Father Bain leaves in a huff. Claire has made an enemy.
We next see Jamie brushing down a horse with straw, Claire talking about Father Bain, Jamie says Mrs Fitz has a new name for her – The Miracle Worker. She scoffs at the thought, hoping at least she has earned Colum’s trust. Jamie says Colum is taking credit for making her healer and he will not want her to leave any time soon.
Claire is feeling trapped.
At hall that evening all eyes are on Claire, a mixture of suspicion and awe. She had been reluctant to leave her room, but wanted to partake in some of Colum’s rhenish to help her find oblivion. Jamie gets her attention, he leads her to a seat. Gwyllyn the bard is singing a story of a woman stolen by the folk, the stones seem to say “I stood up on the hill and the wind did rise and the sound of thunder rolled across the land. I placed my hand upon the tallest stone and travelled to a far, distant land, where I lived for a time among strangers who became lovers and friends. But one day, I saw the moon came out and the wind rose once more. So, I touched the stones and travelled back to my own land and took up again with the man I had left behind.”
Claire says “She came back through the stones?” Jamie says “Aye, she did.” “They always do.”
We see this scene flashback to 1948 and then back to Claire in the hall many times as the folktale gives her hope that she can return home. Claire smiles broadly having decided she must return to the stones or die trying.