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April 27 2016 @ 11:29 pm
DP: Useful Occupations & Deceptions (203)  
Jamie is spending most of his time with Charles Stuart while Claire takes tea with the ladies. It is at Louise's that she discovers Mary Hawkins is from Seaford in Sussex. Claire remembers Frank showing her the family Bible which linked Mary with Jonathan Randall in marriage. Claire now remembers for Frank to be born, Jack Randall must live another year.

Claire takes her frustrations out on Murtagh but then apologizes and let's him in on her secret. Murtagh thinks it is best that they keep if from Jamie who is sure to risk life and limb to seek revenge.

[Read More...]Master Raymond tells a bored Claire of L’Hôpital des Anges the local charity hospital; thinking she can use her healing skills for good. Claire is overjoyed and drags Murtagh there spending all day lancing boils and trying to show Mother Hildegarde she is skilled enough to be there going so far as to taste a woman's urine to diagnose a case of diabetes. Jamie is unimpressed and angry she wasn't there to help him after he learned Charles has secured funds for the rebellion. When Jamie stomps of in anger it is Claire's ladies maid who tells Murtagh Jamie and Claire haven't been intimate in a while.

Jamie is drowning his sorrows and annoyance with Paris life and spying at Maison Elise. There he spies the serving boy picking pockets and chases him down only to hire him. Jamie brings him home and Claire wonders what Jamie has hired this boy Fergus for. Jamie tells her Fergus is going to steal letters for them to copy and then Fergus will return the letter. Claire declares this a brilliant idea which appeases Jamie. But later one of the letter's Fergus steals is a sheet of music. Murtagh suggests Mother Hildegarde could tell them more about it and Jamie goes to L’Hôpital des Anges.

At L’Hôpital des Anges, Claire has just watched Bouton sniff out and infection and then surgically removed a piece of wood from a man's leg when Jamie arrives seeking Mother Hildegarde's help. She tells them the music sheet is styled after her friend Bach's work but it is clumsy and repeats using different keys.

Jamie and Claire realize this is how you decode the message and at home Jamie translates the message which appears to be from the Duke of Sandringham saying he has secured £40,000. Jamie says this isn't a significant amount for the rebellion but it is enough to convince King Louis to support the cause.

Jamie feels they've finally accomplished something and makes a toast. Murtagh wants Claire to tell Jamie about Randall because if Jamie talks to Sandringham he'll find out anyway. Claire can't bring herself to do it and simply tells Jamie she loves seeing him so happy.

Poll #2043372 What did you think of the episode?

How many kilts would you give Useful Occupations & Deceptions?

1 - Not a fan, ya ken?
2 - It was Outlander.
3 - I liked it fine.
4 - Really Good
5 - Bloody Awesome

Now Let's Discuss:

  1. Do you feel Claire should have told Jamie about Randall even if it means Frank may never be born?

  2. Did you think Jamie was unfair to be upset at Claire for going to L’Hôpital des Anges or do you think his anger stemmed from something else?

  3. Can you even imagine poor Mary married to Jack Randall?

  4. What do you think of Raymond, Mother Hildegarde and Fergus?

  5. Overall thoughts about the episode?

  6. Favorite moment?

  7. Something you disliked?

Feel free to pose anything else you wish to discuss from this episode or my review/recap. No spoilers please!

Not In Scotland Anymore brought in 1.24 million viewers and Useful Occupations & Deceptions brought in 1.21 million viewers.

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siobhan63siobhan63 on April 28th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
1. Do you feel Claire should have told Jamie about Randall even if it means Frank may never be born?

She needs to tell him, but I -- like her -- felt that wasn't the proper moment to do so. Jamie hasn't been very happy of late, and I can totally understand why she didn't want to spoil a rare moment of happiness for him. And honestly, it's a bit difficult to answer this question if you've read the book and know what happens.

2. Did you think Jamie was unfair to be upset at Claire for going to L’Hôpital des Anges or do you think his anger stemmed from something else?

Unfair maybe, but again, I get where he's coming from. He had major news to share, a major development, and Claire was nowhere to be found. I think we've all been there in our lives at least once!

3. Can you even imagine poor Mary married to Jack Randall?

Totally cannot address this point if you've read the books. :)

4. What do you think of Raymond, Mother Hildegarde and Fergus?

In terms of casting? As always, the casting is pretty much bang-on. My only "complaint" is that Mother Hildegarde should be taller, but honestly, I'm not going to quibble over that!

5. Overall thoughts about the episode?

I complained that ep. 2 felt rushed. Now that I've accepted that fact (because it was rushed!), I enjoyed this episode a lot more. I've not had a chance to rewatch ep. 2 or 3 yet, and my appreciation for each episode usually increases with repeated viewing (at least it did with Season 1), but I was more comfortable with this episode than I was with ep. 2 (and don't get me wrong -- I quite enjoyed ep. 2). The subtle dysfunction that has crept into Jamie and Claire's relationship was very well done -- so much so that I at least am really yearning for the moment when they finally start to properly reconnect.

6. Favorite moment?

Murtagh getting some action!

7. Something you disliked?

It's not really a case of dislike -- I better see how they're compressing events. This series, at least this first half, is far more of an adaptation than season 1 was. But I understand that -- book 2 is longer and more complex than the first book, and this will continue to be an issue with future seasons, if there are future seasons. I had read somewhere that they've been talking of splitting Voyager into two series -- they certainly could have done that with DIA as well. But you do what you can to fit a 1300 or so page book into 13 one-hour time slots, right?
Jill aka Josireesanwar on April 29th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
1. I do think that is true. But I think this season is sufficiently different to ignore the book and focus just on the show. It seems to me the way things go down will not be the same as the book.

I do think she should tell him and it might have been a good idea to have told him when she found out but in this episode Jamie was under so much pressure and grasping at straws with Charles that it didn't seem like the best moment.

2. I don't think Jamie was actually upset with Claire's going to the hospital. I think Jamie is stressed out by their working to stop the rebellion, having to deal with Charles, his memories of Randall, and their lack of physical intimacy.

3. Well that is true but I like pretending I haven't read the books. So in that I can't even imagine anyone having to be married to or in any relation with BJR.

4. I do agree about her height but I loved Mother Hildegarde. I like how she seems so stern but clearly there is a soft spot there.

Raymond for me has been a little bit of a let down. I like the actor but I feel like he's barely a personality in the show so far. Hopefully that will change.

Fergus is hard to say because there hasn't been much to him yet.

5. I tend to agree. I've felt a little let down but the second and third episode but further watching has made my opinion change somewhat. I do enjoy the tension between Jamie and Claire and I think once they reconnect things will improve dramatically. Right now it just seems this distance between then is raising the tension in their lives.

6. Murtagh's awesome.

7. Yes, things feel a bit rushed though I've always thought that from a show or movie standpoint there was a lot that could be condensed but the shifting of time in the show is making it feel more rushed. I'm wondering if that is to give more time to the Rising and that bit of true history.
siobhan63siobhan63 on April 30th, 2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
"I'm wondering if that is to give more time to the Rising and that bit of true history."

I think this might be a key point. The historical events are so crucial to not just Scotland (obviously), but also for the entire first half or so of the next book! Plus, they need to leave a bit of room for at least one, if not more than one (I really hope it's more than one), episode featuring Bree and Roger. There are 3 parts to this season when you come right down to it.

One thing that I didn't mention that has niggled a bit is that they've barely dealt with Claire's pregnancy at all. There was a brief mention in ep 2 (I think) of her suffering from morning sickness (in a Claire voice-over), but beyond that, you'd never really know she was pregnant at all. Yet in all the PR interviews they did, both Sam and Claire kept focusing so much on the pregnancy and how that changes so much for them. So far at least, that's not the impression we're getting.

Edited at 2016-04-30 12:42 pm (UTC)
Jill aka Jo: OUAT: Hook On Boardsireesanwar on May 5th, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC)
It is true. They need to leave time for Bree and Roger though I suspect that may only be one episode. I can't even imagine them getting through to Culloden in a few more episodes. I was just thinking yesterday how there are now only 9 episodes left in the season. That is relatively small in number.

I have a feeling her pregnancy will be more prevalent in coming episodes (now we know it is a little more in episode 4 but I'm thinking 5, 6 and 7 will focus on it as well).