EDIT: This page is now a summary of the season as it aired. To see what I originally predicted, you can check out the blog post here.
Outlander Season Three Episode Breakdown
*EPISODE ONE – THE BATTLE JOINED*
- (Note that the episode interweaves the two timelines, but I have kept them separate to make my life easier)
- Jamie wakes after Culloden. Black Jack Randall’s dead body lies on top of him. He has flashbacks of the battle, including seeing Charles Stuart who is still foolishly optimistic that he can win. His memories of the battle include a brief interlude with Murtagh, who kills a British soldier attacking Jamie and promises him that the Lallybroch men and Fergus got away.
- Another flashback is of Jamie fighting BJR. We actually see them battle, and see that BJR wounds Jamie in the thigh, but Jamie runs him through and BJR collapses on top of him, conveniently providing enough pressure to staunch the wound to Jamie’s femoral artery.
- Jamie has a vision of Claire, but it is Rupert who finds him and brings him to a croft/barn on the edge of the battlefield. But the English are scouring the area and come upon the croft. The major in charge is one Lord Melton–aka Hal, the older brother of John William Grey. He is proud, and full of honor–he will not hang them as traitors, but will shoot them as soldiers. Rupert acts with dignity and his usual understated humor, not trying to claim that anyone is innocent but that they are “Traitors, all.”
- The English begin executing the men in the croft. Rupert argues to allow two boys to be spared, but Hal has his orders from the Duke of Cumberland, and he has specifically said that age would not be a mitigating factor. Before he dies, Rupert tells Jamie that he doesn’t forgive him for killing Dougal, but that he won’t go to his death hating him for it. He misses Angus, and can’t wait to see him again. He goes to meet the firing squad, telling the English to “keep up, as I mean to set a brisk pace.” And the world is a little darker when he’s gone.
- Now that the men who can stand have been shot, Hal’s second-in-command asks if they will shoot the others lying down. Hal is outraged, and says they’ll be propped up. His sense of honor and dignity will not allow otherwise. Jamie volunteers to be the first man of those who cannot stand to be executed.
- When Jamie gives his name, Hal asks for another volunteer and then urgently asks Jamie if he knows a John Grey. He gives a few more clues–John William Grey, near Corrieyairack. In his delirium, Jamie remembers the boy who attacked him and breaking the boy’s arm. Hal asks if Jamie remembers what John promised. Jamie says “He promised to kill me, but I donnae mind if ye do it for him.” Hal says that John owes Jamie a debt of honor, and Hal must pay it. He will not shoot Jamie. He will send him home–and he will probably die of his wounds on the way. Except that Jamie lives. At Lallybroch, he is met by Ian and Jenny.
- Claire and Frank buy a house in Boston. Claire struggles with being a pregnant housewife. A neighbor tries to be friendly, but Claire can’t tell her the truth, and Nellie is both slightly progressive for her time and very much a product of her time, making Claire feel guilty.
- Claire fixes Frank breakfast one morning and their jovial conversations about rationing and tea bags turns into an angry battle over Claire’s understandable struggle with their new life and resumed relationship.
- Frank sleeps on the couch–or tries to. He gets up and starts writing a letter to Rev. Wakefield, asking for information about Jamie. Claire interrupts him–her water has broken.
- At the hospital, Claire tries to take control of her care, but the doctors are condescending and then aggressively take away her agency, forcing her to accept medications she doesn’t want and putting her under while the baby is born.
- Claire wakes up, terrified that her baby has died. Instead, they gave the baby to Frank (again, removing her agency and her connection as a mother). She is so grateful that the baby is alive that she breaks down and tries to make whatever connection she can, apologizing to Frank for throwing things at him. But Brianna is not Frank’s daughter, and a callous nurse reminds them of that.
*EPISODE TWO – SURRENDER*
- Claire struggles to raise a baby and be a housewife.
- Missing Jamie, Claire instigates physical intimacy with Frank. But the emotional connection isn’t there, and that makes Frank angry.
- Claire decides to go to medical school. There she meets Joe Abernathy.
- Claire and Frank move to separate beds. They are together for the sake of Brianna, but their marriage cannot be salvaged.
- Jamie has been living in the cave for several years. He comes down from time to time, but he’s gone wild and rarely speaks. Ian is imprisoned in the Tollbooth.
- Jenny gives birth to baby Ian and the soldiers come after Fergus shoots a raven. Jenny lies and says the baby has died, in order to protect Jamie hiding with the bairn in the wardrobe. Mary MacNab claims she shot the raven to try and protect the babe, and the redcoats confiscate the pistol, but fortunately do not consider Mary a threat.
- Fergus loses his hand when he tries to protect Jamie from a British patrol, taunting them to lead them away from Jamie’s cave.
- Jamie decides it is time to give himself up in exchange for the reward money, which will help Lallybroch and its tenants. Mary MacNab visits him in the cave and cleans him up. They have sex–a way of connecting to another person that does not include emotional intimacy. Jenny collects the money, pretending to have turned on Jamie.
*EPISODE THREE – ALL DEBTS PAID*
- 1950s and early 60s
- Claire struggles to balance motherhood and medical school. Becomes good friends with Joe Abernathy. Frank becomes more distant from Claire, but more attached to Bree. Frank begins an affair with a woman named Sandy. Claire knows about it, but they’ve agreed to live separate lives, so although she’s humiliated when those worlds collide, she does nothing about it.
- Claire becomes a surgeon. Brianna grows up.
- Tensions escalate between Frank and Claire, until Frank decides to return to England with Brianna–but without Claire.
- After arguing, Frank dies in a car accident. Claire blames herself.
- Harry Quarry turns the prison over to its new governor, Lord John Grey. LJG realizes he has Jamie in his power, but resolves to avoid him. Jamie is known now as MacDubh, and is pretty much the laird of Ardsmuir. All of the men look to him. Murtagh is alive, but not doing well in prison. Jamie looks out for him and all of the other men.
- A man (Duncan Kerr) is found, delirious and speaking in Gaelic and French. Lord John must ask Jamie to translate because the one thing they know is that he speaks of French gold. Jamie agrees to a bargain. Jamie learns more than what he tells John, and keeps exactly to the bargain while still escaping.
- Jamie finds gems and coins, and hides them on an island, then returns to the prison, where he captures John in a similar way to how John tried to capture him at Corrieyairack. Jamie reveals that he knows who John is, and tells John to keep his promise. But John is an honorable man, and he cannot. Jamie takes him out to where he went when he fled, and explains about his wife and says he found a box with a single gem. He gives that stone to John. He says he ran because he was hoping for some sign that his wife was still alive.
- John and Jamie begin having meals together and playing chess. John falls in love with Jamie, but Jamie can’t abide another man’s touch after BJR.
- After they part in anger, the prison is closed and the men transported to the colonies. Jamie’s sentence cannot be transmuted to indenture without the direct intervention of the king, so John gets him transferred into service with family friends at Helwater in the Lake District.
*EPISODE FOUR – OF LOST THINGS*
- Fiona talks about the Dunbonnet legend.
- Claire finds Jamie on a roll at Ardsmuir.
- Fiona gives Claire Ellen MacKenzie’s pearls.
- Claire receives a phone call from Joe Abernathy. Claire is conflicted about what to do next.
- Brianna and Roger spend time together. He admits he doesn’t want her to leave, and she kisses him.
- They cannot find records of Jamie being transported. Claire gives up in despair, and returns with Brianna to Boston.
- Jamie and John arrive at Helwater.
- Geneva Dunsany stalks Jamie; blackmails him into sleeping with her before her wedding.
- Geneva dies giving birth to baby William. Jamie kills Lord Ellesmere to save his son’s life.
- Jamie realizes that William is starting to look like him. He already knows that the Dunsany’s suspect William’s parentage, but they are grateful to him for saving the boy’s life, and offer to help him however they can. Jamie finally asks John and them to get him a pardon so he can go back to Scotland.
- Jamie leaves Helwater, and baptizes his son before he goes. He gives him the baptismal name “James” and a wooden snake with “Willie” carved on it, like the snake “Sawney” that his brother Willie once gave him.
*EPISODE FIVE – FREEDOM AND WHISKEY*
- Claire goes back to Boston.
- Claire continues her work as a surgeon, and is determined to stay in Boston after Brianna decides to withdraw from Harvard.
- Roger finds Jamie’s folio and the anachronistic Burns reference and travels to Boston to tell Claire and to share Christmas with her and Brianna.
- Claire visits Joe. She helps him with some bones found in the Caribbean; these are the bones of Gillian Edgars/Geillis Duncan…and the wound in her skull is one Claire herself will/has already inflicted. TIME TRAVEL WIBBLY WOBBLY.
- Brianna and Claire finally tell each other the truth about Frank *and* Jamie after Frank’s mistress gets in Claire’s face at a memorial for Frank. Brianna tells Claire to go to Jamie.
- Claire plans her trip, saying a tearful and somewhat guilty goodbye to Brianna and Roger. Roger stays with Brianna in Boston while Claire flies to Scotland.
- Claire arrives in Edinburgh and finds the print shop. She goes inside. When Jamie sees her, he faints.
*EPISODE SIX – A. MALCOLM*
- Jamie wakes up, and he and Claire wonderingly rediscover each other. Claire shows him photos of Brianna.
- Jamie rushes off to meet with an official that he’s bribing. He and Claire run into Fergus in the street. Fergus worries about something that will need Ned Gowan’s legal advice to untangle.
- At a tavern, Jamie pays a serving girl for “Mr. Willoughby” licking her elbow (??) and then leaves Claire to chat with Yi Tien Cho while he pays off an tax official, who wants to raise Jamie’s percentage because he claims Jamie is selling his product farther afield.
- After the bribery, Jamie takes Claire to his more comfortable rooms over a brothel. Claire doesn’t understand, and things are a little weird. Claire and Jamie dance around the awkwardness of 20 years apart, and finally come together. He explains about his work–printing, writing seditious pamphlets, and smuggling. Madame Jeanne, the owner of the brothel, is a customer and a partner in the business–she stores the alcohol until Jamie can move it on.
- But Jamie is keeping a secret. Claire senses it, although she’s distracted by discussions of smuggling, and by speaking once again to him of Brianna.
- In the morning, Jamie goes off to see to business, leaving Claire alone at the brothel. She encounters Young Jamie, who is surprised to learn that she is alive–and not a fairy/white witch who returned to her dun.
- Claire goes down to breakfast with the women of the brothel and they mistake her for a new hire until Madame Jeanne arrives. Claire returns to her room, where she finds a man searching Jamie’s papers. He attacks her.
*EPISODE SEVEN – CRÈME DE MENTHE*
- Claire attacks the man who attacked her in Jamie’s room. He hits his head, but doesn’t die immediately. Claire insists on healing him, running out for supplies and meeting a man named Archibald Campbell whose sister is ill.
- Claire is unable to save the exciseman, despite performing trepanning on him to relieve the pressure in his brain.
- Ian and Fergus, however, are successful at removing the casks of alcohol from the brothel and selling them to a tavern. Afterward, Ian chats up a young lady and takes her back to his room at the print shop.
- Sir Percival, after being stymied by the lack of alcohol at the brothel, sets his man to watch Young Ian, who leads him to the print shop.
- The elder Ian arrives, looking for Young Ian. Jamie lies about knowing where Young Ian is, and he and Claire fight about lies and their time apart.
- Young Ian fights with Sir Percival’s man at the print shop, accidentally starting a fire. Jamie and Claire come running, as do Fergus and Yi Tien Cho. Jamie rescues Ian and his miniature of Willie. Everything else is lost.
- Claire argues that Young Ian needs to go back to Lallybroch, and Jamie agrees that no one knows he’s Jamie Fraser and they’ll be safe enough there. But Fergus reminds him of his “other wife” and Jamie makes sure that Fergus gets Ned Gowan to handle the legal issues of his bigamy.
*EPISODE EIGHT – FIRST WIFE*
- At Lallybroch, Young Ian is castigated by his parents and Jenny reacts negatively to Claire’s return.
- Jamie tells Claire the true story of the seal cove and the treasure – he didn’t throw it into the sea as he told John Grey. The treasure is still there, with gemstones and ancient coins.
- Jamie tries to confess his second marriage to Claire, and they’re interrupted by Marsali and Joan MacKimmie and Laoghaire Fraser. Claire gets understandably upset, and she and Jamie argue. They have angry, loud sex until Jenny comes in and tosses water on them.
- Claire finds out that Jenny is responsible for Laoghaire’s arrival. Jenny and Claire have a tense discussion about the past twenty years, and Ian tells Jenny he doesn’t appreciate her meddling.
- Claire tries to leave the next day, and Laoghaire shows up and shoots Jamie. Claire pulls out the shot and while he’s recovering, he explains how he came to marry Laoghaire–mostly because of her daughters, and his desire to be a father. But things never worked out between them, and they argued, and he went to Edinburgh.
- Ned Gowan comes to sort through the legal issues of the second marriage. A settlement is reached, but in order to pay Laoghaire, Jamie must go fetch a jewel from the seals’ cove. They take Young Ian and plan to go to Paris and stay with Jared, where Ian can go to school.
- But at the seals’ cove, Young Ian is taken by men on a rowboat, along with the treasure.
*EPISODE NINE – THE DOLDRUMS*
(NOTE – I would totally cut all of the stuff in France) Update: And they did! Yay!
- Jared puts Jamie in charge of the Artemis and they get ready to sail after the Bruja, the ship that took Young Ian. It’s headed for the West Indies.
- Jamie brings aboard the two members of his smuggling crew and Yi Tien Cho. Fergus brings Marsali MacKimmie (Laoghaire’s oldest daughter) on board. They are handfast, but have not yet consummated the wedding. Jamie wants to put her ashore, but Marsali tells him she’ll claim that Fergus has ruined her if he does, so he’s forced to let her stay.
- Jamie succumbs to seasickness, and Claire makes him ginger tea. Fergus tries to convince Jamie to give his blessing to the match and Jamie tells Fergus that he needs to tell Marsali the truth about all of the girls he’s bedded.
- Claire learns about sailor’s superstitions and has dinner with the captain, who tells her that it doesn’t matter if it’s real–it matters what the sailors believe.
- Jamie’s seasickness gets worse until Yi Tien Cho uses acupuncture needles.
- Time passes, and then the ship is becalmed. The sailors say someone didn’t touch the horseshoe–a “Jonah.”
- Claire and Jamie sit up on the calm sea and talk about the future: moon landings, and Brianna.
- After weeks, tempers and tensions are high, and Jamie’s man Hayes can’t remember if he touched the horseshoe or not. He gets drunk and climbs into the rigging, and then almost throws himself overboard until Jamie goes and gets him. But the other sailors aren’t happy and try to grab him and complete what he started.
- Yi Tien Cho tells the crew of his escape from China as a distraction until the wind returns.
- The wind brings rain. Claire and Jamie find a deserted spot to have sex for the first time in a while.
- After they emerge on deck, they learn a British Man-o-War has been following them for several hours. The captain comes aboard and tells them there is plague on his ship and he needs a surgeon. Claire diagnoses typhoid and is determined to go and help since she’s inoculated against it.
- On the ship, the captain listens to Claire’s instructions and says he’ll take her up on her offer to spend some time aboard showing them how to treat the disease. But instead of sending a message to the Artemis to that effect, he gives the order to sail. He tells her they have no time and he needs her, and his note said they would deliver her to Jamaica for her to rejoin the Artemis there.
*EPISODE TEN – HEAVEN AND EARTH*
- Claire treats the typhoid epidemic, and her days begin to blur in exhaustion. She is given an assistant, Elias Pound, who helps her navigate the ship’s ways and stands up for her against those who sneer at her methods.
- The cook dislikes Claire and works against her, especially when she identifies the typhoid carrier as his only remaining assistant.
- Claire becomes friends with the gunner’s wife, Mrs. Johansen, when her husband drinks some of the raw alcohol they have distilled for handwashing.
- Claire sees a Portuguese flag near the goats and goes to ask Captain Leonard the name of the ship, thinking it might be the Bruja. The captain isn’t around, so she checks the logbook–not the Bruja. But she does see that the captain knows who Jamie is and plans to arrest him in Kingston.
- The cook finds Claire in the cabin and threatens her. She threatens back.
- Claire tracks down Harry Tompkins, none other than the man who attacked Young Ian and got the print shop burned down. (In the book, he finds her, but I think that robs her of some agency). He tells her Sir Percival was behind everything in Edinburgh, and that they found the man in the creme de menthe cask.
One night, she goes on deck and meets the passenger that is responsible for the haste – the new governor of Jamaica, Lord John William Grey. He doesn’t know who she is, and she doesn’t remember him. But they speak about what it feels like to have to watch men die and only being able to do so much, and the responsibility of it. He says, “What it comes to, I think, is the knowledge that you are not God….And the very real regret that you cannot be.”EDIT: So much sadness that they cut this out. But it’s my favorite scene, so I’m leaving it here in strikethrough form.
- Claire tries to escape over a small island when Mrs. Johansen has to go ashore to feed her goats, but runs into Captain Leonard and a patrol of marines instead. That night, she escapes the Porpoise by jumping overboard and floating on a current between islands.
- Over on the Artemis, Jamie is confined to the brig when he tries to force the ship after the Porpoise. Jamie tries to convince Fergus to steal the keys and let him out to try and take over the ship. Fergus is worried that they can’t win, and Jamie tells him he must not know what love really is, because Jamie would move heaven and earth to get to Claire. Jamie tries to bribe Fergus by offering his blessing on the marriage to Marsali in exchange for the keys.
- Fergus and Marsali argue, but come around to the same place–Fergus won’t sleep with her until they’re married, and he wants Jamie’s blessing on the match.
- Fergus goes to get the keys, but overhears some of the men talking about what they would like to do to Marsali. He decides that she’s the most important thing to him, and refuses to set Jamie free if it might mean endangering her. He stands up to Jamie and tells him that he’s doing it for Jamie’s sake, too.
- Marsali convinces the captain to let Jamie go if he gives his word he won’t escape. Jamie does so, and then gives his blessing to Fergus and Marsali to marry. He understands that Fergus is right, and that their relationship is stronger than he imagined.
*EPISODE ELEVEN – UNCHARTED*
- Claire washes ashore and meets an elderly priest who is quite mad named Father Fogden, and his sort-of mother-in-law, Mamacita.
- Claire learns that Father Fogden has been defrocked because he ran away with an upper class woman named Ermenegilda from Habana, Cuba.
- Claire tries to get to Jamaica, but is stymied by Father Fogden’s madness.
- The Artemis runs aground after a storm. Yi Tien Cho catches a goat and cooks it for the men. This news alarms Father Fogden, but makes Claire excited at the prospect of seeing Jamie.
- Before she runs off to the beach to find Jamie, Claire learns about a cave called Abandawe on Hispaniola, which is considered sinister and sacred. Father Fogden says people disappear there–rather like the stones in Scotland. Claire remembers Margaret Campbell warning her about the place back in Edinburgh.
- Claire runs to the beach, and seriously injures her arm along the way. She uses a tiny hand mirror stolen from Ermenegilda’s things to signal the Artemis.
- Yi Tien Cho apologizes to Father Fogden for killing Arabella (a goat, not a sheep as in the book). Claire gives Marsali advice about sex and contraception.
- Marsali and Fergus are “officially” wed by Father Fogden. Jamie gives Fergus the name Fraser.
- Claire becomes feverish from her wound, and drunk from the sherry in turtle soup made by Yi Tien Cho. She seduces Jamie, and when Yi Tien Cho comes to ask how she liked the soup, they are in the midst of making love. Yi Tien Cho smiles and walks away.
*EPISODE TWELVE – THE BAKRA*
- Flashback to Young Ian being captured and brought aboard the Bruja, then taken to “The Bakra” in Jamaica. Geillis Duncan (now Mrs. Abernathy of Rose Hall) steps out of a vat of blood (she claims it’s goat blood, but she’d not fooling anyone) and then drugs Young Ian so he’ll tell her the truth. She finds out about Jamie and then rapes Young Ian.
- Back in the present, the Artemis makes port and everyone hopes the Porpoise hasn’t arrived yet. They meet with Jared’s factor in Jamaica, who tells them the Bruja was in port but doesn’t know anything about their slaves. He invites them to the new Governor’s Ball, but they decline.
- They go to the slave market, where Jamie learns that the Bruja’s slaves were all sold to the Governor’s mansion. Claire freaks out when she sees a slave auction and causes a scene. The only way to get out of it without violence is for Jamie to purchase the man, Temeraire.
- At Rose Hall, Geillis tries to get Margaret Campbell to make a prophecy using two of three sapphires mentioned in the Brahan Seer prophecies. But it won’t work without all three–and Jamie might know where the third one is.
- Claire tries to free Temeraire, but Jamie argues that it isn’t safe. They ask Temeraire to help them find out about Young Ian, and promise that he is free to go when they find someplace safe for him to go to.
- At the ball, Jamie and Claire meet the new Governor–Lord John Grey. Everything is super awkward. John updates Jamie on Willie, and Jamie updates John on Claire (sort-of). John and Claire have a brief chat in which they dance around their past and John and Jamie’s relationship.
- Geillis makes sure Claire sees her, and they talk about how Geillis escaped being burned, and giving up her child–who will grow up to be Buck Mackenzie.
- Geillis sees the sapphire hanging from John’s waistcoat–something everyone has remarked on! and engineers him having his fortune told so that Margaret can have all three stones in hand.
- Margaret makes a prophecy that Archie and Geillis interpret as meaning a new Scottish king will rise when a child who was 200 years old at birth dies. Obviously, that child is Brianna Randall Fraser (Mackenzie), although Geillis doesn’t know that yet.
- Captain Leonard arrives at the party and Jamie and Claire set off for Rose Hall with Temeraire, who goes off to join a band of maroons in the mountains. But Leonard has followed them and takes Jamie into custody, sending Claire to Rose Hall to find Young Ian.
*EPISODE THIRTEEN – EYE OF THE STORM *
- Open with Claire floating in the water. Jump back to a few days earlier.
- Claire’s carriage stops in the road–the slaves are going somewhere. She tries to find Young Ian in the slave quarters of Rose Hall but is discovered.
- Geillis gets angry at Young Ian for not telling her about Claire, and doesn’t believe him when he tells her he doesn’t know anything about the gemstones other than that they needed them to pay a debt. Geillis sends Young Ian away when she learns she has a visitor.
- Fergus and Marsali go for help.
- John gets Jamie free by calling Captain Leonard’s bluff. There is no warrant or affidavit available–just the “gossip below decks” as John puts it. Jamie thanks him for getting him out of trouble again–and John says they both owe each other for countless things. They part ways.
- Geillis accuses Claire of plotting against her and her cause. Claire proves that she hasn’t even been in this time–by showing Geillis pictures of Brianna. Geillis realizes Brianna is the 200 year old child spoken of in Margaret’s prophecy.
- Geillis leaves with Young Ian to go to Abandawe and travel back to the 20th century to kill Brianna.
- Jamie meets up with Claire and they go to find Abandawe. Margaret and Yi Tien Cho head to Martinique after Archibald is killed. The crew of the Artemis gets ready to sail.
- Geillis has Ian–she planned to kill him and use his blood and her gemstones to pass through time. When Geillis threatens Brianna, Claire goes into a blood rage, and kills Geillis with a machete. (Thus providing the bones Joe Abernathy examined in the 1960s).
- Ian, Jamie, and Claire manage to get out of the cave and into the storm.
- Claire goes into shock.
When she wakes, she hears Ian telling Jamie about what happened at Rose Hall, and how the other boys had all died, and how Geillis raped him. Claire treats him with penicillin, as she believes Geillis was suffering from advanced syphilis. Then they go back to the coast.(This really, really should have been kept, since they kept the rape. I’m angry that it wasn’t).
- The Artemis sets sail. Claire and Jamie make love. The ship sails into a storm. All hands go below, but Claire is stuck–and gets swept overboard with the broken mast. Jamie cuts her free, and they wash up on a beach.
- Two adults and a child find Jamie and Claire on the beach. They share the news that the Artemis washed up on the mudflats nearby, and tell Jamie and Claire that they’re in Georgia. They’ve made it to America.