Outlander Season 3 Episode 7 – Crème De Menthe
Yes, I know it’s been a week since my last post. I realize that means I’m doing Outlander posts back-to-back. Shame on me, bad blogger, yaddy yaddy yadda. Our entire household was struck down with the cold-plague going around, work has picked up big time, and life has just not been conducive to blog writing. I will try to do better this week, I promise. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to season 3 episode 7 – Crème De Menthe.
After last week’s episode, I have officially given up trying to make predictions about this season. I decided to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Turns that was a good decision because HOLY CRAP. What an episode! If the season was slow to kick off, this episode put the plot on fast-forward. My heart is STILL racing from everything that went down.
Crème De Menthe – Claire
There has always been one thing about the book series that has bugged me and Crème De Menthe had it in spades. Claire never adapts. Despite her education, her background, her life living with a historian, the years she had previously spent in the past, she refuses to accept that her principles and her ideals are NOT the norm in 18th century. I get that her stubbornness is a cornerstone of her personality, but there comes a point when stubbornness is just idiotic. I just want to scream at her GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD! YOU ARE NOT IN 1960S AMERICA ANYMORE. Seriously, women were burned at the stake as witches for being less brazen than she is.
Moving on. Despite her inability to grasp cultural mores, Claire is pretty badass. She shows amazing poise, grace, and responsibility to her medical craft. You can see that it guts her when she is unable to save the man who tried to rape and kill her. That is humanity on another level.
There was one other painful moment for Claire this episode. The moment she sees Old Ian again. He is shocked and thrilled to see her again, of course, but his obvious pain when describing his grief for her was unexpected. I think for the first time Claire realized that her decisions to leave and to return, had emotional impacts far beyond just Jamie and herself.
Crème De Menthe – Jamie
Jamie has changed so much. He’s much more cynical and foolhardy than he was in the first two seasons. I know that he’s been through so much since Culloden, so I give him a pass. But the stark change in his personality was very apparent in Crème De Menthe. I mean, this was the man who couldn’t stand the tiniest of lies in the first season, the one who nearly had a breakdown from political intrigue while in Paris, and here he is lying and cheating and laughing about it. He lied to family and didn’t bat an eye. I’m curious to see how this new Jamie fits with Claire.
He’s still one of the most romantic SOB’s in fiction though. Can we take a moment to appreciate this line: “Since you left, I have been living in the shadows. And then you walked into the print shop and it was as if the sun returned and cast out the darkness.” SWOON!!! I mean seriously.
Now that the fire has destroyed the print shop, Jamie must move on yet again. The man is nothing if not adaptable, so I have no doubt he’ll be able to take his return to Lallybroch in stride. However, Jamie’s BIG DARK SECRET is going to come out. First Old Ian, and then Fergus were surprised to find that Jamie hadn’t told Claire – he has another wife. The show hasn’t revealed who it is yet, but it’ a doozy. If you don’t know, grab popcorn and settle in for fireworks next episode!
Crème De Menthe – Young Ian and Fergus
Crème De Menthe is the first episode where we really get a chance to see Fergus and Ian as grown men. I just want to say now, they are frigging adorable. They have that perfectly devoted relationship that only people who choose to be family develop. The boys may not be blood, but they are definitely brothers. They also appear to be very keen businessmen. Between negotiating liquor sales and enjoying pints together, these two obviously figure themselves as men of the world.
They are also very devoted to Jamie. It’s clear that they hero-worship Jamie and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet. No task is too big or too dangerous; if Jamie asks it they will see it done. Jamie’s questionable lifestyle choices however mean that these boys are probably getting into more danger than they should be and they are just young and cocky enough to not care. I am delighted with their characters so far though, and I’m looking forward to seeing much more of them.
Crème De Menthe – Wrap Up
Jamie and Claire have a LOT to work on in their relationship. They haven’t seen each other in 20 years, so of course they aren’t going to be the same people. Now that the first blush of reunion is fading, both characters are starting to realize that they have changed. It’s not like Paris where they may have had grief and stress, but they still had each other. Now they don’t even know if they fit together any more.
The snapshot of next week’s episode was interesting. It looks like we’ll be back at Lallybroch and Claire will learn the truth about Jamie’s other marriage. So things are going to get cray-cray! I hope they get over this whole jealousy/judgement/blaming routine they are pulling on each other right now though. It’s getting old fast.