Jamie returns home from the bastille to find Claire waiting up for him with Fergus who just passed out. After carrying Fergus to bed Jamie tells Claire how Duverney got them all out except Alex Randall who has been dismissed from Sandringham's service and is being held for the rape of Mary. Jamie asks for details about their attack and when Claire tells him they mistook her for someone named La Dame Blanche. Jamie is shocked and tells Claire he spread the rumor to stop Charles from tossing whores at him.
Murtagh is distraught about failing to protect Claire and Mary and Jamie charges him with finding those responsible and Murtagh plans to lay vengeance at Jamie's feet.
Claire checks on Mary, reassuring her the rape wasn't her fault and she doesn't think she'll have a baby. Mary asks that Claire deliver a letter to the bastille which will exonerate Alex of her attack. Claire briefly considering burning the letter but does the right thing in the end.
Charles stops by Jamie's work to inform him that his mysterious financial backers have pulled out of the whole rebellion thing but he's got a beat on 10,000 pounds sterling by going into business with St. Germain. Jamie's not keen on this and less so when Charles tell him he'll actually be the one dealing with St. German.
After helping Alex gain his freedom, Claire convinces him a life with him wouldn't be good for Mary. Alex is so in love he actually believes breaking Mary's heart is the solution. Claire feels bad but she wants to ensure Frank's existence.
Jamie goes to the royal stud farm with Sandringham while Claire and Annalise take a stroll through the gardens. Sandringham is surprised Jamie has thrown in with Charles who he's not impressed with but Jamie isn't giving up much. Meanwhile, Annalise and Claire are discussing Jamie and things seem tense but get so much worse when Annalise points out a man is starring at her.
Randall waxes poetic about finding Claire there and how the universe is bringing them together. Annalise runs off to find Jamie though Claire just wants to get away but can't when King Louis appears. The King chats with Claire and mocks Randall eventually getting his on his knees to beg for the release of his brother from the bastille. This is highly amusing to both Jamie and Claire. Claire asks the King for leave because she's not feeling well and the King grants her and Jamie leave with concern.
After the King leaves, Jamie goes back to Randall and arranges a duel where he plans to kill Randall. While Jamie and Murtagh work out the details of the duel, Claire goes to the bastille and swears out a charge that Randall was the one that attacked Mary and her in the street effectively preventing the duel.
Jamie is furious and Murtagh's not happy either but Claire tells Murtagh this is between Jamie and she and kicks him out. Claire tells Jamie that Mary and Jack are Frank's ancestors and if he kills Randall, Frank will not exist. Jamie nearly considers this but Jamie can't get past Randall making him "play his whore".
Claire tells Jamie he owes her a life and she is calling in the debt which upsets Jamie greatly. Jamie does agree to wait a year to kill Randall but as Claire goes to thank Jamie he tells her not to touch him. Her request and broken something between them.
Ron said he wanted Jamie to give Claire a christening gift. I was supervising production of the episode in Scotland, so I started working with the prop department to see what we could find that would be a traditional Gaelic christening gift for the 18th century. Dani Berrow, our historian, also came to me with options--some better known today like a gown or bonnet--but there were various other artifacts as well, including a set of Apostle spoons. The spoons were interesting and unique, so I chose to use them for a few different reasons. St. Andrew is of course one of the Apostles and also the patron Saint of Scotland, so I liked that connection. Gina showed me a photo of a replica 17th century set she found online and they were perfect. I then added a dialogue exchange to the script, where Jamie says he plans to have a child for each spoon and Claire is shocked to learn that he wants to have 12 children! It was a cute and funny moment between our ever evolving couple. We thought the spoons would be tiny, like traditional silver baby spoons, but they arrived and they were huge! Like giant soup spoons! We had a good laugh, but at least it allows them to show up on camera well. –Toni Graphia, Executive Producer/Writer
For Season 2, we in the Art Department were trying to show that there was no other place quite as beautiful and decadent as 18th century Paris. As always, the Art Department did weeks of research from paintings and etchings of parties or fêtes thrown by the King at Versailles. The Art and Set Decorating teams designed and printed striped tent fabric onto canvas to create two beautiful tents.
The food was made to look spectacular and ostentatious and as tall as possible to read well on camera, since it was placed in the background under the pavilions. We really went for a riot of color. It's mostly real food—sugared fruits and pastries attached to the mounts with pearl pins and adorned with real, gilded flowers. –Gina Cromwell, Set Decorator
Exterior Versailles stables, before and after. Visual Effects were used to make Gosford House resemble the Petite Écurie or "Petite Stables" at the Palace of Versailles.