'Man of Worth' was such a good episode and I'm actually quite exciting it brought in so many viewers though I'm already hating droughtlander.
The title 'Man of Worth' made perfect sense to me as I watched the episode. Clearly, Jamie had to measure up by keeping his word and returning with Roger. Then we are faced with Young Ian owning the mistake he made (along with Jamie) by forfeiting himself in Roger's stead. Could you love him any more? I miss you already Young Ian and Rollo.
But that isn't the only man in need of proving themselves. Roger needs to step up and be there for Brianna and will he love the child he doesn't know is his and could potentially be Bonnet's?
However, the law firm of Davis Roberts and Graphia, reminded us this is a line from 'America the Beautiful' and, I have to say, I didn't remember that line. It never dawned on me Young Ian was taking Jamie's earlier words into account. But it didn't lessen the impact of what Young Ian did by not knowing.
I completely agree Richard Rankin is a fantastic actor but I'm not sure Roger going back is him being just good. The priest wouldn't do as Roger suggested so what does going back do for Roger except force him to watch the priest die painfully. However, him hurrying the death along rather than it being prolonged is a great example of compassion and being good. It is very Jamie worthy.
Brianna seeing Bonnet and suggesting he has a child out there after his death is insane. Why would you ever tell a man like Bonnet you have any connection to him?
I truly loves Brianna telling Lord John it is hard not to like him.
I absolutely love they built the village. But the entire scene with the fire was just too much.
Toni, Matt and Maril discuss the title of this episode 'If Not For Hope'. And how psychology was a thing back in the 18th century and Lord John and Brianna's friendship.
I want to know what they have planned for Murtagh now that he's been arrested because we aren't losing Murtagh again!
Toni, Matt and Meril explain 'The Deep Heart's Core' is from a poem from the books however they didn't use the poem in the episode so it doesn't make too much sense though I do think Brianna's words to Jamie got him all the way to the core of his heart but I'm not sure that counts.
We all know we wouldn't want to do what Jamie did to Bree to someone who had been attacked but this moment has never bothered me. Bree knows Jamie won't really hurt her and he's trying to show her that she couldn't have necessarily fought of Stephen Bonnet and won.
Overall, I think this was a powerful episode and I truly loved every moment... even Brianna slapping Jamie... Young Ian maybe not but Jamie deserved it in that moment.
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Brianna and Jamie's first meeting is so special and I loved every moment. Jamie's reactions were so wonderful. Jamie and Brianna hunting bees was so adorable and I loved her realizing what Bree means. Jamie telling Brianna about watching her smile in her sleep and her calling him Da. Priceless.
I loved they stuck with bench scene even if it is different since in the book it was a bench in front of the cabin. It was still worth any changes. It was brilliant.
I was particularly fond of Jamie calling her my darling which Claire also calls her but the two use different languages. Nice touch.
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I'm curious, who exactly is looking after the livestock at Fraser's Ridge because I'm pretty sure we're told Young Ian is off doing something and couldn't make it to visit Fergus and Marsali.
We then got the surprise of George Washington which I thought was a nice touch. However, it got me wondering about Washington and when he really became involved with the Colonist. It would seem he wasn't publicly working with the Regulators/Rebels until 1769 which would put him still in the English camp though he opposed many Acts by Parliament. So at least his presence amongst Loyalists isn't so far-reaching. Though I suspect from the episode Washington will now be seen as a traitor to the Crown within Outlander.
Well wasn't that the twist? No Jamie and Claire. Frank is back and has prior knowledge that not only Claire returns to the past but that she dies there. One can wonder if he wouldn't have told her about that eventually if he hadn't died in the car accident?
Laoghaire taking in Claire and Jamie's daughter without knowing it. Seeing Laoghaire be kind and merciful with someone but clearly having some kind of craziness when it comes to Jamie.
I could sympathize with Laoghaire back when all of her Claire hate started and to see Claire return after so long but is she so uncharitable to really think Jamie must be bewitched to love another?
I don't know if we were meant to sympathize with Laoghaire or not but her needing the money makes you want to sympathize with her and yet you know Jamie can't just produce money on a whim. One would also assume Jenny and Ian could give her something with the white lie that it comes from Jamie and have Jamie reimburse them the money. Of course, Jenny and Ian are far from rich but they have more than Jamie at the moment.
And now how can you not love Joan. How is it that Joan and Marsali were raised but one so spiteful as Laoghaire and they seem so kind.
And Roger. It was great to see Roger in the past but meeting up with Stephen Bonnet? That is the last thing Roger needs. And then to have Roger's fate decided at the toss of a coin. Bonnet is crazy.
Didn't you just love the look back parallel from Helwater to Fraser's Ridge. And Claire got a new ring! Can we say more merchandise. Plus that isn't the ring still DG approved but it is still beautiful and more what the book describes.
OMG! Crusty Murtagh in all his silver fox glory. I'm thinking my overly excited reaction while watching (screaming, tears, yelling to go into the smithy - at Jamie) had more enthusiasm than when Claire strolled into the print shop (not that I wasn't dying to see that too). Did you notice the similarities to the print shop scene? Murtagh turned around recognizing the voice behind him. Now he didn't faint but those eyes filled with manly tears. *sigh* It is almost a father and son reunion because we all know Murtagh loves Jamie as if he were his own.
I want Brianna to call him grandpa or something. OMG. Brianna went back in time and Murtagh is back with Jamie and Claire and he knows about Brianna. *diez* I need to see this. It has to happen. Murtagh and Brianna screen time please. Will he think she's a ghost of Ellen?????
Now, did I love that essentially Jamie and Murtagh are on the opposite side of things? Nope. But conflict you know. Plus, they really aren't. It just seems that way. But Jamie and Claire trust Murtagh and can tell him what is up and that they'll need to walk a line to achieve their goals because we all know Jamie isn't going to stay on the wrong side of history.
I've seen some fans speculate that Murtagh may take over for a character named Duncan Innes which so far is a non-entity in the show. However, the executive producers and DG have stated that won't be the case.
I did wonder about the Arch Bug character but assumed this also wouldn't be the case as that characters future becomes very complicated and one would hope the path of that character isn't one Murtagh would take.
My speculation is that his story will be entirely his own considering in the books he died at Culloden, which I always disliked. Now, we have Murtagh back and I'm hoping he is around for a very long time.
Production Designer Jon Gary Steele notes, “When we first designed River Run, I had imagined it with pale, cool colors from looking at hundreds of plantation houses, but once we got closer, I changed my mind as pale colors just don’t feel Outlander to me. The tobacco-inspired walls actually have about seventeen layers of paint on them, with a red base, building towards the depth of color of dried tobacco leaves, to show how the estate made its money. Jocasta was very wealthy so I wanted her house to reflect that. She has a number of slaves so everything is very shiny and polished. The fabulous teal, floral, silk damask fabric that we have used for her chairs and sofas was the inspiration for the rest of the color palette of the house, so the house has balance and beauty.”
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