A TRUE FAN’S REVIEW OF #OUTLANDER EPISODE 103: THE WAY OUT

There are more than a few special moments in the world-wide sensational novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. We’ve already witnessed a few in the new series – our first vision of Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and our first glimpse of Jamie McTavish (Sam Heughan) by the fireplace with his shoulder out of joint. Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) made the hairs on the back of our necks stand up in Episode #101: SASSENACH, but he made us all shiver – not in a good way – during Episode #102: CASTLE LEOCH.

Speaking of Castle Leoch, how ’bout that fireplace scene last week? It was a pivotal moment in the book and the show, watching Claire and Jamie stare into each other’s eyes with the same thoughts.

“Look at this half-naked, strapping, young Highlander who’s not my husband but is accessible at the moment . . .”

“Look at this half-naked, stirring, older woman who could teach me a thing or two about pre-marital relations . . .” or something like that.

Now, here we are in Episode #103 – 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 episodes away from THE WEDDING where they both are encouraged and required to act on their wanton thoughts. If you ask me, the season is flying by too fast AND each episode feels more like 20 minutes rather than 60. How can we be almost a quarter of the way through S1 already?

In this episode, we welcome a new director, Brian Kelly, and co-executive producer, Anne Kenney, who wrote this episode and the next. We’ll see Mr. Kelly’s name again on episodes #107 and #108.

Ron D. Moore’s podcast for Episode #103 is available through Starz and iTunes. Again, he is accompanied by his wife, Costume Designer, Terry Dresbach. Composer Bear McCreary also posted his notes for Episode #103 on his site.

Available for your viewing pleasure is another Look Inside Outlander with Mr. Moore.

From here on out, my review is chock full of SPOILERS, so continue as heeded.

THE WAY OUT starts us back in 1939 on a train platform. Claire Randall is a mere 21-years-old, heading off to the front, like so many other citizen soldiers – in her case, a medico. Frank Randall’s duty keeps him stationed away from the fighting, working for the British Secret Service. It’s a touching good-bye scene, not included in the novel, between two young people in love – untouched by war, death and separation.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) say goodbye at the start of World War II.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) say goodbye at the start of World War II.

I like this episode starting on a tender moment between Claire and Frank. It reminds us of what she’s lost before we launch into the scene of Claire being washed and dressed by Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) who’s a little too hands-on in my opinion. Yes, you like her skin, but easy does it, lady. You know how they say, there’s a certain age you stop bathing and showering with your kid? Well, we’re wa-a-a-y past that here.

If you’ve watched the episode, you know what happens next. If you haven’t, I won’t be the one to spoil it for you. You’ve seen in the trailer, Claire telling Mrs. Fitz she’s from the future. Mrs. Fitz bitch-slaps her and screams, “Witch!”

Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) accuses Claire (Caitriona Balfe) of being a witch. Some people . . . Dinna hate her because she's beautiful.
Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) accuses Claire (Caitriona Balfe) of being a witch. Some people . . . Dinna hate her because she’s beautiful.

Is it a dream, or is it real? Does Claire have to cut Mrs. Fitz down and hide her body in Leoch tower? Does Castle Leoch have a tower? How long before everyone notices Mrs. Fitz is missing? Probably as soon as the bannocks run out. The way Angus (Stephen Walters) and Rupert (Grant O’Rourke) shovel them down – not long.

Let’s just say, Mrs. Fitz survives the encounter and move on.

We follow Claire down into her spic-and-span surgery which indicates several days passage of time from when we last saw her there with Colum. She’s wearing a lovely new gown by Ms.  Dresbach. Very springy, it is. I love the richness of her other gowns, but this was a nice, light deviation from her “normal” duds. Ms. Dresbach added several new posts to her blog this week, sharing sketches of Claire’s gowns and discussing our favorite Highlanders’ wardrobes.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) peruses the previous occupant's medical journal while Angus keeps a close eye (Stephen Walters).
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) peruses the previous occupant’s medical journal while Angus keeps a close eye (Stephen Walters).

More time passes through a collage of Claire putting her medical skills to good use, because it’s her calling and because she’s hoping to get into the good graces of Dougal (Graham McTavish) and Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis). Her bodyguards, Angus and Rupert, seem more like a couple of Hobbits, drinking on the job. Don’t know if they have the same constitution as Hobbits, but they are Scots.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Caitriona Balfe’s performance tonight. In a quick summary: She works diligently in the surgery under watchful eyes, visits Geillis in Cranesmuir, goes head-to-head with Father Bain (Tim McInnerny), spends a little quality time with Jamie and Geillis – not at the same time, and even mends her relationship with Colum. Dougal, not so much.

There are over 70 emotions – according to wikipedia – a human can experience. I think Claire goes through just about all of them in this episode except for boredom, shyness, and apathy because she has no time for the first two with Jamie and Mrs. Fitz around and no capacity for the third. Oh, and schadenfreude which is taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. Well . . . she might take a little joy in a later scene between Jamie and Laoghaire. You know the one where she makes a lousy wing-woman?

The map of her emotions takes her from affection for her husband to anger at Father Bain. Angst, anguish and anxiety are her constant companions, being held under suspicion in Castle Leoch against her will. She often seems to be annoyed with someone – Angus . . . Rupert . . . Father Bain . . . Dougal. Arousal? Yeah, there’s a bit of that. I think her sense of awe stems from the fact anyone survived the 18th Century under such horrid medical conditions. Claire is always confident if nothing else, and she feels a sense of contentment and satisfaction healing the people of their ails.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) aids a young lad with an injury to his hand.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) aids a young lad with an injury to his hand.

With the church throwing their weight around, it’s easy to push back with a little contempt. Of course, our plucky Claire has plenty of courage. Unfortunately, she also suffers from bouts of despair, grief, and sadness because of her situation – but she doesn’t really have time to feel sorry for herself. Curiosity is abundant in the opening scene of the surgery as Claire explores the vials and bottles left behind by her predecessor. Desire? There we go again. Yes, she feels a sort of desire for Jamie, but it’s trapped under her loyalty to Frank. There’s at least one moment of disgust when she finds her hand full of wood lice – worse than leeches, actually.

So, that's what wood lice look like?
So, that’s what wood lice (not leeches) look like? [I really do know what leeches look like, just not at 3 in the morning.]

Distrust is more directed at her, but she doesn’t exactly feel warm and fuzzy toward her hosts. Claire experiences dread and pity for the young boy whose ear is nailed to the pillory. Ecstasy and euphoria are two great emotions to have. But we’re not there yet, ladies. She does come close with a beautiful smile when she imagines returning to Frank on Craigh na Dun. Her embarrassment, guiltjealousy and remorse all figure around Jamie – her closest friend in this century. Who else can make her feel the harshest of the emotions? Fear of discovery and the frustration of having no one to talk to are also part of Claire’s burden. But her life in this strange land isn’t all bad. She takes pride in her work and both sexual & non-sexual pleasure in Jamie’s company. Excitementhappiness and hope are the last emotions she expresses in THE WAY OUT.

Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) hope soars when Jamie relays the story of the wife of Balnain.
Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) hope soars when Jamie relays the story of the wife of Balnain.

I think you get the picture. I suppose I could have called this post Claire’s Top 30 Emotions of Episode #103. The point is, Ms. Balfe expresses a kaleidoscope of genuine feelings, solidifying her role in our hearts as Claire Randall.

This episode spends most of the time concentrating on Claire’s medical skills. I quite enjoyed delving into that facet of her character. It is, after all, what makes her stand out and secures her position as an indispensable asset to the castle. The scene with Colum, where he literally places himself in her hands, proves Claire capable of making all the MacKenzie men vulnerable under her touch.

Gary Lewis puts on a fascinating display of demanding Laird, making his tailor plead for mercy, to dropping his pants and baring his not-bad ass for Claire’s ministrations. No apologies are made for the position in which he’s put her, but they seem to come to a silent understanding.

While Claire is willing to forgive Colum, she is definitely not ready to make friends with Dougal. He approaches her in the hall while waiting for the evening’s entertainment to begin. His manner and voice are pleasant and complimentary but his words are biting. “It seems that the feral cat we picked up on the road is trying to pull in her claws.” He doesn’t have much practice hitting on women, does he?

Claire makes an excuse. “Oh, look. I see an empty seat wa-a-a-y over there on the other side of the hall.” She takes her seat and is soon joined by Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson).

Finally, we come to a very recognizable scene from the book. I hate to tell you, Readers. It’s the first disappointment of the series – for me. Of course, I’m always open to disagreement and discussion, so feel free to drop me a comment.

Enter Jamie. It’s ladies night, and they’re all lookin’ at the handsome Highlander. Claire decides to play matchmaker. That’s all fine. What I don’t like is Jamie’s dismissive and insensitive attitude toward Leery. In the book, he’s polite and a little dumb about her crush, but he’s not rude the way he is in this scene. Yes, I said rude. Jamie is too nice of a guy to act as he does. Why does he blow Leery off in answer to her question, “. . . do ye not remember me, from then?”

“Ah,” he said, vaguely. “No, I dinna think so. Still,” he said with a smile, pulling his attention suddenly back to her, “I wouldna be likely to. A young burke of sixteen’s too taken up wi’ his own grand self to pay much heed to what he thinks are naught but a rabble of snot-nosed bairns.”

Jamie (Sam Heughan) on the fence between Mrs. Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe) and Leery (Nell Hudson).
Jamie (Sam Heughan) on the fence between Mrs. Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe) and Leery (Nell Hudson).

Above, he delivers the second part of the line to Claire, such that it’s more like he’s making fun of Laoghaire rather than himself – like in the book. Yeah, this is what I’d look like, too, being called a snot-nosed bairn.

Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson).
Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson). “I was not a snot-nose bairn.”

The entire delivery/direction to me comes off as mean-spirited which is out of character for Jamie. I actually did not like him during this scene which shocks the hell out of me. I didn’t think it was possible, especially with Laoghaire around.

Claire didn’t help. She starts out as Leery’s wing-woman, then quickly changes her mind and decides Jamie is hers. You see it in her eyes right about here . . .

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) has had one too many rhenish wines.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) has had one too many rhenish wines. “You’re on your own, Leery.”

She nudges Jamie in the side when he makes his joke which excludes Laoghaire from the conversation even more. We’re not supposed to dislike Claire’s competition yet, but now I feel sorry for her. Maybe that’s why the filmmakers chose this direction – to build sympathy. Well, it worked. Don’t worry. I don’t stay mad at Jamie for long, ’cause ye can’t.

Jamie hands Claire’s empty glass to Laoghaire, and escorts Claire to the surgery to attend his shoulder wound. That darn thing still needs attending. Poor Jamie is chaffing, but she thinks he’s talking about the bandage.

Jamie and Claire are gluttons for punishment. He keeps getting her alone, and she keeps touching him. They stare. They hold their breath. They back away and do it all over again the next day. Kiss already!

Let’s see . . . Claire gets her mind off Jamie by hanging out with Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) with the comical Angus in tow everywhere she goes. For some reason, he seems to be out of shape and has trouble keeping up. Is there something I’m missing? It’s funny, yes, but doesn’t fit the idea of a Highland-type warrior. Not a warrior, I guess. Sidekick? Great. Now I’ve got the Pat Benatar song in my head – “I Am A Warrior.” It’s a good song for Angus to do some aerobics and get that skinny butt into shape.

Claire and Geillis spend some time together. Geillis has made quite a home for herself and fits right into the community. We meet her husband, Arthur Duncan (John Sessions), for the first time and understand why she’s secretly poisoning him. I would, too. Of course, I don’t think I would have married him in the first place – cause be damned. Imagine what a different tale this would be if Dougal had been single. He and Geillis are perfect for each other in every way.

Is Claire starting to suspect yet Geillis is not who she seems? Why does she keep plying me with alcohol and asking questions, Claire must wonder. Oh, I cannot wait for the thieves’ hole!

Ah, Jamie is back. Where’s he been since giving Claire that sizzling look down in the surgery? Probably taking a long, cold shower – the poor lad. Being a virgin and horny is no’ fun.

This is the episode where no one gets to kiss who they desperately want to kiss. Mr. Duncan wants a kiss from his wife, but thankfully his audience is not subjected to that. No offense to Mr. Sessions. I’m sure he’s a very nice gentleman, and did his job very well. Jamie wants to kiss Claire but settles for Laoghaire and doesn’t look too displeased with his consolation. I think even Dougal wants to steal a kiss from Claire. He just doesn’t know what to say to her. Someone needs to kiss Father Bain. What the hell? Let’s throw one at Mrs. Fitz, too, for standing up to the clergyman.

Claire makes sourpuss faces at all the people simply trying to have a good time. She doesn’t want to watch others having the fun she can’t have.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) did not like seeing Jamie with Laoghaire. [Neither did we!]
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) does not like seeing Jamie with Laoghaire. [Neither did we!]
Arthur Duncan (John Session) being seduced into submission by his wife, Geillis (Lotte Verbeek).
Arthur Duncan (John Session) being seduced into submission by his wife, Geillis (Lotte Verbeek).
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) does not like seeing Arthur with Geillis.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) does not like seeing Arthur with Geillis.

Claire is all about saving in this episode. After she convinces Jamie to help the young lad nailed to the pillory, she asks him to take her to the Black Kirk – a place full of supposed demons who possessed Mrs. Fitz’s nephew, Thomas, AND a nice spot for a date, by the way.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) at the Black Kirk.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) at the Black Kirk.

They share a few more torturous stares – me tortured, not them. Then Claire has her Columbo moment. “Eureka! I know what’s poisoning Thomas!” She saves the boy and makes an enemy of Father Bain. Oh, well. Would have happened sooner or later.

“Come with me now, priest, or your wound shall fester and go putrid.”

Jeopardy answer: What should you not say to a superstitious priest in the 18th Century?

Claire has a very busy but productive week, saving lives and souls. Maybe next week, she’ll save Angus and Rupert from the bottle. But for tonight, she ends up sitting next to Jamie – who else? – with no Laoghaire in sight, listening to the tale of her salvation and dreaming of reuniting with Frank.

Frank (Tobias Menzies) welcomes his Claire home.
Frank (Tobias Menzies) welcomes his Claire home.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) fantasizes about returning to her own time and Frank.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) fantasizes about returning to her own time and Frank.

For a closer look at Jamie’s side of the story, check out Jamie’s Top 30 Looks for Outlander Episode #103: THE WAY OUT.

Episode #104: THE GATHERING airs next Saturday, 30 August at 9:00 pm EST. Our very own Diana Gabaldon makes her cameo appearance. If you miss it, you’re out of the fan club. :oP

25 thoughts on “A TRUE FAN’S REVIEW OF #OUTLANDER EPISODE 103: THE WAY OUT

  1. Hey, wanted to say, great recap, loved your enthusiasm. I did, however, wish to point out a couple errors. First, those were not leeches, they were wood lice. Second, it’s Father Bain, not Friar. Friars are monks, he was a priest. Other than that, thanks for an entertaining read. 🙂

    1. Yes, thank you for the correction on the leeches. Knew I’d hear it on that. I originally had Father Bain in my review until I looked up his credit on imdb where it says Friar. Went with that. Glad you enjoyed the rest!

  2. You are my voice, and again, you are spot on with your commentary. Tho, I did like Jamie’s remark to Leery. He wanted to stop the crushing and get her to move on….

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed waking up this morning and reading your review. I agree completely with your assessment of Claire’s journey as shown in this episode and how ably Caitriona portrayed it for us. But in the scene of Claire cleaning the surgery, those are wood lice, not leeches. According to Claire right after she abruptly drops the bottle…
    I had a different interpretation of Claire’s nudge (when Jamie so rudely/thoughtlessly insults Laoghaire). I thought it was more in the nature of ‘don’t be such a dolt!’
    Please keep up your excellent labor of love! The rest of us are enjoying your insight and delightful sense of humor so much!

  4. Loved your recap and your many comments, especially the one about Claire failing as a wingwoman.

    But I don’t agree with your take on the threesome scene in the hall. It was clear to me that Jamie was clueless and Claire was giving him hell for saying what he did when he smacked his arm/hand. I liked that the scene stayed so close to the book.

    Looking forward to Episode 4, spotting DG (being kicked out of the fan club is not an option for me) and your recap!

  5. Mandy from greatscotblog recommended me to check out your blog, and I just love it.
    Loved this review as well, really agree with 99% of it :). Would be interesting to read what you’d think of this week’s episode.

  6. I absolutely adore your reviews. They’re not only spot-on, but hilarious. These two comments cracked me up:

    “Ah, Jamie is back. Where’s he been since giving Claire that sizzling look down in the surgery? Probably taking a long, cold shower – the poor lad. Being a virgin and horny is no’ fun.”

    AND

    “That darn thing still needs attending. Poor Jamie is chaffing, but she thinks he’s talking about the bandage.” *snorts*

    And I totally agree with you that each episode seems more like 20 minutes than an hour.

    Wonderul review, simply wonderful!

  7. I’m so glad you payed an homage to Claire’s emotions evident through her facial expressions. It is such an important element of the character that her thoughts show on her face, and Caitriona Balfe is doing such a good job with it!

    1. This was Claire’s episode to shine certainly while Jamie followed her around like a puppy dog. He was the snot-nosed bairn the entire time – except in the surgery, of course!

  8. OK. I know no-one reads the comments except the post’s author. Hi Candida!
    But here are a few Comments about Ep103 from another True Fan, now that I have seen ‘The Way Out’ several times, _and_ now watched with my husband and heard what he thought. (He is an Outmander who has read Outlander twice – once in the 90’s, and once recently.)
    Candida, I agree with your take on the scene in the Hall when Jamie sits between Claire and Laoghaire. I will take it further: the scene as played is Out of Character, even Anti-Character for Jamie. Here is a man who had the sensitivity to a 16-year-old-girl’s _potential_ feelings of shame to take a severe beating for her, a girl he did not know well. This man now tells another woman he didn’t notice said girl when he lived at the castle before, because he took no notice of “snot-nosed bairns”? You are correct, Candida, that line delivered to Laoghaire (as in the book) is self-deprecating and humorous. That line delivered instead to Claire in Laoghaire’s hearing is cruel. Something Jamie would simply not do in such a circumstance. KLANK! (Claire even pushes Jamie – which is out of character for Claire at this point in their relationship due to her combined caution in this Strange Land and he lack of intimacy with Jamie. KLANK!) Then, Jamie hands Laoghaire Claire’s and his dirty wine glass with a dismissive order to take it to the kitchens – KLANK again. That is definitely rude, and it is not like Jamie to at least make eye contact and a request out of the statement. Putting those things together, especially the “snot-nosed bairn” moment, cause that scene to KLANK-KLANK-KLANK in how off-Character it was. These are the scenes where we should be coming to understand the inexorable pull between Jamie and Claire, and that pull is largely fueled by Jamie’s emotional intelligence (and _not_ merely his physique. This scene takes the viewer out of charity with Jamie, and in charity with Laoghaire.
    And then we get a few scenes with drunken Claire. In the novels, she drinks wine and whisky and more; there are scenes where she is tipsy, scenes where she is drunk. So at a macro-level, I have no issue with Claire drinking and being inebriated. However, in this episode, Claire is shown drinking and then Acting Out of Character, which I do have trouble with. We should be seeing Claire at this point in the story being wary of her surroundings and most of the people, and aware of the great risk she is in. After the first encounter with Colum’s Rhenish in the previous episode, when she chided herself for falling for the oldest trick in the spy book, we should see her being careful about over-indulging. Indulging, sure… getting drunk, no. KLANK! Seeing Claire acting like a Stupid Woman (getting drunk, goading Jamie about kissing Laoghaire, kicking Jamie, etc.) is so freaking Out of Character that alarm bells have gone off about what this Adaptation Team is doing. In this episode, I kept thinking: Agh – they don’t get these characters! (Note: I didn’t feel that in the first two episodes, written by Ron D. Moore.) Diana Gabaldon is beloved because she wrote a smart woman, and a man of great integrity and awareness. In this episode, the TV team let us down. Drunken Claire acting stupid puts the viewer out of charity with Claire. If she doesn’t take the dangers here seriously, why should we?
    I thought all this on first viewing, including moments in other scenes (I’m not including because this is already too long), and the feeling has grown on subsequent viewings. Then, last night I watched it again with my husband (his first viewing of this episode). He really enjoyed the first two episodes. And, because he knows my love of all things Outlander, and that I’ve invested hundreds of hours promoting this show online and to our friends for months, he is careful with any criticism. Some of his comments about Episode 103:
    “I hate to say it, but that theme song is really dopey. It’s too bad they went with that.” (he knows I bought this song from iTunes; he doesn’t know how I feel about the song)
    “Why was Jamie so mean to her?” (Laoghaire)
    “Why is Claire acting so stupid?” (I’m sure he has never seen Diana’s comment that she does not like stupid women, so didn’t write one)
    “After watching this, it just seems off. Like we are put at a distance from these characters, which we don’t have in the books. In the books, you want to know them more. In this, not so much.”
    “Well, we can keep watching this if you really want to.” (meaning the next episode)
    So, I’m feeling sure after my own reflection and his reaction, it’s not just me being over-sensitive. Some scenes and moments went KLANK as the Anne Kenney-written, Brian Kelly-directed Episode 103 unfolded. Each one _not_ because “it wasn’t in the book,” but because it had Claire or Jamie or both doing and saying things which are Out of Character; worse, they are Anti-Character.
    I will keep watching the episodes, but for now, I can’t in good conscience hype this production online or in social media. The character-driven aspects of Outlander are what make the novels compelling, and I hope for the same for the show. I’ll wait and see if the next blocks do better. I’m cautiously optimistic this was an aberration due to the Kenney-Kelly (or some other temporary) effect. I am glad to see Outlander on the screen, and will watch the series. But the alarm bells have gone off that this may not be a show that will sustain my interest, if they can’t manage to stay true to the spirits of the central characters. I hope they recover from what I see as significant stumbles. Small moments, yes, but the reason those moments are there is to reveal character. They did reveal character… just not the compelling ones from the novels.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Laura. I was disappointed with the Jamie–Laoghaire–Claire scene but not enough to make me dislike the entire episode or turn me off from the series. I believe the filmmakers were trying to strengthen Jamie’s attraction to Claire and thought his interest/attention to Laoghaire would somehow lessen it.
      You and I both agree, it was a wrong choice.
      When I watch, I try to keep in mind this series is written not just for us – those who have read, know and love the books – but for people unfamiliar with the story and characters. They will sometimes have to take shortcuts. I’m okay with that as long as it doesn’t happen too often.
      I think the filmmakers may have “gotten Claire” drunk to give her an excuse to let her guard down and be attracted to Jamie. If she’s attracted to him while sober, she’s a bad woman who doesn’t love her husband and doesn’t really want to get back to him. This is also not true – as we know and they’ve drilled into us. I think episode 105 will be a turning point for the story and Claire. Once they hit the road, she’ll have less distractions and no reason (s) to get drunk. Her attraction toward Jamie will have to be sincere and I think the audience will “forgive her.”

  9. Understood – just disappointing. Claire’s intelligence in the novels being one of the more salient and appealing aspects of her character.
    In my previous comment, I didn’t even mention the giant “klank” that in the episode, she is nursing/healing others in order to make Colum and Dougal trust her (KLANK!) instead of because she _needs_ to do it, from her own internal drive. Across all eight novels, her drive to heal others is a core, foundational, irrepressible component of her character; in the 1st novel, this is the first time she feels its pure call (in the War, she was under military orders). In the TV show, they’ve instead given her two other reasons to heal others which completely mask her own pure internal drive from her and us: (a) Colum’s orders, and (b) as a calculated means to a self-centered end (her release from Leoch). Reason (b) gives us another example of Stupid Claire in this Episode: anyone with half a brain would realize success as a Healer would keep her entrenched there, since it’s such a valued skill. (In the book she can’t help herself, she must heal others if she can, even at her own cost and risk.) There were several other Klankers in Ep 103; I understand why the show puts them there, but I think they underestimate the audience’s intelligence, and screw the character development up. Fortunately, Ep 104 did better, so I am hoping these were unfortunate anomalies…

    1. Fortunately, the good parts of the show greatly outweigh the weaker portions. I prefer not to say “bad.”

      Ep103 had more than a few problems, but I wasn’t prepared to dismiss the show for one hiccup. I have have high hopes it will continue to soar.

  10. I’m a little late to the game with this comment/question, but it’s been bothering me since reading and watching the kissing Laoghaire scene. I’ve never understood why he was kissing Laoghaire in the first place. Other commenters have suggested that after the surgery scene, he was hot for Claire and turned to Laoghaire as a way to vent those frustrations, but why? If it’s Claire he truly wants to kiss, why doesn’t he just kiss her? I just don’t understand. I would love to hear from DG her thoughts behind that scene. I am aware of the graphic novel, “The Exile,” in which it shows that while kissing Laoghaire, he was actually thinking of Claire. This doesn’t satisfy my question at all. If it’s Claire he’s thinking of, then why doesn’t he just kiss Claire?

    1. Hi, Jessica. Late is certainly better than never. Having issues on my phone and can’t quite see what I’m typing. Hope I don’t write something insulting! Perhaps Jamie kissed Leery “because” he really want to kiss Claire. He’d only known her a few days & she was still grieving for her husband. Like it or not, Leery was there & available. Don’t nice he intended for strings to be attached to that kiss. Just working off a bit of sexual frustration. That’s my take.

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