Want a minute-by-minute recap of Outlander Season 3 episode 3, “All Debts Paid?” We give all the details….
Do you find yourself gabbing obsessively about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Sunday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach—you are not alone.
Good news—we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together! As we brought to you during Season 2, we’ll be LIVE blogging all the episodes in Season 3. Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.
Not into distractions during your visit to the World of Outlander? That’s okay! Our LIVE blogs double as episodic recaps to serve as a trusty viewing companion on your second, third and umpteenth re-watches (hey, we get it).
So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy. Hi, buddy.
Now let the show begin…
Tonight’s live blog / recap is brought to you by… teamwork! The fabulous Nikki Gastineau and I are joining forces for this week’s episode. Our views are most certainly our own, and generally twisted. #SorryNotSorry[8:00 p.m.] This episode is particularly special for us… may I tell you why? I’m going to. We are coming at you live from Martha’s Vineyard where we are cozied up with our favorite Outlander pals and writers, watching this together. [8:02 p.m.] Brianna got a dog because the time travel involved with getting her a sibling is just too much for Claire right now. [8:03 p.m.] Frank’s frying up a full English breakfast much to Claire’s delight. Also, while vacationing in Ireland last year, I coaxed my pal into trying blood pudding by convincing her it was quinoa. Quinoa. She’s pretty though. [8:04 p.m.] Frank’s shirt is buttoned up but we can’t say as much for his trousers. How’s that sausage taste now, Claire. [8:05 p.m.] My, John Grey how you’ve grown. Also, welcome to the World of Outlander, David Berry! [8:06 p.m.] “I’ll not dine with that prisoner”…or will I? Sure, he’s dirty and probably has a contagious skin disease, but those cheekbones…
[8:07 p.m.] Oh god… Jamie in shackles. He’s rattling around like the ghost of Christmas past…[8:08 p.m.] Oh my god, I hear it. Can you hear it? Sweet, grumbly sounds of Murtagh! It’s so good to see him, but he’s aged 78 years since Culloden. While a book reader, this is one re-write I support, if just for more time with the lovely Duncan LaCroix. [8:10 p.m.] He’s healing Murtagh, and smelling the memory of Claire. Sigh…
[8:11 p.m.] Wait, each prisoner gets a kitten? Sign me up.[8:12 p.m.] Rat—it’s what’s for dinner. Pairs best with thistle tea and parritch. [8:13 p.m.] The Randalls circa 1956, first known Awkward Family Photo on record. [8:14 p.m.] “Nothing a cold martini won’t cure.” I knew I loved Dr. Joe. #LifesMotto [8:15 p.m.] Oh look, everyone! Frank brought a date to Claire’s graduation party. BYOD? Also, Frank and I have differing definitions of “discreet.” [8:16 p.m.] No matter what the scene, there’s something about being whisked into the majestic backdrop of Scotland that elicits an “Sigh… We’re home” in me. Every_single_time. [8:17 p.m.] “Mr. Fraser, thank you for coming”. I’m not an expert on prisons, but did he really have a choice? Also, Jamie speaks Gaelic, French, English and bairn. [8:18 p.m.] “I understand you’ve been wearing them for 3 years… I can’t imagine how heavy those must feel.” I’d say closer to six, actually, ever since he parted from Claire. [8:19 p.m.] Hell hath no fury like a woman who’s been waiting for her husband to return home from a date. They agreed to be discreet, but maybe they should have also agreed on a curfew to save Claire the waiting. [8:20 p.m.] A break up has never looked so stylish. I have an uncontrollable desire to apply powder blue eyeshadow. But quick question, who wore it heavier—Jamie in the shackles or Frank in these glasses? [8:21 p.m.] “I think our bedroom is far too crowded already, wouldn’t you agree?” – Wow. Frank for the burn. [8:22 p.m.] I’m sorry, Frank, I want to take you seriously but I’m having trouble hearing you over those spectacles. They work for me. And Claire, we’ve all spilled some tears of despair into our bourbon for your plight too. Solidarity, Sassenach. [8:23 p.m.] If that face were inches from me, I’d open the vault and tell all too. Let me just say, whatever’s ailing Murtagh in this prison has had the opposite effect on Jamie. Prison done a body good. [8:24 p.m.] The cameo of this Jamie and Claire theme… Lord help me, how much longer until the Print Shop? [8:26 p.m.] “There’s nothing you can do that hasn’t already been done to me. But, try if you must.” Jamie, don’t tempt him. He probably has a few ideas already. [8:27 p.m.] Teenage Bree! Did she wish for a pony? A bearded Scotsman with green eyes perhaps? [8:28 p.m.] “I think of her every now and again, and the wee bairn she was carrying.” – Murtagh. Collective ugly girl crying over here, in case you were wondering how we’re all holding up mid-episode. [8:30 p.m.] The words watercress and scurvy have never sounded sexier. Also, I love how many Claire healer-isms Jamie is sharing this episode. So apparently men DO listen. Or at least the King of Men does. [8:31 p.m.] Vin de Bourgogne. Jamie channeling his inner Julia Child. Also, “OH MY GOD. THAT FACE. HE’S SO F*CKING HOT!” – Associate Editor, Janet Reynolds, in real-time. [8:32 p.m.] Oh Jamie, talk dinner to me. I want to savor every morsel of this scene with the prison pals talking culinary because it’s pushing the adorable factor. [8:33 p.m.] If Jamie is looking for a bit more warmth than that blanket provides, I suggest a Barbour jacket, perhaps one with a hood.
[8:34 p.m.] Did Jamie swim out to Skellig Island to kick it with Luke Skywalker? (Wink, wink Blake. We miss you!)
[8:35] I can’t tell if John Grey is upset that Jamie escaped because they’ll have to go out and look for him or because it jeopardizes their next dinner date.
[8:36] Poor John Grey just can’t take a piss in peace. Also, between John Grey’s gorgeous sparklemation porcelain face and all the tortured whispering, we’ve apparently ventured into Twilight mode.[8:37 p.m.] In all seriousness (because now’s the time to start?), the angles, the lighting, the score, the acting – these two will be absolutely magnetic to watch on screen together for seasons to come. Casting director Suzanne Smith has worked her magic again! [8:38 p.m.] Jamie touches the heather and the earth and, perhaps, makes a connection with Claire. Am I overthinking this? [8:39 p.m.] John Grey’s hair is blond now. Maybe he used some Sun-In for his trip to the beach. [8:40 p.m.] I prefer prison Chess to French Chess. But that’s because Season 2 and I just don’t get each other.
[8:42] “I think the greatest burden, perhaps, lies in caring those for we cannot help, not in having no one for whom to care.” Between Ian’s grief moment with Jamie last week and John Grey’s now, Jamie’s getting some well-rounded therapy. Us too, Jamie.
[8:43 p.m.] Jamie’s chin quivers when he speaks Claire’s name for the first time this season. Sigh… And Jamie recounting their first meeting is a Jamie that I haven’t seen since Season 1. The way his face brightens when he talks about Claire is heartwarming, and by heartwarming I mean freaking adorable.[8:44 p.m.] “If you call a 16-year old shitting himself a worthy opponent, Mr. Fraser, it’s a little wonder the Highland army was defeated.” – Well played, Governor.
[8:45 p.m.] Do what he says and no one gets hurt. Remove your hand slowly Governor. Maintain eye contact. It’s just too soon. IT WILL ALWAYS BE TOO SOON.
[8:46 p.m.] “I can’t leave Boston and move to England.” Umm… this is awkward, Claire, but I don’t think you’re invited.
[8:47 p.m.] Oh good, Frank forcing working mom guilt. Just the world needs more of.
[8:48 p.m.] “This isn’t about you and me.. anymore” – Frank, it hasn’t been about you since that wonderfully fateful day at the stones.[8:49 p.m.] “You couldn’t look at Brianna without seeing him”. Frank, if you’d seen him maybe you would understand. He is rather spectacular. Not unlike these early-nod Warby Parker glasses of yours. Except totally different.
[8:50] She’s right, that length of time doesn’t exist. And her tearful admission of that just made her (and our) longing for the two of them to be together all the more palpable.
[8:51 p.m.] Murtagh is heading to the colonies where he will open what comes to be known as the premier school of sword dancing in the new world. But seriously… STOP TAKING MURTAGH FROM US. They can’t be separated, dammit! Why must Jamie keep losing all his people!?!
[8:52 p.m.] I can’t decide which is more beautiful, the landscape or these two men. It’s a challenge to look away from either.
[8:53 p.m.] Jamie is moving to Downton Abbey. I think he’ll love Mr. Bates and Anna.[8:54 p.m.] The Battle of the Blue Eyes. Yes please… every day of the week, and twice on Outlander Sunday.
[8:55 p.m.] I don’t want to be insensitive here because Claire gets to feel what she feels, but is that relief on her face? Why does she look relieved? Love him or hate him, Claire has had to say goodbye to too many husbands, multiple times, for one lifetime. Also, is that Sarah MacLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” forcing its way into this moment?
[8:56] “If you’re still close enough to hear me.” If life has taught Claire anything, it’s not to accept the rest of the world’s assumptions regarding life, death, space and time.[8:57 p.m.] If we’re channeling Claire’s tears here. it’s at having to say goodbye to the brilliance of Tobias Menzies and Bear McCreary’s Frank’s Theme… not Frank himself. Just to be clear. [8:59 p.m.] Our final thoughts? Watch/listen to the Outlander Cast LIVE podcast now… or in iTunes replay. We join Mary & Blake to share our GBGs, kilt ratings, byeeee Frank and gin giggles. See you there!
You can catch up with all our minute-by-minute recaps here:
Episode 3.01: “The Battle Joined“
Episode 3.02: “Surrender“
A 5 kilt Great episode! No, it was better than great. It was stupendous! Made me cry a couple of times. It was so great to see Duncan Lacroix again! So sad to say goodbye to Tobias! This is the best show of n television. Normally, Sunday nights are just precursors to Monday mornings. Now that Draughtlander is well and truly over, I look forward to Sunday nights again! Thank you to cast and crew for all the wonderful work you do!
Amen amen about Sunday nights! Mondays aren’t as painful with this on their front end. Duncan LaCroix made this a 5 for me too… just to see him again! Thank you for reading and commenting.
Can we just go completely off the rails and move Claire, Jamie, and John into Helwater and watch the fireworks? I’d totally watch that.
Hell, why not! I like your idea.
This season for me just gets better and better. I am running out of kilts! This was a rather “heavy” episode to watch and reading this this morning gave me a few chuckles. not sure who came up with “Jamie is moving to Downton Abbey. I think he’ll love Mr. Bates and Anna.” was one of my favorites. I will definitely tune in next week!!
Thanks Donna! I can honestly say that the Downton Abbey comment was a group effort. It turns out that seven heads are better than one! 🙂
Great play by play, Ashley! As always.
Boy, so far Season 3 of Outlander is knocking me out with all of the performances.
Last episode I wrote that Claire’s character was annoying me a little. This episode Claire was AMAZING. Cait’s acting managed to hit all of my emotions and resonate for me.
As much as I don’t think Frank is too bad of a guy (His fatal flaw being he’s not Jamie) he deserved a slap to the head!
Who’s bloody stupid idea was it for Claire and Frank to have an open marriage? Discreet indeed! I call B.S.
Right away I felt sorry for Claire when she was trying to be sweet to Frank at breakfast (A man that cooks! Come to my house!), suggesting that they go to the movies together.
I think she was trying to just create a place of warmth and pleasantness in her marriage.
Would it have killed him to go?
Same thing with Claire’s graduation. Frank should have made the effort to celebrate with Claire and the rest of the doctors. As Claire’s family, as the father of her child, he had a responsibility to celebrate with Claire, applauding her hard work going though Med School, becoming a doctor, and not take up with another woman.
By the way, Kat looked georgous in that Jackie-Kennedyesque white suit!
It was truly the disintegration of Claire’s marriage.
She was truly upset that Frank gave up on her, that he was going to replace her as his wife.
Even though Frank mentioned to Claire that was exactly how he felt every time she thought of Jamie, it was still heartbreaking.
As a woman, it really resonated.
At least Claire didn’t have to marry Dougall that would have been just hellish. And speaking of hellish, no one probably had a worse wedding night than Mary and Black Jack.
Oh well. Talk about perspective. But back to how great Claire was.
Boy, Cat really had so much power in her performance when she faced Frank one last time at the hospital when he died.
My heart was totally in my throat the whole time. When she as Claire told Frank “I did love you, you were my first real love,” it said so much in those few words.
The character of Claire had changed, but at her core,she still cared about Frank as a person.
Her grief was timeless and resonated.
Goodbye Tobias! I am going to miss that actor.
Not to be outdone was Jamie, and did I mention that Sam is amazing this season?
Wow, his scenes with Murtaugh were so sweet and I loved how he was taking over his medical care. So sweet!
Isn’t Jamie sexy when he talks food? Oh talk about mouth watering.
His scenes with Grey were great. For such a new character I have to say so far I like Grey. He’s a redcoat, but not a sadist like Black Jack, and I think he was more mortified than Jamie when the King of Men rebuffed his gesture.
PTSD rears its ugly head.
Ah, everyone just loves Jamie and rightfully so.
Can’t wait for next week!
I don’t think Mary and Black Jack even got a wedding night, did they? He was off to battle right away then died….not sure of the timeline.
Thanks for your insight Dawn! Can’t wait for episode. We’ve still got some nasty bits to get through but we’re almost to the REALLY good stuff.
I love that the estate is called Hellwater. Jamie’s new prison. Eagerly awaiting each new episode, then sad afterwards because it’s one episode closer to draughtlander! Best show ever!!
Do you have a favorite episode thus far Helen?
Love your comments, funny and insightful at the same time…these actors are so good
Keep up the good work
Thanks Sandra! If we keep up the good work will you please keep coming back?
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Frank was the major factor in the bitterness in their marriage. He put his foot into the crack and kept pushing and pushing by bringing up the past. He won’t accept her sexual beginnings. Shut the F up Frank and accept the sex that she can give at the time. It is interesting that no one has considered that he is saying she is a bad parent for being g a doctor. Does that mean the men who were doctors were bad parents.
I am sorry but I think he is a prick.