Want a minute-by-minute recap of Outlander Season 3 episode 10, “Heaven and Earth?” 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.[8:00 p.m.] Adult Content. Check. Adult Language. Check. Strong Sexual Content. *awkward silence* I’ll be going now. Ya’ll can just fill in the blanks.
Just kidding. I’m back.[8:01 p.m.] Previously on Outlander we became intimately acquainted with the inner workings of Marsali’s face. Her eyes and mouth are, apparently, connected and an eye roll is always combined with a sarcastic mouth twitch, proving that an art exhibit of teenage facial expressions through the ages would contain only one image.
[8:02 p.m.] Can we stop touching that damned horseshoe already? Fergus secured rose hips, cloves, lavender, and orange peel as a potpourri for Marsali. If it doesn’t make the cabin smell better they should be able to brew a fine tasting tea. [8:03p.m.] Jamie looks through the spyglass and sees Claire giving the other ship’s captain hell. Despite his panic he must also be thinking “that’s my girl.” [8:04 p.m.] The side eye game is strong here. Jamie is finding that it’s easier to free Claire from a frenzied witch trial, an army fortification, a mad Duke’s house, and the grip of the 20th century than a British Man-O-War. Hopefully, all that practice will eventually pay off. At this point Jamie could call “rescuing Claire” a hobby. [8:05 p.m.] Casks of créme de menthe…I thought we would never speak of them again. I kid, Jamie is never more than a few steps ahead of his past. It follows him like the longing for delicious cheese and wine follow me. [8:06 p.m.] Claire just schooled Mr. Jones on the differences between shite and vomit. Someone failed him earlier in life but it’s good that he’ll be able to spot the difference from this point forward.
Incredibly important ’80s throwback moment:
It seems that Claire isn’t the only time-traveler here as a young Corey Feldman is playing Mr. Pound. Please let there be vampires. And Jason Patric. And Gremlins. And Goonies. And Corey Haim. Sorry, I just took a mental tour of the poster-filled walls of my childhood bedroom. I’m back now. As you were!
[8:14 p.m.] Move over Typhoid Mary, Joe Howard is coming through and he’s got his infested hands in your lunch plate. Why did Claire have to be pressed into service on a British ship to finally find a group of men willing to protect her and value her knowledge?[8:15 p.m.] Fergus’ skills as a pickpocket are clearly in decline. I’m pretty sure that I could have swiped two pieces of bread with more finesse than that. [8:16 p.m.] Oh great, and now Jamie needs him to be a pickpocket again. Jamie is calculating his odds. He’ll have seven men against 20 if he attempts a mutiny. What’s with all the math in the episode? [8:17 p.m.] I just did that thing where I forgot to breathe. Jamie’s lines, delivered so well by Sam Heughan, are stunning. “…if you did, you would move heaven and earth. You would risk arrest and death, even hell…you would do it as easily as the prick of a pin. Until you risk all you cannae speak of love.” Who would know this better than James Fraser, the man who has risked all time and time again for one woman—Claire. [8:18 p.m.] I’ve never taken a sewing class but if this is what they teach, I’ll keep on avoiding JoAnn Fabric thank you very much. [8:20 p.m.] Would it be wrong to take this moment to comment on Claire making that tricorn hat her own? [8:21 p.m.] Every man is wrapped in a flag. How did they know how many to bring? One for each sailor? Does every man bring his own flag just in case? Do they go with percentages? Why is there so much math?! I’m renaming this episode “Typhus and Arithmetic.” [8:22 p.m.] Compartmentalization: separating certain areas of your life so you can do your work. Listen to the woman Mr. Pound. She might be a skilled doctor but she is a world-class compartmentaliz-er. [8:23 p.m.] That rabbit’s foot though. There is something about boys carrying around random dead things and giving them to people that they care about that is both disgusting and heartwarming. [8:25 p.m.] Oh Claire it does me good to hear that profanity storm perfectly punctuated with “I am no gentle woman.” Can I suggest using that quote for the next Caitriona Balfe fundraising t-shirt? I’ll pre-order 10. Those looks between Mr. Jones and Mr. Pound are priceless. [8:26 p.m.] Portugese Frigate…it sounds like the thing you say when you’ve had enough of whatever is going on in your office and you decide to call it quits for the day. [8:27 p.m.] James Fraser’s name winds up in the strangest places and its appearance rarely signals good things. Just once can’t he be on a list of people who won a free dirk or two drams of whisky at the local pub? [8:28 p.m.] Oh look, Claire is alone with a man who’s threatening to…no…wait…this time she’s the one doing the threatening. I am somehow ok with this. [8:29 p.m.] Fersali are adorable. I don’t even care that Marsali is Leg Whore’s daughter. [8:30 p.m.] “Daddy’s locked up below-decks and that woman of his is on some other ship.” It’s the line used by every teenage girl trying to put her boyfriend at ease right before a snogfest. [8:31 p.m.] While Marsali might not be fond of her stepfather right now she at least recognizes that his heart is in the right place. Good on ya girl. [8:32 p.m.] Claire is scheming again. It suits her. [8:33 p.m.] Fergus is a better eavesdropper than a pickpocket these days. Must every assembled group of men on this show discuss the rape of women? Don’t any of them ever just crave a biscuit (maybe pounded with some scalded goat’s milk) or some alone time to write poetry? [8:34 p.m.] Is it just me or does Claire appear to be looking for an excuse to use that knife? [8:35 p.m.] Mr. Tompkins I don’t mean to downplay the rough few weeks you’ve been having but the scars from the fire appear to be the least of your worries. Even without them you would have had a tough time finding a match on most any dating site. [8:36 p.m.] Annnddd there’s the creme de menthe and the pickled tax man. It’s a cocktail party in a barrel! [8:37 p.m.] I love the Noah’s Ark feel of Mrs. Johansen’s quarters. [8:38 p.m.] Please let Mrs. Johansen help. She’s stuck down there with goats and chickens all day long and is desperate for an excuse for fresh air. [8:39 p.m.] “My goats need grass.” I have no idea what she’s talking about, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll be using this phrase in the days to come to rationalize a great many things. [8:40 p.m.] Fergus just used a James Fraser move on James Fraser by declaring that he would give up the woman he loves if that is the only way he can protect her. Well played Fergus. Well played. [8:42 p.m.] It’s a sign that I’ve watched this show too much that when I hear “we’re over the worst of it now” I expect the ship to mysteriously catch fire and force everyone on board to jump into the water where they will be stung non-stop by jellyfish for two days and then eaten by sharks. [8:43 p.m.] Did you hear that? It was the sound of the other shoe dropping. Outlander must maintain a karmic balance by never allowing joy to stand alone even for a minute. Death always looms around the corner and this time it has come for dear, brave Elias Pound. [8:44 p.m.] Kudos to Bear McCreary for always finding the right notes to stir our hearts during these moments. [8:46 p.m.] More kudos to the Outlander crew for these poignant underwater shots. [8:47 p.m.] Claire knows all too much about the heartache of losing and leaving a child. I don’t believe that her grief is only for Elias. [8:48 p.m.] The mischievous twinkle in Mrs. Johansen’s eye is everything. It turns out that her goats quite literally need grass and their hunger pangs will be the ticket to Claire’s freedom. [8:49 p.m.] Claire has had so few true friends in her lifetime. It’s good to see her call out this new friend as she makes her escape. [8:50 p.m.] Captain Oathkeeper puts a quick stop to Claire’s hasty retreat. Can’t someone around here break a promise? Just once? [8:51 p.m.] James Fraser wearing those glasses and looking at those pictures…how does a man who has been vomiting for days without the benefit of a shower or a toothbrush look so sexy? This is not a rhetorical question people. I need to know! [8:52 p.m.] And now Marsali drops a James Fraser bomb on James Fraser. [8:53 p.m.] The next generation of Frasers is showing a great deal of promise so I’m going to try to overlook the fact that Jamie’s adopted son will be marrying his step-daughter once they arrive in Jamaica. Hogmanay at the Fraser house will never be boring. [8:54 p.m.] Mrs. Johansen tells Claire to jump like this is something that both of them do every day. Trust her Claire. She knows water. What could possibly going wrong? [8:55 p.m.] If only Claire had time to sew a Batman wetsuit. Instead she’ll have to settle for a makeshift knapsack. [8:56 p.m.] Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ indeed. I am covered in goosebumps!
I thought I would be disappointed by Jamie and Claire’s continued separation but I wasn’t. We finally saw Claire begin to get comfortable in her 18th century skin once again. With nowhere to run she was forced to deal with the situation at hand, and she did so admirably while gaining the respect and gratitude of the surviving men on the ship. Jamie spent most of the episode helplessly locked below deck while his daughter and son/daughter-in-law and son used the wisdom they had gained from him in their short lives to both free him and save him to fight another day. I loved this subtle passing of the torch to a new power couple that we will, no doubt, grow to love in the coming episodes. As has been the case for every episode this season, Sam and Cait’s acting were phenomenal. Their portrayals of grief, joy, and desperation have left me breathless more times than I can count.
I don’t usually talk much about the inner workings of this show because, honestly, I don’t understand them. However, I am stunned at the visual effects used to create the story of this magnificent ocean voyage. Remember, that the ships you see on screen are on dry land in South Africa. If you want to know more about this digital magic, I encourage you to read our very own Jayne Coleman’s blog post from earlier this week. She recently had the good fortune to interview Dries du Preez, a visual effects artist, who works on special effects in South Africa.
Later this week the Americans among us will celebrate Thanksgiving. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for creating and being part of an amazing Outlander community. I am thankful for the Outlander friends that I’ve made this past year and I hope to make a few more in the years to come. To those of who you are celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
Finally, whenever Ashley hands over the live-blogging reins, my only goal is to not break anything. If you read this blog and thought it was worse than watching wee Fergus get his hand chopped off with a sword, then please come back next week when Ashley will resume her spot at this ship’s helm and set us on a course to Jamaica.
So then Ashley will say, “I’m the captain now!”
Great job Nikki! Loved it ALL
So does that mean for this week I played the role of Captain Kurt and Nikki played overly eager Ashley? Awesome.
Captain Kurt grab your guitar and sing me the song of your people. Please?
Re: “Typhus and Arithmetic”
Also, I will take one of those t-shirts!
Two of the scariest things on earth…together…on one t-shirt. ARGH!!
Thanks. I always live the minute by minute reports. I agree Fergus and Marsali are a force to be reconned with and yes, they out Jaimied Jaimie. ?
Right?! I think this could have only worked with Jamie physically restrained. Otherwise, he would have been knocking heads together and Fersali wouldn’t have the opportunity to develop their own strategy.
Aren’t you the witty one – spot on!
Glad you liked it Marcia!
Diana is the most incredible story teller, and I love this story, but what have they done with our Jamie and Claire? Episodes 7 and 8, Claire was dithering, and now our Jamie is trying to blackmail Fergus. Our most honorable Jamie would never do such a thing!!! Why are they messing with a good thing.
So now we’ve had 6 out of 10 episodes with Jamie and Claire apart. Not sure I needed a whole episode with Claire doctoring on the Porpoise (and without Lord John’s encouragement – and what’s up with that?) So they’d better get our (most honorable) lovebirds back together next episode or I QUIT. Well, maybe I won’t, but do I have to beg.
I agree with you, Linda. It appears to me that the powers that big want to muddy up our hero and heroine!
I offer this up as an alternative view (because that’s what I do sometimes). The writers have changed Jamie and Claire up a bit this season and it has been a shock to the system of book readers like us. HOWEVER, the changes have made Jamie and Claire more human and less mythical. I kind of like it. Jamie bribing Fergus? It didn’t happen in the books and it wouldn’t have because mythical Jamie wouldn’t have stooped to that level. The very human TV Jamie is desperate to not lose Claire again and he will literally do anything to get her back; lie, cheat, beg, or steal. In the push to get through all of the material in 13 episodes the writers have had to force Jamie into some situations that make us uncomfortable but, at least for me, the changes have forced me to see these two people more as fallible human beings and less like fairy tale characters. I love having both versions! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.
Thanks Nikki. I love these minute by minute recaps and most especially love the closing comments. Makes me see this in a different light. However, I think the Jamie and Claire we saw in season 1 and 2 were human. I never saw them as a fairy tale.
So true, Jamie was desperate and angry. Which was very evident in his words to Fergus “Lost her once,I can’t lose her again” “For love you would move heaven & earth, risk arrest, death, even hell”. “Until you risk all you can’t speak of love” Jamie wanting to take over the ship and bribing Fergus to do so wasn’t good thinking. Fergus showed maturity and kept his head by acting accordingly, in spite of Jamie’s angry words. People say things in the heat of the moment. He was beside himself about Claire. Afraid of losing her again, seasick, irrational. Expectations tend to be too high. Many aren’t happy unless every detail according to the book isn’t shown. This is an adaptation, they do an outstanding job and can’t please everybody. Admit to having some concern regarding character behavior changes but FANTASY vs REALITY. MORE HUMAN, LESS MYTHICAL. Very good, not sure how many will accept this change. LOVE THE SHOW,HOPES ARE HIGH.
Brilliant! Fave line: If only Claire had time to sew a Batman wetsuit. <3
If only any of us had time to sew a Batman ANYTHING! 🙂
Great writing! And every week when my friends and I discuss the episode I always say, “if it doesn’t say Strong Sexual Content at the beginning then it will not be one of my favorites.” So thank you for agreeing with me. 🙂
I’m with ya girl! When I saw that yesterday I heard the wah wah wah gameshow sound in my head because I knew for sure that Claire and Jamie weren’t getting back together until next week. Sigh…
I. Love. You. I literally lol’ed through most of this!
Right back at ya girl!!! I’m happy to have sent some laughs in your direction.
This is so funny… Typhus and arithmetic much.. I don’t know how I never came across this before. Also, Outlander is definitely something to be thankful about, with or without Thanksgiving.
Glad that you joined us Arundhati! We have a lot of fun over in this little corner of the Outlander world.
Great recap. Another roller coaster episode. Dire straits, Jamie imprisoned yet again (!), Doc Claire large and in charge, death and tears again plus Mrs. Johansen and the goats adding a bit of levity, Fersali snogging, sweet exchanges between Claire and (doomed) Elias and another cliffhanger (cliff jumper) ending. Amazing.
The themes of closeness/separation, and peril/rescue (Jamie trying to rescue Claire from the British Navy first then by the end of the episode, Claire trying to get to Jamie to rescue him from the law) are fascinating threads in Season 3. A cracking job by the Outlander team as usual.
Thank you for using the term “snogging”. I’m trying to increase its visibility in the states because I feel like we need to show the Brits some love for coining the most perfect phrase ever. 🙂
I’m going to disagree a little bit that the changing of Jamie and Claire from the book versions of almost too perfect (mythical) to the TV versions having some flaws is a good thing. While I agree it makes them more human, I disagree that improves the product. I don’t like to have to notice flaws in our hero and heroine.
As a book reader I didn’t have any problems with the changes made to adapt the books to the screen in Seasons 1 and 2. I thought Ron Moore and the production team did a masterful job of staying true to the characters and story line, especially given the time constraints. I’m afraid I can’t say that for Season-3. There have been wonderful moments and Cait and Sam have been phenomenal as always. The sets and other actors are top notch as well. It’s hard for me to put my finger on the little niggling thing that’s bugging me about several of the Season-3 episodes, including this one. The only thing I can come up with is there’s some magic missing in Season-3 that was there in Seasons 1 and 2. Maybe being a book reader is making it more difficult to accept our hero is a little less heroic than the book Jamie.
I don’t know … maybe I’m nitpicking and complaining too much. I’m still enjoying the show and I’ll be bummed when the season is over (only 3 more episodes – boo) and maybe that’s part of it – that the season is flying by and the J&C time per episode is less than I want.
Thank you Nikki – loved the blog this week. I’ve just read Voyager and had high hopes for this episode and as usual while not verbatim the writers had a great take on what happened , didn’t mind them leaving out LJG although rather looking forward to meeting him again soon. I love don’t f**k with me Claire even with a rag round her head All for raising the profile of snogging – recommend you have a go at a rare Brit Teen film ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ it will as we say warm the cockles of your heart. Can’t wait for next week but the Droughtland is fast approaching……..
Oh Nikki this is priceless! Thank you for sharing your crazy, humorous thoughts! I had a good laugh and look forward to reading more of your quirky insights!
Elias Pound was a character gone too soon. Cait’s face when she had to stitch through his nose… this episode was another chance for her to shine. Loving Marsali, and being a book reader, know there is a lot more development of her character to come. Love these recaps, keep up the great work!
Really enjoyed this take on the episode. Great job!!
Nikki, thank you for this review. Can understand book reader loyalty. Was introduced to Outlander through the show, read Voyager twice…Hooked! Show lovers develop a devotion toward Jamie & Claire as well. Being able to separate and enjoy them both on there own merit brings more enjoyment. Diana says “Lay the book down and enjoy the adaptation” “Written word doesn’t always transfer well to the screen” Twenty years of Diana’s fantasy series is tough to break away from.
I laughed out loud, snorted, smiled, and had tender feelings many times while reading your blog. I LOVED it. Thanks for sharing your reflections!
Barbara, I love this! I’m glad we experienced the roller coaster of emotions together. 🙂