Want a minute-by-minute recap of Outlander Season 3 episode 9, “The Doldrums?” We give all the details…
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Now let the show begin…[8:02 p.m.] Strong sexual content? What a wonderful coincidence, I speak strong sexual content! Um, but also my mom’s sitting here with me (hi mom!), so how strong we talkin’? [8:03 p.m.] If this updated intro with all the hints of what’s to come and Bear McCreary’s drumming magic is any indication of the episode in store for us, well… *barks and claps like a caffeinated seal* [8:04 p.m.] They’ve commissioned a ship named Artemis, who you might recall as the Greek goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon and the natural environment. Tall order to fill, Frasers, but let’s see what you got… [8:05 p.m.] I’m so relieved that Jamie’s been able to keep up with his man shawl better than he has his nephew. [8:06 p.m.] I’m having a flashback to the last time we saw the Frasers on a dock in the Season 2 opener, fresh from trauma and pondering uncertainty—together. Anne covered the Season 3 filming of this scene at Dunure Harbor in this post. [8:07 p.m.] As someone who does media training as part of my day job, I’m beaming at Claire’s textbook execution of the bridging technique to avoid answering Jamie’s question. LIKE THE BOSS SHE IS. [8:08 p.m.] God help anyone unlucky enough to be within a 50-kilometer radius of Lallybroch when Jenny gets that letter. “Oh hey, sis, about your baby boy you entrusted into my care… see what had happened was…” [8:09 p.m.] Between comments about touching the horseshoe and not getting caught smuggling a banana onboard, I’m doing my best to advance my sense of humor past that of a 13-year old boy’s. I’m also just hoping this isn’t the strong sexual content pre-disclaimed in the opening sequence. [8:10 p.m.] This adorable hand-fasted supercouple needs their own name. Fergarsali? Margus? Hmm. Try them on for size please and weigh in below. [8:11 p.m.] I’m digging Lauren Lyle’s feisty portrayal as Marsali, even as she doles out some of mama L’s signature nasty grams. I’m also relieved to finally hear this character’s name said aloud as I was waaaaay off in my pronunciation. #LikeParsley #NotMarSally [8:12 p.m.] “You can sail to Jamaica, but then I’m taking you home”—Jamie tosses that threat out confidently like he’s got access to some Uber Maritime app we don’t know about that can make that happen readily. [8:13 p.m.] If the boat’s a-rockin’… it’s… err… just gonna be the boat, apparently. I’m with you, Claire. [8:14 p.m.] Jamie went from battlefield to cave to prison to stable to print shop, and yet, he ensured that, if nothing else, what he had left of Claire would always remain cared for and safe—in one place. Oh James Fraser, at hearing this, I’ve almost forgiven you for that whole other marriage thing. Almost. [8:15 p.m.] As a DoTerra loyalty customer, I can vouch for the effectiveness of peppermint oil for treating headaches. And for chest coughs. And for mental focus if you put a drop in your morning coffee. And OH MY GOD I’M TURNING INTO CLAIRE. [8:16 p.m.] Hold up, did Fergus heed Nikki’s cry for hair sanity and bring his diffuser onboard with him? It’s his industrial strength hairdryer, and HE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT. [8:17 p.m.] I love that Fergus patting himself on the back for soldiering through a dry spell is among his top reasons that he’s ready for marriage. Sound logic, Monsieur. [8:18 p.m.] Your bare bubbies would save us from this hardship, now pass the potatoes please. Subtle, Captain, SUBTLE. If I had a dram for every time a dude used superstitions in a campaign for nudity… [8:20 p.m.] Are you like me? I can’t watch or hear other people throwing up without starting to dry heave myself. Plus, I recall reading somewhere that Sam Heughan is yakking up egg whites here. And that’s actually *swallow* worse *swallow* than *swallow* … you know what, be right back… [8:21 p.m.] This is the story of two strangers, picked to live in bunks at seas. Find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real. This season, on The Real World: Voyager. Yep, I’d watch. [8:22 p.m.] You’d think Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and the gang spent months at sea filming these scenes. Nope, the Outlander CGI and VFX game is top notch here, and you’ll learn more about it in a soon-to-be-published Outlander Cast post by our blogger in South Africa, Jayne Coleman. [8:23 p.m.] The next time someone questions Jamie’s parenting know-how, please remember that time he insisted his adopted son keep his fizzle in his pants and away from his stepdaughter. [8:24 p.m.] Willoughby pulling off perfect-form static lunges while painting Chinese symbols on a moving vessel is all the proof I needed that he’s spent some time under James Frasers’ watch. #MyPeakChallenge [8:26 p.m.] I’m not certain what they’re saying, but you had me at a cabin full of drunken men chanting something about a lobster hole. Scooch over, lads, I’m bellying up with you. [8:27 p.m.] Jamie might look like Hellraiser, but I also believe in the incredible healing power of acupuncture for nausea. And for headaches. And for inflammation. AND OH MY GOD I’M TURNING INTO MR. WILLOUGHBY. [8:29 p.m.] I swear I’m worried about their lack of wind power, but let’s just focus for a moment on how Claire is slaying the lass-at-sea look with her beachy waves loose ponytail and wide-brim straw hat. Girl, all you need’s a rum runner, a trashy beach read and a chaise lounge and you’re ready for Jamaica. [8:32 p.m.] I can’t go on a two-day work trip without missing the scent, sounds and ‘isms of my 5-year old son who, like many of your children I’m sure, also has heard Goodnight Moon at bedtime more times than you can count. Because of this and no matter how “grown” Bree might be, I can’t fathom what Claire must be feeling—even while enjoying the rekindled warmth and safety of Jamie’s embrace. Also, I much rather prefer that we’re getting these organic moments instead of one big Bree-share, not unlike how you’d regale someone with stories of a loved one in real life. [8:33 p.m.] Color me relieved that my TV doesn’t possess a scratch ‘n sniff function. [8:35 p.m.] With that measured delivery and stern side glare, the King of Men’s all “I’m the Captain Now.” [8:36 p.m.] Jamie, if you’re going to swoop in and pull off another daring rescue, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T FORGET YOUR MAN SHAWL. [8:37 p.m.] And here poor Claire was just hoping for a sunset booze cruise around the Caribbean for her
You Frasers. I hope you know by now I’d follow you anywhere (that whole stint in France should’ve said as much), and a perilous few months at sea is no different. Actual TV critics, Mary & Blake Larsen and others with astute opinions will offer a credible rousing review of “The Doldrums,” but me? I’d just like to simply say—now that was a damn fun episode!
It was clear the actors themselves were having a blast, and you could feel that emanating through their performances and my landlocked screen. I was superstitioned out, but I don’t even care. Amidst the plot-propelling drama, there were quick nuggets of wit, quintessential Jamie & Claire moments, a swashbuckling Jamie swooping in for the rescue again, a glimpse of the burgeoning Fergarsali love (or Margus? Please someone save this.), realistic special effects that put us as out to sea as I cared to be and—best of all—new Bear McCreary music to bring it all together beautifully!
In short—and to borrow from Modern English— Outlander, I’ll stop my world and sail with you. I’ve seen the difference and this season’s getting better, all the time. There’s nothing you won’t seem to do. I’ll stop my world and sail with you.
Or, there’s mom’s closing thought: “Two weeks and he’s lost two people. Jamie’s the worst caregiver ever.”
Next week, I hit the
high seas road for Florida on a little three-generations road trip with my mom and my kiddo. Please let it go better than the Frasers’ trip. Please let it go better than the Frasers’ trip. Please let it go better than the Frasers’ trip. As such, I’m leaving you in the fully capable hands of my partner-in-brain, Nikki Gastineau. Enjoy the ugly girl snort-laugh-cry combo she always brings.
Thank you, friends, as always for joining us. If you’ve missed any of our episode recaps, you can catch up with them here:
Episode 3.01: “The Battle Joined”
Episode 3.02: “Surrender”
Episode 3.03: “All Debts Paid”
Episode 3.04: “Of Lost Things”
Episode 3.05: “Freedom & Whisky”
Episode 3.06: “A. Malcolm”
Episode 3.07: “Crème De Menthe”
Episode 3.08: “First Wife”
#Cowards – we love ‘em anyway!
I scared my cat when I laughed out loud at “king of all men”. I, too, enjoyed this episode immensely. It had a lighter feel to it, in spite of the retching. And, yes, Bear is a music god!
Now this, this was an episode!
• Help! Did I miss the explanation of how these 2 Scotsmen escaped the forceable venture to the Colonies along w/ Murtagh from Ardsmuir?
• Love the new intro! And bongos at the end! They do this so well, with both scenes and music. Bear, Bear, Bear!
• Wouldn’t you give anything to see both Jenny and Leghair reading their letters?!
• It’s official! Claire is no longer a healer in the 1700’s, but a real, live surgeon, regardless of the fact she is not bare breasted…
• I too am thrilled with how Mr. Willoughby is written for the show, as opposed to the novel. Another brilliant alteration!
• Just love how Claire has knotted-up her skirt to make even more pockets. That raincoat/Bat-Suit has held up remarkably well!!
• Claire mentions being at sea reminds her if a simpler time. Uh, Claire, you’re back in the 1700’s again, as in simpler times, yes?
• There was a goodly amount of tender, and “hurry up!” moments between C & J to suit this ol’ girl!
• The water situation: “Filth eating son of a pig fart!” . Etched in my memory bank forever, and I’m not certain that’s a good thing…
• Yi. Ten. Cho!!
Thank you for one of the finest bits of dialogue in the series up to this point. A soliloquy that felt just right, long enough for the crew to calm down. With passion, fire and heartbreak that brought tears to my eyes, and one of the sailor’s head hung low. Bravo, Gary Young!
• Claire still hasn’t learned that she should never, ever volunteer to stay longer! Jamie really didn’t lose her, she offered herself up, as in he definitely had no choice!
All in all… JUST LOVED THIS EPISODE! Can’t say it often enough, I’m crazy about how they’ve brought these books to life for a series. And again, I’m all in!
To answer your first question, on the wharf just before boarding the “Jonah” said how he’s only been on a ship twice, once when they left Ardsmuir to go into indentured service (which if I recall the book correctly was 14 years?) and then again when coming back to Scotland after it was done. And then Claire said she wasn’t all that keen about going on a ship either.
P.S. I am sooo missing THE kilt, and I noticed a tartan when Claire was going through the Lallybroch chest… I’m just saying… It’s only outlawed on the British Isles… Please?
César and Lauren call them Farsali.
It was a good ep. Another one that stayed pretty close to the books.
We could have used less superstition stuff though.
Ashley, I will follow them anywhere too, but I have friends who are starting to compare the show to a soap opera. They are non book readers, however, and no amount of cajoling has convinced them they need to get with the program. I am not going to give up on them, though. Cajoling will continue.
I recall a scene in episode 209 (Je Suis Prest) where our beloved Rupert and Angus show up with a hint of bad news (Willie got married.) Jamie immediately moves to put a comforting arm around Claire. It’s not just about sex (and don’t get me wrong, I will NEVER complain if they want to give us more.) It’s about those hugs and brief kisses that were scattered freuquently throughout seasons 1 and 2. The love story portrayed by these two amazing actors. The connection that keeps me coming back for more. I miss this so much.
I know it’s necessarily missing this season because of the story, and I am SO happy that we got some of that back tonight, but when the first scene on the dock came up and Jamie’s offering to take her back to the stones, I almost panicked. I am getting desperate here – they have got to stop doing that. My blood pressure can’t stand it. We have to endure enough time with these two apart this season without adding more torture to our love story.
Having said that, I really enjoyed this episode. Cried for Claire over Goodnight Moon, and laughed at the
sight of Jamie stuck with needles. Can’t wait for the suprises awaiting us on the Porpoise and on Jamaica. Let the adventures continue.
I must say that I look forward to your recap almost as much as I look forward to the new episodes. I am also a book reader and understand and accept the necessary changes made. This is truly one terrific love story that I can’t seem to get enough of. The acting and music and costumes – everything is superb.
A very good episode. The hour goes by too quick though and it still seems kind of like stuffing 10 pounds of story into a 5 pound bag. I love all the characters and the sets were great. Claire looks fabulous whether she’s dressed like French aristocracy or a ship’s mate … I could ogle her forever. Marsali looks like LegHair with the slight gap tooth thing although as a book reader I know I’m going to like her a lot more than her mother. I like the TV Mr. Willoughby a whole lot more than the book version. Excellent casting, as usual. And last to mention but first in my heart were J&C alone scenes – on deck under the moon and pre/post quickie.
I’m left wanting more … is it next Sunday yet?
She was looking at him like that because he was 12 years old, like I’m fighting the plague on a ship where the captain started shaving last week, and my assistant – who is going to make it all happen was a cabin boy yesterday. Really though, poor boys, and sad.
Great recap and I have seen #Fersali on instagram as my favourite name for the new fiery couple
I am so dense! I had missed that they already gave themselves a super couple name. And it’s a solid one. No hard GAR needed, though it does me laugh every time because it sounds like you’re gargling mouthwash.
Fersali. I cannot watch or listen to Jamie vomiting. I believe it is an autonomic response to hearing someone wretching that makes us seek the Porcelein god.
Lastly, how did you miss Jamie’s look as Claire pulls him into wherever they went for a little “afternoon delight”. It was primal!
Given several one liners uttered by Jamie, as well as Sam’s expressive face, I am counting down to release of the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me in July! Sam has a natural comic’s timing and the film should provide some relief to the (dare I utter the dreaded word?)upcoming DROUGHTLANDER!
Every week I find myself more in love with the books, series, cast and production gurus! I only recently got on board with the world of Outlander, I’ve made many rookie mistakes, like voicing an unwanted opinion…I repeat, I am new as well to social media…at 74, yes that’s right I had no idea on the warmth or bared hatred on such media. As I have lived my life I own up to mistakes no matter how insincerely they are received, they are true and heartfelt.
Let me further use this forum to repeat my love for our cast. They are amazing actors, I can’t imagine the show succeeding without these specific people bringing Claire, Jamie, and all to life. With each episode after their reunion, Voyager the book I read three times in a year, came alive beautifully, lovingly, and sexy as all get out!!
Your minute by minute telling of the episode was funny, endearing, as only a fan of the books can do. This is a sisterhood. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Frasers! I’m glad you’re in it with me! Trust me, I didn’t miss the look… I just had trouble pulling my eyes away from the screen and the “storage room, NOW” stare they gave each other. Swoon!
70 next week! I saw two shows and bought all the books. Love both. I am anxious to see Sam in Spy movie. You’re right. A filler for Droughtlander. May we both live longer lives so we can read the last two books.
Hi Ashley and everyone!
I have some more thoughts and observations on this episode.
First I have to say, wow Ashley, we are definitely in sinc, You’ve so
read my mind here.
Love, love, love the amazing new music. Oh it reminds me of the Caribbean,
Jamaica, and tropical vacations. It was like Scotland meets Royal Caribbean. Woo hoo!
Oh, Jamie and Claire! I had such flashbacks of their voyage to France and I was loving it until Fergus came on the scene with his hanfasted wife, Maresley.
Ashley, I’m not a book reader yet (I know it’s strange, but I like to read books that inspired a show, after the show!), so I will have to take your word for it on Marsley’s virtues as a character.
So far, she reminds me so much of Leghaire, I want to call her Mini-Me.
She seemed far too willing to be mean spirited, and the way she threatened to get her way (I’ll say you bedded me when you didn’t), was deplorable.
I thought her dynamic with Claire was hilarious though when they were arguing about who chose the bigger bed though, “The whore should have the bigger bed then.” And Claire makes herself comfortable. LOL
I had to contrast that with the scene in Season 1 where Claire confronts Leghaire about the ill-wish, and Claire slaps her.
With Marseley, Claire only just was annoyed but amused by her.
I imagine that Bree was much the same way when she was a teen.
Oh, loved Fergus and Jamie. Oh, Fergus was quite the ahem– male slut–ahem, and it was so like him to point out that –to Jamie–that he really loved Maresley because he didn’t sleep with her right away.
Loved Jamie’s response to him.
Good for him.
Oh God! Way too much throwing up, and it gave me a totally queasy stomach. Disgusting.
Ditto for the Typhoid epidemic.
Loved Jamie and Claire. Oh, who else just swooned when Jamie said he loved Claire’s grey hair? Oh he truly is amazing.
Oh even on a ship full of people, Claire and Jamie make a quickie utterly romantic. (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!)
It’ not even the sex per se, it’s also the little moments between them where they share their affection for each other–a kiss–holding hands
Loved the Goodnight Moon scene. Oh, that was lovely of Claire to share that moment with Jamie–the affection that she had for her daughter growing up to read her a story.
It not only soothed a mother’s loneliness without her child, it also gave Jamie
an image of something to hold onto about Bree’s growing up.
He really had no idea otherwise.
Oh, Claire rocks that outfit! Jeez Typhoid and extra trouble, and kidnapping to boot, maybe Claire really should have let somebody else handle that medical emergency.
Love ALL of this, Dawn!
Oh my gawd, that was hilarious! Thanks for such good laughs on a dreary day! ?
Always, Megan! I hope you’ll come back each week.
Aw, thank Ashely.
Your post made me giggle, I loved it.
By the way, are you a fan of The Princess Bride? Jamie’s utter swashbuckling
athleticism on the ship attempting to rescue his friends made me think of it.
Don’t you think Jamie would make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts?
OH MY GOSH, YES! Good call! Jamie’s very “as you wish” at times if you think about it. He’s like a Wesley-Roberts hybrid.
Thanks once again Ashley for a great take on this episode. I always look forward to reading and laughing at your words. I loved this episode too, for all the same reasons as everyone else. Now I need to watch it again while having your comments on hand! I’m definitely along for the ride with the Frasers and here’s hoping we get to see all the whole series brought to life by these amazing actors!
Aww, thanks Pam! I love to accompany you on re-watches. Your lips to God’s ears – I hope we get many more seasons.
Great recap, Ashley! I also look forward to reading these each week. I also enjoyed the episode. More than a few laugh out loud moments for me. Loved the look on Jamie’s face when he realized that his decision to keep Fergus and Marsali separated meant he would also be celibate during the voyage. His one liner, ‘Now, I feel sick.’ cracked me up.
The retching almost did do me in. I found myself gagging more than once during the episode. The episode should have come with a warning label “Do Not Eat During this episode”. Dinner thankfully stayed down but it was a close call. I loved how they kept Willoughby’s health warnings to Jamie on the dangers of excessive retching in the episode as it was a funny section in the book. One mention of testicle removal and Jamie was all in on the acupuncture. Sam’s face pretty much said it all. Mr. Willoughby is one very smart man. I also love how they have written the character. They have created a character with quiet dignity and witty intelligence and Gary Young has breathed life into him. As for those that thought his life story speech as over dramatic. In the context of the episode, the more dramatic the speech the better as he was attempting to distract the crew from throwing a man overboard. Talking down a mob requires more than a little drama.
As for “The King of Men”. The predatory look, the quickie and the intimate talk after. Yes, there they are. My favorite fictional couple are finding their way back to each other. I do wander if Caitriona had a hard time delivering that “King of Men” line without cracking up though. Love to know how many takes it took them to get that one down.
Overall, for me, the Outlander team delivered another throughly enjoyable episode. I look forward to next week as well.
Have a safe and fun holiday, Ashley, with your Mom and daughter. I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.
Mitzi, thank you for your sweet comments, well wishes and, in general, for reading and being awesome. How are we at the finale already!?
They should have called this episode “The Whore Should Have the Bigger Bed”! I love your recap so so much. You’re hysterical. Mr. Willoughby’s performance was incredible. Great watching the reactions of the crew and Fraser fam as they listened to him. Between all the retching and blazing shits, the sound designers and engineers deserve a mention. Rather TOO realistic at times. So glad the Batsuit of armor is finally going away. I miss Terry’s gorgeous costumes. Can’t wait for the next episode.
Lyn, I like your proposed alternate title. Let’s call it that from here on out. YOU are hysterical!
Love the arrangement and titles from the brilliant Bear McCreary. When I found out they were going to Jamaica, I wondered how he was going to change the theme #Genius.
Keep your minuite by minute coming they always make me lagugh or chuckle (love the word chuckle).
Titles not by Bear but loved them.
Sorry mistaje, I know titles not by Bear but loved them to.
I love the word chuckle too. It’s fun when it rolls off your tongue and then leads you to actually chuckle.
Mistake, I know titles not by Bear but loved them too.
You are a Legend, Ashley (never a Leghair, though ?). This made me laugh out loud several times. How have I not come across your recap before? I just loved this ep too, especially the ‘King of Men’ ref, which was a gift to us viewers direct. I very much liked the change to Yi Tien Cho’s character from the books. It is what it is there, but it’s always made me a bit uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be an epidemic of the blazing shits going around as excuses now in offices around the world. Just glad I work for myself! Thank you so much for cheering up my Sunday (I’m a bit late to the party).
And I’m wayyyy late to the party in responding to you! And you called me a legend. *blushing*
I don’t know about that, but that you read them is kudos enough for me. So thank you!