Want to relive Outlander Season 4 Episode 3? We do a minute-by-minute reaction to “The False Bride.”
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Not into distractions during your weekly visit to the World of Outlander? That’s okay! Our live posts double as episodic minute-by-minute 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…[8:00 p.m.] Oh good, this episode contains violence. I’ve feel like this season’s been lacking it thus far. [8:02 p.m.] All day long, I’ve been erroneously referring to this episode as “False Wife.” I’m glad no one relies on me for accuracy. Because my version implies we might get a Laoghaire sighting, and well, that’s something you also list upfront in the content disclaimers. [8:03 p.m.] Fiona, please exit. I was rather enjoying Roger’s acoustic magic and felt like he was playing just for us. Go on now, shoo. But leave the bubbly before you go. [8:04 p.m.] “You’re leaving Scotland to go to a Scottish festival.” Ernie finally has a purpose; he made me snort. [8:05 p.m.] He’s ticking off a lot of time spent with Bree! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea that we’ve missed a single moment of their adorable young love brewing. [8:06 p.m.] Okay Fi, you can stay. Solid advice for our bearded wonder. [8:07 p.m.] “I’ll only be master to my own soul.” Ahem, lest we forget that one night after a particularly naked method of apologizing where you proclaimed that you were Claire’s master and she was yours, and you “couldna possess her soul without losing your own.”
[8:08 p.m.] Ohhh fun! Clue: The Outlander Edition. My turn, my turn! It was Aunt Jocasta with the candlestick in the parlor.[8:09 p.m.] I fully agree – you are most certainly not the same wee lad we met in Scotland, Ian. You’ve suffered more trauma and traversed more miles than men twice your age. I’ve always appreciated Mark Twain’s “Age is in issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it won’t matter.” While he might have intended it for a way to look at the upper end of the age scale, it applies here as Ian’s far outlived whatever number he is at this point. Jamie, can you uncle him all day, but don’t attach your protective restrictions to a digit. [8:10 p.m.] Aunt Jocasta brings up last night as the impetus for Claire’s desire to leave all casually like, “Was it something I said? Sorry the chicken was a little overcooked.”
[8:11 p.m] Oh god, she’s standing up. Make that Aunt Jocasta with a cane in the parlor. Forgive me – but we’ve already been forewarned of violence and every time these two are left alone in a room together……[8:12 p.m.] That’s my girl, Claire! You’re turning into a fine Southern woman right before us, throwing out that thinly veiled thank you (and &*!% you) like a natural. I give it a day before “bless your heart” seeps into your vernacular.
[8:13 p.m.] I’ve enjoyed meeting John Quincy Myers (aka Hugh Munro 2.0) and learning of his furry assets, but you guys, the last time we trusted someone to come along with us on the trail……..
Oh for cute’s sake. My heart just burst, and bubbles and puppies and Skittles and glitter came raining out in a delicate shower.
[8:15 p.m.] I LOVE ROAD TRIPS. And these two sharing fries and a malt all precious and dainty, not a care in the world. And Dairy Queen Blizzards. In no particular order. Though the call of the Blizzard is out in front as of present…
[8:16 p.m.] Forget those word-of-the-day calendars. I need Starz to develop an app where this bearded beauty chimes through my phone with his Scottish voice on the daily to bolster my vocabulary. “Good morning, bonny lass. Aye. Your word of the day is…” I don’t think there’s a one among us who doesn’t understand why she’d risk death to mount him in this car.
[8:17 p.m.] I wonder if I’ll ever see folks bouncing about in a wagon headed for their own new frontier without worrying they’re going to die of dysentery. Damn you, Oregon Trail.[8:18 p.m.] Go back and watch Claire’s (and, of course, Ian’s) reaction to hearing that Cherokee women have zero shame in having sex before marriage. Fantastic. Also, if ever a day feels dreary or in need of extra sunshine, I’m going to play this last 30-second sequence of Blue Ridge (err, Scottish… but also Blue Ridge) landscape, streaming water and soft music on repeat. They’re laying the foundation for home and hearth, and it feels solid. And like preemptive Xanax for whatever will come next. Because it always does… [8:19 p.m.] I take back what I said about Uncle Jamie leaving him be… I’m not ready to send our little pup (or Rollo) off into the wild just yet. [8:20 p.m.] We’ve eagerly supported and followed their enduring love through various trials, times and locales that it’s understandable how you might overlook one pretty important detail – 20+ years in, and they still have yet to build a home that is truly their own.
[8:22 p.m.] I’m relieved we, Jamie included, get to learn more about Bree from Claire without unnecessary insecurity from Jamie at hearing Frank’s name and about his closeness to his daughter.
[8:23 p.m.] This conversation they’re having? This is real life, and so damn relatable. The one where you question whether the habits and behaviors of your youth can still fit into your adult responsibilities. The one where you wonder if the dream didn’t die, but rather changed shape to evolve with you and your family and the life you’ve made. Where you worry aloud whether you’ll ever be enough for the person you’ve committed your life to, and vice versa. The one where you’re never certain you truly have the right answers, but you make the choices you do in good faith.
[8:24 p.m.] In case you’re curious, according to closed captioning, that mule noise Clarence is so adept at making is called “braying.” I turned them on to check, sort of hoping I’d find a little Old MacDonald “hee haw, hee haw.”
[8:25 p.m.] How fitting that a woman known for being “as stubborn as a mule” is headed off in a dark thunderstorm to find one.
[8:26 p.m.] Be still my Scottish loving heart, Roger’s in a kilt and we’ve made it to a Highland Games! Since we’re in North Carolina, I’m going to assume it’s the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Our very own Karen K. Rutledge attended this year’s and rounded up the top 10 reasons why you, too, should attend a Scottish Highlands Game.[8:27 p.m.] She called him her boyfriend. His face. Dammit, here come the Skittles and bubbles again.
[8:28 p.m.] In today’s selfie-centric world, I love a sharp-dressed man who has neither time nor interest in making sure his image is captured. But he has all the time – and an enthusiastic grin, to boot – for dancing with his love.
[8:29 p.m.] Mule braying. Again. As it turns out, Clarence has one up on Claire. Dysentery, typhoid, cholera, measles… I don’t recall lost in a thunderstorm popping up as an unplanned death in the game. Come on, Claire.
[8:31 p.m.] Please let this be on the soundtrack. Please let this be on the soundtrack. I love you and your knee porn, Richard Rankin. Please let this be on the soundtrack.
[8:33 p.m.] It’s only because he’s Scottish, dreamy and playing the hell out of this guitar that a room full of women are swooning over him crooning a song that basically says, “I once loved this girl. Yeah, I loved the hell out of her. So much so that I hated all other people… especially, those who talked smack about her. And how does she repay me? By running off with another dude. Yep. I walked in and saw her with him, threw her drink out and caused a massive scene at the bar. And then I got lit. Oh, and then some some a-holes asked me about whether strawberries grow in the ocean. Banner night, pals. BANNER.”
[8:34 p.m.] Asking about his hidden talents right as the night ends… clever girl, Bree. Anyone else waiting for Chris Harrison to pop up saying that, should they choose to forego their individual rooms, here’s a key to stay as a couple in the fantasy suite?
[8:36 p.m.] CLEVER GIRL, INDEED. And one with good aim, too. (P.s, not be to be outdone by Ernie, Roger’s “you’re half the deer you used to be” also made me snort.)
[8:37 p.m.] Forget the gift. You had us at “I want you, Brianna. I cannot say it more plainly than that.” I know that line was in the episodic teaser, but it’s still having as much effect on me now as it did the first time I heard it.
[8:39 p.m.] No, wait. Roger just upped it by questioning her logic in blunt, but welcome terms. Because even the sweetest, most chivalrous lad has a rough side underneath bursting to come out when pushed.
[8:40 p.m.] Bree wants to test drive the car before buying it. Ergo, Bree is part English, part Scottish, and also apparently part Cherokee woman.
[8:41 p.m.] I want to be team someone here — Yessss! You do you, Bree. But, oh Roger. Your delivery is off, even if you heart is in the right place — but it’s too tough to call. Let me eat some more Blizzard and let you know.[8:42 p.m.] Jamie and Claire yell for each other in the exact same volume and emphatic tone that my six-year old speaks to our Alexa.
[8:43 p.m.] Oh look, a skull and a jewel in the exact spot where I sat down. Well that’s convenient. Also, we’ve unzipped our boots. Say whaaaa?
[8:44 p.m.] This ghost dude is channeling some major John Locke, and that’s giving me only an ounce of comfort during this creepy encounter.
[8:47 p.m.] Now that I’ve had a glimpse at how Jamie and Claire, and Roger and Bree, fight and make up, I realize that neither solely offer the most realistic look at love, in my opinion. It’s a bumbling, beautiful – and ugly – mashup of both styles that most of us recognize and experience.[8:48 p.m.] Clan Mackenzie wins by default for having a real Scot speak up on their behalf. [8:49 p.m.] As a book reader and a human with a heart full of hope, I refuse to believe that this stag going up in flames represents Roger and Bree’s once-burgeoning, now-stalled relationship.
[8:50 p.m.] Claire’s so Scottish at the core that it doesn’t even faze her to spend a night in the mud wet and cold, and then wake up confused and shoe-less.[8:52 p.m.] My astute pal, Anne, has just raised a valid concern – how is Roger getting back to Boston?!? Now I’m worried. Bring on the sounds of nature Xanax again please… [8:55 p.m.] Every time Jamie acknowledges and believes one of Claire’s seemingly lunatic stories, it’s all the proof I need that he loves her more than we will ever know. Shoes that teleport, Native American ghosts, silver fillings – all in the span of like four minutes. [8:56 p.m.] But yay, strawberries, Jamie! This woman. ¯\_(“/)_/¯ [8:57 p.m.] Even with all the fancy dresses we’ve seen, this is my absolute favorite of Claire’s attires. That knitted wrap belted up like a reassuring hug. She looks most at home in this look – ready to comfort, heal, fight, get dirty, and just generally take on whatever comes their way. [8:58 p.m.] That was a whole lot of sweeping, overdone grandeur, but I’ll take it. Because – honey, we’re home now. Sigh. Finally.
Just like that, “The False Wife” takes the lead for me. I’m not sure if it was finally seeing Jamie and Claire battle nothing but the elements and uncertainty (rather than people and social injustice) while still dreaming in their fifties of what life together will hold. Or if watching Roger and Bree fumble their way through new love – the excitement and the struggle – stroked some early 20s nostalgia in me. Or both. Heck, Richard Rankin singing and strumming his way further into my heart certainly didn’t hurt either.
All in all, it was a most welcome combination of developments that propelled us forward in the overall story and and I found it immensely delightful. Yes, we’ve established I’m an easy-to-please fan (albeit with some smart arsery thrown in for good measure), but I think they earned this praise on any critic’s hardened scale. We’ve set the stage for this next chapter of the Frasers and I can’t wait to see what comes their – and our – way next. Now I’m off to finish that Blizzard and turn on my Sounds of Fraser Nature sleep app. Until next week, friends…
If you’ve missed any of our Season 4 episode recaps, you can catch up with them here:
Episode 4.01: “God Bless America”
Episode 4.02: “Do No Harm”
A complete library of recaps from Seasons 2-3 is also available here.
I look forward to these every week!!! Also- I was thinking the SAME thing about John Quincy Myers being the season 4 Hugh Munro!!
Right?! Except that he can speak and tell really dirty stories. But imagine the ones Hugh would tell if he still had a tongue….
Thanks for visiting me every week!
– Never did get to hear Claire call Jocasta “Auntie” except for the initial introduction.
– “You’re pretty…” – Really, Brianna? Seems dumb. That line just bugs me…
– John Quincy is Rupert-like to me…
– Claire gets in a dig about a brothel – excellent!
– Okay, Jamie’s fringe, hair, stiff ponytail – WIG – is also bugging me!!
– Finally! A kilt! I love you, Roger!
– Bree refers to Roger as, “My boyfriend…” and he’s fairly bursting!
– Bloody hell, Claire’s MIA again! What ever happened to, “Bad things always seem to happen when we’re apart.”? When will she ever learn?
– CC for first go-around of Roger’s song… Verrrah helpful…
– So is the Highlanders in America book Bree gives Roger where he finds out about…? You know… When he gets around to reading it?
– Okay, I’m a contemporary of D. Gabaldon, and not what Roger had in mind, but I’ve decided, I’M going to marry him! I love you Roger/Richard Rankin!
– Soooo, does anyone else notice Claire is UNZIPPING her boots when she takes them off under the felled tree?! Are they supposed to be the “Bat Boots”?
– The giant stag is so cool!
– Bree must expect Roger to Uber his way back to BOS! Bad Bree! I love you Roger!
– Claire remembers the tracking techniques she learned from Jenny in Season 1 when they were looking for Jamie…
– 24 years later, and Claire is just now hearing about Monsieur Fraserlier?!
– They are FINALLY home, even if it is an overdone CGI background…
OMG, how much do I love OUTLANDER! Totally. Completely. So, so very happy they’re all back. Really, just makes me happy. And the fact they can tell a 1000 page book in 13 episodes is mind-boggling, don’t you think?
I like you. I shall put my feet up next week and take a Sunday off; you’ll stand in for me. Deal?
Hope no offense taken, as none meant. Just an ol’ girl’s comments along the way… Not a stand in… ?
I thought “bat boots” too when she unZIPped! Always look forward to your thoughts Ashley and I snorted at “Oregon Trail”!
Oh, Celeste. They just can’t die of dysentery. They just CAN’T.
You always make me chuckle .. Oh look, a skull and a jewel in the exact spot where I sat down. Well that’s convenient. Also, we’ve unzipped our boots. Say wha aaa?
So Ashley .. I don’t think Claire is gonna get her feather bed.
No, no I don’t think she will. Though girl looks mighty comfy when she’s nestled on the hard ground with Jamie….
It’s me again, and I have to say, after last night’s episode, I am bursting, and doing a Scottish Reel like Roger and Bree.
After the last 2 weeks, I wasn’t crazy about this new season. But last night’s episode was delightful.
I just love your recaps. Like you, I was calling it “False Wife” and praying it wasn’t a Leghaire episode. (Yes, Nell Hudson is so good–I can’t stand Leghaire)
Oh where do I start–Roger and Bree. Loved seeing Scotland in the beginning.
how I missed it.
How downright cute is Richard Rankin as Roger? So adorable, and I loved him strumming his guitar. I’m such a sucker for musical types.
I just loved he and Bree together and the juxtaposition of the 1970’s Scottish Festival with Claire and Jamie’s journey to Frazier’s Ridge.
Bree and Roger had a lovely easiness, sweetness and camaraderie that was missing I think from America The Beautiful and Do No Harm.
It was nice taking a break from all of that brutality.
Loved, loved, loved hearing the exchange between Jamie and Claire when they were discussing both Frank and Bree (I still want a Tobias flashback, and a big THANK YOU when Jamie asked “Wouldn’t you like to start over in Boston?”
I was definitely wondering the same thing myself (there wouldn’t have been the issue of slavery then: though the Irish were not treated much better as servants)
There’s so much I want to say, I just hope I remember it all: Wow, Bree definitely has a touch of Claire, the wonton woman. You go girl!
Although Roger is so abashedly cute, he definitely has a touch of Dougal the Male Chauvinist pig in him.
I actually applauded Bree turning down his marriage proposal for now: She is young and smart to want to find herself. She did have a point when she mentioned Claire, Frank and Jamie. “My mother married the man she loved, then found her soulmate.”
Roger brought up a good one too: “So you’re waiting for something better to come along?”
Well, I didn’t want to be the first one to say it, but isn’t that what Claire did?
At the Scottish Festival, I wanted to hear about the Fraiser’s or the Murray’s!
Beautiful dance between Roger and Bree.
Oh, I just loved John Bell as Ian asserting his manhood. Damn I love that kid more and more.
Kudos to John Quincy as I am missing Martaugh.
Yeah, the unzipping of the boots cracked me up too.
Wasn’t Claire finding the skull and the ghost of the Native American amazing? Her discovery and findings gave me chills.
Loved this episode!
Let’s have more of this please.
Your comments are as welcome this as week as this change in episode tone was! Thank you, Dawn!
The boots came through the stones with Claire when she came back to Jamie as per Terry.
I do so love when we can always point back to that as the explanation for all things unfathomable. It’s a definite “don’t fight the script, Ashley!” moment.
Except if you look at the boots Claire went back in time to find Jamie in (especially in scenes on the island Claire ends up on after jumping-ship in S3), they are not the same boots Jamie points to on the river bank when he thinks she’s walking around in stocking feet (S4 E3)…
I do so appreciate your attention to detail. You’re hired!
Love the re-cap! You do such a great job each week. John Locke, too funny. And then she was no longer Lost. PLEASE let that song be on the soundtrack!!!
And it was a MUCH easier path to “found” to follow than any storyline on LOST. Thank you for reading and commenting!
I really enjoy your recap. Great to read the day after when you just want to talk to someone about how great the episode was in a mildly obsessive level without being judged.
I really like how they set up the calling of the clans perfectly for perhaps another time the calling of the clans will appear. This episode was riddled with so many parallels between 1700 and 1900s and I loved it.
Thank you for making me smile more than I did after watching the episode!
Mildly obsessive and non-judgy – that’s the exact vibe that makes my heart sing. If you’re picking up on that from these nonsense recaps, then my job here is done. Well I mean not done-done. I’ll be back next week and hope you will too!
I liked this episode. The first 3 seasons were all about J&C and their love story is still the central theme and the main reason I love Outlander, but, I’m a book reader so I know the story expands and I appreciate how B&R’s story adds to the tapestry of this wonderful story. I liked Roger in Season-3 but I wasn’t sold on Brianna in terms of Sophie’s acting to be a believable character – she sold me in this episode. One of the main ingredients in the success of Outlander is the actors/acting and I was worried B&R wouldn’t be good mainly because of Brianna being a shallow character. I wasn’t sure if it was Sophie’s acting or the character itself but I feel much better about it now. Outstanding!
It got the Glenn seal of approval – fantastic! Sophie is hitting her stride. And Richard Rankin is a charming force to be reckoned with. I enjoyed it too! As I do your comments each week.
(8:41) I’m not seeing where Roger’s delivery is off. Please elaborate.
Hey, Kay-Cee! That’s just my single, humble opinion. As in, it’s sweet he had an agenda but the manner in which he communicated it maybe needed some finessing. But that counts for both of them. That’s why I didn’t pick sides. It was just healthy to watch it go down.
My pleasure, Ashley.
Oh, I can’t believe I forgot to say I really felt the soft feels right away seeing Inverness and Rev. Wakefield’s home.
When Roger was giving the salt and wine and making toasts to the new owner (?)
It reminded me so much of one of my all time favorite Christmas movies “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Speaking of which, did I miss something with Roger? When exactly did he start calling himself Roger McKenszie? He was still Roger Wakefield last I remember.
I would have thought that a character like Roger would have kept the name Wakefield to honor the Rev, whom he loved so much.
I mean, I understand that maybe they wanted to have Roger have that parallel with Bree. Dd they mention anything?
The song Roger sang is called “The False Bride”, or sometimes “I loved a Lass” from the opening lines. Since Brianna refused Roger not for another man but for her own independence, I am not so sure the episode title fits. I, too, wondered about the zippered boots, and how Roger would get home.