Outlander Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: The False Bride
Want to relive Outlander Season 4 Episode 3? We do a minute-by-minute reaction to “The False Bride.”
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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.