Outlander Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: Perpetual Adoration
Want to relive Outlander Season 5 Episode 5? We do a minute-by-minute reaction to “Perpetual Adoration.”
[9:00 p.m.] “It’s only civility that keeps us from killing one another.” A subtle but firm reminder to take to heart during this precarious — and dangerous — time when social distancing is the new norm and a highly advisable form of civility. Be good to each other, friends.
[9:01 p.m.] Great Scott! I’m not sure just yet why we’ve gone back to the future, but I’m all for starting this Sunday episode inside a church with a little quiet time of reflection and prayer. When nothing else makes sense, faith prevails. And welcome back, Claire voiceovers.
[9:02 p.m.] I don’t know which I love more — Claire’s medical marvel, the joy of her and Marsali’s burgeoning partnership or Lauren Lyle’s on-point facial expressions. Eureka! It’s all three.
[9:04 p.m.] Claire apparently gets a pedicure from the same nail salon I do. They have an equally random collection of communal reading materials. Go for the reckless pirate, Claire.
[9:05 p.m.] This reel highlighting the best of the best of Outlander is the best antidote for an anxious brain. I’ll just put this on repeat. And I welcome your suggestions on which song detailing the concept of time should accompany it in my head. There’s just too many to choose from. Rolling Stones? Cyndi Lauper? Cher? Green Day? The possibilities are endless.
[9:06 p.m.] “I guess you never really know what’s coming, do you?” Wow. If she’d only known then how close to home that statement was about to get.
[9:07 p.m.] Annnnd apparently that was coming. If I were you two, I’d lean into more of that because sprinkling in those moments amidst the large episodes of chaos and everyday juggle — no matter what century you call home — is what it’s all about. Speaking of which, too soon to predict a baby boom in early 2021?
[9:08 p.m.] Roger’s suffering from a classic case of impostor syndrome and Bree’s reassurance that his high social intellect offsets what he lacks in battle experience is the best thing she could say to him in this moment. I recognize the symptoms because I’m a sufferer myself. A year and a half ago, I accepted a promotion for a path in our company I never saw coming my way. I rode the high for about 37 seconds (okay, maybe a tad longer) then immediately thereafter began questioning my ability to do it effectively when I knew other people were more capable and experienced. A wise friend told me, “Don’t you get it? They picked you because you understand people. You have a high social IQ.” Leadership doesn’t have to come solely from technical skills. It can also come from knowing yourself in a way that helps you to know others.
[9:09 p.m.] Um, dearest members of Col. Fraser’s militia, maybe we shouldn’t question the village’s cordiality or hospitality when we ride in intimidating as hell, rifles raised in the air. I’m just sayin’. This ain’t the damn Olive Garden.
[9:10 p.m.] It’s not often the King of Men hears the word, “no.” So at least these lovely townsfolk had the decency to wordlessly laugh the “no” at him in reply to his “40 shillings to risk your life… who’s with me?” offer. Also, I love any counteroffer that says, “no thanks, but feel free to get plotzed on my dime.” So apparently it might be the Olive Garden. Ohhh, unlimited breadsticks!
[9:11 p.m.] Despite his brutally tarring and feathering the 18th century IRS collectors, I’m still not okay with playing pin the dart on Murtagh’s face. Nope. New party game, please.
[9:12 p.m.] Wait, come again? We’ve spent the first four episodes (and part of last season) on an eternal and all-consuming hunt for the Regulators and now he’s just casually over a beer all, “Oh, that? Yeah, oops. Carry on as you were.”
[9:13 p.m.] I love how Jamie’s face of subdued relief went to “Oh. Hell.” in a nanosecond at the mention of the Ardsmuir prison list. You’ve got to cover the trail, Jamie. Did you learn nothing from this classic Friends episode?
[9:14 p.m.] Jamie’s aim is a clear metaphor for how closely he ever planned on nailing Murtagh for Gov. Tryon.
[9:15 p.m.] I’m taking an early shine to this Scottish lad, too, Dr. Randall. With the accent, the robust figure, the silver hair and beard, it’s like we’ve been treated to an aged Rupert (Grant O’Rourke).
[9:16 p.m.] “If ye must” is also my reply back to my gynecologist when she feels the need to narrate any and every point of the annual visit protocol. ¯\_(“/)_/¯
[9:17 p.m.] No swollen lips or rash or hives — Claire’s allergy test assessment, or the checklist of concerning symptoms to call your doctor if you experience, according to the ED prescription medicine ad.
[9:18 p.m.] I don’t want to sound skeptical of Claire Nye the Science Guy’s handiwork… but isn’t there an infected pig or some other ridge livestock we could test the first batch of penicillin on, or has Marsali already sacrificed them all in Anatomy 101? I know you’ve been through a lifetime of squalid trauma, Kezzie, but drop trou so I can shoot you in the arse with some moldy bread goo.
[9:19 p.m.] HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, HE’S AWAKE FOR THIS?!?. Same, Lizzie, same. I shall never again complain about a biannual routine teeth cleaning. Allow me to take Kizzie’s rest for him. That was something.
[9:20 p.m.] This, my friends, is brotherly love and loyalty at its finest. Also, I’d be remiss in letting another week pass by without extending praise to talented actor Paul Gorman for convincingly pulling off the roles of both brothers — sometimes, I imagine, to a green screen as a scene partner in order to place both boys in frame at the same time.
[9:21 p.m.] Roger, word to the wise — whatever you’re thinking, please don’t. Don’t male brain all over this right now. And even if you are, employ a filter between your mouth and your brain.
[9:22 p.m.] Ed Speleers is one gifted thespian, but I’m good with remembering what he’s shown us thus far as proof to that. Me, every time Bonnet worms his way onto our screen. I’m going to need to build up my immunity to him, I know, to muscle through the rest of this season.
[9:23 p.m.] Can we go back to the mushroom soup? There’s bound to be more warmth and comfort in that than wherever we’re about to head.
[9:24 p.m.] Roger, unless you boast a psychology degree — and even if you do, for that matter — do NOT purport to know exactly what a person should or should not do to cope in the aftermath of a sexual assault.
[9:25 p.m.] Oof. Well, apparently Roger’s filter I’d hoped for suffers from the same backup issues as Cousin Eddie’s RV. Also, I watched Claire remove the twins’ tonsils so I’m basically a doctor now. And I’m going to use my newfound skills to remove Roger’s tonsils… and a few other parts.
[9:26 p.m.] “Words have consequences.” Indeed. But you know what else does? ACTIONS. Like your in allowing a first fight to let you stomp off in the dead of night leaving your naked partner confused and alone in an alley, vulnerable to what happened next.
[9:27 p.m.] She shouldn’t have to tell you crossed through my head as a similar line passed through Bree’s lips. Roger, this I can tell you… Shut it. It’s a zillion to one here.
[9:28 p.m.] “Sometimes even strangers can find a way into our hearts.” And yet another fitting reminder of how opening ourselves to new possibilities and acknowledging the power of empathy can both help pave the way to humanity a little bit at a time.
[9:29 p.m.] We find reminders in places we least expect them, Claire. Like how this episode, “Perpetual Adoration” has brought up good memories of standing in a pew singing in glad adoration as the lyrics to “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” command you do. Halfway in, I can feel pieces of that song are raining all over this episode.
[9:30 p.m.] It was only like three minutes ago I was ready to offer up Roger to Marsali for her next dissection lesson, but the self-deprecating jab about his non-existent hunting skills put him back on my nice list.
[9:31 p.m.] I enjoy scenes shared between Claire and Roger (and the actors portraying them) and how their warm banter has the ability to infuse a touch of levity into even the toughest of moments.
[9:32 p.m.] However, I also always wonder whether Claire looks at Roger somewhat torn with a constant thought in the back of her mind that she’s the reason he’s here struggling. Yes, he followed Bree but Bree came for her mom and dad, and her mom came back for her dad… and oh my god, the Joey, Ross, Chandler trail game is back.
[9:33 p.m.] “Don’t be careless with the time you have together.” We all have that one person who can get through to us like no other. Roger might be good at getting through to people, Bree, but your mom is the best.
[9:34 p.m.] The mushroom soup can wait. Because I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been waiting several hours of Outlander for this Bree-Roger conversation and for the moment of resulting exhaling relief. Secrets have a way of doing that to you. And when you carry the burden of it (as we have) along with the holder, you feel equally weighted.
[9:35 p.m.] Bree’s had a lot more time than Roger to adjust to the reality of Bonnet still lurking about, which explains his attempt to so quickly shrug off her fears of Jemmy’s encounter with him. It’s been a solid year since his supposed death and he’s had two seconds with this information.
[9:36 p.m.] THAT’S WHAT YOU GOT OUT OF THIS?! Ugh, men. They mean well in their never-ending quest to fix a situation. But sometimes we don’t need it fixed; we just need someone to jump in the hole with us to listen, console and tell us it’s going to be okay before we both try to find a way out.
[9:37 p.m.] I almost forgot we left Jamie in this pub. I was in full ‘60s Claire wear, then back in frontier life. This episode is trying to cover a lot of ground — and time — in a single hour. On second thought, I could use a drink. Pub it is.
[9:38 p.m.] “Allow me to worry about him.” Sorry, Lieutenant, you don’t get that honor singularly. We will all worry about our beloved Murtagh.
[9:39 p.m.] Oh gallstone laddy, I never stop missing Scotland either. After only two visits there, my heart is always lost in wanderlust dreaming of returning for new adventures. The place just does that to you — it’s that magical.
[9:40 p.m.] Reminder #727 that my brain is always fixated on food (and I should never watch this show hungry). I could’ve sworn he said “mustard roll” and I was over here like Scooby Doo all, “ohhhh after that pub beer, I could go for a warm and crusty Bavarian style pretzel! Yes please.”
[9:41 p.m.] Claire, just displaying her love for the chesty pirate tales for all to see, and I love it. I also love a man who can recognize the value in hiding from real life between the pages of a trashy romance novel.These memes are for you, smart and enterprising pals.
[9:42 p.m.] Graham Menzies… wink to the brilliant (and missed) Tobias Menzies? Because there was something about that Menzies too that allowed us to get attached to him.
Also, anyone else finding it amusingly coincidental that the last time Jamie palled up to a British officer over a chess board was with Lord John Grey at Ardsmuir… and here we are with Lt. Knox doing the same while he awaits the info on Ardsmuir.
[9:44 p.m.] “It’s hard to find people of like mind.” You can see that again. Which is why I’m grateful to have found this little corner of the world with you fine people, fawning together over a book series and TV show that has captured our brains and hearts in similar ways.
[9:45 p.m.] What a pickle! I wonder how Jamie’s going to get himself ———— orrrrr we can just blurt it out and get it over with. That works too.
[9:46 p.m.] Jamie is like a cat of sorts, having survived enough lives to know this stramash is not going to claim another of his. That might explain why he’s inexplicably sporting the face of calm in this while Lt. Knox looks ready to burst from anxiety and emotion.
[9:47 p.m.] Annnnnnnd, checkmate. RIP, Lt. Knox.
[9:48 p.m.] Wait… we’re not about to Weekend at Bernie’s the deceased lieutenant, are we now Col. Fraser?
[9:49 p.m.] Last week we saw Bree working on releasing her Bonnet demons by setting fire to his sketched face. Technically, her dad is burning the evidence but I can’t help but think it’s having the same cathartic effect on him given what we saw him endure at Ardsmuir.
[9:50 p.m.] Wow, these dudes pulled him out of the blaze and pronounced him dead before Jamie was barely done straddling that window sill. Either time moved quicker than it appeared on screen, or colonial 911 seems to respond a lot faster than our metropolitan one in a digital era.
Also — yes yes, nab the kitten. Because kittens. That’s what we all need right now in this time in the world. KITTEN THERAPY. Go on, take the kitty and run.
[9:51 p.m.] Home sweet home, and the half smirk says it all. Or he’s thrilled with the progress his contractor and crew are making on the big house. Either way, smirk on, lad.
[9:52 p.m.] Last week they contemplated, and then passed on, the opportunity to raise a baby together. I suppose a kitten will do. Sometimes all you need is something new to share joy in jointly — no matter what form it takes.
[9:53 p.m.] We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing Claire and Bree’s tightening bond that you almost forget the tension that lived between them for so long. I had to remind myself of this when wondering why Bree would skeptically field an invite from her mom to spend time traveling together.
[9:54 p.m.] Welcome to the Fraser Clan, Adso. As you’ll quickly learn, you’ve hit the jackpot… though maybe steer clear of the bubbly blond one midway through her Anatomy 101 course. Just for a bit.
[9:55 p.m.] Welcome home, Soldier. End Scene. I’ll add this to my running count on the number of times this patterned dialogue has beautifully ended a scene between these two.
Actually before we go, Claire, I have a question — did we really need to end this episode in the church? More biblical bookending, I suppose, but that voiceover could have just as effectively worked by zooming out from the porch to a birds eye view of the house and the surrounding land. I’m no cinematographer, but just a mustard roll for thought.
Friends, are we in the tree of trust? I hope so, because I’m braving full honesty with you in telling you I struggled to get into this one. I don’t fault Outlander and, in fact, look forward to revisiting this episode another time. But this week, I’ve found there’s “no room at the inn” in my brain given all that’s happening in the world. My mind already feels like it’s racing from one scenario to the next, attempting to piece together the chaos one bit at a time. So jumping back and forth, to and fro, doing the same in this episode to provide back story and sense to something I long ago found peace in just made me feel nuttier. I’m all set on understanding why Claire resolved to find her way back in time to Jamie. And again, I don’t blame a television show. I blame the time in which I watched the television show.
Time. There’s that word again. How curious that an episode shot months ago that focuses on defining time and petitioning God for a better understanding of it ends up airing smack dab in the middle of a period where time — both the parameters of how long and how to spend it — is all that anyone can talk about. In that regard, I needed this show and am grateful for it. A little levity, if you will, and hope you take the spirit of this snarky-in-places recap in the distractive spirit in which it was intended.
Even still, there’s yet to be an hour of Outlander that I haven’t gleaned some life insight from, and this one proved no different. I learned about faith and questioning faith while still leaning into it in times of despair and uncertainty. I learned about the power of open communication and subsequent forgiveness; even if the path ahead still looks bumpy, it’s smoother than the burdened weight of carrying our fears and secrets alone. I learned that no matter how you squiggle the lines around the paper like a toddler with a coloring book and muddle the journey’s trajectory, all paths do indeed lead back to each other and home. And I learned that, in any time, one can never underestimate the therapeutic powers of kittens and trashy romance novels.
Until next week, friends… and stay well.
If you’ve missed any of our Season 5 episode recaps, you can catch up with them here:
Episode 5.01: “The Fiery Cross”
Episode 5.02: “Between Two Fires”
Episode 5.03: “Free Will”
Episode 5.04: “The Company We Keep”
A complete library of recaps from Seasons 2-4 is also available here.