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An Examination of Conscience Ep 122

Drums of Autumn Chapter 13 Week 8 “An Examination of Conscience” Summary: Jamie and Claire go for a stroll. Jamie speaks frog somewhat fluently. Claire wants to know what the hell is going on. Jamie shares Jocasta’s big plan. They take a boat ride onto the river. Claire can’t be Jamie’s conscience. The overseer is dead. They arrive at the sawmill and discover a dying woman. Jamie and an old for cross paths. They plan to take a woman to safety. Inside the Chapter: Chapter 13 – An...


Ep 121 Of Cruelty and Kindness

Drums of Autumn Chapters 11-12 Week 7 “Of Cruelty and Kindness” Summary: A party is planned. Fergus goes to Jamaica to await the birth of his child. There’s an altercation between a slave and the overseer. Jamie, Claire, and Farquard Campbell head to the sawmill. The overseer is injured but alive. The slave is hanging by a hook above the platform. Remarkably, he’s alive and not in mortal danger from his wounds. The laws of North Carolina state if a slave draws the blood of a white man...


Consider River Run Yer Home Ep 120

Drums of Autumn Chapters 10 Week 6 “Consider River Run Yer Home” Summary: Down but not out, they dress in their best to meet Aunt Jocasta. River Run is a beautiful and large plantation. Jamie shares their woes. Ian and Rollo meet a scary skunk. They tour the turpentine works. A meeting takes place. There’s a pitch explosion. An awkward luncheon ensues. Contracts are signed. The charade is explained. Three letters arrive. Young Ian is put into their keeping. Inside the...


Of Plans and Pirates Ep 119

Drums of Autumn Chapters 8-9 Week 5 Of Promises and Pirates Summary: Jamie hates boats. Aunt Jocasta fancies Cameron men. Fergus fancies himself a landowner. Marsali prepares for the birth in Jamaica. Young Ian is not a scholar. Claire receives a tremendous anniversary gift. Jamie worried for Young Ian’s future. They prepare to meet Aunt Jocasta. Claire reminisces. Pirates board. Bonnet lacks honor. Rollo is injured. Claire tries to swallow her pride and joy. The gems are gone. They...


What an Offer Ep 119

Drums of Autumn Chapters 6-7 Week 4 “Oh, What an Offer” Summary: They arrive in Wilmington smelling of peaches. They require a boat to get to Cross Creek. A man tries to show Claire his wares. Jamie meets a cousin. To a dinner party, they go. Claire distracts. A ruby necklace shines. Jamie receives an intriguing offer. Inside the Chapters: Chapter 6 – I Encounter a Hernia – June 1767 Jamie hates boats. For expediency sake, it’s the preferred mode of travel to Cross Creek where...


Summer of 1969 Ep 117

Drums of Autumn Chapters 3-5 Week 3 Summary: Brianna takes an unexpected early morning call. Roger plans a visit. Brianna sends confusing signals. There's a sweet airport reunion. After his week-long conference, off to the Scottish festival they go. Brianna struggles with the past, grief, and healing. A kilted Roger performs to an appreciative crowd. Brianna’s wounds are exposed. Roger passes Uncle Joe’s assessment. The Apollo 11 mission prevails. “Yeah, it’s like that,” for the both...


Ghosts Ep 116

Drums of Autumn Week 2 Chapter 2 - In Which We Meet a Ghost Summary: The Merry Fraser Band bury a friend in the creepy kirkyard. They get a terrible fright. They meet the fugitive prisoner and reluctantly help him to freedom. Claire takes a much-needed river bath. Jamie joins her. They swelter in love and heat. Their future is wide open like the vast wilderness before them. Play by Play: They have the funds* to bury poor Gavin Hayes thanks to Fergus’s quick thinking and hat passing...


Ep 115 Drums of Autumn Week 1

Drums of Autumn Week 1 Chapter 1 Before we begin, we left off Voyager with Claire and Jamie et al. find themselves blown off course and landing in Georgia. Claire had suffered a broken leg. Duncan Innes, Fergus, and Young Ian were with Claire and Jamie. Marsali is in Jamaica pregnant and waiting for the birth of their baby. John Grey is the Governor of Jamaica. The Porpoise sunk during the harrowing storm as it followed the Artemis. Yi Tien Cho stayed on Jamaica. Archibald Campbell was...


Eye of the Storm Ep 114

Eye of the Storm 313 Written for television by: Matthew B. Roberts and Toni Graphia Directed by: Matthew B. Roberts My play by play thoughts are below. To hear my deep and complete musings, you’ll need to listen to the podcast. Enjoy. Starz Synopsis: Claire is forced to play a game of cat and mouse with an old adversary as she searches for Young Ian. The Frasers race through the jungles of Jamaica to prevent the unthinkable. My Summary: Claire is in danger. Young Ian mans up....


The Bakra Ep 113

The Bakra 312 Written for television by: Luke Schelhaas Directed by: Charlotte Brändström Starz Synopsis: The Artemis finally reaches Jamaica bringing Jamie and Claire that much closer to their goal. During a lavish ball on the island, the Frasers encounter old allies, as well as former adversaries who threaten to derail their mission. My Summary: Flashback to Young Ian’s capture. Young Ian and the Artemis arrive at Jamaica. Young Ian is given to The Bakra. She’s Geillis Duncan risen...


Uncharted Ep 112

Uncharted 311 Written for television by: Karen Campbell and Sharon Goss Directed by: Charlotte Brändström As always, my initial thoughts and links of interest are below. You’ll need to click and listen to the podcast to hear my full and thoughtful commentary. Enjoy! I did. Starz Synopsis: After making a leap of faith, Claire washes up on a seemingly deserted island where survival is her only option. Navigating treacherous waters has crippled the Artemis, so Jamie devises a joyful...


Heaven and Earth Ep 111

Heaven & Earth 310 Written by Luke Schelhaas Directed by David Moore My first impressions (with some links of interest) are below, to hear my deeper thoughts, you'll need to click and listen to the podcast. Enjoy! Starz Synopsis: Claire races to discover the source of an epidemic aboard a disease-stricken ship before hundreds of sailors die. And as Jamie locks horns with Captain Raines, Fergus finds himself torn between loyalty and love. My Summary: Due to the typhoid outbreak,...


The Doldrums Ep 110

The Doldrums 309 Written by Shannon Goss Directed by David Moore Another excellent offering. I enjoyed it. Great flow and storytelling. You'll need to listen to the podcast to hear what I really think. Starz Synopsis: Claire and Jamie leave Scotland, sailing to the West Indies on an urgent quest. But when the superstitious crew looks for someone to blame after a string of bad luck, rescue comes from an unlikely source. My Summary: They obtained a ship to search for the lost nephew,...


First Wife

First Wife 309 Written by Joy Blake Directed by Jennifer Getzinger I loved this episode. It could've gone sideways on so many levels, but delightfully did not. It's emotional, deep, funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, painful, connecting, and raw. The characters are spot on. The direction is beautiful. We meet favorites and a someone we'd rather forget. We see their hearts out in the wide open. This episode is near flawless. Here's the outline to the podcast this week. I warn you, it IS a...


Creme de Menthe Ep 108

Creme de Menthe Written for Television By: Karen Campbell Directed By: Norma Bailey Claire is back for just over 24 hours and all hell is breaking loose. Listen to my podcast to get my in-depth thoughts! Welcome to the party pal back to safety of the 18th century Claire. And fade to black. Snippy. Sullen. No kisses. Frustration. Who the hell are you anyway? Who do you think you are? Is this worth it? What’s Coming up? Episode 308 First Wife. How can you participate? To have...


A Malcolm Ep 107

A. Malcolm Written for Television By: Matthew B. Roberts Directed By: Norma Bailey It's roughly a 24 hour period in this episode. There's humor, chastisement, laughter, tears, restraint, vulnerability, love, sexy sex, birth control advice, and so much more. I adored this episode. Jamie and Claire finally reunite after 20 years apart. They fall back into intimacy, while knowing there's so much more they must learn about each other. It's a slow burn to the sexy parts. It's emotions...


Reunion Anticipation Ep 106

THE REUNION IS ALMOST HERE! A. Malcolm #PrintShop The highly anticipated Outlander episode 306, "A. Malcolm," will air Sunday night 10/22 at 6pm PT/8pm ET. After 20 years apart, Jamie and Claire will finally be reunited. And all the fans do an exuberant dance while letting out a squeal. Jamie and Claire have both experienced great loss and life since they parted company at the onset of the Battle of Culloden. They never stopped loving each other, we know that for certain. Yet I wonder,...


Of Rogue Vegetables Ep 105

Of Rogue Vegetables A Conversation with Theresa Carle-Sanders, Outlander Kitchen Episode 105 I am so happy to bring you my recent conversation with Theresa during this hiatus week of Outlander Season 3. She's the professional chef behind the Outlander inspired recipes of the Outlander Kitchen website and Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook. Whether you dabble in the kitchen or are an aspiring chef, the recipes are doable and delicious. Each week during...


Freedom & Whisky Ep 104

Freedom & Whisky Written for Television by: Toni Graphia Directed by: Brendan Maher This week's episode slows down to cover a short period of the Christmas season 1968. Don't for one second think you can put away those tissues for holiday cheer. The struggles are real. The fear is spoken. The complexities of adult child and parent relationships are navigated. We see Claire's foundational determination and skill as a physician. We see her fragile and vulnerable, when she acknowledges...


Of Lost Things Ep 103

Of Lost Things Written for Television by: Toni Graphia Directed by: Brendan Maher This week's Outlander episode is brought to you by boxes of tissues and excellent tunes. Shout out to Bear McCreary the musical mastermind. You must listen to the podcast to get my full thoughts and rantings. Long story short, Jamie is protective of those he loves. He's willing to do what he must for their gain or to prevent their harm. He's a man of deep compassion and honor. When faced with blackmail...


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