Jun 19 2016 4:15pm

I Lay Vengeance at Your Feet: Outlander 2x11 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander, Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x11 Jamie and Claire Captains Log

Last week’s episode was big on winning a battle against the British and light on the Jamie/Claire quality time. The events—proving history to be true, losing beloved Clan MacKenzie men, seeing Prince Charlie in this setting, Fergus seeing why maybe he shouldn’t want to fight in a war—were definitely worthwhile to the overall plot in Outlander.

What will the Frasers do now that they’ve stuck a victory against the British and saw some of the cost? Let’s find out in Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine.”

The Jacobite army has made great progress since we saw them last week. They’re in northern England and five days’ march from London. Prince Charles and Jamie both want to move forward to the capitol. All the generals, though? Not so much. History said the Jacobites didn’t march on London, and Jamie wanted so badly to change that. Even if they couldn’t hold London, it would prove they could change history. Instead they’ll be heading back across the border to Scotland. Jamie has to tell his men it’s about keeping them safe for the winter, but he promises Claire he’ll keep her safe no matter the conditions.

With that promise comes a prayer later. Jamie asks for the safety of his white dove and the baby she’ll one day give birth to. It’s heartwarming, but bonus points for shirtless Jamie. Claire wakes just as he finishes, and she beckons him into bed with her. He doesn’t repeat the words for her again when she’s awake, even when she asks, because there are some things that only make sense when we whisper them to our dreams. She’ll know the truth of them anyway. Superstitious and sweet, that’s our Jamie Fraser.

Unfortunately their goals to change history are being thwarted. Because Jamie was vocally opposed to the generals, they’re sending him and Dougal ahead to Inverness to arrange provisions. They think he has too much influence over Prince Charles, and now it’s going to be even harder to change history.

The Red Coats find the Scots’ camp and they have to flee. Rupert is shot in the eye during their escape. So once it’s safe, they stop so Claire can tend to him. She’s able to remove the musket ball once they take shelter in a church. It’s not long until the Red Coats find them, though.

Jamie in his normal, chivalrous and idiotic fashion thinks he could bargain with them because he has a price on his head. Why he thinks his wife would like that idea—she has never liked that idea in the past—is beyond me. Before Claire can even say no, Dougal tells him how dumb the idea is. Claire, however, offers another idea. She wants to be the one turned over. She thinks it works last time, but Jamie thinks the soldiers won’t treat her as kindly as she thinks.

He refuses until Claire points out these are her men, too. She is their lady, and they are under her care as much as they’re under Jamie’s. And so Claire is given over to the English as though she were a rescued hostage.

Jamie promises the men will make their way to the garrison to get her back immediately. While last week I praised Jamie’s goodbye-kiss skills, this week’s just makes my heart ache.

I will not give you up, Jamie Says in Outlander 2x11 Yes you will you stubborn Scot, says Claire in Outlander 2x11

They didn’t take Claire to the garrison, though. Instead she’s at Belmont and the Duke of Sandringham’s house. Because complications. She is able to leave a message for Jamie about the change with Monroe upon a chance encounter, however, when he’ll receive it can be anyone’s guess. Though it turns out there’s an opportunity for a backup plan there. The Duke is feeling quite like a prisoner in his own home and would like to be rescued by Jamie as well. He can get a message past the guards and to Jamie in exchange for being rescued, too.

He’s always been untrustworthy, though. We discover his servant is the one who raped Mary and tried to rape Claire in Paris. He’s also let the Red Coats know that Red Jamie will be coming to rescue Claire and they should edge away from the house to lay the trap.

Jamie & Co. still make it in. Mary learns that she’s been in the same house as her rapist, and when the moment avails itself, she stabs the man who raped her. Murtagh kills Sandringham. He removes the duke’s head and lays it at Mary’s feet to fulfill his promise to lay her vengeance at her feet.

In Mary’s closing words: “I think we better go.”

Rather appropriate after a beheading.

Memorable Lines:

Jamie: And you, Sassenach, I’ll see you safe no matter what happens.

Rupert: Angus would’ve ripped it out with his front teeth.
Fergus: He didn’t have front teeth.

Claire: We will find each other. Trust in that.

Murtagh: Now we’re traitors, murderers and horse thieves. Does it ever occur to you that taking Claire to wife might not have been the wisest thing you ever did?
Jamie: No. It doesn’t.

Murtagh: She’s even misspelled help.

Outlander 2x11 Jamie and Murtagh cannot read Claires note

Next Stop:

Next week we’ll see Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary”

Charting the Course:

We’re edging closer to the battle Claire and Jamie are trying to avoid. Will they be able to survive? How much longer will Claire stay in the past?

Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club and writes SF/F novels. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.

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1. Brisingamen
Hate to tell you this but there NO SEA between England and Scotland.
2. ChelseaMueller
@Brisingamen I was wondering what "sea" he was referencing. :D I must have misheard Jamie when he was talking to his men. I'll see if I can find the spot on the streaming version of the episode and figure out what he actually said!
3. ChelseaMueller
@brisingamen - Rewatched it and figured out where that came from. Sorry! We'll get it corrected. Thanks.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
@Brinsingamen, sorry, that's a mistake on the editorial team, thanks for pointing it out, we've gotten it all fixed!
5. kahintenn
I was very excited to see a teleplay that Diana herself adapted, and it did not disappoint! One of the best eps so far. Having read the books I laughed out loud at the foreshadowing of the wig stand falling to the floor. Kudos to Simon Callow, who Played the amoral bastard Sandringham to a tee!
6. ChelseaMueller
@kahintenn - This is the first one that Diana has adapted, and it's also probably the one closest to the source material from Dragonfly in Amber. Really a great episode.
7. Brisingamen
You're welcome! I figured it had to have been a mis-interpretation of the dialog.
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
That moment with Jamie and Claire in bed damn near killed me. So sweet!
Susan White
9. whiskeywhite
I agree that Simon Callow's take on Sandringham was fabulous. As despicable as the character was, he was very entertaining to watch. However, I can't say that I'm unhappy he got what was coming to him.

I was pleased to see Mary sum up a bit of courage and step up into the action when at first she was too timid and frightened do the simplest thing to help Claire. I'm still waiting to see how she gets involved with Randall. (I guess I should just shut up about this and wait.)

I thought Rupert seemed rather calm while Claire dug a bullet out of his eye. No doubt the message is supposed to be that he is very brave and, of course, he has no choice if he wants to live. Still, we didn't get a realistic roar of pain until the end.

I find it odd that this story seems to have no qualms about changing history, and in a big way. Most time travel stories are constantly anxious about not changing the time line, or only doing so in a very limited way. While the goal of saving thousands of lives at Culloden is commendable, is there never any concern about the consequences of such a major change?
Susan White
10. whiskeywhite
I forgot -- one more thing. I found it interesting that Jamie and Murtagh -- not to mention Claire -- were literate in Gaelic. I assumed that the language at that time would have been spoken, with a long history of literary use by the bards (as we see in the series) but not written.

However, a little research reveals that the first Scottish Gaelic (in contrast to the more widespread Irish Gaelic) version of the Bible was published in London in 1690. So, I was wrong. Scottish Gaelic was a written language in the 1740s.

But I can't imagine that literacy in Gaelic was that widespread at the time. Scots apparently had a higher rate of literacy than did the English, but education -- and thus that literacy -- was in English. In fact, the English were intent on wiping out the "barbaric" Scottish languge. We know that Jamie had a good education, but he tells us he was taught Latin and Greek (and presumably English since he can certainly read in that language). But would he have been taught to read and write in Gaelic? We haven't been informed that Murtagh has the same level of education as Jamie although he could easily have the equivalent of an elementary school education given the general level of literacy in the country.
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