St. Germain and Jamie must work “together” for Prince Charles. It goes about as well as you’d imagine. Plus, were you wondering if Claire and Jamie would make up after last week’s epic fight? Wonder no more!
Claire is super-pregnant and continuing to nurse at L’Hopital des Anges, where royal executioner and live-action Disney villain Monsieur Foret charms the ladies by boasting of his skill at drawing and quartering. (Conveniently yet creepily reminding us that King Louis frowns upon the Dark Arts.)
Claire and Jamie had a massive argument last week, but all seems to be back to normal as we find Jamie lovingly massaging Claire’s feet after her long day nursing patients. Their conversation contains echoes of their argument, culminating in a big revelation and promise - Jamie says he only agreed to keep Black Jack alive for a year so that Claire would have Frank to go back to if something should happen to him in this dangerous game they’re playing. Then he extracts a promise from Claire: That if anything should happen to Jamie, she will go back through the stones to “a man that loves her.”
On the Jacobite front, Claire and Jamie set their plan into motion to thwart Charles Stuart’s moneymaking scheme. Claire provides the herbal concoctions to simulate smallpox among St. Germain’s men, and Jamie and Fergus sneak out to deploy them in the night. (Murtagh is doubtful of all of these schemes, until Jamie and Claire decide to fill him in. Murtagh’s reaction is to punch Jamie for not telling him sooner, and to comfort Claire for having to bear such a burden.)
The team’s scheme works in terms of inducing the symptoms of smallpox; however, St. Germain is able to squirrel away the ill before the harbormaster gets wind of it and destroys the cargo. Charles then deems Jamie the only one he can trust to retrieve the wine and transport it overland. St. Germain is not so trustworthy and insists on coming along.
New plan: Murtagh will lead a gang of bandits to steal the cargo. This plan requires Murtagh to dress in something other than a kilt. Murtagh does not approve.
Also, this plan requires that Murtagh disguise himself with a cloth over his nose and mouth. But don’t they realize this leaves his eyebrows exposed!? He’ll be recognized at once!
The plan succeeds, despite Murtagh’s eyebrows, and much to Prince Charles’ disappointment. He weeps at the thought of having to live in Poland while St. Germain and Jamie nearly come to blows over St. Germain’s suspicion that Jamie betrayed them. As a sidenote, moments like these are why I love Sam Heughan:
Jamie continues to keep the faith and trust of Charles Stuart, despite St. Germain’s doubts. Later, after hearing that Madame Elise is threatening to call the gens d’armes on Charles for not paying his tab, Jamie and Fergus head over to bail him out of the situation. Fergus wanders around looking for food while waiting for Jamie, and finds some snacks in a room with some strange decor...
Someone arrives and we fade to Claire arriving back at the house after staying the night at L’Hopital. She finds a note from Jamie: “I’m sorry. I must. -J” and finds out from Suzette that Jamie and Black Jack got into a fight at Maison Elise, which led to a duel in the Bois de Boulogne. Claire has the butler Magnus audition for the Fast and the Furious in a rush to stop the duel, only to find the fight in progress.
Claire can’t stop the fight before Jamie lands a blow to Black Jack’s, well, his crotch. Then the gendarmerie arrive to stop the illegal duel, while Claire looks on from the sidelines, bleeding and barely conscious. She asks Magnus to take her to Mother Hildegarde before we fade to black.
Next week: Claire looks unwell at L’Hopital, and speaks of Jamie betraying his promise. There are hints of Jamie staying in prison “at the King’s pleasure,” i.e. indefinitely?
Jamie: “It’s more complicated.”
Murtagh: “I ken I’m a simple man, but strive for an explanation!”
“What Randall did to me was worse than death. What lies between him and me can only be settled when one of us is dead.” - Jamie
“I want there to be a place for you. Someone to care for you, and for our bairn. I want there to be a man that loves you. So now it’s my turn to ask you for a promise. Promise me that if the time should come, you will go back through the stones. Back to Frank.” - Jamie
“OR, we could slit the Italian fop’s throat and be done with it!” - Murtagh
“Dinna fash mo nighean donne, if anyone can deliver pestilence and disease, it’s us.” - Jamie
“If I do happen to get caught, would you be so kind as to kill me? I refuse to be hanged in this rig-out.” - Murtagh
“False accusations can lead to dire consequences, Monsieur St. Germain.” - Jamie
“Mark me, I will take my own life if I am forced to live in godforsaken Poland.” - Charles
“All I could do was wait and see which of my men would die.” - Claire