Recap: Outlander – Common Ground

Signed, sealed and delivered, Jamie is now the proud owner of the deed to Fraser’s Ridge, which consisted of 10,000 acres of land. The local Governor gives some helpful advice, and a little dig at how similar Highlanders are to Native Americans, before Jamie heads back to Claire in town. She’s shopping for provisions with Marsali, for her and Jamie’s trip back to the ridge. But the thought of Brianna is at the forefront as Claire thinks of her only daughter when consoling Marsali, who is suffering from morning sickness and missing her own mother.

As they put the posts down for the boundary of their property, they come across the local tribe. Jamie’s non-adversarial act allows the locals to know that these Scots are not a threat. 

Back in the 20th Century, Roger (who is dressing a lot like my 8th grade religion teacher) tries to reconnect with Brianna after he reads the gift from Brianna that notes an area called Fraser’s Ridge. He reaches out to get more info and he sees the deed on the land and a letter. He calls Brianna with the news that her parents were reunited and made a home for themselves in North Carolina. This does not rekindle their relationship, if anything it seems to be the last nail in the coffin that was their relationship. 

Claire is ecstatic about settling down in her and Jamie’s new home. This is short-lived when the locals come to visit. This not going to be easy for these two and it is keeping Claire up with worry and rightly so. 

In the middle of the night, Rollo is gone and barking outside of their make shift shed, when they go out to investigate their food is gone and their horse is injured…this is bear territory.

Jamie goes to talk to John for consul about the bear and the Cherokee.  

Unfortunately for John, he gets mauled by the bear. To protect his family, Jamie goes after the bear. The bear in questions, was actually a Native American dressed as a bear. Jamie kills him in order to survive. When Jamie takes the body to the Cherokee he learns that the man/bear went mad after he was banished by his tribe. 

Yes, yes…I know that in the book…there was a real bear. The essences of the story is the same. 

The Cherokee call Jamie Bear Killer. The local healer gives info to Claire that Death is not to be feared of and it would not be her fault. 

Not ominous at all. 

For now they are happy as Claire rocks her pants and plan out the decorating for their new home. A table, a pantry, shelving, candles, and a bed. Life was so much easier back then. 

Roger, not so much. Especially after he learns from his friend that Jamie and Claire die in the 1770s from a fire. So, he decides to call Brianna again and her roommate tells him that Brianna is off travelling to Scotland to visit her Mother. 

Is she going through the stones?!?!? Well, a daughter needs her Mom, when she has a broken heart. 

Overall, great episode. 

Next: Savages – Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients’ household. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge.

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