So here we are with the second to the last episode. I think I’m gonna cry. I really loved this episode. I thought it was great. It was definitely a very interesting one. Especially with the return of two of my favorite characters, Gellis Duncan and Lord John Grey. There were scenes that were controversial but back in the 18th century, hey, slavery was acceptable. As hard as the subject was to accept it was a big part of the West Indies storyline. So as not to dawdle on to the recap.
The opening is a flashback to where Young Ian was taken off the island and hauled into the Bruja along with the box. It’s a box that has been sought after by one known as the Bakra (means white woman). Ian is struggling to be freed. Yes, he’s making such a fuss his kidnappers consider tossing him overboard until one crew members tell them they should save him for the Bakra because she likes young boys.
So, when the ship arrives to Jamaica, Ian is thrown in a dungeon. The dungeon already has two other boys there. There used to be more but one-by-one they were taken to the fearsome Bakra and never returned say a boy named Henry. What the hell?
It’s Ian’s turn. He’s taken to the bedroom on an estate called Rose Hall. If poor Ian wasn’t freaked out enough, the first thing he sees is a woman bathing in a tub of blood. In a trembling voice he asked, “Are you the Bakra?” She purrs back, “I am. I hear you’re Scottish. So am I.” She climbs out of the tub, her body all covered in the sleek red stuff. She notices wide-eyed gobsmacked Ian. “Don worry, it’s only goats blood.” What a relief? Bathing in it helps keep her skin soft. The Bakra rinses herself off with two pitchers of water in a very seductive manner until the red goo is down the drain and whats left is her bare naked body. She struts over slowly and put on a robe. The Bakra it turns out is none other than Gellis Duncan, her signature red hair now blonde. What in the world could be going through Ian’s young mind?
A servant brings in a tray of sweet cakes and tea. Ian demands to know what happened to the other boys from the dungeon. She’ll answer him but first he has to eat. A starving boy is hardly going to resist, is he? As he tears into some cake Gellis offers him a cup of tea. It tastes awful but a little sugar might help. She wants to know where the missing sapphire is. Ian swears he doesn’t know. Well, maybe a few sips of tea might give her the answer she wants to hear, you see, the tea is laced with a truth serum that a witchdoctor makes for her. a funny look comes over Ian’s face. He involuntarily blurts out “Maybe my uncle took it. Whoops. TMI.
Intersting. And who is his uncle? Gellis is very curious. She sits next to Ian, her robe becoming looser and looser.”James Fraser of Broch Turach!” Whoops. Oh, really! This surprises the shit out of Gellis. This changes everything. Ian assures her his uncle will come and rescue him. Gellis smirks, “Oh, I’m counting on it, lad. Maybe he’ll bring me my stone.” She seduces Ian by slithering her body across his lap like a snake. But now it’s time for Gellis to answer Ian’s question. What does she do with the the boys in the dungeon. Oh, she uses them for sex then disposes of them. The main value is their virginity, But Ian is no virgin. (thank you Briget the barmaid). Oh, again, this changes everything. she can’t dispose of him. Jamie’s nephew is more valuable alive then dead. “Good,” she rips her robe open displaying all the goods, “You’ll know what to do then.” Hmm.
Sing me a song of a lass that is gone, la da da da da…
So, Jamie and Claire have finally arrived at Port Royal, Jamaica. No, this is not the Jamaica Claire had seen in travel magazines. There are no tropical drinks with umbrellas or five star hotels, it’s dirty, smelly and primitive.
They meet a fellow by the name of Kenneth McIver, a business associate of Jared’s. He wasn’t expecting the Artemis so early or to meet Jared’s nephew. What good fortune. he’ll get to supply wine for the new Governor’s party. Of course Jamie and Claire are invited. But Claire turns down the invitation, they’ve got more important things to do. So Mr. McIver would like to know why are they here? Jamie answers that question on the way to their lodging. He finds out that the Bruja was there but had left two weeks ago. As for their nephew, they’ll have to hit the slave markets. So they do.
And what they see there disgusts Claire. Men, women, and children locked in cages, being branded, exploited, she wants to vomit. On there search through the slave market Jamie and Claire find out the Governor, the one throwing the ball, bought most of the slaves that were on the Bruja. Maybe they should accept the invitation after all. They might get a lead on Ian.
Claire strays off and comes upon an auction. The slave won’t be any good to work in the fields because there happens to be something wrong with his leg. Oh but what about his virility? Claire is outraged when the auctioneer violates the man so by grabbing his junk and showing it to the crowd. She hits him with her parasol. This creates a riot. When Jamie saves her she begs him to save the slave from such humiliation. “Help him, Please.”
So Jamie does the only thing he can think of. He buys him. Now Claire is horrified to find out she is a slave owner. Jamie bought the slave, Temeraire, in her name.
Claire wants to free him; Jamie agrees but not in Kingston. He’ll just be caught again. They explain to Temeraire that they plan to free him but before they can he has to help them find info of Ian’s whereabouts by talking to the slaves at the Governor’s ball.
At Rose Hall Gellis is fretting about the missing sapphire. She’s got two sapphires but without all three sapphires the prophecy of the rise of the next Scottish king won’t come true. Come on, Gellis, you Jacobite sympathizer, you’re from the 20th century, surely you know that’s not going to happen. Archie Campbell, who with his sister, Margaret, wonder how she came to know about the stones.
Seems like the stone were handed down from father to son until they landed in Dougal MacKenzie’s hands. He hid the in the box of the MacKenzie treasure for safe keeping. Sadly, Dougal never had the chance to use them because he died in the battle of Culloden a hero. How dare Jamie steal the jewel from HER treasure!
Okay, here is where I’m confused. If the jewels were handed down from father to son wouldn’t they belong to Colum, after all, he is the oldest. And if Dougal knew where the MacKenzie treasure was why didn’t he use it to fund the Jacobite cause? And why in the world would Gellis think the treasure is hers? She’s no MacKenzie. She may have birthed Dougal a child but she wasn’t married to him. The treasure and stones belong to Hamish or Jamie. They are true MacKenzies! It’s evident Gellis has no idea how Dougal died. Not in the battle of Culloden. So if she were really a witch wouldn’t she know this piece of info already? The woman is clearly delusional. She needs to take some of that truth serum herself!
It’s party time! Claire is dressed in her yellow dress she hadn’t worn since Versailles. Jamie is all dressed up too and donning a powered wig. Guess he wants to fit in. Along with them are Fergus, Marsali, Yi Tien Cho and Temeraire who slips off to the slave quarters to do his assignment. How surprising that the first person Claire meets is Archie Campbell. He’s here with his sister, Margaret, too. She’s doing well, thanks for asking.
You’d think this new Governor was as important as the King. People have to wait in line to meet him. It’s as boring as waiting in line for a ride at Disneyland. Two young giddy girls come over ooing over Yi Tien Cho. Is he real? They’ve never seen a Chinese man before. Yes he’s very real. Jamie introduces him a Yi Tien Cho, from the celestial kingdom of China. This fascinates the girls even more so Cho leaves to converse with the girls. Out of the corner of his eye he notices Margaret Campbell holding one of the slaves hand giving him a fortune. Her brother comes over and reads her the riot act for telling fortunes without his permission, especially to the help. He’s a bit rough with her too. Cho doesn’t like how he treats her. Margaret catches sight of Cho and smiles for the first time. Could this start a sweet relationship between the two?
While in line Clair teases Jamie how they aren’t as obey-gooey as the newlyweds behind them, Fergus and Marsali are. They used to be. Instead, they give each other seductive looks to make up for it. Hmm, the longing. Whatever they are thinking will have to wait until they meet the new Governor. It’s their turn and surprise. The new Governor is none other than… Lord John Grey!
Jamie is dumbfounded to see him. He jokes to Claire that it’s like going through the stones. People from your past keep on coming back into your life. Lord John is twice as shocked to see Jamie… and thrilled. The man he has loved all these years has come back. It’s like one look at him and there’s no one else in the room. Jamie! It’s Jamie the long-lost love of my life is here! It’s evident Jamie’s a little on edge of their meeting. He knows Lord John’s feelings for him are not the same of gratitude and friendship as he has for his Governorship. More like the feelings he has for Claire. That must be why Jamie’s so quick to introduce Claire, his wife. Claire? You mean dead Claire? She’s back? How? Well, Jamie thought she was dead too, John, but she’s not. She’s back into his life and how, is too long a story you’d never believe.
So ignoring everyone else who’s waiting in line to greet him, (how rude!) Lord John takes Jamie and Claire to his office to speak in private. First thing Jamie asks about is Willie. Lord John is leery at first to say anything about Jamie’s son until Jamie assures him Claire knows all about the boy. He’s doing well, rides like a champ because ‘Mac’ taught him so well. And yes, he does remember and asks about him at times which pleases Jamie greatly. Jamie wonders if the lad is with Lord John too but when he tells that Isabel and Willie will join him come summer Jamie seems very relieved. During the conversation Claire is an outsider. She’s wary of the look of genuine warmth and admiration Jamie has for his ex-warden and the look of adoration and longing John has for his ex-prisoner. Just what kind of relationship did the two of them have?
So Claire finally joins into the conversation by asking how Lord John came to be Governor on the island of Jamaica. He answers it was because of promotions and wonders too what brings Jamie and Claire to the island. When Jamie tells him about finding his kidnapped nephew Lord John is eager to help in any way he can. After all the boy is Jamie’s kin! Jamie notices the jeweled pin Lord John is wearing on his waist. It’s the sapphire Jamie gave him back at Ardsmuir. He put it in an ornate setting and wears it as a reminder of their friendship. Oh, really? Well, as much as it was good to see Jamie again, (no mention of Claire) he does have other guests to attend to. After he leaves Claire gives Jamie a WTF look. Jamie must know what Claire must be thinking. He swallows hard with the expression, It’s no what ye thinkin’. I’ll explain later.
Claire and Jamie leave, too. As they stroll past Lord John’s eyes never leave Jamie. Oh, it’s so evident his governorship has the hots for this man. Mr. McIver stops Jamie and wants to take Jamie to meet a man who knows all the large landowners on the island. Hopefully he’ll get some information regarding young Ian. Claire tells him to go that she’ll make some inquirers of her own.
Meanwhile, Margaret Campbell is outside by the pond sitting alone on a bench. Yi Tien Cho comes to join her, tells her she deserves to be treated better than the way her brother treats her. Margaret puts her hand in his, “You are a rare soul.” Cho smiles, “You are rarer, like a flower from heaven.” It’s a touching moment. I doubt Margaret has ever heard such nice things before.
It’s now time for John Grey to have a little chat with Claire. She’s standing alone sipping on champaign so he joins her and picks up a brandy. Their conversation seems all friendly at first but then there’s an air of cattiness about it. He mentions that they’ve met each other before. Claire remembers it well. “You were protecting my virtue.” “Let’s be honest, your virtue was never in jeopardy.” Oh, good one John. He’s surprised that Jamie told Claire all about Willie. (was he snidely hinting at the fact Jamie fathered a child in her absence?) Maybe. But Claire is unfazed. Yes, he told her all about his son’s mother and her relationship to his wife. Lord John is amazed Jamie told her so much. Not everything, but Claire’s 20th century gay-dar is telling her. Claire can’t help but notice the sapphire John sports proudly. “So, Jamie gave the to you?” He gave you jewelry? “Well,” he can’t help but preen, “he more like surrendered it.When he came back from Selkie Island looking for you. He thought you were dead. Yet, here you are.” Yeah, how about that? He got some crazy notion it was you on that island guarding the treasure and had to see for himself and when he didn’t find you he resigned himself to the reality you weren’t coming back but damn you, you just had to show up again, ruining any chance I would have had with my dearest Jamie. “Yet, here I am.” And don’t you forget it, bitch! John goes on to say something that for Claire cements the severe man-crush he has for Jamie. “Well, it’s certainly a pleasure to meet the love…”(swallows hard yet retaining dignity,) “that was his every heartbeat.” It wasn’t me so you win, lady.
Whoa! Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! It can’t be… Claire excuses herself from Lord John’s company because she believes she’s just seen a ghost. In a way she has. Gellis has been at the party the whole time spying on Claire and finally catches her attention. Claire follows in the same direction Gellis fled in but loses sight of her causing Claire to wonder if she’s had too much champaign to drink. Then a voice behind her quotes a line from Casablanca, a movie that would make no sense to anyone in the 18th century unless they were a time-traveler from the 20th century. “Of all the gin joints in all the world she walks into mine.”
If Claire had been holding a champagne glass she would have dropped it. No it’s not your imagination, it really is Gellis, Claire stared at her wide-eyed, “I thought you were dead.” “Twas the wee bratlin’ that saved my life.” Gellis goes on to tell Claire about living in the thieves hole until the contractions came then she was carried to her own bed to give birth “to baby as warm as his father’s balls.” (Dougal). “Dougal took him from my arms and found him a good home.” Okay, wait. Didn’t Colum on his death bed tell Claire that Dougal had no idea what happened to the child? So how could it be Dougal who found the baby a home? Clearly Gellis needs another dose of truth serum. It was Dougal who helped her escape the pyre by subbing a corpse of a woman who had died a few days previous in the casket. She was even there watching it burn. “It isn’t every day you get to go to your own funeral let alone to your own execution.” She goes on to tell Claire how after she discovered Dougal had died she hid out a while then married a plantation owner. Coincidentally the old fart is dead. That’s how she’s here in Jamaica. Her new name is Mrs. Abernathy of Rose Hall.
Yes, Gellis was right. Claire is a time-traveler like her. And Claire is very grateful that she saved her life. Gellis did wonder if their paths would cross after Cranesmire but never imagined it would be like this. So why is Claire there in Jamaica anyway? Gellis feigns ignorance when Claire explains about Young Ian. Gellis thinks that is just horrible and offers to help in any way she can to find the lad. “After all, what are friends for?” She admires the necklace, a gift to Claire from Jamie. She thinks it’s just beautiful. Gellis would love to meet the ‘fox cub’ (I wondered if that was a reference to Lord Lovet, the old fox, Jamie’s grandsire?), maybe he’ll have a bobble for her too. Of course she means the sapphire.
“Jamie, you remember Gellis, don’t you?” Jamie, sitting at a table chatting with Lord John, (it appears like they can’t stand to be apart), is shocked to see a walking, talking, breathing, unburned Gellis. She is introduced to Lord John and happens to notice the jewel he wears on his wastecoat. She practically pulls the sapphire off his coat inquiring as to where he got such a lovely gem. Lord John goes to explain how the gem was found on an island off the coast of Scotland and given to him by a friend, a prisoner as Jamie corrects, a fact that Lord John prefers not known. Gellis abruptly leaves. Lord John remarks, “She’s rather strange, isn’t she?” Claire snorts, “You have no idea.”
Bingo! Gellis has found the last sapphire. It may not be hers but with quick thinking there is a way to make the prophecy come true. demand the Campbells start fortunetelling. But the only fortune she cares about is the gentleman wearing the last sapphire. Margaret doesn’t want to do it because she can feel the prophecy will mean death. But her cruel brother Archie demands it. Gellis asks Lord John if he’d like his fortune read. He declines saying “I’m fortunate enough.” Besides, he’s got other duties to attend to. But Gellis is insistent rallying the other guest to side with her. So what other choice does Lord John have but to appease his guests wishes.
Lord John is asked, before the fortune can be told to place something of personal value in Margaret’s right palm. The item meaning the sapphire. Margaret has the other two stones in her left hand. He does and Margaret goes to town.
“When twice 1200 moons have coursed between man’s attack and woman’s curse, when the issue is cut down then will a Scotsman wear a crown.”
Right. Margaret’s gibberish makes no sense. To anyone, including Gellis. She pulls Archie Campbell aside taking him to talk in private. What the hell did his sister mean? Archie has no idea either. But he assumes that it means if a 200 year old baby is killed then the be a Scottish king. A 200 year old baby? A “Benjamin Button?” Gellis is frustrated but maybe in time they can figure out what the cryptic message meant. She tells him to grab his sister, they’ve done their bit, they’re leaving.
While Gellis is ranting to Archie, Fergus and Marsali are being nauseating affectionate. See?
But they stop their canoodling when they see Captain Leonard ride up with two other soldiers. He is damn determined to catch Jamie and turn him in. Fergus and Marsali run to warn Jamie of Leonard’s arrival. He does in time and it’s ready for a quick exit.
On their way toward their carriage they run into Temeraire. He delivers the info he received from the slaves. It seems a Tall, blond haired boy who speaks Gaelic was taken to a Mrs. Abernathy at Rose Hall. Rose Hall? That Gellis’s place. Claire is outraged. The woman lied to her. Friend indeed. Well, Jamie reminds her the woman is pure evil. Good job Temeraire, you’re a free man now.
Determined Captain Leonard watches as a coach drives away. He’s pretty sure who it is trying to make his escape. The carriage drives up to the place where Temeraire can join up with the freed slaves who live up in the mountains of Rose Hall. Before Claire and Jamie can get back into the carriage, up rides Captain Leonard and his men to arrest Jamie. “Mrs. Fraser, I see you’ve found your husband.”
Claire is incensed with rage. “You bloody bastard! After all I did you and your men. I an the only reason any of you survived!” Captain Leonard could care less. He’s got what he came for, that’s all that matters.
Jamie had pressed the photos of Bree and Willie’s cameo into Claire’s hand for safekeeping before being taken by the soldiers. The last words he said to Claire, “Go and find Young Ian.”
So now Claire and Jamie are separated for the umpteenth time. But never fear, they’ll find each other again. Can’t wait to find out how on Sunday. But alas, it is the finale. Droughtlander is almost upon us. Next time.