A little business before we start.  I loved this episode. For me it delivered on every. single. level.  I also want to say, I’m so tired of the #OutlanderBitching it’s like a real medical diagnosis that has no cure.  Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at these hopeful opening credits!!  YAAS!


We pick right back up from Jamie’s point of view where we see him walking through the streets to his Printshop tipping his tricorne and I also noticed his gait is a bit old-mannish.  {If I’m wrong and this is how the actor known as wee Sam Heughan walks in real life, my apologies.}  Jamie has made a life for himself and there’s a happy hooker who IMO is yearning to jump his celtic bones. #HandsOffBee-otch  At the Printshop, his two goofy compadres startle Mac Dubh.  They’re new comic relief though I’ll always miss ‘Rangus.’  His persnickety employee, Geordie, arrives and is razzed by the new guys.


Claire enters the shop and Jamie swoons. I never thought a man running a printing press in old timey glasses could be hot, but alas I was wrong.  #HubbaHubba Claire and Jamie spend the next few minutes kissing, whispering their feelings and generally breaking my heart.


Just then cock-blocker extraordinaire, Geordie, returns and earns an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in an Episodic Drama Award. Dude is hilarious.


They’re nervous and unsure with each other which rings true.  {Fun fact: Early in our marriage my husband was once gone 6 weeks and I was a nervous wreck when he came home so I can’t imagine how difficult 20 years would be.}  Jamie sees pictures of Brianna, but has to wear his glasses and it’s so adorable that he thinks he looks old. Nope, we’d all volunteer to jump him and I say that with total respect and admiration and apologize in advance for the objectification. Jamie tells Claire about Willie and the circumstances surrounding him.  The church bell chimes and it’s 1:00 and Jamie remembers he needs to see a pervert about an elbow.


In the street we bump into Fergus and there’s a quick, heartwarming reunion as their little family is reunited again. Claire notices his carved wooden hand which is a beautiful work of art.  We meet Mr. Willoughby who I like more than the Willoughby in the book and I love that Claire treats him like an equal which I don’t imagine he gets a lot of. Jamie meets some fancified old dude in the cellar and they argue about money. Something about booze.


Jamie takes Claire to his [whore} house where there are lots of giant boobies flailing around the lobby.   Madame Jeanne is LESS than pleased to see Claire.  They go up to his room and they talk and talk and get comfortable with each other again and it’s very reminiscent of their wedding night. Then they undress and if I thought I was thrilled with Claire’s ingenious raincoat dress, I’m ecstatic with her ‘Cross Your Heart’ long-line bra contraption {like my Aunt Helen used to wear and which fascinated me as a child} that she has reconfigured into a corset. Then I see the mattress ticking bum roll and I love the thought that Claire put into trying to fit in.  There follows a night of passion that I’ll only describe in the most mature of ways, as I’m very classy, as ‘Awooga! Bowchickabowow!, Holy Shitake Mushrooms Batman!’ and the like. I’ve read that some people have already watched this episode 5 or 10 times. That’s impressive!!


Jamie heads out on an errand and wee Ian Murray shows up. They have a quick convo, then Claire goes downstairs and joins the friendly hoors for breakfast and they give her their Top Tips on birth control, freshening their hoohas and how to get a guy off in 60 seconds.  It’s like charm school only the women are more forthcoming.  Suddenly Madame Jeanne, the Unhappy Hooker, shows up and shoos Claire out and gives her ladies the what for.


Claire gets back to her room and some scary, filthy a-hole is going through their room looking for Jamie’s papers.  He threatens to ‘fuck’ her and we go to black.  Previews look a little scary so I guess the writers have some new stuff in store for us.  I really hope that jerk doesn’t go through with it but I guess I’ll have to wait till next week to find out.

Until then, Tulach Ard Y’all!

It’s the #Outlander #Printshop re-cap featuring lots of ‘Claimie’ lovin and an All New Supporting Cast!!

122 thoughts on “It’s the #Outlander #Printshop re-cap featuring lots of ‘Claimie’ lovin and an All New Supporting Cast!!

  • Loved Jamie in the tricorne. As you know, I don’t usually go for young guys and his hair is kinda scraggly and being self-appointed hair critic to the world, I have issues with that. However, the tricorne did it for me. Also loved your blog and you made me laugh. Signed, your best audience forever

  • Love your reviews and especially appreciate the #OutlanderBitching comment…exhausted by people who don’t realize they’ve gained so much more than they’ve lost!

  • Love your review, loved the books, love Jamie and Claire, what is there not to love, keep on enjoying, I certainly am.

  • Loved your review…especially your adult comments! Don’t understand everyone’s dislike because it differed from the book! So!!! Watch it 5-10 more times and it will get better every time!!

  • “Please contact your doctor if you have a viewing experience over 5 hours.” Must. Steal. That. Meme!! Priceless!!! The scene with the hoors is taken almost word for word from the book ( ❤️). And I agree about the OB disease. They’ve done a great job with this show!

  • Loved the recap, like you I will rewatch this episode again and again, Matter of fact I even told my husband, Jamie was still hot in glasses.

  • I loved your comment about Jamie’s walk in the opening scenes. They mirrored my own. I described it to my husband as a “stork-like” walk.

  • Excellent, Sista!! You have a gift. I laughed so hard I am wiping my eyes! Almost as outstanding as that romp in the sack with Jamie & Claire,,,weellll nooo,,,on second thought, not near that good, but really funny & entertaining! I think you may just love Outlander as much as AYE!!!

  • Great review. Straight to the point. Tired of the bitching too. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. Diana Gabaldon is a genius. Love the books, but I believe that the casting crew did an excellent job of selecting the perfect actors for each character. Jamie and Claire are true Soul Mates. They belong together, forever.
    Loved how your review was exactly correct. Continue reviewing because I will definitely be reading! ❤️

  • Melissa, I just posted your thoughts on my Outlander group. I’m SICK of the negativity, which largely comes from the book readers. Make no mistake, I’m a book reader too. I also worked in television for 30 years and have at least a vague idea what they’re up against. The worst negativity I saw anywhere was on Diana’s own FB page! She pleasantly asked how we liked the episode, and a shitstorm of “it’s awful because it’s not the book”. It got into if something didn’t change, there wouldn’t be a show past season 4. Diana stepped in herself to defend the production team, and that didn’t even stop it.

    So I am thankful you get it too. Unsubbing from a bunch of places this week.

  • Great post! Loved this episode….love the series. I hope it continues for the next 20 years!!!!

    The #OutlanderBitching is stupid….most of it comes from people who have no idea about the complexity of producing such a high quality show with intricate plot twists and turns. As an avid reader of the books, I’ve also enjoyed most of the diversions that the show has taken from the books. The producers/writers have made it work, and far exceeded all of the expectations I had for the series.

    However, I have to admit…in 306 I was kind of disappointed that Jamie told Claire about Willie. Why? Because I loved how Claire found out about Willie from Lord John in the books. It really sparked the “catty” relationship between Claire and Lord John that remains a theme throughout the books….and eventually leads to one of my favorite scenes in one of the most recent books in the series.

    It’s such a small thing. The producers and writers are beyond amazing. I can’t wait to see how the relationship between Claire and Lord John develops in the tv series.

  • I loved your “Outlander Bitchin'” comment. I so totally agree! And I loved every bit of the episode too! Mr. Willoughby was great, except what’s with the elbow instead of the feet?

  • Speculation: Jamie’s gait at the opening perhaps due to cobblestones? They’re damn hard to walk on. Darn, I’ll have to watch again and check the street!

  • I LOVE this review! You have the same sense of humour that I do (run away!). My hubby has watched the last couple of episodes with me, and after the Print Shop, I raced to Netflix to show him The Wedding. ‘Twas a lovely evening, indeed. #ahooogah

  • Your comments are spot on and so funny. You are so correct about us all wanting to jump on Jamie lol and yes I’ve watched it 4 times so far x

  • Terrific writeup – always look forward to your words. For someone waiting since 1993 to see this episode…… believe me it exceeded expectations.

  • That was great! I loved the episode so much. I love Jamie’s demeanor and reactions. This is a great, light-hearted recap after so many complaining ones! Thank you.

  • When Jamie was walking down the street so cocky like the first thing that popped into my head was John Travolta walking down the street in Saturday Night Live. Lol.

  • I loved the episode, but was thrown off at the end with the use of the word fuck , I thought they didn’t use it back then , I remember when Jamie asked Claire what it was

  • Melissa, thanks for my Tuesday morning chuckle. Okay, it was really a snort, but thanks anyway. Next time I’ll swallow my coffee before reading your observations!

  • I whole-heartedly agree with your #OutlanderBitching assessment! I wish people would realize that it is their OWN expectations that let them down, NOT the producers. The sense of entitlement by some of the fans is a little creepy. We are LUCKY to have show runners who actually stick to canon (by in large) and when they don’t they deserve the benefit of the doubt!

      1. Out standing observations on Outlander. Loved the episode. The sadness and joy they felt all at the same time makes my heart break but throwing in a few oopsadaises was fantastic. It made the whole thing very human and real. Loved every minute, watched it 4 times and it’s only Tuesday.

    1. Very well summarized and spot on. I have watched “A. Malcom” at least 12 times and counting; it is such beautifully acted and Sam and Cait’s performance is arousing and fulfilling . I am 80 years old and have read the Outlander series at least 3 times-Ron Moore’s and of course the various writers have never disappointed me even if they deviate from the books at times they still capture the essence of OUTLANDER.

  • Agree about the Outlander Bitch club and I’m a huge book fan. The show is excellent.
    Best review so far and love your humerious observations.

  • I join the others in thanking you for the comments re: the don’t like crew 🙂 I am sitting here by my self, laughing & loving your recaps! Holy Shitake Mushrooms Batman 😉

  • Just hearing Jamie’s voice does it for me. Warms me all the way through. And that Scottish accent – whisper in my ear, please . . .

  • I just found your blog on the Outlander episodes, and I love it! Your comments are spot on and I love the witty wording (biatoch)! Please put me on your fan list!!

  • So I reread each book about 5 bazillion times. Do the shows differ? Aye. Do I feel cheated? Nay. They turned Murtagh into this stunning, multifaceted character, and I HOPE they break with the book. I dinna ken what I’ll do without him in the storyline.
    Thanks for a refreshing recap, without the Outlandish bitching. 🙂

  • Oh my Gosh ! I LOVED this review ! Laughed so hard if I had been drinking my I coffee
    it would have come out my nose . Keep the reviews comin’ , ye ken?..

  • You are exactly what we all need….a fabulous and humorous look at the most highly anticipated episode ever!! I’m with you on the #OutlanderBitching!!!

  • very funny! curious, have you read the book? I am literally reading Voyager and i am pretty much in the same place in the books & in the series!

      1. I’m with you MelissasObservations!! Loved the episode! Love the books! Read over 7 times (the 1st 4 at least 10), watching OVER five times.. more like 15?? Yes!! Trying to help the Starz people count more viewings! Your blog is spot on ….. and on ….. Love the memes. PERFECTION!! Soldier on, girl, Soldier on!!

        1. This episode gets better each time I watch it…5-6 so far. People getting mad over one scene not being like in the books are missing out on so much more in a great episode. I’m loving the series more than the books, I think!!

  • The only thing I’m looking forward to, more than your next recap, is the next episode! What wit you have…..LOVE IT!!!!

  • Great Blog!! Sometimes us old ,72, book OUTLANDERS, since 1991,still have my first book, in it’s jacket, get a little overboard with the critiques!NOT ME! I love some of the little switches! And to me, Matt B. ROBERTS can do no wrong. Lots to love in this episode. Let’s see, six times, and it’s only Tuesday. Haven’t found the easter egg copy of the book on set yet, so.. more watching, intensely. Keep up the hilarious work. AND, ALL PRAISE GOES BACK TO HERSELF, DIANA GABALDON!+

  • OMG! Your comments are hilarious. So tired of various fan pages nit-picking and complaining about how it isn’t true to the books. Keep up the excellent reviews!

  • too funny, loved your recap, just perfect. I’ve read all the books a few times and agree, it doesn’t matter if they’ve switched things up, the show has its merits on its own. Just loved how Fergus agreed with Claire when she told him how handsome he was. Yes, only in fiction does a man that hot exist in the wild

  • Very much enjoyed the episode, and I do understand why the took it slow. It was just a tad bit too slow, however. ( Took them 10 minutes just to take off their neck scarves.) OK, maybe not a full 10 minutes. Anyway, overall, really well done!

  • I love your version of it. Loved what they did by giving us a little bit of everything before they went back to the hard luck Fraisers. Love Geordie.I was cracking up at him and his tormentors. Loved Willoughby I think he’s cute Speaking of cute Eann and Fergus grew up to be handsome in deed. Please forgive my spelling. I don’t know how other people feel but when Claire and Jamie get together it’s way different from other shows I can’t explain it. There is some hot couples on screen now but they have a chemistry that’s out of this world. It’s is as though they don’t need direction.

  • Hilarious!! Like watching the show… i had to read it over and over. I noticed i was reading it really fast!!! Hahaha can’t wait for another one…. also like the episodes!!!! Ooooo

  • I don’t normally comment on reviews but this was AWESOME! I knew it from #OutlanderBitching that I was going to like this! And I had the SAME exact thought about the TV rating! The review & gifs made my day! Thanks!

  • Thank you, I loved your review! I’m behind, I have only watched it one time so far, I must get going and watch again and again, I can’t seem to get enough of Jamie, my hubby even likes it when I watch 😉

  • The first three times I watched the episode I was very disappointed in Jamie’s reaction to Brianna’s photos. I expected the scene to echo the book or to have him at the very least, brush away a tear. However, in continuing to think (obsess) about it, I realize that at that time he didn’t yet know if Claire had actually come back to him or if she simply stopped by (through a trip through the rock and 200 years), to show him photos of his daughter and then leave again. Jamie went through hell in twenty years and had become a hardened, suspicious, basically joyless man.The way he walked down the street reminded me that he spent years on a hard floor of a cold, damp rock prison. As someone who suffers from back issues, I recognized his walk. I was surprised, however, that without the heavy Highland socks and boots that Sam has such slender legs and ankles. At the point Claire showed him the photos, he was still relating to her on a surface, information exchange level (despite the kiss in the print shop). The scene started to make more sense to me (although I did miss the melodrama) and led me to believe that Bree will come up again before she actually shows up. I think Jamie will ask more about her as he begins to believe Claire is going to stay with him and the innate joyful core of him begins to melt.

    1. My dad has back and knee issues, I’m getting them too, which is why I mentioned the walk. Sam does his homework so I’m pretty sure it was intentional. I wasn’t disappointed, I thought his reaction was very realistic. He was blindsided. Thanks for continuing to ‘thobsess.’

  • My thought at the end, when the hooligan grabbed Claire was that he doesn’t have a clue who he is laying hands on! Remember, she’s handled a would-be rapist before. She’s not one to “lie back & enjoy it” as one of Texas’s more uncouth gubernatorial candidates from the 1990’s said ( he lost the election to Ann Richards, one of our best modern governors). But, I digress. My point is that it is likely HE will be sorry he stepped into that room.

  • Melissa, I agree with you wholeheartedly, I loved every minute of this episode. The 2 Highlanders and Geordie made me laugh, Mr. Willoughby was perfect, and Sam and Caitlin knocked it out of the ballpark with how unsure the characters were after 20 years apart, and the lovemaking scene made me cry. I don’t mind the changes from the book, it gives us a slightly different way of looking at the same story. Thanks again for your blogs, keep ’em coming!

  • I too am upset with all of the complaining I’ve seen online about this A. Malcolm episode. I thought it was MAGNIFICENT! Even though I’ve read the books multiple times, and THOROUGHLY LOVE THEM, I’m thrilled beyond words with how the TV show is being made! I’m really glad that Sam, who knows Jamie’s better than anyone (with the possible exception of Dianna “herself” — although she is a woman and Sam’s male perspective is certainly more “true-to-life”), was allowed to portray the scene where Claire shows him Brianna’s photos the way HE wanted to do it. I TOTALLY trust Sam to give us the best possible and most “true” performance of Jamie Fraser, and it speaks volumes that the production respected his viewpoint and let him do it his way! He’s got Jamie down perfectly, and adds a huge dose of reality to the fictional character! Everyone who nitpicks about details that didn’t play out exactly as they pictured them in their heads just needs to relax, take a breath, and APPRECIATE the fact that we have such a wonderful group of extremely talented people bringing Diana’s beautiful Outlander story to our TV screen. I sincerely hope they’ll be allowed to work their magic all the way to the end of Dianna’s story!

  • Brilliant oberservations, Melissa. I agree re Mr Willoughby – could not warm to him in the book, but meeting him here, well, great casting! Sam stupendous as per usual, what’s with Jamie’s hair though…

  • Like so many others, I was initially very disappointed in several changes or deletions. But I didn’t jump on social media immediately to vent my feelings. I kept in mind that Matt loves the books and respects the fans. Let me watch again and try to forget my expectations. On second viewing, I stopped anticipating “that moment” and noticed so many little moments in Sam’s performance that showed me what Jamie was feeling. By the third or fourth viewing, I was enthralled. I am saddened that so many “fans” attacked Matt and Sam. Maybe if they watched again, with an open mind, they could see and appreciate the subtlety of Sam’s performance and attempt to understand the changes.

  • I adore your recaps! We think along the same lines, only you are funnier than I am! Keep up the great work and hopefully the important people will find you!!!

  • I loved your synopsis! It was spot on, the same as my thoughts! It seems there are a lot of surprises to come, secrets to reveal, real suspense! Loved the reunion with Fergus! So genuine! Can’t wait for Sunday, maybe some surprises!!

  • I just discovered your “Observations” page today. I binge watched the show, Seasons 1-2 last week and am now caught up on Season 3. I haven’t read the books yet, but have ordered them. First, you are hilarious and brilliant! Second…was having some serious from agony to ecstasy moments watching the first 2 seasons. Am I mentally ill to be this excited, overjoyed, and despondent over a Starz series? And, third, OMG Sam/Jaimie….so delicious, but I digress. I mean his pecs made me want to conceive a child with him…uggh, I digress. So, third, do I read the books or just watch season 3 until it is over? Then, start reading when the series is on hiatus? Once again, love your work! Totally fabulous!

  • I am 86 years old and am totally obsessed with Outlander and Jamie! The nice thing about getting old is that every time I watch an episode, it’s like I’m seeing it for the first time….?My only worry now is that I won’t live long enough to see the ending and find out why Jamie is standing in the rain looking up at Claire’s window. Diana said that would be at the very end of the last book….#10. Thanks for the terrific comments Melissa….I look forward to many more.

    1. Hi Emily, 86 years old and obsessed with Outlander. I am so impressed with you and I’m so honored that you read and enjoyed my blog! I feel the same way about wondering how it will end and if I’ll make it too. I’ve had to convince myself that Outlander is a journey and not a destination so if I don’t make it to the end, it will be okay. I suppose I could always come back to haunt Diana and you could too, we could make a pact to do it together. Thank you so much for writing, you made my day.❤️

      1. Emily, you have me beat! I’m only 70, but totally obsessed with Outlander. Makes us feel young again, doesn’t it!

        1. Indeed it does…..I love Outlander! ❤️. I even have a life-size cut out of Jamie in his kilt in my bedroom!

          1. I have one that a sweet lady gave me but I have it in front of an upstairs window to scare away potential burglars. Mostly it just scares the heck out of my husband who forgets it’s there!?

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