#Outlander recap, #IfNotForHope is up wherein #Jocasta matchmakes like a champ, #LordJohnGrey makes me want to beg #Starz for a spinoff & #BriannaFraser acts just like a MacKenzie.

It seems Roger MacKenzie did not follow my excellent advice and hurl himself into that rock and get the hell out of Dodge.  I understand that Brianna is a beautiful, intelligent woman, but gee, there are a lot of other fish in the sea.

At River Run, Lizzie/GladysKravitz walks in as Brianna is sketching and as is her habit, she brings her Jump To Conclusion mat and thinks Brianna is possessed when she’s just depressed.  Bree makes it clear, she’s not going to forgive Jamie anytime soon.  

Ian finds out from the Cherokee where the Mohawk who’ve taken Roger live and it’s a two months’ ride to get there.  Claire is treating Jamie like he walked on a white floor with dog crap on his shoe and I don’t understand where her anger comes from.  Even with Ian prodding her, she won’t speak to Jamie.  She does the annoying thing where she says nothing’s wrong, when something is definitely wrong leaving Young Ian and me very confused.

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Fergus is on the hunt for Stephen Bonnet when he sees a Wanted Poster with Murtagh’s likeness. Back home Fergus tells Marsali that nobody in Wilmington will hire him because of the one hand situation.  Fergus tells Murtagh he has news of Bonnet.

At River Run, Phaedre is bopping around all excited to sew a new dress for Brianna so she can catch herself a man.  But Bree is all Debbie Downer and says no way.  She does want to paint Phaedre’s portrait however, which Phaedre finds odd.  Jocasta takes rejection well and even though Bree doesn’t want a new dress, she gives her some earrings to match a dress of her own she’s giving her.  

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Jocasta has apparently watched the Millionaire Matchmaker and she’s determined to find a husband for Bree.  She tells Bree that she is a spirited woman like her grandmother Ellen who wouldn’t marry a man she didn’t love. 

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Marsali accidentally on purpose wakes up Murtagh so she can ask him to include Fergus when he fights against the Regulators so he’ll feel like a man.

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At River Run, it’s the evening of the party and Jocasta has invited every unattached man with a pulse and a healthy bank account.  Brianna comes down the staircase like the princess/lead in every Hallmark Christmas movie ever made. They make conversation and the tacky snobs are shocked to find Brianna draws ‘negroes.’   It’s like the first night of The Bachelor and I’m waiting for someone to glide in on a skateboard or arrive in a shark costume, and the men are falling over themselves trying to win the First Impression Rose. Suddenly, the gorgeous Lord John arrives looking like Prince Charming and the nerds deflate at the site of him.

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Murtagh is worried about finding enough rifles for the Regulators.  He asks Fergus if he’ll join the militia but Fergus declines because he needs to take care of his family.  Marsali pops in to tell them Bonnet’s ship, the Gloriana is in port. 

At the dinner table, Brianna leads them in a parlor game where they imagine they’re in the woods with someone. Bree asks LJG who he thought of and Lord John waaaay awkwardly admits the person he thought of was Jamie. Join the ‘I Heart Jamie Club’ Lord John, we’ve got t-shirts!

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Bree ‘faints’ and is taken to a parlor where she quickly recovers on the sofa.  Lizzie/Gladys Kravitz runs in and blurts out she’s worried because of Bree’s ‘condition,’ (I’m gonna go on the record and say that Lizzie is one of my favorite characters in the history of this show.)  Bree tells LJG that Jamie accidentally sold her husband to the Mohawk and The Fraser’s are out trying to find him.  LJG delivers a letter to Bree from Jamie. Jocasta and Brianna have a Come To Jesus meeting and she tells Bree she needs to find herself a husband and fast.

In Wilmington, Murtagh and Fergus find Stephen Bonnet and Murtagh conks him over the head and knock him out.  

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At River Run, Bree goes downstairs for a midnight snack and discovers LJG and Judge Alderdyce are getting jiggy with it up against a wall in the Butler’s Pantry.   In Wilmington Murtagh and Fergus are dragging Bonnet outside, when they’re caught by some soldiers who take them prisoner.  Fergus gets away.

Phaedre wakes up Brianna and tells her Mr. Forbes is downstairs waiting to pop the question.  Bree tells Lizzie/Gladys to get Lord John and have him meet her out back and to please be discreet.

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 Bree asks LJG to marry her and he declines, so she tries to blackmail him as one does.  She then figures out that he’s in love with Jamie and that her mother knows.  They sit and talk and I’m beginning to think Lord John is the most well adjusted character in this book/show.  She tells LJG that Roger may not be the father because of what happened with Bonnet.   She apologizes for being a loon and he accepts. 

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Inside the house Mr. Forbes is waiting to get on bended knee when Lord John rushes in and announces their engagement.  Even Jocasta is impressed by how quickly she landed that big fish.

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Jamie injures his hand and Claire actually seems to care.  Rollo finds a human bone and they discover a body and Ian confirms by the clothing that it’s the Random Captive who was with Roger.  They find no other bones and assume Roger is alive.  Claire decides to knock the chip off her shoulder and be nice to Jamie but I still don’t understand why she’s been such a B to him when he was only protecting his family.

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Lord John tells Bree he has a son but he’s not biological and that he loves him very much.  That makes her like him even more.  Brianna finally opens the letter from Jamie. 

Roger arrives at the Indian settlement and they make him run through a gauntlet where they beat and punch him like a reeeeaaallly bad fraternity prank.  And I keep going back to Ian’s words that they take in people to replace those who’ve died and again I wonder how they treat people they don’t like.

Author’s note:  Only two more episodes and I’m already dreading droughtlander and it hasn’t even begun yet.  What other shows do you all watch?  I’ve enjoyed all the episodes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Bodyguard but I need more recommendations!

33 Comments

  • Liz
    Posted January 13, 2019 8:49 pm 0Likes

    Love this! Thanks so much for writing these madcap recaps!
    PS. Pleeeaaase write up “The Bodyguard.” That lovely show is perfect for some snark, even though I loved it for real.

    • MelissasObservations
      Posted January 13, 2019 11:29 pm 0Likes

      I flippin loved it too! I can’t recap anymore shows, life keeps me too busy. I wish I could tho.

      • Chas
        Posted January 14, 2019 12:12 pm 0Likes

        NOOOOOO. You cannot stop! Only 2 more episodes left. Hang in there! LMK if I can help with something.

  • Cynthia Franzen
    Posted January 13, 2019 9:05 pm 0Likes

    The Casketeers on Netflix is wonderful

  • KK
    Posted January 13, 2019 9:36 pm 0Likes

    Mrs.Maisel

  • Jill
    Posted January 13, 2019 10:05 pm 0Likes

    Your articles are great fun. Thank you!
    And poor, pathetic Roger’s name should really be Job.
    Series recommendations: Poldark, The Last Kingdom, Shetland, The Dectectorists, A Place to Call Home, No Offense, Loch Ness, Vera and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Enjoy!

  • Emily Dahl Sharkey
    Posted January 13, 2019 10:19 pm 0Likes

    Isn’t Lord John just absolutely dreamy lol? He really is a good looking guy and I am glad he will marry Brianna. I just love looking at him. And yes only 2 more shows, ugh!! Then how long is the wait?

    • MelissasObservations
      Posted January 13, 2019 11:30 pm 0Likes

      Thanks Emily. I bet it will be at least a year, probably more. They’re not going back for a while.😭

  • R A Carr
    Posted January 13, 2019 10:37 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for your witty reviews! I don’t get Claire either. If she had told Jamie there were 2 men, he would not have assumed Bree was faking the rape. She was a huge part of this mess.

    Try Killing Eve.

  • Angela
    Posted January 13, 2019 11:47 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, Melissa! Love reading your witty and most enjoyable blogs. You capture each show’s essence exactly!

  • eataylo1
    Posted January 14, 2019 12:36 am 0Likes

    Once again you hit all my own high and low parts about this episode!! Are we the same person or twins split apart at birth??!!??

  • Ann
    Posted January 14, 2019 1:23 am 0Likes

    Bramwell on Amazon prime is really good. Another strong semale type character.

  • Danielle Dean
    Posted January 14, 2019 6:38 am 0Likes

    Ok, I haven’t even read your review yet…(I know it will be wonderful as always) But how much do I want a Lord John spin off show!!! That would be my dream come true!!

  • Kay Brown
    Posted January 14, 2019 7:34 am 0Likes

    I didn’t get Claire’s behavior either. I know in the book they were both quiet because each thought the other mad, but she was just so snarky with him in the show. Oh well they made up. Sorry to see the end of the season nearing. You might want to try The Last Kingdom on Netflix. It is really good with a very dreamy leading man.

  • Merry Miller Moon
    Posted January 14, 2019 9:50 am 0Likes

    ‘Jump to Conclusion Mat’-HA HA HA!!!! Great review! That look on Jamie’s face when Claire was apologizing was EVERYTHING!!!! Keep them coming!

  • Joan Tinnin
    Posted January 14, 2019 10:01 am 0Likes

    I am grateful for you. You are necessary for this show and books that I love so much. There are many Tweeters that go crazy when they think shade is being thrown at Claire. I, personally think show Claire, starting with the dreadful Creme de Menthe, deserves a LOT of shade. Book Claire, never. Thank you for seeing what I am without freaking out if any woman is not a goddess. What a burden. Will look forward now to actually seeing this episode.

  • joyce johnston
    Posted January 14, 2019 10:32 am 0Likes

    I just finished Miss Fisher and the Bodyguard as well.Moved on to The Musketeers
    I did receive C.B. Strike The Series as a gift . Read the books and the new book “Lethal White”
    well worth the read and the viewing. Tom Burke excellent as Strike
    Enjoyed this episode read the book sections before and after viewing Really had no complaints
    I do miss the Jamie/Claire depth of the books though!

  • katydid56
    Posted January 14, 2019 11:03 am 0Likes

    I like Offspring on Netflix. It’s fun and quirky and at times pretty serious. Takes place in Australia. Hey – great recap!

  • Susan Crozier
    Posted January 14, 2019 1:23 pm 0Likes

    Great Recap, you sure hit the highs and lows! Lizzie/Gladys – perfect. So agree with everyone’s Claire comments. I have to work at liking her now. There are moments, but I want to like her all the time like in Season 1 & 2.

    I like period stuff, so watching Victoria & Last Kingdom right now. Also love Shetland. Dreading a long Droughlander.

  • Susan
    Posted January 14, 2019 1:45 pm 0Likes

    I think Claire was just as mad at herself, blaming herself. And thought Jamie was mad at her for keeping a secret from him. Each one was in turmoil due to their own thoughts and guilts thinking the other was mad at the other. That’s the way I took it. She knew Jamie had to deal with things in his own way, in his own time, she was just letting him do that,,,,all the while she was churning in her in guilt. It wasn’t just Claire not speaking to him,,,he was not speaking to her either. Each was pulling away from the other.
    As far as there being other fish in the sea for Roger,,,,why ruin someone else’s life? We saw what that did to Frank when Claire was in love with Jamie. Roger loves Brianna and no other will do.
    As far as what to watch next,,,try YOU on Netflix. It’s about a creepy sociopath (aren’t all sociopaths creepy) who will stop at nothing to “protect” (read control) this girl he falls in love with. I could only watch one episode,,,,then had to stop,,,,a few weeks later I finished it at a couple settings. I like psycological thrillers. There is a LOT of voice overs so we hear what is going on in his head,,,his thought processes,,,,skewed as they are in his justifications for what he’s doing to “help and protect” her.
    And then I like to revisit shows I’ve seen before,,,,but didn’t binge. Like I recently watched Hell on Wheels and now watching Medium, and seeing people like Rami Malik before they were famous! 😉
    Enjoy your funny reviews

  • Geralyn
    Posted January 14, 2019 3:53 pm 0Likes

    Not sure how l missed it before but why does Ephrada (of the portrait ) speak with a Scottish accent? Not sure where LJG marrying Bree came from either. Great recap,love your take on things.

    • MelissasObservations
      Posted January 21, 2019 9:03 pm 0Likes

      Because she’s never left the plantation so it’s the main accent she’s heard her entire life. Pretty cool, huh?

  • Patricia Lee
    Posted January 14, 2019 5:00 pm 0Likes

    Have you watched Grantchester? I love it!

  • MG
    Posted January 14, 2019 5:14 pm 0Likes

    I just finished bingeing all 4 seasons of Black Sails. Bear McCreary music – Awesome!!!!

  • Marilee Coughlin
    Posted January 14, 2019 6:57 pm 0Likes

    Poldark is wonderful – and Aidan Turner gives Jamie a run for the money

  • CGW
    Posted January 14, 2019 7:33 pm 0Likes

    Netflix has a series called Death in Paradise which is entertaining and hilarious

  • Lora
    Posted January 15, 2019 12:10 am 0Likes

    I truly hope anyone reading your weekly recaps doesn’t make the colossal error of skimming through to only ‘look at the pictures’ (in the form of your hilarious memes), because every single bit is cleverly written and hugely entertaining. I love your sense of humor! Thank you for posting these for all to enjoy. “Tulach Ard MoFo” is the absolute best!!

    • MelissasObservations
      Posted January 22, 2019 2:57 am 0Likes

      Thanks Lora! I bet there are some who only look at the memes but I can see from comments some take time to read the entire thing. I’m grateful to them and to you!

  • Maria
    Posted January 15, 2019 7:55 am 0Likes

    Barry on HBO is an entertaining take on a hired killer who decides he wants to be an actor
    The commentary after each show is also fun.

  • Janean Monroe
    Posted January 23, 2019 9:46 am 0Likes

    Your mother was my dear friend and I just found your blog, thanks to Susan. Absolutely LOVE it! Your observations are so perfect and your wit is spot on….thanks for the excellent comments!

    • MelissasObservations
      Posted January 29, 2019 5:02 pm 0Likes

      Thank you so much Janean! I’m so happy to hear from you and thank you so much for getting in touch with me.💙

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