Episode 103, “The Way Out,” gives us so many good Jamie and Claire moments. Their attraction builds, though Claire would prefer to deny it, at least to herself. Claire also builds her friendship with Geillis, but draws upon herself the wrath of Father Bain after healing Mrs. Fitz’s nephew. Finally, at the end of the episode, Gwyllyn’s song gives Claire hope of returning to her home.
This exchange between Jamie and Claire is so precious. Jamie seems impressed that Claire isn’t fully intoxicated yet, and Claire seems proud of herself that he recognizes her ability to hold her (or Colum’s) rhenish. This leads us to the next great scene.
The sexual tension in this scene could be cut with a knife. Out of feat that Claire will soon be too drunk to find her way safely back to the surgery, Jamie asks Claire to check his bandages. When he confesses his true intent, Claire decides she may as well check him anyway. The looks they exchange speak volumes about what they’re feeling. Jamie looks pleased that Claire is taking such an interest. Had Jamie not been the gentleman he is, he probably could have had her right there in the surgery.
I am no fan of Laoghaire, but this scene is important because it triggers some unexpected reactions in Claire. Laoghaire lassos Jamie for a kiss, but Jamie especially enjoys it when he realizes Claire is watching. Is he trying to make her jealous?
After seeing Jamie and Laoghaire kissing, Claire teases Jamie in the dining hall. Clearly it was a dangerous thing to do, and Murtagh chastises her for it. Murtagh seems to share our sentiments regarding Laoghaire’s suitability as a mate for Jamie.
Immediately after the dining hall scene, Claire goes outside to be alone and cries. Claire’s voiceover tells us that she feels guilty for teasing Jamie and that she did it because she was jealous… not jealous of Laoghaire but of their “intimacy.” Then she has thoughts of Frank. However, I believe in this scene Claire is an unreliable narrator. She will not admit to herself that there was indeed some jealousy of Jamie and Laoghaire. She is fighting the attraction she has for Jamie.
As Dougal promised, he takes Claire to visit Geillis so we can replenish her herb supply, but Jamie is sent to “fetch” her after Dougal is called by to Leoch. This scene illustrates Jamie and Claire’s ability to communicate with each other non-verbally. The expressions on their faces tell us everything.
This is the first of many times we see Jamie and Claire working together as a team. With a hefty price on his head, it is quite a risk for Jamie to be seen in public. This also makes me suspicious about Jamie being sent there to “fetch” her in the first place. Did Dougal intend to put Jamie at risk of being caught?