Episode 113 represents a turning point in Jamie and Claire’s lives. For what seems like only a brief moment, they live in peace and happiness at Lallybroch until the Watch arrives. When Jamie is coerced into riding with McQuarry and his men, it triggers a journey of which will impact him and Claire for a lifetime.
Never let them see you sweat.
One of the best things about this episode (aside from the wonderful Jamie and Claire moments) is the way Jamie stands up to the Watch. He will not be intimidated by them, and it’s sexy as hell. If there was ever a doubt about Sam Heughan’s ability to play a role like James Bond, then this episode should help settle the issue. We see the beginnings of Jamie as leader and fearless protector of what and who are dear to him.
“He needed killing.”
McQuarry was right. After Harrocks set up The Watch, along with Jamie and Ian, to be ambushed by British soldiers and extorting money from Jamie, Harrocks had to die.
“I ran him through.”
After their initial meeting, McQuarry understands that Jamie is no coward and begins to appreciate him as a fellow warrior. Still, tensions run high when Jamie tells McQuarry that he killed Harrocks when he threatened his family. Even though McQuarry agrees that Harrocks needed killing, he forces Jamie to join the Watch in a raid, which leads to their capture. Ian wants to join them and Jamie’s initial reaction is a stern, “No, yer not.” Ian wins the debate and joins Jamie and the Watch.
“It would take more strength than I have.”
This is one of the iconic book scenes, and it is a real tear-jerker, not only for Jamie and Claire for but viewers as well. Jamie is so sweet when Claire confesses that she may not be able to give him children. Having lost his own mother in childbirth, the thought of losing Claire in that way truly scares him. However, he can’t hide all of his disappointment at the news.
“Haste ye back.”
This scene is another sad one. Jamie won’t be hasting back to Claire, and soon his life (and hers) will be forever changed. It is the last time Jamie and Claire will be together for some time. Jamie leaves to fulfill his promise to McQuarry that he will go with the Watch on just one raid. After their capture, Jamie ends up in the hands of Black Jack Randall. To emphasize the importance of this goodbye, Jamie’s departure is filmed in slow motion.
It will be a while before Jamie and Claire have some peace.