These last two episodes of Season 1 are difficult to watch. It does not seem fitting to call all of them “favorite,” so some scenes, particularly those that highlight Sam Heughan’s incredible acting talents,” will be considered “memorable.”
“You owe me a debt.”
This is one of those “memorable” scenes. Assuming his impending death and loss of Claire, Jamie begs BJR to fulfill his part of their bargain. Jamie had agreed to give himself to BJR in exchange for Claire’s safety and he would receive a death by his method of choice. Jamie has nothing left to live for, and when Black Jack is distracted by the invasion of highland coos, he begs him to fulfill their agreement. Again, another example of Sam Heughan’s superb acting skills.
A “Highland Coos” Drive-By
This is truly a favorite scene, at least in the sense that we are glad BJR is incapacitated for a while and won’t pose a threat to Jamie in the immediate future. We could not help cheering when Black Jack Randall was run over by a stampede of highland coos.
Thanks to Murtagh’s brilliant idea of using wayward cattle in the rescue mission, he, Rupert and Angus were able to not only rescue Jamie, but put BJR out of commission for a while as well without having to risk their lives in battle with him and/or other British soldiers. As we know, they incorrectly assume Black Jack is dead. If only they had taken an extra few seconds to ensure it.
“You are a magnificent creature.”
This is a memorable scene because it is the one thing on which we can agree with Black Jack. Jamie is indeed a magnificent creature. Even Jack’s sadistic nature and the darkness in which he lives cannot blind him to this fact. Perhaps that is what draws him to Jamie… a need to destroy that which is good and beautiful.
“No more Claire.”
Part of what makes this plot line so tragic is that Jamie believes he will never see his beloved Claire again. She is lost to him, and Jack uses her and Jamie’s love of her against him. Jamie hallucinates Claire’s face on Jack, and when her faces disappears he realizes she is gone. We cry with Jamie, and it is a tribute, again, to the talent of Sam Heughan.
Out of the darkness and into the light
Many of the scenes in this episode are shown in flashback after Jamie is rescued and taken to the abbey. He recounts some of his experiences to Claire, who is desperate to heal him in body, mind, and spirit. Jamie is equally desperate to resist her healing. Murtagh again shares his wisdom with the suggestion that in order for Jamie to be healed, someone will be required to enter into the darkness in which he exists right now and force him back into the light.
That is exactly what Claire does. After a a visit with Fr. Anselm and a little roughhousing to get his attention, she finally tells him that if he insists on dying, she will die with him, right there, right then. Again, Claire is shown to be Jamie’s Achilles Heel. This time Claire turns that weakness into a strength because he will not let her die with him.
“Whatever your sins might be, have faith that they will be forgiven.”
Fr. Anselm find Claire alone in the sanctuary and offers to hear her confession. Claire hasn’t shown a great appreciation for organized religion and its dogma, but she accepts the Father’s invitation to confession. And, man, does she confess.
He is the only person outside of her immediate family with whom she has shared her amazing story. She tells Fr. Anselm that the situation is her fault, and her confession empowers her with the spiritual strength she needs to bring Jamie out of his darkness and back into the light. In a sense, she ransoms her own soul as well as Jamie’s.
Claire is shocked to see that Fr. Anselm doesn’t judge her. He declares her story as marvelous, extraordinary, and perhaps even a miracle. He believes her and assures her that whatever her sins might be, she will be given. Claire must recognize that the Father is a good, holy man, the antithesis to Fr. Bain.
“I was wrong.”
Jamie’s road to recovery will be a long one, but at least it has begun, and they set sail to France. The good news is that Claire has a wonderful surprise for Jamie. Their lives have been forever changed, and under the circumstances it it hard for Jamie to believe he could ever be himself again or feel happiness, aside for having Claire with him.
Neither thought it could ever happen. Jamie thought he would never feel happiness again. Never say never.