Synopsis of 2×05: Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited; however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.
After the disastrous dinner party at the Frasers’ home last week, everyone hauled off to the Bastille. Jamie and Murtagh are able to get out with Duverney’s influence, but Alex is trapped in the Bastille under the accusation of rape. Claire goes to Mary to check on her, and Mary has prepared a letter for the Bastille in order to clear Alex’s name and get him out of jail. She also announces that they plan to marry once he is freed.
This sets off the theme of the episode, in which Claire must weigh her current life with Jamie against her loyalties to Frank. We saw this in the first episode when Claire returns back to Frank, and now we see the other side of the coin when it comes to Jamie and Black Jack. Knowing that Jack and Mary will be married and will give birth to Frank’s ancestor, she does what ever she can to ensure that this happens.
After Alex is freed, she points him away from marrying Mary. Although she is married to Jamie and she love Jamie, she still holds cares about Frank and she is willing to tear apart two people who love each other in order to ensure that Frank is alive. Sure, there are some timey wimey things that could imply that if Mary does not marry Jack, Frank wouldn’t exist and by proxy Claire would never have been near Craigh na Dune. Similarly, it stands to reason that the kind of time travel within Outlander is the kind that can’t be changed. We already know that all of Claire and Jamie’s efforts are for naught since Culloden still happens and the British still win.
Regardless of that, Claire is set on ensuring that Mary will marry Jack Randall.
After some investigation Jamie and Murtagh find out that the people who attacked Claire and Mary are part of a French rich boy group that goes around marauding, and entrance into this group is taking a maidenhead. We also learn from Jamie http://www.montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/neurontin that the reason why the boys didn’t attack Claire and called her La Dame Blanche was because Jamie had spread the rumor that Claire was a sort of white witch, in order to ensure that he would remain loyal to their marriage vows and to Claire without looking like he was cuckolded by his wife.
At the request of Charles, Jamie goes into business with St. Germain, who can offer them a good portion of money in exchange to doing business. Through their conversation it seems like St. Germain is genuinely surprised that they are accusing him of orchestrating the attack on Claire and Mary, however he still seems to be at odds with the Frasers. On top of that, Jamie and Claire plan to sabotage his cargo by making it look like his crew is carrying smallpox.
When the two of them go to Versailles, everything hits the fan. Jack Randall appears at Versailles and confronts both Claire and Jamie. He is menacing as always, gruff and aggressive when he first encounters Claire. It is only when the King appears that Claire is allowed a bit of reprieve. The King clearly favors Claire and when he meets Jack Randall, he spends most of his time mocking him and humiliating him in front of his court.
Although safe from any violence within the presence of the king, Jamie challenges Jack to a duel — which you will remember is illegal — and prepares to kill him when they next meet. Again, afraid for Frank’s life and his future, Claire rushes to the Bastille and accuses Jack of being the man who attacked her and Mary and sends Jack to jail before he can make the meeting.
When Jamie finds this out, he’s understandably upset. He only just got his groove back, set on revenge against Jack, but to have it taken away Claire is almost unforgivable for him.Having saved his life twice, Claire brings up Jamie’s life debt to her and forces him to spare Jack for a year until Frank’s ancestor is born before he can kill him. Unable to choose between the two men in her life, this causes a rift between Claire and Jamie, and this one doesn’t seem as easily mended.