Worst Road Trip Ever – Also, Rate It!


Maybe one day Claire and Jamie Fraser will end a Foreign season sitting in the sun and happily and peacefully sipping some of the finest whiskey their still has ever produced. But the season 6 finale is not that day.

Things go from bad to downright awful in episode 8, “I’m Not Alone,” a season that once again separates Mr. and Mrs. Fraser and puts Claire in mortal danger. Read on for the highlights of the hour.

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GREAT SITTING HOUSE |The episode picks up where the previous one left off: Richard Brown and his “safety committee” demand that Jamie hand over Claire, so they can arrest him for Malva’s murder, or things will go horribly wrong. Lizzie, Jo, and Mrs. Bug run for help, leaving themselves alone at the big house. And very quickly, the situation turns into an all-out gunfight, with Claire and Jamie barricading themselves in the house and fighting back by dodging bullets from Brown’s men.



“That’s what he wanted, not to arrest you, but to have an excuse to kill you,” Jamie growls at his wife as they try to stay alive. Eventually, Brown waves a white handkerchief and approaches the house to say that they only want to take Claire to a nearby town called Salisbury, where there is a judge and a court. But Jamie vehemently refuses, pulling Brown’s hat from his hand as a warning.

So the Frasers hide in the bullet-riddled house they built, Claire wondering if – if Jamie is right and the committee plans to burn the place down when night falls – this is the night the obituary found by Roger and Bree comes true. She points out that it is May and that the newspaper clipping indicates that the fatal fire occurred on the Sabbath before January 21. But Jamie knows firsthand how much you can’t trust the accuracy of what’s printed in a large format. So they settle in, uncomfortably, and hope that reinforcements will arrive soon.



They don’t. So they chat, and in their conversation, Jamie asks him, “How many times would you say I almost died?” They count him: in the abbey after Wentworth, during his fever after Culloden, when Laoghaire tried to kill him, when the serpent bit him. And then, of course, there’s the matter of when it was shattered. “You’re a hard man to kill, I think,” Claire mused. “It brings me a lot of comfort.” Jamie recounts how a French fortune teller once informed him that he had nine lives, like a cat. Amused, Claire dozes for a moment.

A KIND OF COMPROMISE | Jamie wakes her up abruptly when the fishermen approach, carrying torches. Hiram Crombie leads the pack, which Jamie sees as a good sign: Hiram won’t let them burn the house down. He’s there to negotiate, but the mob just wants to see Claire hanged. There are a lot of angry words and clenched fists, but eventually Hiram suggests that Jamie accompany Claire, to see her safe until the trial.

Just then, reinforcements arrive… but they are Ardsmuir’s men, and they are far too few to be of much help. Jamie whispers to Claire that they probably have to go with Brown or it will be a fight to the death. At this point, Tom Christie comes forward and says he will travel with the group to make sure “no harm is done”. Jamie agrees, they plan to leave in the morning, and Jamie and Claire may be spending their last night at home under surveillance.

What do you do when you’re terrified and have time to kill before dawn? Yes, Jamie and Claire turn to each other in bed – I feel like Sam Heughan’s back prosthesis has had a little more action this season than normal, doesn’t it? ? – and make love. When morning arrives, they are piled into the back of a train car and taken away with Brown’s gang.




| During a stop on the road, Tom brings food to Claire. She is confused, but Jamie tells her to eat it, as it was given with care. Richard Brown, who rode in front, suddenly returns with news: There is no more court in Salisbury. And because Jocasta is so connected to Cross Creek, which is the next closest settlement, they’re going to push all the way to Wilmington – which is 200 miles away.

During all of this, Tom watches Claire and Jamie watches Tom. If the show follows the lead of the book here, that will prove important later.

There’s a lot more inconvenience as the group continues on their way, and eventually Jamie is left to pee. That’s when Ian finds him and lets him know he’s nearby – with friends – and they’ll attack when Jamie gives the word. Jamie tells him to wait for now. But soon after, Brown’s men separate Jamie and Claire during a water stoppage, knock Jamie out, and drive off with Claire. Brown goes up to Mrs. Fraser, who is very understandably upset, and explains that he’s not doing all this to get revenge on Lionel. “My brother was a thug,” he says, calling Claire’s gang rape “cruel and unforgivable.” But she’s a killer, so, welp, all this ridiculousness can’t be helped!

As Claire sobs, Tom Christie comes upstairs and says he has Brown’s word of honor (pfft) that Jamie will not be killed. And so he’s going to ride with her, to keep her safe. She says in voiceover that he will barely meet her eyes in the days to come. “He was clearly troubled.” She suspects he thinks/knows Jamie is dead and just won’t tell her.

GOD BLESS YOU, IAN | They arrive in Wilmington and Claire is quickly thrown into jail. Tom slips him a bag of coins. whispers that Jamie is alive and advises her to “trust God.” He will deliver the righteous from danger. He also promises to stay in town: you can trust him too. Sadly, this is the best news Claire has heard since DAYS.

Meanwhile, Jamie is tied to a post near the ocean. Brown’s men take turns hitting him and informing him that he is going to be put on a ship leaving for Scotland that day. “You will never see your witch wife again,” they swear. Another is about to hit Jamie with the butt of his gun, but gets an arrow shot in the chest before he can land the blow. Ian and the Cherokee ride up and devastate Jamie’s captors, all but the one with his gun to Jamie’s head. As Chief Bird prepares to evacuate the man, Jamie stops him, shouting, “No! He knows where Claire is. Ian smiles. “We too, uncle.” And with that established, Chief Bird kills the man. “I told you I would fight with you, Bear Killer,” he said with a smile.

A GOOD DISCOVERY | Meanwhile, on the way to Edenton Seminary — after a VERY CUTE moment in which little Jemmy leans over his mother’s belly and says to his little brother, “Hi baby. I love you very much” – Bree realizes that the boy is scratching his head. It turns out that he has lice. And when she and Roger cut his hair to get rid of the vermin, they realize that he has developed a nevus (or mole) on his scalp. Roger isn’t bothered; they’re benign, and he has one in about the same place. “They’re hereditary,” he says, then he There’s a beat where Rog and Bree realize what the appearance of Jemmy’s spot could mean Luckily, Roger decides he wants to cut his hair too, and Bree does the honors.

And that’s it! Grade both the finale and the season as a whole via the polls below, then hit the comments to elaborate on your thoughts.

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