“The last time I was here, Frank and I simply took a car,” remarks Claire (Caitriona Balfe) as she looks up at the gloomy Castle Leoch on Saturday’s episode of Outlander. In 1945, the trip from Inverness was a matter of hours. But in 1743, it takes days. Claire has no idea where she is, nor how to get back to the standing stones that transported her in time.
Walking through the halls of dark castle, she gets flashes of her visit with Frank. As Claire tends to Jamie’s wounds, she wonders what her husband must think of her. Is she injured? Is she dead? Or has she just left him for another man? Claire breaks down in tears when Jamie (Sam Heughan) brings up her husband. “Is he not alive?” he asks. No, Claire answers. And he’s not. Yet.
Jamie leaves Claire to get some sleep, which she does until she’s rudely awakened by Mrs. Fitz, Castle Leoch’s chatelaine. The older woman helps Claire get dressed, marveling over the younger’s brassiere. “It’s from France,” Claire explains. Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) seems unimpressed.
Claire’s taken to meet Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), head of Clan MacKenzie and Jamie’s maternal uncle. He also suffers from a condition that makes his legs curve painfully outward. Colum invites Claire to stay for the next five days until she can catch a ride with a passing tinker back to Inverness.
The promise of home bolsters Claire’s spirits. Five days, she can wait. She heads to dinner, where she’s invited to sit with the MacKenzies. It’s there she meets Dougal (Graham McTavish), Colum’s brother and the more, let’s say, naturally suspicious of the two. Colum asks Claire about her background and she gives polite but vague answers. Too vague, unfortunately. Dougal wasn’t pleased about Claire’s presence before, but now he’s especially wary.
Thanks to his injury, Jamie’s been relegated to the stables. Claire goes to visit him, bringing him lunch and new badges and ends up nearly getting him killed by a horse. Claire apologizes profusely, but Jamie’s unfazed. “She’s just a girl with spirit, is all,” he says. “It’s always a good thing.” He means the horse. Or does he?
As they share a meal, we learn a bit more about Jamie. He was taken prisoner by Capt. Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), Claire’s husband Frank’s ancestor, but he escaped to France and became a mercenary for a while before returning home under an assumed name. “You’re a very complicated man, Mr. McTavish,” Claire says.
Meanwhile, Dougal has been having Claire followed. She confronts him and he tells her outright that he suspects she’s an English spy. Claire’s upset, but she promises Dougal she’ll be gone soon and he won’t have to worry about her.
Unfortunately, she’s wrong. On the day Claire’s scheduled to depart, Colum tells her she won’t be leaving after all. It’s supposedly because Castle Leoch needs a healer, but really it’s because he’s now suspicious of Claire’s motivations as well. “You have secrets, Claire,” Colum says, then “invites” her to stay as a guest of the castle. “You mean as your prisoner,” she counters. “Only if you try to leave,” he replies. And really, why would you, with Jamie around?
Outlander airs Saturdays (9 p.m. ET) on Starz.