Outlander Photo Recap S1E07, “The Wedding”, Pt. 3

This is it, the home stretch, and I don’t mind saying that I enjoyed every freaking last 20 minutes of it, luxuriating in the gooey rewatches like a baby double-fisting birthday cake.

Small disclaimer for those of you hoping for nekkid funsies–you’ll have to Google. As I’ve mentioned before, I feel weird putting the actors’ bodies out there in still form, so I’m drawing a line there and I’ll try to cover the bikini bits. Probably NSFW. Read at your own risk. Onwards.

Jamie tells Claire that after the way she kissed him, (full tiptoe) he had hoped she “did not regret marrying him, after all.” Her expression clues you in as to what she may be thinking.

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Because let’s face it: when you’ve been alone and stranded on a mad lib of an Adventurequest and have a young strapping lad telling you you are lovely and dropping metaphors like Browning, the last thing that comes to mind is to issue a shagamatum, amirite?

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It’s great to watch all the subtle expressions cross his face when he realizes it’s on, and if this recap takes another 70 caps, it’s because Sam and Cait are geniuses and I need to capture everything.

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Claire walks to one end of the room, briefly looking uncertain, but I like to imagine it’s the millions of fangurls like me giving her courage to go through with it. Do it for us, Claire. And by “it”,  I mean Jamie.

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She turns decisively on her heel and tells Jamie to “Take your shirt off. I want to look at you.”

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His expression is at first confused and then somewhat cocky. He stands up and once again proceeds to make love to the fabric because these are the two most tactile people in Scotland and we’re about to be verra verra grateful for that.

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He keeps eye contact with her until the last second he pulls the shirt over his head, and we get a glimpse of Jamie from the back and Claire’s expression, which was the same one Cher Horowitz had when she first laid eyes on Christian.

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His gaze is no less smoldering, and DAMN IT SAM STOP LOOKING LIKE THAT I HAVE THIS RECAP TO WRITE.

Fine, you win.

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His expression becomes a bit more uncertain when Claire starts to walk around him. He keeps his eyes down, and only follows her with tilts of his head.

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She comes over to his cabin to see him and he puts on a Solomon Burke record and she apologizes for lying to her father about the money… No wait. I’m remembering something else.

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*sigh* Oh, Johnny. Still gets me.

Back with the Frasers, Claire walks around him in a leisurely, slow circle, and he is quiet until she is done. It is a beautiful moment, intimate and vulnerable and with the traditional genders reversed, which is a refreshing twist.

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When she finishes making the circle, the tension is palpable, and he doesn’t break eye contact with her when he says “Fair’s fair,” and asks her to take hers off, as well. I actually flinched when he rolled those two r’s in a row. I flinched like someone had drawn a gun.

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I don’t know why, but in my head the sexier things get, the more formal the language of the internal monologue. This next part, however, honestly doesn’t really need my captions because the thoughts are broadcast all over his face. Kudos to Sam, who probably gets flashed bewbs at the drugstore buying cough drops, for convincing me Jamie’s never been at arm’s reach from a pair. Now that’s acting.

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He even steps back to get a better gander at her, which, if any boys are reading this PULL THIS MOVE. You’re welcome.

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It knocks Claire a little off her game, because she smiles a little nervously and asks him if he’s never seen a naked woman before. Jamie replies that he has, but he grins self-consciously and adds, “but not one so close…” That’s all the encouragement needs to get back in the driver’s seat. She takes Jamie’s hand and places it on her breast, and his voice drops a good octave as he finishes his statement. “…and not one that’s mine.”

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He grabs her, they kiss and get your lace fans and your smelling salts, ladies because the brakes are OFF, and they are both taking this gig out for a spin.

/cue Prince

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Jamie flips her over and unlike last time, seals the deal for Claire and she gets to finish as well. I am so happy for her, because after all she has been through, she really deserves to have her bell rung.

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Jamie, alarmed by her noises, gets startled and thinks he’s hurt her. When he stops and apologizes, Claire laughs and says “You didn’t”. He asks if she is sure and as she gasps out “yes” and tries to calm her breathing, Jamie clues her for looks, smiles, and the candle lights.

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He asks her, “I did not know a woman could….does it happen every time?” Claire, flush with energy, flips him over and says “only when the man is a very good lover,” which okay I’ll let you have that but the correct answer was “IT SHOULD ALWAYS YES AND IT’S YOUR JOB TO SEE IT DOES.”

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Jamie, worried tells Claire that she is “so small” and he just doesn’t want to hurt her. Claire is feeling generous because what woman doesn’t want to be told she’s dainty and crushable, so she decides to teach Jamie a bit about pain. She grins and kisses his palm, then nips his wrist where the wedding cut is still healing, and his chest, playfully asking “Did that hurt?” Poor Jamie, a little perplexed as to where this is going, goes for honesty and admits “A bit.”

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And I think this is where I fall in love with them as a couple all over again, because while people make a big deal of Jamie (and he is), he is relentlessly practical and Claire brings some playfulness to his day-to-day (and now night-to-night) that is so heartwarming to see.

Exactly because Jamie is a quick study,  when Claire moves her hand down and asks if he wants her to stop, however, he seems to get with the program.

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And he seems to enjoy it. I know I did. /high five

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He mumbles something in Gaelic and when Claire asks what he said, he tells her he thought his heart would burst.

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They are both perfectly happy and in sync, so Jamie has to go be a dude and fall asleep in the time it takes Claire to take one deep breath.

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HOW DO DUDES DO THIS?

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Doesn’t seem to bother Claire, though. She gets up to get some water from the ewer only to see it is empty, so she pulls on Jamie’s plaid and heads downstairs to get some, since all is quiet and most everyone has gone off to bed. Down there she meets IntroKitty.

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That was largely pointless except it made me lol, so let me rephrase and say it was crucial.

Claire wanders about, finds a pitcher of water and gets ready to walk back upstairs to hydrate when she is interrupted by the sound of a door closing and Dougal saying, “Mistress Fraser.”

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Turns out he’s just back from informing Randall “that Claire is no longer at his beck and call.” Claire wants to know what he said, and Dougal jokes that there are “likely even limits to [her] tolerance for foul language.” Kind of sounds like a challenge to me.

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It’s not that I don’t enjoy Graham McTavish (I do), but Dougal is like the Tywin Lannister of Outlander. I know that the acting will be superb, the quips will be sharp and most of all, that %$#@! will go down because the end, to him always justifies the means. This is why I wasn’t at all surprised at what happened next. Claire, worried, asks if Randall “plans to take any further steps” and Dougal replies that he doesn’t think so, as he has “better things ta do than to chase one stray Sassenach around….(WAIT FOR IT)………no matter how pretty.”

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Claire looks modestly down, but you can tell she’s not comfortable with what he just said. Dougal adds that Randall is not likely to want to “rile up Collum by kidnappin’ his nephew’s wife.” Claire smiles, thanks him and prepares to go back upstairs to her husband when Dougal has to go Dougal sh*t up.

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He tells Claire that while he “commends her for doing her duty” (and how!), that it “needn’t stop her from taking other pleasures,” and that he “finds her the most singular woman.” This would all be more romantic if she wasn’t coming down to get something to drink because she’s parched from all the sex she just had with her new husband, WHO HE PAIRED HER UP WITH. Oh, Dougal. Your brain is the most complicated of corn mazes. HAHAHAA MAIZE. Sorry. Back to Dougal and Claire:

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Likely because he hardly ever gets denied what he wants, Dougal is surprised when Claire pulls her chin away, brow wrinkled and quietly but firmly reminds him “I’m Jamie’s wife.” And when I meant surprised, I meant furious.

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He drops his hand and she steps back as they hear the door open, and Rupert comes in, flush with drink and singing a cheerful tune like a man who doesn’t know he’s walking on a land mine.

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Claire takes advantage of his entrance to make a beeline for the stairs. Right before she starts to climb them, her manners get the best of her and she turns to thank him for “[his] kindness towards” her, saying “the ring is magnificent.” This is how you know it’s love, kids.

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Rupert, touched by the compliment, tells her she is welcome and offers her “a most hearty congratulations on [her] weddin’ day.” This is what they look like while this is happening.

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Claire thanks Rupert and turns to go, and as she does, Rupert leans over to Dougal and says that “young Jamie may not have much experience, but that one looks well ridden” and well, Dougal’s had enough of people using their mouths for things he doesna care to hear.

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Rupert, who did not expect to get punched for doing what he does, is ticked and asks Dougal what that was for. Dougal takes a pull from a bottle and tells him to go check the horses. When he says he already did, Dougal tells him to “do it again”, and he grimaces but obeys and walks out, neither noticing that Claire is hidden by her doorway in the balcony above them, and has seen everything before letting herself back into her room and leaving Dougal alone downstairs.

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Upstairs, Claire is gazing into the fire wrapped in the Fraser tartan, and Jamie wakes to see her there.

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He quietly stands to get something out of his sporran, then walks up behind Claire and drapes the object, a pearl necklace, over her neck. He takes a seat by her as they both pause to admire it.

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They are “scotch pearls”, he tells her, and they belonged “to my mother, now to my wife.” They are “one of the few things” he has “left of her…very precious to me….” and here his voice drops to a gruff whisper, “…as are you, Claire.

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She is startled by his admission and he knows it, dropping his head and not looking her in the eye. But Claire isn’t made of stone, damn it, so she does the best she can without saying a word.

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It of course segue-ways into round three, but the tone is much different than the first two. The first time was a kind of ripping off of a band-aid and the second time was two incredibly hot people acknowledging each other’s naked game–but this is LOVEMAKING.  Every touch is slow, deliberate and no words are spoken, so I had to take the gag off my id.

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The next morning, they are playful and in a hurry to get downstairs to breakfast.

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Jamie jokes about being so hungry that he’s about to take a bite out of her. Claire reminds him he already did, and he tells he looks forward to doing it again real soon.

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He dashes out and reminds her to hurry, lest she be left only with crumbs. It is cheerful and domestic and she is happy. You can tell, cause I wrote it right there.

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One Jamie is gone, she reaches for her wedding dress to pack it up, and as she shakes the dust off, a bit of symbolism rolls out to greet her.

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Not only is Claire in shock, but we are as well. The last twenty minutes did such a fine job of cocooning us in the Fraser’s wedding night that we forget all about Claire’s other husband. Her gold wedding band, stuck in the floorboards of her current honeymoon suite, reflects her distorted shape as she bends over to pry it out.

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She shakily puts it back on the third finger of her left hand, notices Jamie’s parallel to it on the third finger of her right, and contemplates the physical evidence of her dilemma.

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And that’s it, guys. Tomorrow is the mid-season finale, which I will also recap, and then  a bit of a drought. I plan on doing some character appreciation posts and for some reason, an alphabet, so there will be more silliness in the months to come. In the meantime, follow me here or @conniebv on twitter. Thanks for reading and as always. comments are love!

 

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Outlander Photo Recap S1E07, “The Wedding”, Pt. 2

Let the honeymoon continue!

My fashion runs toward the eclectic, so trust me when I say that only Jamie could pull this look off and be endearing, not creepy.

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Also, this is when I realized he had sex for the first time with his boots on. Who says romance is dead?

Jamie immediately gets teased about his prowess and general lack of no-how the second he walks down, but one of his more endearing qualities is his ability to roll with punches, so he lets them have their fun because he knows he’s the only one going upstairs to service something other than his hand.

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And there is a brief moment where he walks over to Murtagh, who is apple-cheeked and smiling and they have the sort of affectionate silent exchange dudes have when one of them finally gets his cherry popped. I can’t hear their thoughts, but I can imagine them.

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Jamie tells the rest of the lads that they can go to bed now, no need to stay up and as they continue to tease him, one lone figure has neither dude-shoves nor jokes, and that figure is bald.

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When Jamie gets ready to walk back upstairs, Dougal stops him cold with a very ominous “I don’t think ye’ve thanked me properly….” the sentence starts out pretty basic, so Jamie doesn’t really react, but then Dougal, who is trapped in a green spiral, ends with “…for givin’ ya somewhere better ta stick yer c*ck than the horses in the stable.”

OH NO YOU DID NOT.

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I actually gasped out loud when he said this, and if Jamie’s expression is anything to go by, he isn’t too ticked either.

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Admirably, Jamie doesn’t ask for a shinty caman but reins it in and quietly says “Thank ye. Truly,” because Claire is awesome and you should be thankful, kid. Dougal mhmphs and when Jamie turns to leave, he tells him that he should sit for a while, as he shouldn’t “appear to keen to return to yer…bride.”

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We hear Claire asking if “he really said that” and then we realize that Jamie is telling her about the events downstairs while they eat the food he gathered. It turns out that Dougal told him that he should “never let a woman see you too eager to please her. Gives her too much power.” Jamie says this with a smile, but Claire’s reaction speaks for all of us:

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She asks Jamie what he had to say to that, and he tells her that he said that he was “completely under [her] power and happy to be there.” Claire grins and they are so adorable together I want to smack the first bald man I see.

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Claire asks if there is any more whiskey, and when Jamie gets up to get it for her and pours it over her right shoulder, he becomes distracted by the firelight in her hair, and whispers something in Gaelic.

Claire asks him what he said, and he replies “my brown haired lass”. She says that she has always thought that brown was a pretty dull color, but Jamie disagrees, comparing her hair to water curving around rocks and pointing out how it is auburn in the sun, stroking her shoulder as he speaks. Claire is so turned on she immediately feels guilty and places a verbal orange cone by Jamie’s privates.

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That’s right. She wants to know about Jamie’s new plaid, and so he tells her the story and we get another flashback to Jamie and Murtagh in the barn.

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Murtagh found the widow of a Fraser who let them borrow his kilt for Jamie to wear during the wedding. This is the scene from the preview, where Murtagh worries that Jamie will “paint a target” on his back when he, a tall redhead, goes about in the Fraser plaid. Jamie tells him that he will only marry once, and he will do so in a manner that would honor his mother. When Murtagh makes a Scottish noise at him, he softens and asks him what he “thinks of Mistress Beauchamp”.

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Murtagh says “she’ll do,” but when Jamie insists, asking if his mother would approve, Murtagh asks for Jamie’s brooch and while he is spit-shining it, tells him that his mother had a smile “so sweet, it would warm a man to the backbone just to see it”, and that Claire’s smile is “just as sweet.” The bromance is palpable.

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Jamie and Murtagh are the JD and Turk of Outlander. It’s my second favorite relationship on this show. Back in the inn, Jamie is telling this story to Claire and she can’t believe something so poetic came out of Murtagh’s mouth. “Still waters run deep, ya ken,” says Jamie, and Claire asks if he is a Fraser or a Mackenzie. Jamie recites his full name (He is a Fitzgibbon Fraser) while clinking glasses with Claire and you can tell they are both tipsy but also PRECIOUS.

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Claire comments that it is a wonder that Dougal let Murtagh go get the kilt, he was in such a hurry. “He was,” says Jamie darkly,“ but I slowed him down.” Another flashback where we see Jamie’s conditions for the marriage. He tells Dougal he will do it, but he has three conditions. When Dougal gripes that it would just be easier to kill them both, Jamie smiles and says yes, but harder to explain.

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Condition 1 is marriage in a church, by a priest. Dougal’s solution to this is to take Young Willie to rouse and then threaten the sneezing local curate, who will not marry them unless the banns are read. When Dougal resorts to threatening him, he pulls a small knife and says they can’t kill him because neither of them is a priest.

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He and Young Willie throw bible verses for and against back and forth, but finally Dougal figures out his price, and it’s windows for his abbey so he no longer freezes to death.

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Priest secured. Back at the inn, Jamie tells Claire that the priest barely skipped a beat before asking when the ceremony should begin. Claire brings him a piece of cheese and jokes about priests and money, and Jamie tosses the cheese into the fire and begins to kiss her wrist, so Claire does what any hot-blooded woman would do, and prompts him for the second condition.

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Flashback to Rupert and Angus, who have been sent by Jamie with a key to melt the top part and keep the “bow and the blade” intact. Angus would have preferred to win a proper ring gambling LIKE YOU DO but Rupert days it’s Jamie’s wedding, so they will do what he wishes.

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When it comes time to pay, however, Rupert has to pony up to get it made the same day and he berates Angus for not splitting it as promised. Back at the inn, Claire admires her new ring, which she is wearing on her right hand.

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She and Jamie look very cozy and affectionate by the fire until she asks where the key was from, and he nervously answers that it was just something he had in his sporran and walks away. It is obvious he is lying, but Claire chooses to leave it alone and asks him about the third condition. This one, he says, he left to Ned.

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Flashback to Ned surrounded by…um…ladies. Professional ones.

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As much as I like the character, watching him get licked by whores is EXACTLY LIKE WATCHING HIM GET LICKED BY WHORES and Good God it’s not even a little good. The women are parading both their breasts and dresses in front of Ned, who has obviously been sent to find the wedding gown. In a whorehouse. Thankfully the madam saves the day.

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Turns out a nobleman of her acquaintance bought a dress for his wife on a trip which he then bartered for services, if you catch my drift. Won’t Ned take it? When she sees him pull out his purse to pay, she says it’ll take a while to wrap, and she can keep him entertained in the meantime.

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Back at the inn, Claire calls BS on the story, but Jamie says he got it from Ned himself, who was red in the face as he told it. He also asks Claire if she didn’t see “the strumpet” at their wedding. Claire asks “Oh, is that who that was?” and I am ticked I missed this. Jamie wants to know what Claire did all day, and her response is to show him the bottle she stole from Dougal the day before.

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Flashback to Claire on the morning of her wedding day, being woken up by Murtagh telling her she doesn’t want to get married looking like she does, which is ROUGH.

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Jamie asks Claire if she doesn’t remember anything about her wedding, and she responds that does, but she had a monstrous hangover. Jamie says he remembers “every moment, every second”, and finally, we see it through his eyes.

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Jamie dirty is sexy and magnetic, but clean Jamie is like a Disney Prince you want to lick clean like an OCD jungle cat.

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His voice over is intensely romantic as he tells Claire that he will “never forget” when he saw her for the first time. “It was as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day and suddenly-the sun came out.” We see the innkeeper remove Claire’s cloak and the light in the scene warms up like a shaft of sunlight, and it glints across the acorns and oak leaves (symbols of fidelity, natch) embroidered on her gown. Radiant she may be to Jamie, but Claire looks like she is going to a funeral, not marrying the hottest Scot in a ten-mile radius.

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Must be one hell of a dress, because no one seems to notice the bride is on the verge of panic. All the guests look delighted, and even the two gruffest haters in the group share a squee.

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Granted Murtagh is overcome by love for his ‘ship and Dougal is just inappropriately into the bride, but they do look way happier to be there than Claire.

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Jamie walks up to his bride and formally bows to her, saying “Your servant, madam” and I scare my cat because I am shrieking so loud and I think Claire must hear me, because her panic finally gets the better of her and she tells Jamie she can’t marry him.

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He looks concerned for a moment, until she says she doesn’t even know his real name.

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Claire, scared witless and in a state of high anxiety, replies to “James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser” with “Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp” and at least her manners haven’t suffered because she tries to shake on it.

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Dougal, who hasn’t snarked at anything in maybe 10 seconds, interrupts to snark that if they are “quite finished” he’d like to “get on with it”. What a softie. Jamie asks Claire if she remembers anything, and she says “not all of it, but some things are very clear.” Right before she walks in, We see Claire take off Frank’s wedding band, and stash it in her bodice.

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And on with the ceremony. Both Jamie and Claire say their vows very slowly and clearly, but while Jamie radiates earnestness Claire is a total downer who keeps looking down and sounds like she is going to cry. It’s verra romantic.

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Once she is done, the priest asks if Jamie has a ring, and he proudly places it upon the bible. Claire looks surprised to see it, and when he places it on her finger, their looks speak volumes about their feelings and they seem to speak with their eyes.

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To be fair, Claire has loads more experience on what it means to be married, while Jamie is just besotted and thrilled to have her. Both sides have their advantages, really. They stare into each others’ eyes for a couple of beats and I am starting to think it is very touching when Dougal, probably sensing that I am enjoying this, stomps into frame and roughly cuts both their wrists with Jamie’s dirk.

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Turns out this is the Highlander part of the wedding, and as Jamie places his wrist on top of Claire’s so their blood mingles and Dougal ties them together, he asks Claire to repeat after him. Back at the inn, Claire asks him what the words meant, and they are beautiful enough for me to take seriously, if at least for a moment.

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The priest says that Jamie may kiss his bride, and it’s official.

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Outlander S1E07 “The Wedding” Photo Jerkoff: Hawt Scenes from the Promo

You guys, I can’t stop. I am probably sick like Black Jack except my illness causes me to look for sexay Frasers in frames of the next episode preview instead of beating the crap out of people and being a total tool that people hate. Lucky for you guys, this is the sort of juvenile nonsense that you have to look forward to when you follow me!

This is the flashback bit in between Jamie’s attempted kiss, frame by frame, because I heart you:

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I’ll be in the shower, saying the rosary, hoping that I travel forward in time to Saturday.

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