The World Turned Upside Down
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9th June 2021
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EPISODE 606 "The World Turned Upside Down"
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EPISODE 606 "The World Turned Upside Down"
CAST LIST — FINAL PRODUCTION DRAFT — 9th June 2021
BRIANNA RANDALL FRASER
ROGER WAKEFIELD MACKENZIE
EPISODE 606 "The World Turned Upside Down"
SET LIST — FINAL PRODUCTION DRAFT — 9th June 2021
- Fraser’s Ridge
- Big House
- Big House
- Meeting House
- MacNeill Cabin
- Tom Christie’s Lean-To
- Roger and Brianna’s Cabin
- Fraser’s Ridge
- Big House
- Big House
- Meeting House
- MacNeill Cabin
- Tom Christie’s Lean-To
“The World Turned Upside Down”
“The World Turned Upside Down” was taken from Chapter 80 in A Breath of Snow and Ashes and it’s the chapter where Malva names Jamie as the father of her unborn child. For the Frasers, this truly describes what happens to their world in the wake of this accusation. It’s unthinkable that Jamie could cheat on Claire, especially with this young girl, and daughter of his nemesis, Tom Christie. Claire, of all people, knows better. But Malva’s claim sparks a giant discussion about trust between Jamie and Claire and then snowballs all the way to the death of Malva, her baby and even more repercussions to come in later episodes, which you will soon see. Not only that, but being a huge Hamilton fan, it thrilled me a bit to make use of this title. However in early press, it led some fans to speculate that Alexander Hamilton somehow appears in this episode, so I hope they are not disappointed! 🙂 It is said that “The World Turned Upside Down” was the song the British army band played after their surrender at Yorktown, so it’s got a nice revolutionary flavor. This English ballad’s roots go back to the 1640s and was written as a protest against a policy of Parliament outlawing Christmas celebrations. The phrase was originally taken from a bible verse.
1 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - MEETING HOUSE - DAY (775) (D6) 1
ROGER MACKENZIE, acting as a lay minister after being asked by Tom Christie [Episode 602], is at the pulpit. TOM, ALLAN and MALVA CHRISTIE; JAMIE, CLAIRE and BRIANNA are present, as well as LIZZIE and a few other faces we recognize: AMY MACCALLUM, MR. and MRS. MCGREGOR, HIRAM and MRS. CROMBIE.
We wanted to open with Roger giving this sermon—the psalm reflects the theme of the episode…. “the weak confounding the mighty”—which is a reference to Malva and Jamie, and specifically, the consequences for Jamie and Claire’s relationship. In this scene, Malva watches the couple, admiring their bond and coveting it for herself. Incidentally, I love the shot the director chose for the opening, in which the camera does a flip, coming down from the ceiling and “upside down” as we enter the church. This episode also had a cool title card, chosen by Elicia Bessette, our Post Production Producer, who found a beautiful shot of an elk in a river, whose reflection is also “upside down.” The elk, of course, is later found to be the cause of the dysentery plaguing the Ridge.
Look around at your brethren here
today... none are all-knowing, all
powerful, none of noble birth. But
God does not require brilliance or
power or nobility for us to be true
believers. More often than not,
those are the very things that keep
us from trusting the Lord. That’s
(quoting a psalm)
“God hath chosen what is foolish in
the world to shame the wise, what
is weak to confound the mighty and
what is low in the world -- to
bring to nothing, things that are.”
Jamie touches Claire’s hand, stroking it gently. FIND Malva Christie, she glances over and notices. She’d love to have a man like that one day.
2 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - MEETING HOUSE - DAY (D6) 2
After the service, the congregation spills out, with settlers mingling and chatting. Roger approaches Claire and Jamie.
Did you enjoy the service?
I only noticed one person fallin’
asleep -- auld Maggie MacCurley,
but she’s eighty.
Off the chuckles, Brianna takes Roger’s arm...
You were brilliant.
Aye, ye’re doin’ a fine job, Roger
Roger smiles, pleased at Jamie’s compliment.
I appreciate that, coming from you.
I know you weren’t exactly pleased
about the church...
It’s only that I wanted it to be
used for more than the Protestants’
Oh, aye, it is! Tom’s been
teaching the children their letters
here in the afternoons.
Have any of you seen Mr. and Mrs.
They never miss a Sunday.
You and I can stop by their cabin
and look in on them. Perhaps
Lizzie and Malva will come along
for the walk.
Claire spots Malva chatting with some fisherfolk, and smiles. Malva smiles back eagerly. Brianna cocks a brow.
I’m sure Malva will. She’s been
glued to your side ever since you
started letting her help as your
She’s taking to it nicely. But I
miss Marsali. I miss all of them.
I hope they’ll do well in New Bern.
Fergus will be happy there. He’ll
thrive at the print shop and able
to provide for his family. I
should have seen it sooner.
You love them. You wanted them
near. There’s no shame in that.
OFF Jamie, taking it in, but still feeling wistful.
3 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - MACNEILL CABIN - LATER - DAY (D6) 3
Claire, Brianna, Lizzie and Malva approach -- LAUGHING and TALKING amongst themselves. As they near --
There’s an awful smell --
Something’s dead nearby. In the
woods, perhaps. Hear the crows?
They notice CROWS on the roof of the cabin. Claire gets a sinking feeling. They move quickly to the door and KNOCK.
No answer. She pushes the door open --
4 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - MACNEILL CABIN - CONTINUOUS - DAY (D6) 4
The smell is unspeakable. The women GASP and cover their mouths. Claire moves across the dark room, rips the hides off the windows. She hears MOANS at the influx of light.
Leave the door open -- we need
light and air. Stoke the fire!
Claire sees HORTENSE MACNEILL with her children -- a BOY, 8, a GIRL, 6, and a BABY. They are clammy-white, glimmering with sweat, legs streaked with reddish brown diarrhea. The father, PADRAIC, is curled in a corner. Claire swings into action, directs Brianna and Malva --
Help the children first --
The family is desperately ill, clinging to life. Claire and the others rush to work trying to save them. Brianna sits the boy up in the bed.
Come on, sweetheart, let’s clean
As Brianna and Malva clean the child, Claire goes to the little girl -- can’t find a pulse. She’s already dead.
(softly to herself)
Claire covers the girl with a blanket and quickly goes to the baby who’s not moving, pinches her skin gently, testing for dehydration, and feels her chest for a heartbeat.
What is this?
They’re dehydrated... could be food
poisoning... or something worse...
Careful... don’t touch your face...
Claire looks around, there’s an empty GOURD on its side.
Get some water from the stream --
quickly! Then boil it!
A sad scene to write and to film… the heartbreak of this dying family. A lot of talk went into getting the medical details right. In the book, Claire tells Brianna to fetch some water from the stream nearby. But since the cause of their illness is later revealed to be the tainted water there, it would look like Claire was irresponsible… Why give tainted water to people dying of dysentery? Well, Claire doesn’t know yet what illness they have—it could be a number of things. The cautious thing to do would be to boil the water, but there was no time to show that onscreen. Our medical adviser, Dr. Claire McGroarty said that in an emergency, with people who are severely dehydrated, they must have water as quickly as possible so Claire wouldn’t wait to boil it, she’d get it into them fast. Of course, we could have portrayed Claire’s dilemma about the water and her guilt afterward as a story point. But that wasn’t the story we were trying to tell. The MacNeills’ illness was a set up for Claire’s own illness later, and the way into the Malva story. So… our solution was to add lines where Claire says to give them water from their own canteens while waiting for the boiled water. A small detail, but one that made us satisfied that Claire be portrayed as a responsible doctor.
Brianna grabs the kettle and runs. Claire kneels by Hortense who is doubled over with cramps and barely breathing...
Mrs. MacNeill -- what’s happened?
Hortense is too weak to answer... Claire wipes her face.
(under her breath)
Bloody, bloody hell.
Lizzie! Take my canteen, pour cups
of water while we wait for Bree --
Lizzie goes to do it. Claire kneels by Padraic.
Mr. MacNeill --
He’s weak but more alert than the others --
Mistress Claire... ‘Tis the bloody
flux... it came on so quickly... My
Don’t worry, I’ll tend to them,
then I’ll see to you. Your pulse
is still strong, you’ll be fine for
Thank the Lord ye’ve come.
Claire returns to the others. Lizzie hands her a cup and she pours water into Hortense’s open mouth while Lizzie helps the son try to drink. Malva is holding the baby, but the water is dribbling down her slack cheeks.
She can’t... she can’t...
Claire gets some water into Hortense but not nearly enough. Hortense chokes, coughs, retches some of the water back up. Claire is overwhelmed and frustrated.
(under her breath)
Can ye stop cursin’, Mistress?
It’s only that the wee ones can
hear. We need to send blessings to
Heaven, not curses.
I do love how Claire curses in this scene and Lizzie basically tells her to shut up. Lizzie doesn’t often confront Claire, but this situation warranted it and Claire knows Lizzie’s right, so she stops.
Of course we do.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord
is with thee... Blessed is the
fruit of thy womb, Jesus...
As Lizzie goes on PRAYING softly, Claire feels Hortense’s carotid artery, the pulse skipping weakly, beginning to fail. Behind her, she hears Malva who’s holding the dying baby... her tone full of anguish...
Oh, no. Oh, no, no, please...
Don’t go... please...
Also, it’s poignant that Malva, who has no mother, witnesses the love of a mother who loves her child so much, that she essentially wills herself to die in order to be with her baby.
As if Hortense has heard, her head rolls to the side, her eyes pop open, staring at the now dead child.
Holy Mary, Mother of God... Pray
for us sinners...
Hortense’s eyes look to Claire and the light goes out of them, as if willing herself to die along with her babe.
Malva watches in horror. She cradles the lifeless baby, and looks over at Hortense, somewhat in awe of a mother’s love.
She wouldn’t let her child go
Brianna has just arrived back with more water in time to see the deaths. Claire puts a hand on Malva’s shoulder, knowing the young woman has seen death but isn’t used to trying to stop it -- and failing. Lizzie softly finishes her prayer:
... Now and at the hour of our
Claire looks around at the death surrounding her, full of anguish and despair, knows she needs to find the cause.
5 OMITTED 5
6 OMITTED 6
7 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - DAY (D) 7
NEXT MORNING. Claire is back home, having been up all night.
CLAIRE’S MICROSCOPE POV: A NORMAL VIEW, with no clues about what’s causing the illness.
ON Jamie as he enters with two steaming MUGS. He hands one to Claire, brushing a kiss across her forehead.
Jamie frowns at several GLASS BOTTLES, next to the beakers and slides, plugged with twists of cloth, each containing a brownish liquid. He sniffs the air.
Is that... shit?
Yes, it is.
Exactly what are ye lookin’ for?
Well, I’m not sure. But it’s
possible that it was either a
bacillus or an amoeba that made the
MacNeills sick. If I can find out,
I’ll know more about what the
disease is, how long it lasts, how
contagious it may be, and how to
Is it one you can catch?
I don’t know, but I’m fairly sure
it could be. I’ve been vaccinated
against typhus and typhoid -- so
has Brianna. This doesn’t look
like either of those. I’ll have to
keep an eye on her, and Lizzie and
Malva... that they don’t develop
We loved this scene with Claire and Jamie, as they talk about how life was different in Brianna’s time because people had vaccinations and better medicines, and didn’t die of these diseases. It was unfortunately cut for time, but will appear in the DVD set as a deleted scene.
Jamie gives her neck a final squeeze. She continues to look at a few slides as they talk... but finds nothing unusual.
Brianna came into the kitchen
whilst I was brewin’ the tea. She
took down the basin and the soap —
then she took the kettle and poured
the hot water over her hands.
I hope she didn’t burn herself.
She did. Scrubbed herself from
fingertips to elbows...
He pauses, eyes dark with worry. Claire sighs.
She knows it’s contagious.
Aye. She’s worried.
Claire takes a pause, and drinks her tea.
It’s different... for her. I was
born at the end of a war -- and the
year after, there was an epidemic
of influenza. People died in
hundreds and thousands. The men
and women who fought -- the ones
who survived bullets and bombs,
many died as the MacNeills did --
of illness, because there wasn’t
any way to stop it.
Bree’s never seen plague.
No. By then, we had better
It’s no’ only herself she fears
for, aye? It’s the wee lad...
passing it to Jemmy.
She’s always known it’s possible...
but to see it happen, to have a
child die in front of you from a
She’s a good mother. So are ye.
Ye’ve been up all night. Go and
sleep for a bit, Sassenach. This
will wait. I’ve never known shit
to spoil wi’ keepin’.
Claire leans against his chest. She closes her eyes, knows there’s a fight ahead.
A8 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - DAY (D7) A8
The sky lightens and reaches noon and beyond.
8 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - LATER - DAY (D7) 8
After resting for a few hours, Claire is back at it, looking for answers. Malva is with her now, as she turns the mirror of the microscope a fraction of an inch further, to get as much light as possible on the slide.
There. I think I’ve found our
Can I look?!
Claire steps back and lets Malva look into the microscope.
Do you see it? The big, clear
thing in the middle, lobed, with
the little flecks in it?
Malva squints into the ocular then gasps in triumph.
MALVA’S MICROSCOPE POV: An AMOEBA with its arm-like projections is now present.
I see it plainly! Like a currant
pudding someone’s dropped on the
floor? With arms coming out of it!
That’s it. An amoeba. It’s what’s
causing the bloody flux.
Claire is back at it with the microscope, this time with Malva, as she finally finds the amoeba—the cause of the illness. We had a fascinating time looking up amoebas on the internet. They were pretty cool-looking—although you’d never want to have one in your body! A bit of foreshadowing when Malva asks how something so small can cause such trouble in a person… There’s even a callback as Jamie quotes Roger’s sermon “the weak shall confound the mighty.” This scene was also meant to show the escalation of the dysentery epidemic, and how Malva impresses Claire when Malva insists on accompanying her, despite the risk of contagion.
How can something so small cause
such trouble in something so big as
Because once inside you, their only
job is to destroy your cells...
Remember, I showed you the cells
from the lining of your mouth?
Jamie enters, having overheard. Recalling Roger’s sermon:
“What is weak shall confound the
Will we give the sick folk the
Penicillin isn’t effective against
amoebic dysentery -- that’s what
you call a very bad flux. I’m
afraid we’ve nothing much save
Where did this “amoeba” come from?
It can be spread through tainted
food or water... dirty buckets, a
contaminated water source...
Lizzie comes to the door.
Mistress! Mr. Ogilvie’s here... he
says his wife’s fallen sick with
the flux. Ye must come quickly...
The news of another sick family causes a pit in Claire’s stomach. It’s just what she was afraid of. The disease is spreading. She readies her medical kit and herbs. To Malva:
Fetch several heads of garlic and
some honey for honey water.
At once, Mistress!
As Malva exits to the kitchen -- Claire tries to calm her own sense of urgency as she packs. Jamie wants to be helpful.
I’ll go and search the MacNeill
property... look for the source.
I’ll gather the settlers at the
meeting house and warn them to wash
their hands and boil their water in
And have each family bring me
samples from their wells and
springs. Hopefully we can stop
this before it spreads any further.
Jamie kisses Claire goodbye and exits. Malva returns quickly and gives Claire several garlic heads bundled in her apron.
Thank you, Malva. You’ve been a
But, Mistress Fraser -- I’m coming
This is a highly contagious
I’m coming with you.
All right then. We’ll do what we
can, but brace yourself -- there’s
Impressed with Malva’s selflessness, off they go --
9 OMITTED 9
10 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - CEMETERY - DAY (D8) 10
DAYS LATER. MOURNERS surround THREE COFFINS -- the latest victims of the dysentery epidemic. Roger, Brianna and Lizzie are there.
PAN ACROSS TWO ROWS of WOODEN CROSSES, nearly ten new graves, as the new coffins are lowered into freshly dug holes.
The Cemetery, showing the rising deaths on Fraser’s Ridge. The first draft of this script was finished just after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic and during California’s “stay at home” order. It was a chilling feeling to be home writing about a contagious and much feared disease of the 18th century that could have wiped out a whole community and more, when a frightening disease was starting to rage in our 21st century. Another example of art imitating life. At that time, of course, no one knew how far COVID would go or how long it would last. Writing this now, in 2022, it’s hard to think back on the genesis of this particular script and how back then we had such high hopes that COVID would run its course in a much shorter time.
FIND Claire looking on at a small pocket of mourners, Protestants and Catholics alike. Claire’s eyes are glazed with sorrow and defeat.
(quietly to Jamie)
I’m getting terribly tired of
Jamie puts an arm around her.
I’m sorry we haven’t found what’s
causin’ the sickness. But we
willna give up.
No, we won’t.
Ye look a bit like a ghost,
Sassenach. Ye havena slept for
days, and ye hardly pause for
food... Let me take ye home.
But she doesn’t look fine.
I wonder where the Sin-Eater is?
No one has seen him in a while --
CLAIRE’S POV -- Brianna’s words slow and distort and her face fades...
Jamie catches Claire as she collapses to the ground.
Brianna puts her hand on Claire’s forehead.
She’s burning up.
Jamie scoops her up in his arms, runs toward the big house.
11 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - DAY (D8) 11
ON Claire, in bed, delirious with fever -- she’s never been this ill before. Jamie and Brianna worry over her. Malva is there, wiping Claire’s forehead with an anxious expression.
CLOSE ON CLAIRE’S FACE as we see inside her mind --
12 INT. CLAIRE'S FEVER DREAM 12
-- The fever rolls across her mind like a THUNDERSTORM. Bursts of brilliance come like LIGHTNING BOLTS. GREY CLOUDS with pulsing RED VEINS running through them. The sound of THUNDER, like the beating of a KETTLE DRUM.
-- CLAIRE stands in the midst of the roiling storm. She puts her hands over her ears and SCREAMS -- but no noise comes out. And when we CUT BACK TO --
13 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - DAY (D8) 13
CLAIRE’S eyes are closed -- she’s still unconscious on the surgery bed.
14 INT. CLAIRE’S FEVER DREAM 14
-- Claire thrusts her hands through misty grey clouds, into a patch of red and seizes something -- pulls it toward her. It’s warm and moist and throbs in her hands. Her OWN HEART. There are NEEDLES piercing its center, like a voodoo curse! She drops it in horror.
15 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - LATER - NIGHT (N8) 15
Jamie is with Malva and Lizzie, who are both looking after Claire, still unconscious. They are wiping her brow and trying to make her comfortable. Allan appears in the door.
Malva -- it’s late. Let’s leave
these good folks now. It’s time
for us to go.
Yer brother’s right... ye should
take yer rest. Lizzie’s here...
I won’t leave her.
Allan’s face hardens, but he’s reluctant to argue in front of Jamie. He leaves. Jamie picks Claire up in his arms.
She’ll be more comfortable in her
He starts out of the room; Malva picks up the tray of hot cloths and medicines and dutifully follows --
16 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - LATER - NIGHT (N8) 16
Jamie places Claire down on the bed.
17 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT (N8) 17
LATER, Malva brings Jamie a cup of tea as they take a break.
Lizzie’s with her. Here’s some
willow bark tea for you.
Thank ye, lass. ‘Tis the same tea
Claire made for me when I was ill
wi’ the snakebite.
Oh, no, sir... snakebite? Were you
Aye. Nearly lost my leg.
Jamie doesn’t feel much like talking, but returns polite conversation with the girl who’s helping his wife so much.
This scene shows a moment of interaction between Jamie/Malva. The only other time they are alone is when they encountered each other in the woods while Malva was picking wood-ear mushrooms. We wanted to show Malva’s fascination/admiration for Jamie… is she overtly trying to seduce him? We are walking that fine line here. If so, Jamie is not (and never was) reacting or encouraging her. He’s merely being polite and friendly. Here, he’s consumed with worry about his wife, something that Malva seems to take advantage of, to get close to him.
I’m terrified of snakes. I saw a
king snake the other day.
Great ratters, they are.
Maybe so, but they’ve a wicked
Ye’ve no been bitten, have ye?
No, sir. But Mr. Crombie was. He
brought one in a box, to a Sunday
meeting once, to make mischief, for
he knew the text was For they shall
take up poisonous serpents and
suffer no harm. When he opened it,
the snake came out like a jack-in-
the-box and bit him on the lip.
Did it, then? I dinna recall
hearin’ about that.
Mr. Crombie was furious. I imagine
no one wanted to spread the story,
for fear he’d maybe pop with rage.
Aye, I see. And that’s why he
wouldna come to have my wife see to
the wound, I suppose.
Oh, he wouldn’t do that, sir. Not
if he was to have to cut off his
nose by mistake.
No? Why not?
Well... some say your wife’s... a
She is a Sassenach. Folk will
always say such things of a
stranger, especially a woman.
Think so yourself, do ye?
Oh, no, sir! Never! I should wish
nothing but to be like her! She is
so kind and lovely, and so
knowledgeable! I want to learn all
she can teach me.
Aye, well. She’s said often how
good it is to have such a pupil as
yourself, lass. And... your Da
doesna mind that ye spend so much
He... he doesn’t seem pleased, but
no longer says I shouldn’t come.
Is it true, sir, what he told me?
That your grandsire was Lord Lovat?
Him they called the Old Fox?
Oh, aye. I come from a long line
of traitors, thieves, and bastards.
I dinna believe it, sir. You seem
a fine gentleman to me.
But Jamie is too consumed with worry for Claire to notice the young woman’s admiring gaze and flattering words.
18 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT (N8) 18
Middle of the night. BACK WITH CLAIRE, still in a delirium.
CLAIRE’S FEVER DREAM POV:
-- The SILHOUETTE of a MAN (Jamie) standing at the window, arms braced on the sill and head sunk on his chest. He’s holding a WHISKY BOTTLE. A spasm of grief shakes him. A YOUNG WOMAN (Malva) moves toward him, touches his back, MURMURING softly to him. Her head tilts tenderly toward him and her body sways closer to him in a gesture of intimacy...
A very tricky scene as Claire, in her delirium, sees shadowy figures at the window, causing her later to briefly question what happened between these two while she was deathly ill. It had to be a visual that looked both innocent and potentially suspicious at the same time.
FADE TO BLACK.
19 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - DAY (D9) 19
A WEEK LATER. Roger is sitting with Claire. His eyes are closed as he MURMURS quiet PRAYERS. Claire slowly OPENS her eyes and says softly:
Roger springs up.
I don’t know. Am I?
Claire’s too weak to sit up, but the worst is over. She looks pale and gaunt as Roger helps sit her upright against piled pillows. Roger holds a cup of honey water to her dry lips. She feels his hand against her bare neck -- and jerks so hard she spills her cup.
What? What? WHAT?!
Claire clutches her head -- too shocked to form a sentence. Her long, untamed hair is gone -- shorn off. In its place, SHORT, CHOPPED, UNEVEN LOCKS. Roger stumbles through the explanation --
We loved the idea of cutting Claire’s hair and were excited for this scene, long before it was ever written. Although we briefly considered it, as in the book, we opted not to show the haircut taking place. It was more shocking for the audience (and Claire!) to wake up to the radical change.
There was some concern about including the line about how Jamie cried when he saw it. We didn’t want Jamie to appear selfish or insensitive. He doesn’t cry for himself, but for Claire. He knows she loves her long curly locks and that they are part of her identity. He knows she’ll hate how it looks, and how she’ll feel almost like a female Samson whose power is lessened by the loss of the long locks. Later, of course, there’s no doubt how Jamie feels. He tells her more than once that she’s beautiful. But it’s also a lovely moment when Roger tells her this. The two of them are close and it’s wonderful that he reassures Claire in this vulnerable moment. We also built in a moment for Brianna to inform Claire about her pregnancy and reveal that Claire will have another grandchild, something that soothes Claire and brings a bit o’ joy. I love also that Brianna tells Claire she’ll clean up the haircut because she looks ridiculous. It sounds harsh, but it’s said with love!
Malva and Mrs. Bug cut it off, day
before yesterday. Bree and I
weren’t here, or we wouldn’t have
let them, of course -- but they
thought it’s what you do for
someone with a terrible fever.
Bree was furious with them, but
they truly thought they were
helping save your life --
Claire is beyond distraught.
I’ll fetch Jamie --
(grabs his sleeve)
NO! God, no! I don’t want him to
see me like this!
He’s... er... he’s seen you. It.
Already. I mean -- he saw it.
He did? What -- did he say?
He didn’t say anything.
He -- he just cried.
Claire starts to feel faint, her mind melting into itself again, her eyes close as she starts to drift.
He shakes her arm until her eyes open and focus on him again.
You looked funny for a moment.
D’you want more honey water?
I’m fine. The... sickness. Is it
still -- ?
No. It’s stopped. No one’s fallen
ill in the last week.
A week? How long have I -- ?
Just about that. You were among
the last to succumb to it.
Claire glances at Roger, who’s looking thin and strained.
Have you eaten anything recently?
Not since last night.
Well. Do. Eat something. Won’t
Aye. I will.
He starts to leave, but hesitates, takes several strides back, bends over the bed and seizes her face with his palms, kisses her lightly on the forehead.
Nothing could ever make you less
He exits, crossing with Brianna who’s on her way in --
Mama! You’re awake!
Relieved, she rushes over, then halts at the foot of the bed and, with a determined expression, admonishes Claire.
You are not allowed to die.
I didn’t think I was going to.
You scared me, you scared us all.
Well, I didn’t mean to.
Just... don’t do that again. I
love you, Mama. And I can’t be
Claire smiles and says softly:
I love you too, darling.
And... neither can your new
Brianna touches her own belly gently. Claire realizes:
Oh, Bree... when...?
I waited a bit to tell you, I
wanted to make sure it was... real.
They clasp hands. A saved life and a new life to celebrate. Before they both burst into tears --
Let’s get that hair of yours
cleaned up. You look ridiculous.
Brianna smiles, it’s only good-natured teasing. Claire can’t help but laugh.
20 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - LATER - DAY (D9) 20
CLOSE ON CLAIRE’S FACE reflected in a HAND MIRROR. WIDEN TO REVEAL that she’s sitting in a chair next to the bed, inspecting her newly shorn hair as Brianna uses SCISSORS to make the final few snips as she evens it out.
There. That’s much better.
As good as it gets, I suppose.
Thank you, darling.
Brianna notices Jamie hovering in the doorway.
Now let’s get you back into bed...
Jamie comes over and helps Claire to sit back against her pillows. Brianna gives her mother a hug and leaves. Jamie watches Claire a moment with the mirror. It’s clear she’s still pretty horrified by the vision in the looking glass.
I dinna suppose ye’d think of
wearin’ a cap? Only until it grows
out a bit?
No, I bloody don’t suppose so. And
Brianna’s done a fair job of
evening it out.
She hands the mirror to Jamie.
Still, always good for a laugh, I
suppose, seeing the expression on
people’s faces when they catch
sight of me.
Ye’re verra beautiful, Sassenach.
Claire raises a brow, picks up the mirror and looks at herself again. He laughs, then kisses her hand.
I love you.
Oh. Well, then. I love you, too.
And it will grow back, after all.
So it will.
He kisses her hand again. A beat. Claire braces herself.
Tell me what’s happened.
I found a dead elk in the river...
it was upstream from the MacNeills
and the others who got sick. At
least now we have an answer.
Thank God. But tell me... who’s
been ill? How are they? And who --
Ye’re sure ye feel well enough,
Knowing is better than worrying
about what I don’t know.
Aye, then. Kenny’s lost his
youngest, wee Bobby, and Grace is
still ill, but Hugh and Caitlin
didna fall ill at all. Three more
of the fisherfolk have died; a
dozen still ailing, but most are on
the mend. And then there’s Tom
Christie. He was still bad, last I
heard. Fever, headaches...
Claire, still a bit lightheaded, closes her eyes.
Ye’re no’ still delirious, are ye?
Was I delirious?
In France, when I lost Faith...
During the fever, I saw birds...
blue herons... Master Raymond told
me blue was the color of healing...
But this time, I saw... storm
clouds... my own heart...
skeletons, and a snake... it was in
One of my favorite moments is when Claire speaks about losing Faith in France and how she saw blue herons. It harkens back to the “Faith” episode where I used the blue herons to represent the “blue light” that Diana talks about in Dragonfly in Amber. We didn’t want to use a visual effect of blue light, so the herons did the trick. But here, Claire sees much more violent and frightening images… like the snake in the house, which represents Malva. But I like how Jamie says that her blue birds must have been with her, since she did get well.
It is interesting to note that in the book, after Claire awakens—and during her recovery—is when Jamie fills her in on everything that’s happened at the Ridge. One of those things was Fergus’s attempted suicide. Jamie tells Claire the whole story—which means it’s in “backstory” in writer lingo. Diana does this frequently in the book, and it works well because the reader imagines it. But for TV, it would be less interesting to watch someone (even someone as talented as Sam Heughan!) tell a big, long story on the TV screen. So this is where the art of adaptation comes in as we took that story which Jamie relates to Claire in the book and turned it into its own episode—Episode 603, “Temperance.”
I can promise ye, Sassenach, any
snake that crosses our threshold
will part wi’ his head before he
reaches the staircase.
And ye are well now. So yer wee
blue birds were wi’ ye after all.
But ye tried to die on me, did ye
He echoes her words from when he was bitten by the snake [Episode 509]. He kneels and puts his arms around her.
I would have been so angry, Claire,
if ye’d died and left me.
I didn’t. I won’t.
Jamie’s arms slide down until his hands rest on her behind.
Christ, Sassenach, ye havena any
bum left at all.
Well, never mind. I’m sure that
will grow back soon enough.
OFF Jamie and Claire basking in the relief of another near miss with death.
21 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - DAY (D10) 21
NEXT DAY. Claire’s still resting in bed. ADSO is curled up beside her. She looks toward the window, stir-crazy, hating to be trapped here. After a beat, she throws back the quilts, swings her legs out of bed. She turns to the cat.
A sweet moment for Adso. Pets often stay nearby when their owners are ill. They are like little talismans who watch over us in a physical and spiritual sense.
Keep the bed warm for me. And
don’t tell anyone where I went.
22 OMITTED 22
23 OMITTED 23
24 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - LATER (D10) 24
Claire gazes into her microscope --
CLAIRE’S MICROSCOPE POV: NORMAL VIEW. No amoebas in sight.
BACK ON CLAIRE as she lifts her head... an “aha” expression on her face.
25 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - TOM CHRISTIE’S LEAN-TO - DAY (D10) 25
Claire, bundled up and warm, walks up to the door -- knocks --
26 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - TOM CHRISTIE’S LEAN-TO - CONTINUOUS (D10) 26
Claire enters and finds Tom at the table, writing a letter. He looks up, surprised to see her. Especially after she takes off her hat -- revealing her chopped hair.
Mistress Fraser! What in the name
She passes a self-conscious hand over her head.
Oh. That. You ought to be
pleased. I’m not going about
outraging the public by a wanton
display of my flowing locks.
You look like a monk. Sit down.
She takes a seat on a stool near him.
How are you?
How am I? You walked all the way
here, in a dangerously enfeebled
condition, to ask after my health?
He draws his shawl protectively around his shoulders. He frowns, looking like an irritable owl.
TOM CHRISTIE (cont'd)
You are most unaccountable, madam!
No, I am a doctor.
I’m feeling better if you must
know. You were also very ill, I
Yes, I have been. But not with the
same sickness that’s been
afflicting people on the Ridge.
What do you mean?
It’s hard to mistake the bloody
flux for headache and fever. I did
not have dysentery -- I confirmed
it with my microscope. Now -- did
you have flux?
He hesitates but curiosity gets the better of him.
No. It was as you say -- a
headache fit to split the skull,
and fever. A terrible weakness,
and... and extraordinarily
It sounds as though you and I had
the same illness. A simple viral
or bacterial infection perhaps.
What difference does it make? We
are both recovered.
Agitated, he stands and paces around the lean-to.
Most disease passes from one person
to another -- sometimes by means of
shared food or water... But I
haven’t seen you for a while. How
is it that we should both fall ill
of the same thing?
I do not see why two persons cannot
fall ill without seeing each other.
If I could examine a sample from
you under my microscope, I’d know
without a doubt whether --
What kind of sample?
Well, it would be... a small
measure of... fecal matter...
Tom looks as if Claire’s hit him in the head with a board.
Good Lord, woman, how dare you ask
such a thing!
A really fun scene to write because of the talent of Mark Lewis Jones. It was myself and Maril Davis who spotted him in The Crown and knew he was perfect for Tom Christie. I was dying to write a scene for him since we cast him, and this one, which is largely from the book, was a terrific scene between him and Caitríona where he’s shocked about her hair and scandalized by her requesting a sample of his fecal matter (I couldn’t resist adding that bit!).
It’s purely for medical purposes --
Come outside. I will see you home.
And if you insist upon asking such
vile and intrusive questions, I
suppose -- I cannot stop you.
He takes her hand now, startling her. But his grip is steady and solid. She actually welcomes it. And his face tells us there’s something pleasing about it to him as well.
You needn’t walk me home. You
ought to be in bed.
So should you. Put on your hat
before we go.
With his other hand, he grabs her hat and hands it to her, then leads her to the door.
A27 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - TOM CHRISTIE’S LEAN-TO - DAY (D10) A27
Tom and Claire exit, walking hand in hand. An odd couple.
27 OMITTED 27
28 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - MOMENTS LATER - (D10) 28
Jamie brings Claire back into her room, scolding:
What in the name of God possessed
Well, I felt much better, and --
Ye’re the color of bad buttermilk!
And trembling so ye can scarcely --
let me do that!
He helps her undress --
Have ye lost yer mind? And to
sneak off like that without telling
anyone, too! What if ye’d fallen?
What if ye felt unwell again?
If I’d told anyone, they wouldn’t
have let me go out. And I am a
physician, you know. Surely I can
judge the state of my own health.
He carries her to the bed and puts her in it, admonishing her, much like Brianna did earlier.
You-- are going nowhere. You are
not allowed to kill yourself. Do I
make myself clear?
So that’s where Bree gets it.
You know why I did it. I had to.
I had to see if Tom needed my help.
As it turns out, he was recovered.
But I have reason to believe he and
I had the same illness -- and it
Jamie sits next to Claire, slides her silver wedding band up and down her finger -- it’s loose because she’s lost weight.
Ye’re so thin, Sassenach... yer
rings hardly fit ye...
Careful. I don’t want to lose it.
Ye willna. I swore these rings
would never leave yer hands again.
Jamie has a beautiful speech about how much Claire means to him and how much he’d miss her if she was gone. The bit about the rings is a callback to Episode 506, “Better to Marry Than Burn,” after Claire was enraged that Jamie used her rings to gamble with Philip Wylie, after which he promised they’d never leave her hands again.
They sit in silence, watching the sun set through the window.
It’s a great comfort to see the sun
come up and go down.
When I dwelt in the cave, and then
when I was in prison, it gave me
hope, to see the light come and go,
and know that the world went about
its business. It gives me the same
feelin’, Sassenach, to hear ye
rustlin’ about in your surgery,
rattlin’ things and cursin’ to
yourself. If ye were no longer
there -- or somewhere -- then the
sun would no longer come up or go
He lifts her hand and kisses it very gently. He lays it closed around her ring, upon her chest. She turns over and he rubs her back very gently, helping her fall asleep...
29 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT (N10) 29
LATER THAT NIGHT. Claire wakes up and runs her hand over the side of the bed. It’s empty. There’s a stirring in the dark beside the bed. It’s Jamie.
What’re you doing down there?
I didna want to trouble yer sleep.
He leans his head on the mattress beside her. She strokes his hair.
Remember when we were collecting
rent? You slept on the floor
outside my door.
I added this bit about Jamie sleeping on the floor next to the bed as a reminder to Claire of when he slept on the floor in Season 1 during the “Rent” episode. Their later conversation about the things Jamie loves about Claire is charming and ends with a compliment about “faithfulness.” A nice set up—which reminds the audience about how the Frasers’ loyalty and faith in each other is a strong tenet of their relationship: “above all creatures on earth, you are faithful.”
Aye. Ye stepped on me, Sassenach.
Nearly broke my ribs.
She smiles in the dark.
Come up here.
Are ye sure... ye want me near?
He gets into bed with her. They lie, barely touching.
Good. Because I’m not goin’
anywhere. At least not for a
couple of months.
She looks at him quizzically. He relays some news.
I’ve had word from the Sons of
Liberty. Details of the next
Provincial Congress in New Bern.
Cornelius Harnett has asked me to
speak in support of the ongoing
efforts to cease trade with
Having been on the receiving end of
your powers of persuasion, I’d say
he’s made an excellent choice.
She holds Jamie’s hand in hers, feeling the hard smooth layers of callus on his palms and knuckles.
I’ve the hands of a stonemason.
She kisses his hands... the tips of his fingers...
Calluses on a man’s hands are
She reaches down his body and touches him under the covers.
Well, I’ll tell ye, Sassenach, if I
havena got calluses down there,
it’s no fault of yours, believe me.
This makes her smile. He runs his hands through her hair.
Yer short hair... is also... very
You really think so?
Aye. ‘Tis but one of the things
that draws me to you.
What are the others?
Well, ye’re brave. You were always
bolder than was safe. Now ye’re as
fierce as a badger. And proud as
So I’m arrogant and ferocious.
This does not sound much like a
catalogue of womanly virtues.
Well, ye’re kind too. And very
clean, although not much of a cook.
Thank you very much!
Remind me of some more virtues,
perhaps I’ve missed one.
Hmmm... gentleness, patience...
Gentle! Christ! Ye’re the most
ruthless, bloodthirsty -- and ye’re
no’ very patient either.
So what is my most endearing trait?
Ye think I’m funny.
I do not.
Do ye want to know what it is,
Claire nods. Can see that he’s serious now.
Above all creatures on earth, you
She looks in his eyes, can see that he means it.
Well, so are you. Quite a good
thing, really. Isn’t it?
OFF Claire’s smile as she drifts off to sleep.
30 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - DAY 30
And that was the last of it...
Death’s dark shadow had finally
passed... In the weeks that
followed, the fisherfolk and other
settlers lived beneath a bright sun
once more, their days ruled by its
rising and setting, blissfully
unaware that the Revolution was
SERIES OF SHOTS to indicate A COUPLE OF MONTHS HAVE GONE BY.
-- Settlers working.
-- Meeting house -- Women arriving for a quilting circle, carrying baskets of fabric, etc.
-- A proclamation with a Revolutionary event being nailed to a post as settlers look on.
31 OMITTED 31
32 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - DAY (D11) 32
Jamie is readying to leave for the Congress. Roger is going to accompany him. Claire and Brianna are helping pack the WAGON, along with Lizzie and MRS. BUG.
I wish ye were comin’ wi’ me,
I’ve too much to do here, and
besides, Roger will enjoy it more.
The historian in him will never get
over seeing such a significant
They’ll also be deciding on three
delegates to attend the Continental
Congress in Philadelphia.
I’ll come with you to that one.
He smiles at her confidence in him.
The CLATTER of a CART coming up the front road draws everyone’s attention. The Christie family arrives and alights from it -- it’s obvious something is terribly wrong. Tom is grim as a wolf, Allan is flushed with agitation, and Malva has clearly been crying. Young Ian, disturbed, tries to catch her eye, but she won’t look at him.
Tom -- ?
We’ll need to speak with you.
Jamie trades a look with Claire.
Whatever ye have to say, my wife
can hear it as well.
If you so choose.
As Jamie and Claire escort the Christies into the house, Brianna and Roger exchange a troubled look. Young Ian doesn’t like the sound of this either.
33 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - PARLOUR - DAY (D11) 33
Jamie ushers Tom, Allan, and Malva in. Tom wastes no time.
My daughter finds herself with
Jamie glances at Malva, who has her head bowed and lips trembling. He smiles kindly, trying to put them at ease.
Well, so. Is there some way in
which I might help, then?
She says -- that she will not name
the man, save in your presence.
He looks at Jamie, thick with dislike.
In my presence?
I don’t know why.
Claire clears her throat and asks:
How far gone are you, Malva?
Malva doesn’t answer, but smooths her hands across her belly, the round bulge of her pregnancy. Allan leans to Malva.
All will be well. Ye must say,
She takes huge gulps of air, but can’t bring herself to talk.
Will ye no’ tell me then, lass? I
promise ye’ll not suffer for it.
Finally she does speak, her voice ringing with reproach.
Oh, sir, how can you say that to
me, when you know the truth as well
as I do?
She looks to her father, then points directly at Jamie:
It was him.
Tom’s face flushes red with rage at the revelation. Jamie shows neither anger nor fear, denial or surprise. Nothing save the open-mouthed blankness of absolute incomprehension.
He blinks once. Then realization floods his face.
Malva casts her eyes down, the very picture of virtue shamed.
I am so sorry, Mistress Fraser. He
-- we -- we didn’t mean to hurt
Claire stares at her in disbelief as well.
What the hell are you talking
Your husband’s ruined her! The
child is his!
Allan grabs Jamie’s shoulder and yanks him around, throws a punch that glances off the side of Jamie’s head. Jamie pushes Allan hard in the chest while hooking a heel behind his calf, dropping Allan with a thud. Jamie clenches a fist toward Tom in invitation, but Tom makes no move toward Jamie.
Get up -- and keep your fists to
yourself. No need for that now.
Isn’t there? He’s made a whore of
Allan lunges at Jamie again, and Jamie punches him in the gut, doubling him over with pain. Jamie turns to Malva:
Ye ken well it isna true. So, what
mischief is this ye’re about,
nighean na galladh?
A serious insult. Tom stiffens -- he doesn’t speak Gaelic but recognizes the slur from his Ardsmuir days.
How can you speak to me so? How
can you be so cruel?
Mrs. Bug, hearing the racket, has come out from the kitchen and appears in the doorway, eyes wide at the crying Malva.
MRS. BUG (cont'd)
Will ye... be needin’ anythin’,
I thank ye, Mrs. Bug, but no.
She leaves. But she’s heard plenty, and she doesn’t go far, just around the edge of the door. Malva continues:
It was when the sickness came, when
I was here, tending to his wife!
(pleading to Jamie)
Tell them, sir, please -- tell them
Oh, I mean to. Ye’ll do the same,
lass, I assure ye.
Jamie gives her a black look. The shock of it is beginning to fade. His irritation growing by the moment, and he starts thinking furiously while she tells her tale.
The first time was when Mistress
Claire was so ill as we despaired
of her life. It wasn’t rape --
only him being off his head with
the sorrow of it, and me, as well.
I came into her room late at night,
to find him at the window, grieving
in the dark. I felt so sorry for
him... I asked if I could fetch him
a wee bite -- maybe something to
drink. But he’d taken drink
already, there was a whisky bottle
in his hand...
ON CLAIRE -
A FLASH goes through her mind: the murky silhouette of a man at the window, holding a whisky bottle, and a girl with her hand on his shoulder...
And I said no, thank ye kindly, and
that I’d be alone. Ye left.
No, I didn’t. Or rather you did
say that to me, that you’d be
alone, but I couldn’t bear to see
you in such straits, and -- I know
‘twas forward and unseemly, but I
did pity you so much!
(to the others)
I... I came and touched him. Put
my hand on his shoulder, only to
comfort him. But he turned then,
and put his arms round me, all of a
sudden and grasped me to him. And
-- and then... he... he took me.
She turns to Claire --
Against the wall, whilst you lay
sleeping. So great was his need.
Claire lifts her arm, draws back and SLAPS Malva across the face. There’s a brief moment of shock for Claire, as she can’t believe she’s hit the girl. FOLLOW Claire as she turns on her heel and walks out into the hall and out the front door. On the way, she brushes past Mrs. Bug, who has been hovering in the hall, eavesdropping --
This is the big scene book-readers have been waiting for… although hopefully it comes as a huge shock to non-book readers. It’s certainly a jaw-dropping moment. A ton of dialogue and complicated choreography to play, with so many people in the parlor and so much emotion flying around. This scene was also used as an audition scene for Malva… and it’s the one where Jessica Reynolds blew us away, and we knew we had our Malva. We’d seen this scene so many times during the auditions, but there was nothing as electrifying as seeing it come to life on screen.
We used the intercut here of Claire remembering the moment she saw the shadowy figures at the window the night she was ill—just to plant a tiny seed of doubt. And though she has faith in her husband, the heat is turned up so high here that she leaves, later claiming that it was because she was so angry, if she stayed, she might have killed Malva (a phrase that may come back to haunt her). Having Mrs. Bug eavesdropping in that small moment will have repercussions as well.
One clever move by Malva is that she doesn’t claim it was rape… that would be hard for anyone to believe. But in her mind, it was “comfort” and she claims it was consensual, making it harder for Jamie to defend himself. Then the coup de grâce as she describes his scars—scars the audience will remember that she saw when she spied on Claire and Jamie making love in the stables at the end of Episode 604, “Hour of the Wolf.” This seals the deal in Tom and Alan’s minds—Jamie is guilty.
34 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BACKYARD - DAY (D11) 34
Claire takes off running as though the demons of hell are at her heels. No one goes after her. She runs toward the stables.
35 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - PARLOUR - SAME TIME (D11) 35
BACK with Jamie and the Christies. Malva is crying.
Is she mad?
She’s not mad.
A clever liar, then. Clever enough
to ken no one would believe a tale
She raises her eyes with a soft, guileless innocence.
Oh, no, sir. Never. I should
never say such a thing of you,
never! You needed comfort. I gave
it to you.
She’s wi’ child by someone, and not
by me. Who might it have been?
It was you! There’s no one else!
I know of no one. She says that it
wasn’t only once. That the man in
question had her a dozen times or
Then she’s lied a dozen times or
Your wife believes me.
My wife has better sense.
I’ve seen the scars on your naked
body. I can describe them.
This declaration brings everyone up short.
No answer to that, have you?
Jamie’s irritation has given way to monstrous anger. But under that, there’s a thread of fear. But he says mildly:
There are a number of folk who’ve
seen my back, including you, Tom.
I havena lain with any of them,
But what of the crescent mark
across your ribs?
Or the great ugly one, high on your
leg, on the inside?
Jamie thinks of both scars, ironically both from Black Jack Randall -- the brand from Wentworth, the sword at Culloden. He doesn’t know it, but Malva saw them when she spied on Jamie and Claire making love [Episode 604].
Show us she’s wrong! Lower your
breeks, and give us a look, then!
Triumph blazes in Malva’s eyes. Tom turns to Jamie:
So, I suppose you don’t intend to
put aside your wife and marry her,
since you are already married in
the eyes of God?
Of course not.
Then we’ll draw up a contract.
Maintenance for her and the bairn.
Formal acknowledgement of the
child’s rights as one of your
heirs. You can decide, I suppose,
if you wish to take the bastard for
your wife to rear, but that --
Get out. Take your daughter and
leave my house.
Jamie and Tom stare each other down like dogs. Malva starts whimpering again. Allan puts his hand on his knife. Blood hammers in Jamie’s temples. He says to Allan, softly:
I should like nothing better than
to give ye yer head in yer hands.
Leave now, before I do it.
Allan looks to his father who is stone-faced. Tom grips Malva by the arm and pushes her out before him -- weeping and stumbling on the way. Allan follows, casting a single angry glance back over his shoulder, hand still on his knife.
Jamie hears the heavy slam of the door. Left alone, he feels like the floor of the room has vanished and he is suspended over a dreadful abyss. He knows he must find Claire.
36 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - STABLES - DAY (D11) 36
Claire’s sitting by herself, when Jamie appears. He’s brought a cloak and wraps it around her. He sits next to her. He takes a deep breath as if he’s about to say something, but doesn’t.
I hope you were planning to say
something. Because if you don’t,
I’ll probably start screaming, and
I might not be able to stop.
He makes a small sound between amusement and dismay.
I’ve been wonderin’, Sassenach,
what in God’s name I should say. I
thought of one thing and another --
I could think of a few things, I
What? To say I was sorry -- that’s
no’ right. I am sorry --
Claire’s stomach plunges to her feet.
-- but to say so -- sounds as
though I’ve done somethin’ to be
sorry for, and I have not. There
is no way to deny such a charge
that doesna carry the stink of
doubt about it. And nothin’ I can
say to you that doesna sound like a
groveling apology, and I willna
apologize for somethin’ I havena
done. If I did, ye’d only doubt me
You don’t seem to have a lot of
faith in my faith in you.
If I didna have quite a lot of it,
Sassenach, I wouldna be here.
He takes her hand.
Do ye think it true? What Malva
said? Ye ran away.
It was a shock. And if I’d stayed
-- I might have killed her.
Ye didna think it true, though?
She takes a deep breath and turns to face him.
I saw you at the window with her...
and the way she touched you... I
thought it was a hallucination,
but... apparently, it wasn’t.
Aye, she was wi’ me there, but it
was nothin’ more.
Everyone thought I was dying. I
know what happens, I’ve seen it.
People under the strain of grief.
It’s natural to seek solace...
She turns and looks straight at him now:
But Jamie Fraser, if you could do
such a thing as that -- and I don’t
mean lying with a woman, I mean
doing it and lying to me about it --
then everything I’ve done and
everything I’ve been -- my whole
life -- has been a lie. And I am
not prepared to admit such a thing.
What d’ye mean by that, Sassenach?
I don’t belong here. Brianna,
Roger... they don’t belong here.
Jemmy, he shouldn’t be here. But
here we are, all of us. Because I
loved you, more than the life that
was mine. Because I believed that
you loved me the same way. Because
you do. And I know that. Will you
tell me that’s not true?
He tightens his hand on hers.
No. No, I willna tell ye that.
But Claire? I do have somethin’ to
Don’t do that. It makes me feel as
though I’ve been punched in the
You said you wouldn’t say you were
sorry, because it meant there must
be something to be sorry for.
I did. There isna any good way of
telling your wife ye’ve lain wi’
someone else. No matter the
Claire feels dizzy, she closes her eyes.
Well... when ye... when ye were...
gone. Only once.
Christ. The last thing I want is
to upset ye, Sassenach, by soundin’
as though it -- but I dinna want to
malign the poor woman by makin’ it
seem that she was --
Jesus! Mary MacNab.
Who -- the hell -- is Mary MacNab?
Ye kent her, Sassenach. She was
mother to Rabbie, stable-lad at
I scarcely noticed her, but I
gather you did?
No. Not in the way ye mean. ‘Twas
the night before I gave myself up
to the Redcoats -- she came to me,
I was in the cave, and brought me
supper. And then she... stayed. I
tried to send her away. She said
she’d seen me with ye, Claire --
and that she kent the look of true
love when she saw it. And that it
wasna in her mind to make me betray
that. But she would give me...
some small thing. It was -- and,
it wasna. She gave me tenderness.
I -- I hope I gave her the same.
Tears come to Claire’s eyes, remembering his seven years in a cave, remembering Ardsmuir and Jamie talking about needing to be touched. This was not infidelity, but humanity. Claire reaches gently for his hand now.
You gave her... tenderness. I know
you did. I wish you had told me
I couldna think how. How to say
it, that ye’d understand.
And she does. Not just about Mary, but why he told her now. There was no need. No need but the need for absolute honesty between them.
So ye believe me about Malva?
Yes, and not only because of you
and me... but because if it had
happened, you would never turn away
from a child of your blood, no
matter how it came into this world.
He’s proven that, with William. Jamie sighs with relief.
What shall we do now?
Find out the truth -- if we can.
Because by daybreak, the whole
Ridge will ken what’s happened.
No one will believe it.
They’ll all believe it, Claire.
There’s always one scene in every season which inspires the most heated debate and this season, it seemed to be this one. A beautiful scene between Claire and Jamie—and one of the longest in Outlander’s history. However, there were those, and for good reason, who questioned its inclusion here. They didn’t believe that Claire would believe for a minute that Jamie had slept with Malva. And perhaps she didn’t. It’s possible though, that there was at least a flicker of doubt. Even a woman in the strongest of relationships is not immune. We’ve seen this many times in real life where the unfathomable happens. But actually, if you read the dialogue carefully, you’ll see that she actually says she doesn’t think it’s true… because “Jamie Fraser, if you could do such a thing as that… then my whole life has been a lie. And I am not prepared to admit such a thing.” She goes on to recount how none of the family belong here, yet they are here “because she loved Jamie more than the life she had.”
The conversation is not for Jamie to apologize, in fact, I love that he refused to apologize because he hasn’t done anything wrong. It’s merely a fulcrum for him to open up about one of the only secrets he’s kept from her. He told her once they could have secrets between them, but not lies. He shares with her that he slept with Mary MacNab during the years they were apart and has never told her. Only because he didn’t want to hurt her and out of respect for Mary’s honor. This revelation actually brings them closer! But the drama is in Claire waiting to hear what she fears is something terrible.
The scene ends with the great line: “they’ll all believe it.” This sets the stage for what’s coming… as we know what damage rumors have done to the Frasers in the past. Ultimately, we kept this scene in the episode and we trust the audience will understand that it doesn’t mean Claire really believes Jamie cheated, but that it’s something that sends her reeling and that she needs to process. Claire and Jamie working through their issues and emotions and wrestling them out together is the bread and butter of the series.
37 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - WOODS - DAY (D11) 37
Roger and Brianna walk and talk.
That little bitch! I want to just
grab her and choke the truth out of
I understand the impulse, but on
the whole -- better not.
Why would she do this to Mama?
Mama’s always been so kind to her!
Either the real father is someone
she doesn’t want to marry -- or
she’s decided to try to get hold of
your father’s money or property.
It isn’t true. Da simply
wouldn’t... would he?
I felt this was an important scene to play out because it demonstrates that if Jamie’s own daughter might possibly believe this, then surely the folks on the Ridge will. Brianna is of course recalling what she believes is Frank’s infidelity since she was privy to his affair with Sandy (the mistress introduced in Episode 305, “Freedom & Whisky”). Brianna would never have believed Frank could possibly ever cheat—yet he did. Even if he had good reason. So, she can’t be 100 percent sure about Jamie.
Roger can see the faint doubt at the back of her eyes -- and a slight glaze of panic at the thought.
No, he wouldn’t. Brianna -- you
can’t possibly think there’s any
truth to it?
Of course not! It’s only... You
remember when we went to Harvard
for the ceremony to honor Daddy?
There was a woman there that I
recognized... Her name was Sandy.
We ran into her once at a
bookstore. I saw the way Daddy
looked at her. Then she showed up
at our house during my mother’s
graduation party... Mama finally
told me... Daddy was in love with
her -- he planned to marry her.
Frank... was a totally different
situation. Your mother loved
someone else -- for twenty years.
Your father knew it.
Bree. Jamie’s an honorable man,
and he loves your mother deeply.
Well, see, that’s the thing. I
would have sworn Daddy was, too.
Her inkling of doubt proves that Jamie’s right. If even his own daughter has a flicker of doubt -- everyone else will too. God help them.
A38 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - NIGHT (N11) A38
Establishing. The moon moves over the sky.
38 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - GARDEN - DAY (D12) 38
ANOTHER DAY. Claire is working with her PRUNING KNIFE, when -- she hears a rustling in the nearby CORN ROWS.
She looks up and there, amongst the tall stalks, is -- Lionel Brown, grinning down at her.
Flooded with adrenaline, she wields the knife, poised for defense. Her breath comes fast and ragged. She blinks rapidly as if there’s something in her eye -- and when she refocuses, she sees -- it’s only Ian coming toward her with ROLLO. He sees the knife in her hand.
Sorry, Auntie, didna mean to
Claire lowers the knife, catches her breath, covers --
If that bloody hound of yours
wrecks my cauliflower, I’ll make a
rug of him.
Ian snaps his fingers at the dog.
Rollo trots over to Ian and sits quietly.
YOUNG IAN (cont'd)
I wanted to ask ye somethin’,
Auntie. It’s about -- about Malva
What about her?
Well... no’ her, exactly. More
what she said -- about Uncle Jamie.
Knowing how Ian idolizes Jamie, she attempts to comfort him.
Ian, you mustn’t worry yourself.
It will... come right, somehow.
Such things always do.
Aye, I suppose it will. It’s only --
what they’re sayin’, about him.
Even his own Ardsmuir men, folk who
should know better! I canna bear to
She wonders if Ian’s having his own doubts about the matter.
Ian. Malva’s child could not
possibly be Jamie’s. You do
believe that, don’t you?
I do. But, Auntie... it could be
The shocking confession lands on Claire as she realizes what he means. She can’t believe it at first.
Are you making this up for Jamie’s
sake? Because if you are...
It was only once. She is so
beautiful. And she talked to me,
she wasna shy like other lasses,
she was... curious about my life...
I wanted to feel again. One day I
was with her at the river and...
we... lay together... But later...
it didna feel right. I told her
that I was sorry, but I loved
another... that I still loved
Emily... and it couldna happen
D’ye think I scorned her, and
that’s what made her accuse Uncle
It’s not your fault.
But she’s carryin’ my child. I’ll
marry her... I’ll be a husband and
a father... I’ll do it, for the
This is an interesting scene in that we reveal that Young Ian slept with Malva and thinks the child might be his. We saw their budding friendship and a bit of attraction in Episode 603 “Temperance.” We had many discussions in the Writer’s Room about whether we should actually show a scene where their attraction culminates in lovemaking. I believe we actually wrote the scene and included it at one point. But it was decided it was better to keep it under wraps to save for a twist here when Ian, feeling guilty, confesses. Ian did have an encounter with Malva, but says it only made him realize he wasn’t over his Mohawk wife, Wahionhaweh.
I love the poignancy of Ian, who’s lost a baby, being ready to marry Malva and hoping on some level that it is his child she’s carrying. If you watch carefully, you’ll see that we directed Young Ian to look stricken as Malva arrives at the house to accuses Jamie… it’s because Ian senses there’s trouble and wonders if it has something to do with him. It doesn’t. but later when the baby doesn’t live, it pains Ian’s heart as well, since he found himself attached to the notion that it might be his child.
Ian... it may not be your baby.
(off Ian’s look)
Roger told me that he saw Malva
with Obadiah Henderson... and there
may have been others...
This news is troubling, but Ian is undeterred.
But it might be mine. And it isna
Uncle Jamie’s. Would it help him,
d’ye think? I could try and talk
Don’t do anything just yet. Let me
talk to Jamie. You don’t mind if I
Ian looks miserable.
I wish ye would, Auntie. I dinna
think I could face him, myself.
OFF Claire’s nod. She’ll tell Jamie...
39 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - TOM CHRISTIE’S LEAN-TO - DAY (D13) 39
DAYS LATER. Claire approaches and finds Malva splitting kindling. Malva turns --
If ye’ve come to ask me to take it
I just want to talk.
There’s nothing to talk about.
Or I could listen. I doubt you’ve
been able to talk to anyone, even
your father and brother --
Why would they listen to a whore?
I don’t think you’re a whore.
What else would you call a woman
that spreads her legs for a married
My father made me stand in front of
the congregation and confess.
Mr. MacKenzie told him not to, but
he did it anyway.
Claire closes her eyes -- holy shit. Everyone knows. Still, she maintains her composure and tries to reason with Malva.
You know what I think? I think you
are a young woman who made a
mistake. But I don’t think it was
with my husband.
Perhaps it was he who made the
mistake. And now I’m carrying the
blame for it.
No. I believe him. Completely.
The two of us have gone through
more than you can ever imagine --
and this, I promise you -- it won’t
come between us.
Malva looks away.
I’m sorry for whatever it is you’re
going through that made you so
desperate that you would do this.
You’re apologizing to me?
I care about you, Malva. I saw in
you a clever young woman with
curiosity and enthusiasm. I was
proud to be your teacher.
Malva is thrown by this. She breaks just a little. Claire tries to appeal to Malva’s better instincts.
It’s not too late. You can still
tell the truth.
Malva starts to CRY, silently, tears running down her face. Claire steps forward, to put a comforting arm around her --
It’s going to be all right.
No... it can’t be... it can never
Allan comes toward them with a face like black thunder --
Get away from her! What d’you
mean, coming here like this?
I’m only trying to --
Allan’s hands clench with rage. Malva is frozen.
If you hadn’t meddled in our
family, and tried to teach Malva
your devilish ways -- this never
would have happened!
You are ignorant --
She said you make potions to bring
people back from the dead!
He’s speaking of the ether. His presence has extinguished any progress Claire made, and Malva’s face hardens again.
It’s true -- I saw it.
Maybe Malva doesn’t believe ill of Claire, but Allan cruelly uses the memory of their mother --
She’s a witch. And we know what
happens to witches, don’t we,
Aye. We do.
Whatever softened in Malva has become cold and steely. She won’t back down from her lie. Claire shakes her head -- frustrated and pained. She looks at Malva, equally steely.
This scene is a heartbreaker because we see Claire make an attempt to straighten things out with Malva and give her a chance to come clean. And we see that Malva almost breaks… hearing how much Claire cares about her… her line “You’re apologizing to me?” She wants to tell the truth, whatever that may be, but stops short. This was also an important audition scene, as it showed Malva go from angry/hostile to soft and vulnerable—and then back to that cold steel coming up again as she slams the door on her last chance to tell the truth. Her brother says, “We know what happens to witches.” Malva, “Aye, we do.”
Stay away from my family.
Claire turns and goes.
40 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - SERIES OF SHOTS - TIME PASSAGE 40
From that day on, we lived under a
cloud of darkness... Thank God for
Brianna, or I’d have had no one to
talk to... We were pariahs. While
Jamie was away at the Congress,
preparing to revolt against Great
Britain, the Ridge was mounting a
rebellion of its own...
-- MEETING HOUSE -- as Claire exits, settlers stare with wariness when passing near Claire, their misgivings and doubts written all over their faces.
-- Having heard all the rumors, OBADIAH HENDERSON can’t hide his disdain and insults Jamie in front of Young Ian.
Jamie Fraser -- mouthin’ off to us
about plowin’ and harvestin’ when
he’s been busy sowing wild oats of
his own --
Watch it, Henderson -- I willna
warn ye again.
What? Least I have the bollocks to
come out and say what everyone else
Emboldened by his contempt -- and cocky -- Obadiah makes a rude gesture towards Ian, indicating his crotch. Ian throws a punch at Obadiah who swiftly returns a blow -- Settlers pull them apart.
A41 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT A41
TWO MONTHS LATER. Jamie, having returned from the Provincial Congress, downloads Claire about his trip.
This scene came from an idea proposed by Matt Roberts, a creative way to show the passage of time which occurred while Jamie and Roger were away at the Congress… to have them arrive home and intercut them telling their respective wives about it. It works rather nicely, as Claire covers and puts a good face on how things have been, yet Brianna tells the truth of how hard it’s been for Claire while he was gone.
A scholar he may be, but I think
Roger Mac hadna realized that all
worthwhile business is conducted in
the public house over tankards and
drams... Especially when it
involves declarin’ independence
from the King...
The sheer amount of alcohol
involved in making history...
Aye. Rum punch, shandy,
B41 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - ROGER AND BRIANNA’S CABIN - NIGHT - INTERCUT B41
Roger, having returned with Jamie, downloads Brianna.
-- persimmon beer, rhubarb wine,
cherry bounce, merry brew, and
scrumpy... I mean it’s amazing
anyone could get a straight
sentence out. Except for your
father of course... Jamie’s speech
was pretty bold, as you can
I’ll bet. Did he declare himself
for liberty, then?
Yep -- said we should be “a free
and independent people, under the
control of no power other than that
of God and the government of the
Wow. That is bold. Amazing.
Unfortunately no amount of liquor
dulled these men’s senses to the
gossip that had somehow beaten us
there... people had heard of his
BACK WITH CLAIRE AND JAMIE
Harnett’s right -- you would have
been a fantastic representative at
the Continental Congress...
‘Tis just as well, Sassenach, I’ve
much to do here at the Ridge... and
how has it been for ye?
Claire tries to put the best face on it --
Well, a bit lonely, but I’ve
BACK WITH BRIANNA AND ROGER --
The settlers have been awful to
Mama... even the sick wouldn’t come
to her to be healed...
Bloody ungrateful, after all she’s
done for this community, to have so
BACK ON CLAIRE -- her expression showing how hard she’s trying to keep the faith.
...But still, I kept believing,
this too shall pass. Someday
people will have forgotten. Until
one day, our world turned upside
41 INT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - DAY (D14) 41
Claire stands in her surgery, listless. Boredom and depression weighing on her. She looks out into the Breezeway, where there’s often a line of patients, but it’s empty. She looks out the back porch. No one.
Lonely, are you? Don’t worry...
A shiver goes up Claire’s spine. Needing to silence his taunts, her eyes fall onto the ETHER BOTTLE. Claire hesitates for a moment, then grabs the bottle of ether along with a CLOTH and the FERGUSON MASK. She uncorks the bottle and quickly pours some onto the cloth-covered mask.
42 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - DAY (D14) 42
Malva Christie walks toward the house, down the path from the stables, her steps quickening.
43 BACK TO THE SURGERY 43
Claire glances out the back door. She sees Malva coming, passing near the garden. She takes a beat, then closes the door, latches it. She doesn’t want to deal with this right now. She can’t. She latches the door to the breezeway as well, and closes the doors to the kitchen.
She sits on a bed, lies down, draping the mask over her nose and mouth. There’s the sound of KNOCKING. Claire ignores it. Inhaling deeply, she drifts away into perfect peace.
FADE TO BLACK.
Suddenly, someone’s SHAKING her awake. She opens her eyes and sees a BLURRY FACE come into view. It’s Malva.
Wake up! Wake up!
Claire wakes up. She’s groggy. But she sees Malva clocking the bottle of ether.
How did you get in here?
Never mind. I know what you’re
doing -- dying and coming back --
you said it was medicine but it’s
not -- it’s of the devil. You’re
of the devil --
Claire shakes off the fog and pushes Malva away --
You must’ve been beautiful once.
But you’re old. Your hair’s gone
to grey, it’s short and ugly, the
veins stand out on your hands, the
flesh falls away from your bones,
and you’re dried up inside. That’s
why he’s turned to me... I pleased
him so, over and over, he couldn’t
get his fill.
I’ll have him, I’ll have this
house, I’ll have his child,
everything that’s yours will be
In a burst of adrenaline, Claire grabs a scalpel off the tray and lunges toward Malva, pushing her back against a table and pressing the knife to her throat.
My other favorite scene. Here, I took some thoughts that were in Claire’s head in the book and turned them into dialogue. I loved how Claire had a moment of vulnerability, of wondering if maybe she was getting older and less attractive to her husband—an insecurity I believe even the most beautiful women suffer from. It’s just part of the human condition to have a moment where you feel less amazing than you might truly be. The way I worked it in was to put the thoughts that were in Claire’s head in the book, into Malva’s voice. Claire is under the influence of ether when Malva comes in and rails on her about the very things Claire is questioning in herself. Did Claire imagine this? Or was Malva really there?
If you come near me or my husband
again, I will fucking kill you.
CUT TO BLACK.
44 EXT. FRASER’S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - GARDEN - SAME DAY (D14) 44
HOURS LATER. Establishing. All looks quiet. No one around. An eerie calm.
45 INT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - SURGERY - DAY (D14) 45
Claire wakes up from her “sleep.” Instead of her usual refreshed, almost euphoric feeling, she’s anxious and troubled. She looks around... no one’s there.
Claire stands up, takes a deep breath and shakes it off. She glances outside. The day is bright. She exits the house --
46 EXT. FRASER'S RIDGE - BIG HOUSE - GARDEN - CONTINUOUS (D14) 46
FOLLOW Claire as she grabs a BASKET and her PRUNING KNIFE and heads to the garden to cut vegetables. She takes the knife and cuts a few stalks of corn (or some vegetable).
But as she parts some stalks, she sees a shocking sight: Malva, lying in the dirt, her throat cut. Blood everywhere.
Claire drops her basket, runs to Malva’s side, and feels for a pulse -- Malva’s dead. Her eyes open, blank with surprise. Claire feels the body -- it’s still warm. The bulge of her belly moves, very slightly.
Claire acts without thought, without fear, without doubt -- and there isn’t anything but the knife, the pressure, the flesh parting, and the faint possibility -- the panic of absolute need to save the baby.
Claire slits the belly, pushing hard through the muscle, through the wall of the womb, drops the knife and thrusts her hands inside, seizing the child, wrenching hard to pull it free, to bring it out from sure death, bring it to the air and help it breathe...
As the tiny BABY BOY comes free, she swipes blood and mucus from the tiny face, blows into its lungs gently, two fingers pressing the chest, up and down, as delicate as a watch spring. The baby’s heart struggles, a tiny spark of life flickers --
Claire clutches the doll-like body to her breast --
But the small blue glow that lit her hands for an instant, dwindles like a candle flame, until everything is dark.
ON Claire, crying, holding the dead baby, Malva’s butchered body beside her, blood on her hands...
One of the saddest and most horrifying scenes this season… Claire finds Malva’s murdered body. The doctor in her rushes to action to save the baby… but this was not to be a happy ending. In reality, Claire can’t revive the baby and is shattered by the loss of the tiny life, and by the violent death of Malva… and we’re left with the question, who did it and how did this happen?
Malva... what have I done?
END OF EPISODE