Outlander, Season 3, Episode 1, ‘The Battle Joined’

Outlander, Season 3, Episode 1, “The Battle Joined,” starts with Jamie lying among a sea of Highlander dead and wounded in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. Redcoats are walking about bayonetting the wounded. Delirious, Jamie remembers details of the battle, the final charge into the teeth of cannon and musket fire, and his last fight with Jack Randall.

Outlander, Season 3, Episode 1, 'The Battle Joined'

Jamie is eventually helped off the battlefield by a comrade, but they wind up in a barn among other Scottish prisoners who have been condemned to be shot. However, at the last moment, the officer commanding the detachment that is doing the execution remembers that Jamie once saved his brother from death, thus incurring a debt of honor. The British officer smuggles Jamie in a wagon out of the barn and hence back to Lollybroch, where his wounds will be tended by his family. Jamie has been denied both a glorious death on the battlefield and an ignominious one at the hands of a British firing party.

Meanwhile, in 1948, Claire is trying to adjust to the role of a faculty wife in America, a come-down from the adventures she had both in World War II and the 18th century. She has trouble mastering the gas stove in her and Frank’s new house and winds up cooking food in the fireplace for a while.

However, remastering 20th century technology is the least of Claire’s worries. At a faculty reception, one of the senior attendees is dismissive of her opinions on the upcoming presidential election. Claire is correct, as history shows, about the prospects of President Truman, but the man advises Frank to more closely monitor Claire’s reading material. He is also equally dismissive of her experience as a combat nurse during the war. Much better now that she will be consigned to cooking and having babies.

The tension between Claire and Frank can be cut with a claymore. Frank still loves his wife, but she still remembers red-haired Jamie and is cold to her 20th century husband. He is furious with her and she with him.

Things change when she bears Jamie’s daughter, which happens under anesthesia at the insistence of her doctor who is dismissive of her desire to have what we now call natural childbirth. After she wakes up and Frank presents her with her baby girl, a wave of love overcomes her. Frank may not be Jamie, but he is here, and he loves and cares for her. It looks like the 20th century marriage is going to have a new beginning. The nurse ruins the moment by inquiring where the baby got her red hair.

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Outlander The Battle Joined Season 3 Episode 1 Recap characters and cast include:

Claire Randall – Caitriona Balfe (Now You See Me, Escape Plan, Super 8)
Jamie Fraser – Sam Heughan (A Princess for Christmas, First Light, Doctors, Heart of Lightness, When the Starlight Ends)
Frank/Jonathan Randall – Tobias Menzies (Atonement, Game of Thrones, The Night Manager, Catastrophe, Rome, The Shadow Line, Casino Royale, Finding Neverland)
Murtagh Fraser – Duncan Lacroix (A Terrible Beauty…, Vikings, Game of Thrones)
Jenny Fraser – Laura Donnelly (The Fall, The Program, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands)
Ian Murray – Steven Cree
Rupert Mackenzie – Grant O’Rourke (Crying with Laughter, Scot Squad, In Plain Sight)
Lord Hal Melton – Sam Hoane (Legend, Endeavor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Golden Compass, Jane Eyre)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart – Andrew Gower (Rosewater, Being Human, Monroe)
Lord General George Murray – Julian Wadham (The English Patient, War Horse, Outpost, The Iron Lady, Exorcist: The Beginning)
Quartermaster John O’Sullivan – Gerard Horan (The Bank Job, Cinderella, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, My Week with Marilyn)
Andrew MacDonald – Jim Sweeney (The Angel’s Share, The Groundsman, Coffee, Zombie Resurrection)
Dean Jackson – Colin Stinton (The Bourne Ultimatum, Closer, Rush, Fearless, The Machinist, Wire in the Blood)
Millie Nelson – Kimberly Nixon (Easy Virtue, Black Death, Midsomer Murders)
Dr. Thorne – Roger Ringrose (Berlin Station, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness)