FIrst....Diana Gabaldon wrote about a short bit about a man on a tropical island that talked to a Coconut named "Coco" LONG before Tom Hanks had Wilson to keep him company. Just an FYI.
So, Claire jumped ship and the water was supposed to carry her to the Grand Turks where she could get a ship to Jamaica. That is not what happened. Claire floats for god knows how long and then sees land and barely makes it to the beach.
The next 12 minutes is her drying her clothes, walking through the middle of the jungle, getting eaten alive by fire ants, having a boa constrictor slithering over her when she wakes up one morning and basically trying to find water and survive. In my opinion, 10 minutes too long, especially since there WAS a HURRICANE in the books which we did not get to experience. I mean Claire hanging in a mangrove holding onto a tree for dear life in dangerously high winds is much more exciting to me.
Nevertheless, she passes out as she just starts to hear a voice and a dog barking. She wakes up sometime later, convinced she is dying and trying to figure out where she is and then realizes she is tied to the bed hand and foot with a nice glass of water nearby.
A woman comes in with a poor bedside manner in my opinion and gives Claire the water, but nearly drowns her in doing so. She tells Claire in Spanish that she is tied up for her own good. Claire passes back out.
She wakes up again, sometime later, and there is a man sitting on the side of her bed and announces to "Mamacita" that their guest is awake at last. He unties Claire and hands her some water and introduces himself as Father Fogden and asks how she got there. Claire asks where "here" is and the Father is very pleased to hear she is English. The Father tells her she is on the island of Sam Domingue, three days from Jamaica. He is shocked to hear that she not only jumped off a ship into the ocean but is also a doctor. "It is much more common in the colonies" she tells him lamely.
Claire learns there is a small village on the other side of the island; days walk from there. She could get a boat to the next island over and then to Jamaica. She is eager to go, but the Father says that it is not a good idea in her condition and this is where he gets even weirder....consults with "Coco" his coconut friend for advice. Oooooookaaaay then. The Father asks Mamacitia if they have any clothing for Claire, perhaps one of Ermengilda's, but Mamacita says no in a big way and calls Claire a whore really not worthy of the clothing. Mamacita takes Claire out back and gives her a towel with some soap and a robe. She can take a bath, and she relishes in it.
Back inside, Claire is seated to dinner with Mamacita and the Father. He tells his story of being a missionary in Cuba and fell deeply in love with a woman there....Ermengilda. She returned his affections, which surprised him. However, she was already married to a powerful and dangerous man named Don Hernando and the Father, being a priest is never supposed to become involved with a woman, especially a married one. So the couple fled together and ended up on the island where they are now. However, shortly after arriving, Ermengilda became sick and died. She was Mamacita's only child and is convinced that this "whore" is here to take her daughter's place. Claire says she wishes to depart as soon as possible. Of course, Mamacita is more than happy with that plan. Father Fogden and Mamacita start to argue, and Claire excuses herself and sits down the hall next to a room and sees a beautiful dress hanging. Just then, the Father comes and tells her that it was his Ermengilda's dress.
Claire listens to the Father talking about this woman he loved. He turns to Claire and says, “When you loved someone as much as I loved Ermenegilda, it never leaves you.". He looks at Claire and having heard her tale of woe about Jamie, he understands. “You have loved someone so much that you would risk everything for them,” he says. Ummmm.....yeah.....that is why I am trying to leave NOW.
The only one left to convince is Coco to which Claire makes a brave, albeit lame attempt at having a conversation with the coconut when she hears the Father approaching. However, we don't know if this would have worked, because Mamacita starts screaming for the Father.
When the Father and Claire arrive outside, Mamacita says that a "Chinaman" killed and ate Arabella, their favorite goat. She hands the Father the skinned head which he gently puts on top of a barrel and grabs a jar and dumps some flesh-eating beetles on top. “Voracious little fellows,” he says to Claire, “from a cave called Abandawe." Claire immediately gets a flashback of Margaret Campbell in Edinburgh warning her about that cave. I just call it the "other" stone circle. Yes, people.....there is more than one worldwide and there is usually stone involved, but not always a standing stone circle. The Father says that it is highly regarded as a place of great power by the locals and that there is a history of people "just appearing there". Hmmmmmm.
Claire asks for more information when she hears the word "Chinaman" again. Could it be? She is told that there are sailors on the beach as some damage was done to their ship. Claire is pointed in the proper direction and she takes off running.
Meanwhile, we finally see Jamie, sitting on the beach. Apparently, some strong winds (again....HURRICANE people...it IS hurricane season the same time every year) came along and they lost several crew members, like Captain Raines and Mr. Murphy (the cook). They are busy trying to fix their mast and sails. Marsali is even asked to help as she is good with a needle and thread.
Claire, running as fast as her feet can run through the jungle, convinced that it is Jamie (hey...it COULD be the same ship you jumped off of...but okay). There is a montage of men working to get things fixed and picked up and Claire running. The question becomes, will she make it on time? She cuts open her arm pretty good on the way through but manages to keep going. When she finally arrives on the beach, she sees the Artemis out in the ocean. The ship hasn't left yet, thank goodness, but they are too far away to hear her screaming. They are not ready to sail just yet, they are still adding the finishing touches to their repairs.
Claire had pocketed a small mirror earlier at dinner time when she went to sit by herself. She thinks of it now and uses it as a beacon which catches Jamie's eye. When Jamie looks through the spyglass and sees his beloved Claire there, the next thing we see is Claire running toward the beach and small boat arriving at the beach, but Jamie is already out and running towards Claire.
A beautiful reunion moment, where Jamie tells her he thought he lost her again and he thanks, God that they have found each other. Kissing, of course, comes with this.
A little later, Jamie and Claire are talking and Jamie confesses he has given his blessing to Fergus and Marsali to be married. He has seen that Fergus loves Marsali like he loves Claire. He thinks it a good idea to have a wedding as a way of lifting the mood of the men and a celebration (they found each other again!). Claire just happens to know of someone who could help out in that area. Oh, and Mr. Willoughby stitches up Claire and she approves of his work.
Back at the "ranch", Marsali is trying to get herself ready for her wedding. She is having difficulties with her corset and Claire comes to help her. She asks Claire if she knows of a way to prevent pregnancy. Claire asks why a young girl like Marsali would not be pleased to start a family right away. First, Marsali says she just wants to have her and Fergus time to enjoy each other (very future modern of her). She then confesses that when Jamie would pull her mother close, her mom would shrink back. But, she sees Jamie with Claire and it is different. Claire loves the touching, etc. Claire admits she does and as she finishes up the corset on Marsali, tells her once they are back on the boat, she will tell her how it is done.
Marsali is pleased that there is actually a way and that maybe Claire is not the devil after all. Gee.... thanks, girl.
The wedding happens.... well.... for the most part. LOL! Father Fogden is high, crazy and possibly drunk (but there was none of the famous drink in the show). He turns to the wrong man and asks him if he chooses to marry this woman, and the poor man says no and points to Fergus. The Father asks if he is sure as this "one" only has one hand an “I suppose it’s fine unless he’s missing his cock. He isn’t, is he?” asks the priest. To which Marsali responds, saucily, “I could tell you if you’d up and get on with it.” Marsali is getting impatient and speaks her mind a few times. When it comes to Fergus's turn, the Father asks his WHOLE name. Fergus tells him that Fergus is his name.
Jamie speaks up that his name is Fergus Claudel FRASER. Fergus is more than pleased.
Back on the ship, we don't get to see Fergus and Marsali, but we get our Turtle Soup scene, although it isn't quite as good as the book version IMO. Claire is slurping up soup and telling Jamie how good it is. She is obviously drunk (from the soup) and Jamie also sees she is burning up with fever.
She tries to get him to help her inject her with the penicillin. Jamie gets close, but can't do the final deed of stabbing her with it. Claire does it herself. She comes on strong to Jamie and tells him to bolt the door as she is climbing over the table to him.
Jamie thinks it is wrong to take advantage of a woman who is drunk and feverish. Claire disagrees and says she is not drunk. What follows is a hot sex scene (they finally do it like "horses" as Jamie thought on the wedding night), but Mr. Willoughby knocks to see how " the first wife" likes the soup and if she wants anymore. Jamie is trying his best to do his deed, and keep his wife quite but she isn't that easy to handle. Mr. Willoughby gets the message when he hears a couple of sounds and walks away.
That is a great way to end an episode. At least this week, they are together and not in danger. However, we still have Jamaica and for one, I am NOT happy they chose to do it in only two episodes. Jamaica is almost HALF of the freaking book and quite a bit happens while they are there. Well, I guess we will see.
What are your thoughts or opinions on this episode? I give it a FOUR as they once again spent too much time on something where they could put something they are leaving out IN.