Claire (Caitrion Balfe) sits in a church in the 1960s. She looks beautiful as she stares at a cross contemplating her belief in a higher power. And in the 1700s Claire gazes into a microscope. And Low and behold- penicillin! It turns out that faith is not in vain.
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This fifth episode of season five of Starz’s “Outlander” has its audience thinking of God and time. Claire flashes through her life, giving the audience a nice (but short) look back on the last few seasons, before landing in the 1960s. Claire sits in the Boston Commons. Brianna (Sophie Skelton) meets her there, and the two head off to lunch. Claire informs Brianna she lost a patient due to an allergy to penicillin. This seems a bit foreshadowing.
In the 1700s, Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) bask in the glow of their lovemaking. They remise about his old days as a professor, and Brianna thinks it may be a good idea for them both to be teachers. But Roger seems dead set on keeping his promise to Jamie (Sam Heughan) and continuing on with the whole military thing. Oh, Roger! You’re too damn loyal.
Meanwhile, Jamie rides with the militia into a small village. He is still trying to recruit men to join his army. But the men in the village seem less than eager to jump on board. Their lives seem to be worth more than 40 shillings and the Red Coats are bleeding them dry. Jamie takes the men to the local bar to meet up with the Red Coats. His old “buddy” Lieutenant Knox keeps busy throwing an axe at a wanted poster of Murtagh. Knox informs Jamie that the Governor is going to pardon everyone in the regulator movement, and he is pretty upset about this announcement. Jamie plays along with Knox’s frustrations, but says there will other battles to fight. Knox also tells Jamie he is still on the lookout for Murtagh and he may have a lead.
Back in the 60s, Claire is busy working as a doctor at a hospital. She tells her Scottish patient that he needs surgery and has an infection. He will need a round of antibiotics before the surgery can happen. In the new world, Claire uses penicillin for the first time, and then performs the fastest tonsillectomy that has ever been done. The whole thing, with no real light and the patient sitting upright, takes about 30 seconds. This is either impressive or just plain funny.
Roger is watching little Jemmy when he accidentally comes across a small diamond. Roger remembers the diamond belonging to Bonnet, and he confronts Brianna about why she has the diamond. Brianna confesses that she spoke to Bonnet, and that he gave it to her. She believes Jemmy’s ticket to time travel is through the stones. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Brianna tells Roger that she told Bonnet Jemmy was his child. Of course, Roger does not take this well. Who would? Now, Roger feels that Brianna truly believes Bonnet is the father. Brianna says that she was just saying things to Bonnet because he was about to be hanged. I don’t think that is going to help Roger feel any better.
In the 60s Claire gets news that her patient has died and she is devastated. She talks with a friend about the problem lying in her heart, rather than in her head. Later, she sits in a church and talks with a priest about the man that died, and how he reminded her of a man she once knew. Jamie is in her blood, and she just can’t let him go.
Roger mopes in the forest with his gun and almost shoots Claire. He says he’s been hunting, but Claire doesn’t believe him. Claire confides in Roger about her marriage to Frank. Roger asks if she felt okay lying to Brianna for most of her life about who her father was. He does not know what the best course of action is in regards to Jemmy. Roger goes to Brianna and tells her he is sorry. Brianna then tells Roger that Bonnet is still alive. Shocker! Roger rises above it all once again and plays the supportive husband. But he may have taken it too far when he announces that the minute they believe Jemmy can make the trip, they will travel through the stones. The look on Brianna’s face makes you think she is not a sure.
Knox and Jamie come up with a plan to break up the militia. Knox will continue with his hunt for Murtagh, and Jamie will deliver the pardons on his way home to Fraser’s Ridge. Later that night, Jamie and Knox play a game of chess.
Knox seems to be up to no good as he presents Jamie with a document of the all of the names of the men that fought and were imprisoned at the Battle of Culloden. Jamie confesses that his name will be on the list, and that Murtagh is his godfather and kin. Knox is a bit shocked. Uh, yeah! You’ve been duped!
Knox spouts some stuff about king and country, and when he is about to leave to call for Jamie’s arrest, Jamie kills the man with his bare hands! He sets it up to look like Knox died in bed. He then burns the papers, and the place lights on fire. Jamie finds a little cat in the alley. (When trying to escape unnoticed from a murder scene, who doesn’t like to pick up stray cats?) Jamie heads back to Fraser’s Ridge, into the arms of Claire — with a cat.
Claire and Brianna walk through the Boston Commons, and Claire asks if Brianna would like to go with her to England. Brianna seems suspicious, but Claire pitches the trip as a way to bond. She leaves out the whole “I want to go back in time to find your father.” The patient that died of penicillin allergy seems to be a big reason the last three seasons have happened. Yay for a penicillin allergy, I guess.