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Outlander – Season 4

Based on the fourth book, “Drums of Autumn,” this season follows Claire and Jamie as they settle in colonial North Carolina and establish Fraser’s Ridge. They face new challenges, including conflicts with Native Americans, the looming American Revolution, and the discovery of Brianna’s true parentage.

Outlander – S04 E01 – America the Beautiful

The first episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “America the Beautiful,” finds Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) embarking on their new life in colonial America after being washed ashore in Georgia at the end of the previous season.

Outlander - S04E01 - America the Beautiful
Outlander – S04E01 – America the Beautiful

The episode opens with Jamie and Claire, along with young Ian (John Bell), attending the hanging of Gavin Hayes, one of their Scottish compatriots from Ardsmuir prison. After the somber event, Jamie gives Gavin a proper burial, and they pay their respects.

They then travel to North Carolina to visit Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) at her plantation, River Run. On their way, they encounter Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), a charming Irishman who is about to be hanged. Feeling compassionate, Jamie and Claire help him escape.

During their journey, they also come across a robbery where they witness the harsh justice system of the colonies, further emphasizing the brutality and inequality of the era.

In a surprising twist, they are later robbed by Bonnet, who ruthlessly attacks them, stealing Claire’s wedding ring from her first husband Frank and leaving the group shaken. This event underscores the unpredictability and danger of their new surroundings.

Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) is shown selling his father’s house after his death. He comes across Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) sketch of Jamie, which he had given her in the previous season. He calls Brianna, and it’s clear there is still a connection between them, but their relationship is left ambiguous.

The episode ends on a poignant note, with Jamie and Claire watching a group of wild turkeys and reflecting on the idea of America – a country that is beautiful and full of promise, but also violent and unpredictable.

“America the Beautiful” sets the stage for the season’s main storyline – Jamie and Claire’s attempt to make a new home for themselves in America while navigating its challenges and complexities.

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Outlander – S04 E02 – Do No Harm

The second episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Do No Harm,” delves deeper into the realities of life in colonial America, particularly focusing on the dark side of slavery.

Outlander - S04E02 - Do No Harm
Outlander – S04E02 – Do No Harm

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) arrive at River Run, Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta’s (Maria Doyle Kennedy) plantation in North Carolina. The vast estate is worked by a large number of enslaved people, something that deeply unsettles Claire given her modern sensibilities.

Despite the tension this creates, Jocasta welcomes them warmly and is pleased to see the family resemblance in Jamie. She’s also quick to announce that Jamie is to be her heir, which puts him in a difficult position given his moral opposition to slavery.

Meanwhile, a situation erupts when an enslaved man named Rufus (Jerome Holder) attacks a cruel overseer. The law of the land dictates a harsh punishment, but Claire, following her Hippocratic oath to “do no harm,” intervenes to save Rufus’s life.

The situation escalates as a mob forms, demanding “justice” according to their laws. Claire and Jamie are stuck in a dangerous standoff between their moral compass and the violent reality of the societal norms. Eventually, they make the heartbreaking decision to euthanize Rufus to spare him from a more brutal death by the mob.

This incident strengthens their resolve to leave River Run and try to make a home for themselves somewhere where they won’t be reliant on the institution of slavery.

Back in the 20th century, Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), still in Scotland, finds an old document indicating Jamie and Claire died in a fire in the 1770s. This deeply disturbs him, but he’s unsure whether or not to share the information with Brianna (Sophie Skelton).

“Do No Harm” presents a stark and unsettling portrayal of the slavery era in American history, revealing the harsh realities Claire and Jamie have to navigate in this new world. The ethical dilemmas faced by Claire and Jamie in this episode serve to further complicate their plans for life in America.

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Outlander – S04 E03 – The False Bride

The third episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “The False Bride,” presents a significant time jump and introduces new challenges for Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), while simultaneously developing the 20th-century storyline involving Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin).

Outlander - S04E03 - The False Bride
Outlander – S04E03 – The False Bride

Jamie and Claire leave River Run and set off to find a place they can call home. Their journey takes them into the wilderness of North Carolina. They come across a piece of land that Jamie instantly falls in love with, declaring it to be ‘Fraser’s Ridge.’ This land, teeming with game and fertile soil, seems to be a perfect place to settle down.

However, their joy is short-lived as they encounter a Native American tribe. Claire, separated from Jamie due to a storm, comes across a ghostly figure, or ‘spirit,’ of a Native American, and a skull with silver fillings – something that should not exist in the 18th century. This encounter is mysterious and seems to suggest other time travelers might be around.

Meanwhile, in the 1970s, Roger and Brianna reunite when he invites her to a Scottish festival in North Carolina. Roger, having found a sense of home in the Scottish community in America, proposes to Brianna. She hesitates, wanting more time, which leads to a heated argument about their future. This disagreement leads to Brianna deciding to leave, and the two part on bad terms.

“The False Bride” explores both the past and the future, setting up Fraser’s Ridge as a crucial location for Jamie and Claire’s future while presenting personal conflicts in Brianna and Roger’s relationship. It leaves the viewer wondering about the mysterious skull and silver fillings, hinting at further complexities in the storyline related to time travel.

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Outlander – S04 E04 – Common Ground

The fourth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Common Ground,” sees Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finally settling down in their new home – Fraser’s Ridge.

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Outlander - S04E04 - Common Ground
Outlander – S04E04 – Common Ground

In order to make the land their own, Jamie has to make a deal with Governor Tryon (Tim Downie), signing a document that says he’s the King’s lawful subject, which will become problematic in the future considering the looming American Revolution. Nevertheless, they start building their life on Fraser’s Ridge, including constructing a cabin.

While building their home, they face the threat of a bear that has been terrorizing them and their neighbors. It turns out, the bear is actually a man from the Cherokee tribe who had been banished and was behaving like a bear. Jamie manages to kill him in self-defense. This event leads to an agreement of peaceful coexistence between the Frasers and the Cherokee, as the Cherokee respect Jamie for dealing with the banished man.

Meanwhile, in the 1970s, after their fallout at the Scottish festival, Roger (Richard Rankin) discovers evidence in historical documents that Jamie and Claire eventually settle in North Carolina. He contemplates whether to share this information with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) given their strained relationship.

In this episode, we see Jamie and Claire successfully establishing their home in America, despite the cultural clashes and danger from the wilderness. The theme of ‘common ground’ resonates throughout as they negotiate their relationship with the indigenous people and face threats together. The episode ends on a note of hope for their future, while also leaving questions about what Roger will do with his newly discovered information.

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Outlander – S04 E05 – Savages

In the fifth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Savages,” we see Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) becoming more settled at Fraser’s Ridge, but tensions with their neighbors are escalating.

Outlander - S04E05 - Savages
Outlander – S04E05 – Savages

Jamie leaves Claire at Fraser’s Ridge to recruit settlers for their land, specifically seeking out fellow Scots in order to build a community. He also wants to bring Young Ian (John Bell) back from the Mohawk where he’s been living as a trade for a ruby.

While Jamie is away, Claire meets a fellow time traveler, a German woman named Nayawenne (Tantoo Cardinal) who is a healer from the Cherokee tribe. Nayawenne foretells that Claire will face great trouble and death in the future but mustn’t be afraid. It’s a chilling prophecy, and Claire wonders what the meaning behind it could be.

Tensions rise when some of their German neighbors have a violent clash with the Cherokee over a measles outbreak, which tragically leads to the death of the Cherokee healer, Adawehi, who had become friends with Claire. The situation escalates and ends in a violent confrontation, leaving Claire distressed about the brewing hostility.

Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Roger (Richard Rankin) has decided to share his information about Jamie and Claire with Brianna (Sophie Skelton). However, when he calls, Brianna’s roommate Gayle (Simona Brown) informs him that Brianna has gone to Scotland to “visit her mother.” Realizing she’s attempting to travel through the stones to save her parents from a fire, he panics.

“Savages” continues to explore the complexities of colonial America, illustrating the mounting tensions between the settlers and the indigenous tribes. The introduction of another time-traveler adds another layer to the storyline. It also ends on a cliffhanger, leaving viewers to wonder how Brianna’s attempt to time travel will play out and how Roger will respond to the situation.

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Outlander – S04 E06 – Blood of My Blood

The sixth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Blood of My Blood,” sees the return of a significant character from Jamie’s past and new challenges for Claire.

Outlander - S04E06 - Blood of My Blood
Outlander – S04E06 – Blood of My Blood

Lord John Grey (David Berry) makes a surprise visit to Fraser’s Ridge with William (Oliver Finnegan), Jamie’s biological son who doesn’t know about his true parentage. Lord John’s unexpected arrival complicates matters, as Jamie is torn between his desire to bond with his son and the need to maintain his secret. Jamie takes young William on a tour of the land, during which William unknowingly tests the boundaries of his father’s claim by crossing onto Cherokee territory and causing a dangerous situation.

Meanwhile, Lord John falls seriously ill with the measles. Claire, despite her animosity towards him due to their complicated past, takes care of him. During his illness, a conversation between Claire and John brings their unresolved issues to the surface, including John’s unrequited love for Jamie.

Back in the 20th century, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) has reached Scotland and is preparing to travel through the stones at Craigh na Dun. Roger (Richard Rankin), who has discovered Brianna’s intentions, also sets off after her, setting the stage for the future events.

In this episode, the narrative explores the complicated relationships between Jamie, Claire, and John, testing their bonds and loyalties. At the same time, the unfolding drama in the 20th century with Brianna’s journey into the past adds an exciting dimension to the story. The episode concludes with an emotional goodbye as John and William leave Fraser’s Ridge, leaving Jamie with a sense of loss for the son he can’t claim as his own.

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Outlander – S04 E07 – Down the Rabbit Hole

The seventh episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Down the Rabbit Hole,” focuses primarily on Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and her journey into the past.

Outlander - S04E07 - Down the Rabbit Hole
Outlander – S04E07 – Down the Rabbit Hole

After successfully traveling through the stones at Craigh na Dun, Brianna finds herself in the 18th century. She struggles to adjust to the new environment and injures her ankle in the process. Fortunately, she’s found by Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson), Jamie’s scorned ex-wife, and her daughter Joanie. Laoghaire takes Brianna in, unaware of her identity, and nurses her back to health.

During her stay, Brianna learns of Laoghaire’s bitter feelings towards Jamie. When Laoghaire eventually discovers Brianna’s true identity as Jamie’s daughter, she locks her in her room. However, Joanie helps Brianna escape and directs her to Lallybroch, where she meets her Uncle Ian (Steven Cree) and learns about her parents’ current location in America. Brianna then books passage on a ship to cross the Atlantic.

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Meanwhile, we see Roger’s (Richard Rankin) journey through time as well. After landing in a different time, he manages to secure a position on a ship, the ‘Gloriana,’ heading to America. On the ship, he encounters the ruthless Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) once again.

“Down the Rabbit Hole” offers a closer look at Brianna’s determination and resilience as she navigates through the past, unfamiliar territory, and hostile characters. It also sets up exciting new challenges as both Brianna and Roger face the uncertainties and perils of their journey to find Jamie and Claire in colonial America.

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Outlander – S04 E08 – Wilmington

The eighth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Wilmington,” features some key developments, particularly focusing on Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) journey in the 18th century.

Outlander - S04E08 - Wilmington
Outlander – S04E08 – Wilmington

Brianna finally makes it to Wilmington, where she reunites with Roger (Richard Rankin), who has also managed to reach the town despite the perils of his sea journey. They confess their love for each other and spontaneously decide to get handfast—a Scottish tradition which is similar to an informal wedding. They consummate their relationship, but shortly after, they have a severe argument about Roger’s knowledge of her parents’ death notice. Brianna feels betrayed that Roger kept the information from her, leading to a heated argument that results in Roger leaving.

Unfortunately, the evening takes a dark turn when Brianna encounters the villainous Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) at an inn. He brutally assaults and rapes her in one of the most harrowing scenes of the series.

Meanwhile, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) are also in Wilmington, unbeknownst to Brianna. They attend a play with Governor Tryon (Tim Downie), who reveals his plans to quash the Regulators, a rebellious group protesting against the British rule. Jamie is disturbed by this news, realizing he may have to take part in suppressing the group.

“Wilmington” is a significant episode in the series, presenting both a joyful reunion and a traumatic event for Brianna. It also underscores the escalating tensions in the colonies, setting the stage for future conflicts Jamie might have to face. The episode ends on a dramatic note, leaving viewers anxious about the impact of these developments on the characters’ lives.

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Outlander – S04 E09 – The Birds and The Bees

The ninth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “The Birds and The Bees,” starts on a grim note but moves towards a much-awaited reunion.

Outlander - S04E09 - The Birds and The Bees
Outlander – S04E09 – The Birds and The Bees

Brianna (Sophie Skelton) wakes up the morning after being assaulted by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) and is left to deal with the traumatic aftermath alone. She is found by Lizzie (Caitlin O’Ryan), her maid, who misinterprets the situation, assuming that Roger (Richard Rankin) is the one who harmed Brianna.

Despite her trauma, Brianna is determined to find her parents. She finally reaches Fraser’s Ridge, leading to a heartfelt reunion with her father Jamie (Sam Heughan) and eventually, Claire (Caitriona Balfe). She tells them about her journey through time, but hesitates to share the incident with Bonnet.

Meanwhile, Roger is desperately trying to get back to Brianna, but he gets captured by the Mohawk and is taken away. Back at Fraser’s Ridge, Lizzie, seeing a man being dragged away, mistakenly identifies Roger as Brianna’s assaulter to Jamie.

The episode ends with Jamie finding and brutally beating Roger, under the assumption that he is the man who harmed his daughter. Unaware of Jamie’s mistake, Brianna discloses to Claire that she’s possibly pregnant, and the father could either be Roger or Bonnet.

“The Birds and The Bees” explores the emotional dynamics of the Fraser family reunion and sets up multiple complications, from the identity confusion concerning Brianna’s attacker to Roger’s uncertain fate. It leaves viewers in suspense over how these misunderstandings and secrets will unravel.

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Outlander – S04 E10 – The Deep Heart’s Core

The tenth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “The Deep Heart’s Core,” sees some shocking revelations and misunderstandings being cleared, while new challenges arise.

Outlander - S04E10 - The Deep Heart's Core
Outlander – S04E10 – The Deep Heart’s Core

The episode starts with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) revealing to her parents, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), that she is pregnant following her assault by Stephen Bonnet. She insists that she wants to keep the child regardless of who the father might be. Claire, understanding the situation, supports her decision.

Brianna also finds out about Jamie’s brutal beating of Roger (Richard Rankin), whom he believed to be her attacker, leading to a heated argument. Jamie realizes his mistake and reveals the truth to Brianna, and they reconcile. Brianna sends her parents and Young Ian (John Bell) on a mission to find Roger and bring him back. She stays behind at River Run with her Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) where she can be safe and properly cared for during her pregnancy.

In the meantime, Roger is having a hard time with the Mohawk tribe who have captured him. He attempts an escape but fails, and the Mohawks decide to take him to their village, Shadow Lake, which is several hundreds of miles away.

“The Deep Heart’s Core” delves into the aftermath of the Fraser family’s misunderstanding and sets Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian on a quest to right their wrong. Simultaneously, it sets up new challenges for Brianna as she grapples with her situation, and for Roger, who is far away from the woman he loves, in the hands of the Mohawk tribe. The narrative effectively keeps viewers engaged, with the anticipation of how these separate journeys will unfold.

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Outlander – S04 E11 – If Not For Hope

The eleventh episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “If Not For Hope,” presents a series of challenges and intriguing developments for the main characters.

Outlander - S04E11 - If Not For Hope
Outlander – S04E11 – If Not For Hope

Brianna (Sophie Skelton) is at River Run, where her Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) is attempting to find her a suitable husband. Given her visible pregnancy, Jocasta hopes to secure Brianna’s future and respectability by having her wed quickly. Lord John Grey (David Berry), who’s visiting River Run, gets caught up in this plan. Brianna, not wanting to marry any of Jocasta’s suitors, proposes to Grey instead, knowing that he is a homosexual and their relationship would be one of convenience. Grey gently declines but promises to pretend to be engaged to her to keep other suitors at bay.

Meanwhile, Roger (Richard Rankin), captive of the Mohawk tribe, is taken to their village at Shadow Lake. Life in the village is hard for him, but he finds some solace in the company of a fellow captive, a French woman named Johiehon (Sera-Lys McArthur). He continues to plan his escape.

Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and Young Ian (John Bell) are on their journey to rescue Roger. They meet a group of Cherokee Indians who tell them of a mysterious tribe to the north who might have Roger. On the way, Claire finds a skull with silver fillings, a technology not yet invented in the 18th century, suggesting that another time traveler has been there.

Back at River Run, Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix) has been captured by the Red Coats for his involvement with the Regulators. He is brought to River Run as Jocasta has been harboring Regulators. In the final scene, Brianna visits a jailed Murtagh, her godfather, and they plot his escape.

“If Not For Hope” presents new challenges for the characters and provides more depth to the narrative with added complexity. The episode leaves viewers intrigued about what’s next, particularly concerning Roger’s fate and the repercussions of Brianna and Murtagh’s plan.

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Outlander – S04 E12 – Providence

The twelfth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Providence,” sees the characters making daring attempts to improve their respective circumstances.

Outlander - S04E12 - Providence
Outlander – S04E12 – Providence

Roger (Richard Rankin) is still captive with the Mohawk tribe. He forms an alliance with another captive, Father Alexandre Ferigault (Yan Tual). The priest had been adopted by the Mohawk but was later condemned when he refused to baptize his own baby, a product of his relationship with a Mohawk woman named Johiehon (Sera-Lys McArthur).

Roger concocts a plan to escape, but Father Alexandre, feeling guilt for his past actions, doesn’t join him and decides to face his punishment. The Mohawk execute Alexandre by setting him on fire, and a distraught Johiehon walks into the flame with their baby, leaving the child unharmed but choosing to die with Alexandre.

Roger, who was almost free, decides to turn back upon hearing Alexandre’s agonizing screams, surrendering to the Mohawk once again.

In Wilmington, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Lord John Grey (David Berry) learn that Stephen Bonnet has been captured and is in jail. Despite Lord John’s protests, Brianna decides to confront him.

In their encounter, Brianna tells Bonnet about her pregnancy and offers him a chance to be better by giving him a gemstone for the baby’s future. Bonnet appears moved but his sincerity is uncertain.

Simultaneously, Fergus (César Domboy) and Marsali (Lauren Lyle) plot to break Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) out of jail, which they successfully manage with a bit of a struggle.

“Providence” propels the narrative forward with high-stakes decisions and dramatic moments, showcasing the lengths to which the characters are willing to go for their beliefs, their loved ones, and their desire for freedom.

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Outlander – S04 E13 – Man of Worth

The thirteenth episode of “Outlander” Season 4, titled “Man of Worth,” is the season finale and it wraps up many of the ongoing storylines while setting up new ones for the next season.

Outlander - S04E13 - Man of Worth
Outlander – S04E13 – Man of Worth

Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie (Sam Heughan), and Young Ian (John Bell) finally arrive at the Mohawk village, Shadow Lake. They try to negotiate Roger’s (Richard Rankin) release, but their efforts are in vain when Claire’s Otter Tooth stone causes a violent reaction among the Mohawk, due to its associated taboo.

Jamie and Claire are expelled from the village, but Young Ian chooses to stay behind and trade himself for Roger. The Mohawk agree to this exchange.

Meanwhile, Roger is still grappling with the fact that Brianna (Sophie Skelton) might be carrying the child of her rapist, Stephen Bonnet. He struggles with whether he can raise this child as his own and initially hesitates to go back with Jamie and Claire. However, he eventually decides to return, illustrating his deep love for Brianna.

Back at River Run, Brianna gives birth to a boy. Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), who’s been hiding there since his jailbreak, hears about the Regulator movement gaining strength. Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy), who has harbored feelings for Murtagh, shares an intimate moment with him.

Roger finally reunites with Brianna at River Run, meeting his son for the first time. The season concludes with a letter from Jamie’s godfather, Lord William Tryon, ordering Jamie to build a militia to fight the Regulators. He’s been specifically ordered to kill Murtagh, the leader of the Regulators, which puts Jamie in a dire situation.

“Man of Worth” brings a satisfying end to the season’s narrative arc and lays the groundwork for the impending conflict in Season 5, leaving viewers in anticipation of what’s to come next.

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OUTLANDER SEASON RECAPS

Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7

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