Welcome back to the ONC Administrators’ Choice Awards for season five! Now until the end of Season 5, (we refuse to think about it), some of the ONC administrators and myself will be voting on our “Bests” from the latest Outlander episode. We enjoyed this fun way to briefly recap each episode last season, and hope you enjoy it as we do! This week’s voting contributors are Tara Heller, Cameron Hogg, Carolyn Baker, Dawn Woo, Mitzie Munroe, Dawn Matthews, and Nancy Roach. So, without further ado, the winners are…
Tara– When Jamie put on his kilt and marched out to round up the Ridge residents.
Cameron- The scene when Roger and Jocasta talk about her plans for who will inherit her estate.
Carolyn – When Jamie prepares and then presents the wedding gifts to Bree.
Traci – Roger pledging his loyalty to Jamie (and of course Jamie in kilt regalia)
Dawn W.- Roger claiming Jeremiah as his own….cutting his hand and putting the blood on Wee Jimmie’s forehead and claiming him Blood of my blood and bone of my bone.
Mitzie – Watching Jamie put his mother’s pearls around Brianna’s neck. Such a touching father, daughter moment.
Nancy– Two moments 1–the flashback to Jamie and Claire’s wedding and the look they gave one another; 2–Jamie’s address to fellow Scott’s to stand by his side.
Dawn M.- Claire and Bree’s time together before the wedding.
Tara– ‘If Governor Tryon wants a Scot, I will give him a Scot.’ (Traci too, along with background music.)
Cameron– Jocasta’s response when Ulysses asks if the conversation with Roger went as planned, “even better than I had hoped.”
Carolyn – When Jamie and Bree go outside to begin the wedding ceremony and Jamie exclaims “The Fraser’s of the Ridge are here!”
Dawn W.-Jamie’s speech when he was basically asking his “clan” to pledge fealty. He asked them to stand by his side and he would do the same. Loved it! He molded it to fit their new surroundings…their new way of life.
Mitzie – It’s a toss-up between “The Frasers Are Here”! and “Tryon wants a Scot, I’ll give him a Scot”!
Nancy– I have to agree with Mitzie.
Dawn M.- “If Tryon wants a Scot, I’ll give him a Scot!”
Cameron– I thought Sam and Duncan saying goodbye in the woods was great. Both playing it tough together, but Sam breaking down once Duncan left was poignant without being melodramatic, and seemed very much in character for Jamie. I also thought his pre-wedding rituals and time with Bree were fabulous, so Sam was my pick.
Carolyn – Sam was my pick as well. He did a great job with showing his emotions both with giving his daughter away and in parting with Duncan. Also, with the way he lovingly looked at his wife at the wedding, remembering their own and his love for her.
Traci – Brianna overhearing the Bonnet discussion.
Dawn W. – Sam when Jamie told Murtagh to please be hard to find.
Tara– Sam and his eye acting
Mitzie – I’m going to have to give this one to Sam. Once again we got to see a gauntlet of emotions from him; suspicion, excitement, awe, joyful tears and sorrowful tears, pride, nervous apprehension (did you catch Jamie’s finger tapping), anger, loving admiration, strong confidence and also soul crushing grief.
Nancy– Sam – He became the leader we all have been longing to see!
Dawn M.- Sam. As usual his facial expressions get me every time.
Tara– Seeing Governor Tryon at the wedding.
Carolyn – I loved the look of surprise on both Fergus’ and Marsali’s faces when Jamie called him to pledge his allegiance.
Traci – either Jocasta & Ulysses smugly agreeing that all had gone as planned, or the mention of Duncan Innes’ proposal – wasn’t sure if he would be mentioned or appear at all.
Dawn W. -Jamie calling Fergus…son of my name and of my heart.
Mitzie – When Roger told Jocasta to take her money and “cram it up your hole, aye?”! And she laughs! Those are some Mackenzie’s for you, sizing each up; dishing it and taking it.
Nancy– Roger’s rebuff to Jocasta about her money, “Cram it up your hole!”
Dawn M.- That Roger had taken some time to manscape his back and he and Bree weren’t hard to watch in the bed scene?!
Tara– I cracked up when Germaine said, “Grand-Pere says all Presbyterians have hair ticks.”
Carolyn – I loved Ulysses’ reaction and laughter when he turned to Jocasta to ask if she was pleased with her conversation with Roger, as Roger stomped off.
Traci – “Hair-ticks” too, but Roger’s face as he is being shaved by Jamie gets honorable mention!
Dawn W.-The tongue twister contest….Marsali’s pheasant plucking twister and then LJG and his Shakespeare
Mitzie – During the tongue twister game, poor LJG just couldn’t relate: “Some Shakespeare, anyone”?
Nancy– John Quincy Myers falling down drunk. I was so glad they represented his comical antics.
Dawn M.- “Cram it up yer hole, aye?”
Tara– I enjoyed the whole wedding/wedding after party. Marsali during the drinking game cracked me up. I want to sit at her table.
Carolyn – The feel of the entire episode was heart-warming. The “Big House” and surroundings felt just like home.
Traci – The gathering: seeing the Scottish community coming together, celebrating, and making their new homes in NC.
Dawn W.-the gathering as a whole…the dancing and “community” after the wedding
Mitzie – When Jamie dons his kilt and sets the cross ablaze, setting the stage for a rallying speech to draw loyalty from the Ridge residents. The musical accompaniment was perfect as it brought memories back from when Jamie was rallying and training his troops during the Jacobite rebellion.
Nancy– This episode. When we start ranking them, this will be my favorite.
Dawn M.– The fact that Jaime and Claire have their groove back.
Tara– Governor Tryon and his wedding crashers
Carolyn – That Murtagh had to part ways with Jocasta and she let go of his hand, and with Jamie, and how it pained him to do both.
Traci – the “bigger-than-big” big house, the Spanish moss, and redcoats that have to ruin everything.
Dawn W. -when Jamie came out dressed in his kilt and he nodded to Claire and she nodded….I thought that was hokey. There should’ve been some dialogue. I just don’t think Claire would not have had something to say.
Mitzie – Watching Murtagh’s fate unfold more and more with each episode. I hated seeing Jamie release him from his vow. With that bond verbally broken, I’m scared to see if their emotional bond will withstand.
Nancy– I have to speak for the Outlanimals. Where were they? I expected to at least hear Clarence welcoming the visitors to the Ridge. Lol! However, I’m sure that would have been too noisy and distracting. I do hope we eventually hear the White Sow making unholy sounds underneath the big house.
Dawn M.– I loved the episode that Starz made, but it strayed so far from the book. Since the opening of book 5 is my favorite of all the scenes, I was really disappointed that it was just a wedding, and not a true gathering. Sigh
So, now that we’ve voted, it’s your turn? Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments who or what gets your vote for “Best” Awards for Episode 501, The Fiery Cross. Leave it in the comments!
My opinions are as follows. Over all it was the best first episode since S2. I agree that when Jamie shows the kilt to Claire she should have said something or a voice over about how he felt comfortable wearing the kilt , just something.” Hair ticks”, was the best line. For the worst Jocasta/Murtagh in the twig hut, please she would never. You couldn’t hear Clarence because the corral would be way too far away to hear him. The house is beautiful but too big and too nice. Did Jamie steal some of the Cameron gold. And I didn’t care for the redcoats either. I thought it was great to see Jamie be the man we want him to be. It is always heart pulling to see a daughter and father before a wedding. However; Bree didn’t seem happy or excited to be getting married or weepy about the presents her father brought her. So for m the weak link of the hour was Sophie, sorry but I think her acting is forced. Either at a fever pitch of anger or bland or pitiful looking. I think for me she will never be Bree nor Rik for Roger. I have to agree I missed the humor and secrecy to having the priest. But I really liked this episode verra much.
I agree with nearly everyone. I thought Claire should have smiled a bit bigger (said, leave the kilt on when you come back inside) or something upon the return of the Fraser Kilt. I’m pretty sure my ovaries exploded seeing Jamie in his kilt again, and I had them taken out at Christmas!