Welcome to the ONC Administrators’ Choice Awards! Now until the end of Season 4 (let’s not think about that right now), some of the ONC adminstrators and myself will be voting on our “Bests” from the latest Outlander episode. First up, The False Bride, Episode 401.3! This week’s voting contributors are Mitzie Munroe, Harmony Tersanschi, Nancy Roach (a/k/a The White Sow), Susan Jackson and me! And the winners are…
Mitzie – When Claire found the strawberries and Jamie took it as a sign that they have found their new home, Fraser’s Ridge! That moment is establishing the cornerstone to the rest of the season (and future seasons to come).
Harmony – The best moment from Episode 3 was Roger singing at the Highland Games. His voice was beautiful, the song was beautiful & he completely pulled me in as he was singing.
Nancy – I have to say hearing Clarence the Mule bray and referred to by name was a thrill for me. It gave me hope that the White Sow may also make a debut.
Susan – When Jamie and Claire were looking out from the ridge, and seeing what the future could hold. It’s wonderful to see them looking forward to finally settling down.
Beth – The ending when Jamie says “Then this will be our home. And we’ll call it Fraser’s Ridge.” My heart soared right along with the music!
Mitzie – Hearing Jamie say “What it is, to feel the need of a place”….. It puts me to mind of my most favorite quote in all of DOA: “How shall I tell ye what it is, to feel the need of a place?” he said softly. “The need of snow beneath my shoon. The breath of the mountains, breathing their own breath in my nostrils as God gave breath to Adam. The scrape of rock under my hand, climbing, and the sight of the lichens on it, enduring in the sun and the wind.” His breath was gone and he breathed again, taking mine. His hands were linked behind my head, holding me, face-to-face.
“If I am to live as a man, I must have a mountain,” he said simply.”
Harmony – The best line from Episode 3 is, “And this will be our home. And we will call it Fraser’s Ridge”. I got chills while watching that scene & the fact that they’ve finally found home made my heart happy!
Nancy – Too many to pick just one!
Susan – Brianna: Ooh! I’ve always wanted to have my portrait done. Roger: That makes one of us! It cracked me up–I don’t like having my portrait/picture done.
Beth – Jamie: “This must be the most beautiful land I’ve ever seen.” Even though they weren’t actually looking out at the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jamie was dead on because it absolutely is!
Mitzie – Richard Rankin hands down! He sings, plays, dances, looks hot in a kilt, and is hopelessly in love with Bree, bruised ego and all.
Harmony – The best actor/actress in this episode is really between two for me, Richard & John Bell. I think Richard might have a slight lead though. The way he delivered his lines during the argument between Bree & himself was pure perfection!
Nancy – I thought both Sophie and Rik stepped up to the plate this episode, creating a realistic 70’s relationship dynamic. Also Clarence, of course, was quite believable.
Susan – I have to admit that Sophie Skelton nailed Bree in this episode, finally. And I don’t like Bree very much!
Beth – Sophie Skelton made Bree come to life. I think this was truly her breakout performance on the show.
Mitzie – Another slap heard around the world! Poor Roger and Bree. It’s agony not seeing them on the same page yet.
Harmony – The most surprising moment was watching Sophie finally become Bree. I really struggled with her portrayal of her previously, but she was a complete surprise this episode. She did a fantastic job!
Nancy – Claire unzipping her boots. Terry Dresbach said that was on purpose. Claire kept the boots she brought through the stones.
Susan – Discovering that Richard Rankin was actually singing–he was fabulous–I had no idea he could sing!
Beth – When the deer’s head got covered up, I thought Bree had thrown a napkin. It was her blouse!
Mitzie – The highland games. It brought back fond memories of my first GMHG (Grandfather Mountain Highland Games) this past July and I can’t wait to return this coming July.
Harmony – My favorite thing about this episode was easily Roger and Bree, and the development of their relationship. This is something that I was most looking forward to in Season 4, as they were both apart of so many of my favorites story lines while reading DOA.
Nancy – All the North Carolina references, stock photos, etc. I smiled throughout the show.
Susan – It finally felt like what I read in the books–though I got the same feeling w/ the Rufus scenes in 402. This whole episode was what I’ve been waiting to see come to life.
Beth – Jamie & Claire finally finding home. That’s what this season and Fraser’s Ridge is all about.
Mitzie – I think this episode is the best of the three we have seen so far. I really enjoy seeing the split story lines. I am also a huge Roger and Bree fan and enjoy watching their relationship develop.
Harmony – I’d rate this episode as #1 for me. This has by far been my favorite episode of the season to date. There was a very natural flow to the episode, which I haven’t seen so far this season.
Nancy – #1: Episode 3 – Fraser’s Ridge here we come. #2: Episode 1 – They’re finally in NC! #3: Episode 2 – Slavery is hard to watch.
Susan – My favorites in order #1 to #3: 403, 402, 401. As much as I disliked the subject matter of 402, and disliked how nasty Claire was, Do No Harm was wonderfully acted, the scenery was like North Carolina, and they accurately portrayed (as best we know how in modern times) a day in the life on a Southern plantation.
Beth – This is my absolute favorite so far this season. The magic was just lacking for me during the first two episodes. Good news though –it’s definitely back in Episode 403 and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
So, now that we’ve voted, what about you? Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments who or what gets your vote for “Best” Awards for Episode 403.1, The False Bride.