We see Governor Tyron’s office in New Bern where Jamie signs a contract for the 10,000 acres of land that will be Fraser’s Ridge. (Remember this document. It will resurface.) Governor Tryon remarks that that the Indians are savages just like the Highlanders. (I believe this is going to be a reoccurring theme throughout the season.)
Flash to Claire, Jamie and Ian packing the wagon with supplies. They tearfully bid good-bye to Fergus and a very pregnant Marsali who bemoans the absence of her mother. Claire is reminded of Brianna and questions her decision to leave her. She’ll never know her grandchildren.
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! and the Fraser’s are suddenly transported to Fraser’s Ridge complete with stock footage of Grandfather Mountain in the distance. The Fraser’s admire the scenery. Jamie carves FR in a tree to mark the border of his land. He uses wooden posts to mark the boundaries. Suddenly, the Frasers see Native Americans approaching. Jamie throws down his knife and raises his arms in a gesture of good will. The Cherokee turn away.
Flash forward to 1971 and Roger is in his University office. (The ministers cat is love-sick cat.) He opens the middle drawer of his desk where we see his copy of Scottish Settlers in Colonial America and the drawing of Roger and Bree from the Highland Games. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! The book falls open to a reference to Grandfather Mountain and a mention of Fraser’s Ridge. As Roger talks, we are shown the Fraser’s working on their land. We see Clarence pulling a log. Jamie hammers in wooden stakes to mark the dimensions of the cabin and explains the layout to Claire. (Hint: Remember these stakes.) They discuss beef jerky (Mmm!) and a shed for drying meat. Suddenly Ian comes running! The Cherokee are coming. This time they throw down those wooden stakes Jamie used to mark his land.
Flash forward to 1971Roger opening a large envelope. There is a copy of Jamie’s signed land grant. (I told you it would resurface.) and a letter from a woman in England mentioning James Fraser and his wife Claire, the healer. Roger phones Brianna to tell her the news. We’re briefly introduced to a new character, roommate Gayle and her French Bulldog. (This is Carrot who just happens to belong to Maril Davis. I admit he is cute, but a horse and a dog and still no pig? Come on people!) Brianna tells Roger how much the news means to her.
Back to 1768 at night in the Fraser’s temporary shelter where Jamie and Claire discuss whether to stay or go. Jamie tells her, “I canna say what it is to for me to feel the rightness of this place…The mountain spoke to me.” They decide to send a message of good will to the Cherokee. Later that night they wake to Rollo’s distant barking. They venture out with loaded rifles to find their meat stollen and Finley the horse limping toward camp with a bear claw wound on his side.
Jamie visits John Quincey Myers who tells him the Cherokee call this creature a “ Tskili Yona”. “ Yona” means bear. Myers is cooking some kind of meat draped over sticks. (I wonder what kind of meat that is? It almost looks like bacon! OMG!) Myers advises Jamie to take tobacco to the Cherokee as a peace offering and teaches Jamie the Cherokee word for hello”Siyo ginali.” (Thank goodness for closed caption TV.) Myers offers to take the tobacco to the Cherokee for him.
Back at Fraser’s Ridge, Ian repairs a fishing net while Claire guts a fish. We learn that everyone can knit except Claire. (Hey, even I know how to knit!) At nighttime we see the Cherokee in the woods. The Fraser’s wake once again to noise and Rollo winning. They follow Rollo into the night only to discover a mauled John Quincy Myers.
We see the Cherokee perform some sort of ceremony and a dance. (Those of us who attended A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming recognize this as the Bear dance. Yes, I did participate.)
Jamie takes off after the bear only to find it is a man dressed in a bear skin. The two fight viciously until Jamie finally skewers the manbear with one of the house stakes. (I told you to keep an eye on them.)
He drags the manbear on a litter to the Cherokee camp to broker peace.
The Cherokee come to Fraser’s Ridge and give Jamie the name “ Bear Killer”. Claire is introduced to healer, Adawehi who says she dreamed of Claire as the White Raven. “You have medicine now, but you will have more when your hair is white like snow. You will have wisdom beyond time. You must not be troubled. Death is sent from the Gods. It will not be your fault.”
Flash forward to 1970’s at Reverend Wakefield’s old home. Fiona shows Roger a copy of an 18th century newspaper that reveals the Fraser’s have died in a house fire around 1777.
Back to Fraser’s Ridge where everyone is working on the house and the foundation is laid. Jamie carries Claire over the threshold. (Where have those trousers she wearing been?)
Back to 1971. Roger telephones Bree and gets Gayle instead. Gayle informs Roger that Bree flew to Scotland a couple of weeks ago to visit her mother.
(0h, no! What will happen next? Where is Brianna? Will Jamie finish the cabin? Will Claire’s hair turn white? Who will die that won’t be Claire’s fault? Will they ever get a bearskin rug? Will there be a White Sow? Will they find enough food to feed the White Sow? Tune in next week as the saga continues.)