S05E11 Journeycake We've come to last episode before the season finale. We've wrapped up some story arcs and I'm sure there's going to be a set up for the season 6 story lines which will be jaw droppers in some ways for those who haven't read the books. New characters will be introduced as well. But now we have what happened in this epi. Damn if I didn't need a few tissues. Oh, I should mention that Diana Gabaldon herself wrote this episode so she threw in some things that viewers should take note of. Life is good on the Ridge after the horribleness of Wilmington and Stephen Bonnet. Claire has even brought back a bunch of peanuts determined that her grandson will have tasted peanut butter! Ahhhh Claire, such a good granny. They run across a burned out cabin where it appears that all the inhabitants have lost their lives. It looks like at least one has been felled by an arrow. Out side they find the last survivor, a little girl who has been severely burned but clinging to life, barely. Jamie sees she cannot be saved and in true 18th century style, because they can do naught but ease her suffering, Roger speaks softly to her while putting a cloth over her nose and mouth until she suffocates. They bury everyone. Who comes a calling but those Brown weirdos with a group of men. Richard Brown tells Jamie that he's formed a committee of safety to keep law and order in the back woods, suggesting there's been trouble and it might be the Indians. Ian objects to that and Jamie tells Brown that while he's also seen signs of trouble he feels that he can best protect his own land and people rather than ride with the committee. Brown's a little pissed as he tells Jamie that he answered the call when Jamie came looking for militia men but Himself explains there's a difference between going to war and law and order but he softens the blow somewhat by telling the guy he'll think about it. Later, out in front of the big house, Ian is playing with Jemmy using that huge opal that used to belong to Otter Tooth. Everyone is around and Jemmy tells his cousin that the stone is hot. No it's not, Ian replies but Jemmy insists, at which point the opal breaks in his hands and the travelers can hear the rocks. That is, Roger, Bree, Claire and now little Jemmy can hear it but Ian and Jamie can't. Whoa, it looks like the wee bairn is a time traveler too!!! Ian wants some answers and gives his uncle a book the Mohawk gave him while he lived with them. Apparently they were still talking about Claire after her last visit. It's written in Latin and of course Jamie being educated can read Latin. It proves that OT was a time traveler from the future himself, although we know Claire long suspected it. The journal, Claire declares, was written with a ball point pen which makes Ian go, ok guys....spill. Jamie and Claire tell him that she's from 200 years in the future and Ian tells her that he always thought she was a fairy. Claire corrects him and it dawns on Ian that Bree and Roger are from the future too. Jamie tells him that Murtagh knew as well and that they keep it secret because people wouldn't understand. Now that Bree and Roger know their son can travel, Bree tells Rog that it's undoubtedly because he has two time traveling parents. Way to go Bree. They decide that it would be best if they returned to their own time because it certainly would be safer for them. Book readers know that while the family returns, it's only after their second child has a heart condition that can't be fixed in the 1700s but we'll see what happens. Now we do the rounds of Bree and Roger saying their goodbyes to everyone on the Ridge. They've concocted a story of Roger being offered a job at university in Boston. Even Lord John stops by to tell Jamie that he's returning to England, where Willie is still attending school, as old Lord Dunsany has passed and Willie needs guidance as he takes on the role of the new Lord Ellesmere. He's also going to take Ulysses with him to England where he'll be safe. Later, Jamie tells Bree that she has a brother. Hugs and kisses to Fergus and Marsali, then Lizzy who at first assumes she'll be accompanying her mistress to Boston, and even a good bye to Lord John. Ian even inquires if he can go back in time with his cousin. He'd like to go back far enough to fix whatever the problem was between him and his Indian wife but they have to let him down, telling him doesn't work that way. You have to be born with the gift. On their last night, Claire makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone to mixed reviews, lol. Ian drives them to the stone circle that Roger found when he was trying to escape his Indian captors, to bring back the horses and the Mac's tie themselves together with their little one, each holding a gem, and disappear through the stones, to Ian's amazement. The only thing is is that something appears to have gone wrong. They made it through in one piece but did they get where they were going? Judging by their reaction, I think not but stay tuned that's not in the book. Lionel Brown returns with his wife to have medical treatment on her arm. Claire treated Lionel's leg when they were there earlier so Lionel trusts her to some extent. Claire is skeptical about how Mrs. Brown got her injury. She says it could have occurred by falling or someone twisting the arm. Lionel isn't too happy, remember he was the clown that crushed Claire's syringe at Alamance because he didn't like the way she was talking to him. He steps out of the surgery and the wife tells Claire that Lionel indeed broke her arm because she refused to "lay" with him. She goes on to further say that she did that because while she doesn't mind him mistreating her, she wouldn't want to put an innocent child in harms way. Besides, she got the idea of abstinence during certain times of the month because she read it in the paper, in Dr. Rawlings column, that pregnancy could be prevented that way. While Claire is doing her thing, Lionel returns and is wandering in the surgery when lo and behold he spies Claire's medical box with DR. RAWLINGS name on it!!! The light bulb, dim as it is, goes off in his head and he grabs his wife for a quick departure and Jamie puts the icing on the cake by telling Lionel he's not going to join their vigilante group. Not long afterwards, after the "kids" (no matter their age they'll always be the kids, lol) have departed for the circle the men hear an explosion and see smoke. HOLY HELL, the still is on fire!!! While the men go racing off, Claire and Marsali stay behind to attend to the dislocated shoulder of one of the Ridge residents. A group of men, I wonder who, breaks into the house. They stab the poor patient when he tries to fight and they knock Marsali unconscious....and she's preggers AGAIN!!! Then they kidnap Claire!!!! As the Ridge men return, they find little Germain, wandering around by himself. He tells his father that mama won't wake up and the bad men took grandma. They rush into the house and thankfully they can revive Marsali. We see Jamie take off to where he's built a new wooden cross, and lights it on fire calling all the men of the Ridge to war. It. is. on. with the Browns!!! One light note in this episode is that they do the scene from the book where Jamie and Claire have window sex!!!! Hot, is all I'm going to say but I've never figured out how she didn't fall off that window sill, lol. Then....we see Jamie viewing his own spunk under the microscope per the book! Diana tried to get as much in from the text as possible, bless her soul, even though they’re already pulling things from book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.