Down The Rabbit Hole We Went

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Outlander S04 EP07: Brianna follows in her mother’s footsteps and travels through the stones back in time to 18th century Scotland where she struggles to make her way to the Colonies to find her parents, Jamie and Claire. Meanwhile, Roger follows Brianna into the past and embarks on a harrowing sea journey.
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This fourth season of Outlander has been super exciting, and we finally get what we have been waiting for Roger (Richard Rankin) and Bree (Sophie Skelton) through the stones in the seventh episode Down The Rabbit Hole.

I’m not sure if you head me, we finally see Roger and Bree go through the stones. We saw in Blood of Blood Bree at the stones, and in Down The Rabbit Hole we saw what happens next.

Bree goes to 18th century Scotland, and we get to see uncle Ian Murray (Steven Cree) and we find out that Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson) is just as crazy, and cunning as ever, but she did save the lass, so we can like her just a tad.

Roger enlists the help of Fiona (Iona Claire) to get him to the stones. He was all dressed in his 18th century outfit and clean shaved and ready for his trip. Once in Scotland he quickly meets the captain, our old friend Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), who is as charming and creepy as ever.

Roger knows he has to get to the Americas and does all he can to get on the good captain’s ship. The only thing he knows is when Bree went through the stones. He doesn’t know if she made it, if she is in the Americas, or where she is at all, but he knows he has to find her. Roger also has no clue that Bree knows what happens to her parents and that is why she went on this journey.

Meanwhile Bree as prepared as she thought she was, was rescued by Laoghaire. Even got to her uncle Ian, not knowing who he is of course and memories of the past flood her mind.

I always wondered how Frank (Tobias Menzies) dealt with knowing that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) loved another and how he treated Bree, I only needed to watch Down The Rabbit Hole for my answers.

In the clip below Frank tells Bree about her parents getting divorced and his plan for her to go to England and study at Cambridge. We know that Frank told Claire about taking Bree, but we never knew that Bree knew about it.

Clip: Divorce

I really loved the flashbacks of how life was while Bree was growing up. We knew that Frank and Claire had a complicated relationship, but the love he had for Bree was a true unconditional love.

Laoghaire, was as sweet as can be until, Bree slipped about Lallybroch and her family being from there. Laoghaire being the cunning, scorned woman she is keeps pumping for information and flips out when Bree tells her that her mother is Claire Fraser.

All these years later she, Laoghaire, is still in love and obsessed with Jamie, and thinks that Claire is a witch that must be stopped. Laoghaire even went on to accuse Bree of being a witch just like her mom. Bree knowing she can’t stay there anymore, goes to pack her things up where Laoghaire, locks her in and is going to get her arrested for being a witch. Watch the clip below on how that all played out.

Clip: Trapped

Back on the ship, The Gloriana, we see how demented Stephen Bonnet really is. Don’t get me wrong people act bad with the unknown, but tossing kids and adults out of the ship because they may be ill, is just psychotic. Roger befriends a woman Morag MacKenzie (Elysia Welch), who turns out to be one of his direct descendants. Roger hides the young woman to keep her safe, as he can’t watch another person get thrown off the boat to die.

Drums of Autumn Version:

When Roger MacKenzie is traveling from Scotland to America aboard the Gloriana in 1769, he encounters a young mother who turns out to be his four-times great-grandmother, Morag MacKenzie. After the crew has thrown several poxed children overboard, Roger discovers his ancestor hiding below-decks with her infant son, Jeremiah (Roger’s three-times great-grandfather), after a confused and desperate plea from William Buccleigh MacKenzie to Roger that he not reveal his wife and child’s hiding place.

Morag gets discovered by Mr. Bonnet, and he decides to flip a coin to decide Roger’s fate. We get to see how sick and twisted Stephen Bonnet is and get a glimpse into his past in the clip below.

Clip: Coin

 

After being freed from Laoghaire’s home, Bree makes her way to Lallybroch and introduces herself to her uncle Ian, who assists her both financially and emotionally in securing passage to the America’s to find her parents. While buying her passage, Bree takes on a servant, Lizzie Wemyss (Caitlin O’Ryan).

Things That Make You Go Hmmm:

  • Where was Jenny Murray (Laura Donnelly)? In the books we got to see her, but not in the episode.
  • Who were the kids that were helping Ian out?
  • Will were learn more about Morag MacKenzie or see her again?
  • Is this the last we see of Stephen Bonnet?

On Next Week’s Outlander 408: Wilmington – Outlander’s 50th Episode:

Airdate: December 23rd at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ, the STARZ App and STARZ On Demand

Roger’s (Richard Rankin) diligent search for Brianna (Sophie Skelton) pays off when he finds her in Wilmington, but their romantic reunion comes to an abrupt halt when she discovers pertinent information that he intentionally kept from her. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan)and Claire attend the theater with Governor Tryon (Tim Downie), at his request, and discover a plot against the Regulators that tests Jamie’s loyalty to Tryon.

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