Outlander (2014–…): Season 1, Episode 10 - By the Pricking of My Thumbs - full transcript

Jamie hopes the Duke of Sandringham can help remove the price on his head.


There's a price on my head
for murder.

Black jack was able
to commit his various crimes
in the highlands

Because he was being
protected by a powerful man.

The duke of sandringham.

We were raising money
to restore the rightful king.

Send a missive
to the duke of sandringham,

Inviting him to a banquet
here in his honor.

Very wise to get the measure
of the jacobite cause

From an englishman's

You should come
visit me sometime
down in the village.

I have a cabinet
full of potions
and medicinals.

I need some peppermint,
my dearest.

I have something
to offer ye.

I made a vow.
I won't break it.

What on earth is this?

It's an ill-wish,
meant to bring pain or harm.

Well, who'd put such a thing
under our bed?


No. No.


Wake up!

Enough, damn it.

Come on, you lazy dog!

Has my knock grown
so feeble,

Or have yer marriage duties
made ye sluggish?


There must be good reason
for this visit.

Aye, lad, there is.

The duke of sandringham
has arrived to take counsel
with the laird.

He's taken up residence
in merlewood house.

This is my chance,

Hell, the duke
has always been
partial to me.

Some would say
too much so.

I'm not about to offer up
my hindquarters.

But his grace wields
a fair amount of power
in court,

And if so inclined,
he could lift the price
on my head.

it's worth the asking.

Though he's not a man
to grant a favor lightly.

It's not a favor I'm asking.

I'm an innocent man
seeking justice.

Justice, from the
duke of sandringham?

The name's familiar to ye?

I've heard it before.

if I tell you something,

Do you promise not to
ask how I know?

I told ye I'd never ask
you for anything ye
dinna wish to tell me.

Yes, I promise.

The duke,
you mustn't trust him.

You mean his fondness
for other men?
I ken all about that.

He visited here
when I was 16 or so.

Very attentive to me he was,
but that's as far as it went.

I wasn't aware.
That's not it.

The duke is a close ally
of black jack randall.

Did randall
tell ye that?

You promised.
I made no such pledge.

We'll both be respecting
yer wishes on that account.

A friend of jack randall's
can be no friend of yours.

before you approach
the duke,

It might be worth having
a word with ned gowan.

Get his advice
in light of this


I'll talk to the lawyer.

But, claire,

Ye must realize
what this means.

This is my first
real opportunity
to gain a pardon.

I can finally return home
to lallybroch.

Take my rightful place
as laird of broch tuarach.

And you can be my lady.

We'd be happy there,
I know we would.

As do I.

Look, laddie,
as it stands now,
ye're wanted for murder.

Ye can deny this
from now till judgment day,

But it's yer word
against captain randall.

And even with
the duke's backing,

I fear that there is no way
that a british judge

Will take yer word
over that of one of
his majesty's officers.

Even if my words
speak the truth?

Truth or lies
have very little to do
with the law.


Then there's nothing
to be done.

No, no, no, no, no.
Don't be so quick to
surrender yer position.

You tell me the duke has
close ties to black jack?

Well, if that's true,
we may be able to prove
to the duke

That friendship with
such a villain

Is more dangerous
than it's worth.

If ye have something
on yer mind,

Ned gowan,
then speak it.

I can draw up
a petition of complaint,

Accusing randall of crimes
against the scottish people,

Yer wife included,

And of transgressing
his majesty's laws.

If you can convince
the duke of sandringham

To deliver that document

To the lord president
of the court of session,

That could lead to
a court martial for
black jack.

Or at the very least,
a reassignment far from
scottish soil.

Court martial?

Can they not just hang
the bastard?

Sweating out the rest of his
military career in some
west indies hellhole

Would be a far greater

With randall in disgrace,
I believe I can take
jamie's case to court

And win him
a general pardon.

I just feel
like a complete...

Here, let me help
ye put it on.

It's so lovely.
I hate to dirty it.

Claire, do you see

What my darling
granddaughter here
has stitched for me?

Is it not the most
beautiful thing ye
ever laid eyes on?

Mrs. Fitz, would you mind
giving us a few moments?

Laoghaire and I have
something to discuss.


Well, I can see by your face
it's a serious matter.

Can I be of some help?

No, thank you.
This is between laoghaire
and myself.

All right, then.

I'll be just outside
if ye need me.

Come on, girls.

Shoo. Shoo.

If ye have something
to say, say it.

I have chores to tend to.

Look familiar?

Why should it?

Because you placed it
under my bed.

What cause would I have
to do such a thing?

Look, I know

You have deep feelings
for jamie,

And that when
tender regard is denied,
it can be very hurtful,

Especially in one so young
as yourself.

I even understand
why your jealousy
would be directed at me,

Even though
I never conspired to
take jamie from you.

The truth is he was never
yours to begin with.

That's a lie.

Jamie fraser was and is mine.

And you did us both
a wrong past

Bearing when
you stole him away.

You're mistaken, child.

My poor jamie,
trapped in a loveless

Forced to share his bed
with a cold english bitch.

He must have to get himself
swine drunk every night

Before he can
stand to plow your field.

I shouldn't have
done that.


Aye, I did put that ill-wish
'neath yer bed

In the hope it would
make jamie hate ye
as much as I do.

He belongs with me,
and one day, it will be so.

Well, I hope the price you
paid wasn't too dear,

Because that will
never happen.

Ye're wrong.

Ye're wrong about jamie
just as ye're wrong
about yer friend geillis.

It was she who sold me
the ill-wish.

That surprises ye,
doesn't it?


Just stay away from me
and my husband.

If you're looking
for my wife,
she's not here.

Wench never is
when I need her.

Raw turnips never
agree with me.

I could use some
of my wife's tonic.

Oh! Stuff and nonsense!

My sweet lamb,
where are you?

Here, fennel should give him
some temporary relief.

Damn it all, jeanie,
bring me my chamber pot.

Go on, on you go!

I should be going.
By christ's heaven,
you should!

It be a full moon tonight.

Seek mistress duncan
in the woods,

North of the foothills
in the hours before dawn.


The chamber pot,
damn you!



Earth mother.

Open the gates.

I praise thee.

Rise from the fires.

You can come out now,

I thought I heard a rustling
in the bushes.

But then again, I always
like to imagine someone's
watching me.

You could have joined me,
you know.

But you english are
a prudish people.

It's really quite nice,
in spite of the chill.

Yes, you looked like
you were enjoying
yourself just fine.

'twas the icy wind
whispering over my nipples.

Makes them
harden like acorns.

So I can see.

And you're pregnant.


Thank you.

It's been my own
special secret
for months now.

Not even arthur knows.

You must be joking, surely.

How's that possible?

I don't recall him
ever seeing my
unclothed body.

Certainly not in daylight.

I thought you two
weren't having
intimate relations.

We're not.

I have a lover.

Anyone I know?


Well, must I guess?

It's dougal mackenzie.

I know what
ye're thinking.

I'm married to another man.

A child would certainly
be awkward.

The bairn won't be born
for months yet.

Plenty of time

For the summoning
to prove fruitful.

Is that what I witnessed?

A summoning,
what, of some pagan spirit?

Mother nature, of course,

To ask for our freedom,
dougal's and mine.

Claire, I must ask ye
to keep my secrets.

Not tell anyone.

Not just about the child,
about what you saw tonight.

I understand.

I knew ye would.

Come on,
let's put out the fires.

I promise ye, claire,
if I'd known it was for you,

I would have never
sold laoghaire the ill-wish.

Ye could do a lot worse
to me if ye wanted,

Now that I've shared
all my secrets with you.

Look, I have no wish
to do you harm.

You're my friend.

The only one I've made
since I've arrived here,

In this part of scotland.

I feel much the same.

If it wasn't for you
and my darling dougal...

Beautiful, is it not?

Dougal gave you this?

The duke of sandringham
himself presented it to him

For that slag of a wife,

A trinket like this would be
wasted on the likes of her.

So he gave it to me.

Dougal's married?


But his wife has been
holed up in that estate
of theirs for years.

She's not one for
public gatherings.

Don't blame her,
she with such
a homely countenance.

You say it was
a present from the duke?

But I thought he came
to see colum?


He meets with colum,

But it's dougal
he's fond of.

At first,
I found it puzzling.

An english lord,
a friend of
black jack randall,

On such good terms
with a known jacobite like
dougal mackenzie.

But then I remembered
something that frank had said.

Your ancestor had a prominent
and powerful man

Who could protect him
from the censure
of his superiors.

Yes, possibly.

It would had to have been
someone high up in the
hierarchy of the time

To exert that
kind of influence.

Oh, aye.

What about the
duke of sandringham?

The duke of sandringham.
Hold on.

Wasn't sandringham
a suspected jacobite himself?

Aye. You know,
I believe you're right.

Now, that's odd.

Odd indeed,
but well worth
keeping in mind.

What was that?


No, listen, it's a baby.

Claire, that's a fairy hill.

That baby is no human child,
that's a changeling.

What the hell are you
talking about?

When the fairies steal
a human child away,

They leave one of their own
in its place.

You know it's a changeling
because it doesn't thrive
and grow.

That's just
superstitious nonsense.

If ye leave a changeling out
overnight in such a place,

The wee folk will come
and take it back

And return the child
they've stolen.

They won't,
because it's not
a changeling,

It's just a sick child.

It might very well
not survive a night out
in the open.

I have to go.

You go yourself, then,
and good luck to you.

Oh, god.

Oh, god.

Oh, you poor child.

I'm sorry.

I'm so sorry.


I came up here,

But I was too late.

The baby was already gone.

They just left it out
here to die.


I know.

You've a kind heart,

But ye've no idea
what ye're dealing with.



Been looking
all over for ye.

I met geillis duncan
on the road.

She told me where ye were.

It's dangerous to be out here
alone, sassenach.

Don't tell me
you believe in fairies
and changelings and all that.

It's not about
what I believe.

These people,

They've never been more than
a day's walk from the place
they were born.

They hear no more
of the world

Than what father bain
tells them in the kirk
on a Sunday.

And for the parents
of that child,

It might comfort them
a bit to think it's the
changeling that died.

And think of their own child,
healthy and well,

Living forever
with the fairies.

Take me home.

According to ned,
how did he put it?

"randall's repeated
sexual provocation

"of a high-born englishwoman
is a black mark impossible
to erase."

That's good, isn't it?


Sign yer name,
just below mine.

I know ye have yer doubts
about sandringham.

Well, I don't question
the truth of them,

But ye have to try,

For us.

For lallybroch.


I suppose
it will have to do.

don't just sit there.


I'm sorry, madam,
you were saying?

Captain jonathan randall.

Yes, of course.
The petition of complaint.

By christ,
a petition of complaint

Against captain randall?

I'm told

That said captain is
one of the finest officers
in the regiment.

Come... Let me see
this abominable document.

My husband will be
presenting it to
you later today.


So, lord broch tuarach
has sent you along
to soften me up,

To play on my
well-known sympathies
for the weaker sex?

I can assure you, your grace,
jamie has no idea I'm here.

Nor would he approve
if he did.

By my word.

He's picked a feisty wife.

I would expect
nothing less of the lad.

Make no mistake,

I am very fond of jamie,

But I'm afraid I must refuse
this outrageous proposal.

Will you go away?

I understand
your reluctance.

To turn against one's friend
is no easy thing.

I hardly know the man.

Even if it were so,
what of it?

An english nobleman
befriending one of
his majesty's

Most valued officers,

That's scarcely inimical
to either of our reputations.

Look, my dear,
you're a most alluring woman,

And I'm sure
you will bear jamie
many beautiful children,

But my time is not
my own these days.

So many goings-on.

I certainly have
no time to review these
libelous falsities.

That's very good.

Write that down, would you?
"libelous falsities."

Forgive me,
I'm thinking of
writing a book.

Aphorisms of the most worthy
and most witty,

Clarence marylebone iii,
duke of sandringham.

- Memorable.
- Now, then.

I believe you've said
what you came to say?

Before I go,
there is one question
I hope you'll answer.

How could I refuse
just one question
to so fair a lady?

How much jacobite gold
did dougal mackenzie
pass along to you?

Madam, it's a dangerous
thing to hurl slanderous

With such reckless abandon.

They're only slanderous
if untrue.

You determined to make
me your enemy?

On the contrary,
I need you as my friend.

And I trust my friendship,

No matter how
lowly obtained,

Is preferable to a date
with the gallows as
a traitor to your king.

Has anyone ever told you,
you have the most
gorgeous neck?

It holds your head
so prettily.

I'd hate to see them parted.

Mark that.

I don't want to be
over-hasty about jamie.

I'm really so fond of him.

He's such a good lad,

His grievances deserve
to be heard.

To petitions of complaint.

I look forward
to helping your husband

To restore his good name.



The laird is asking for ye.

It's dougal.

He's just learned that
his wife's perished from
a sudden illness

And he's gone raging drunk.

Well, how? What happened?

A fever it was.

The messenger said
it consumed her in a day.

Burned her up
as if by fire.

Well, what does colum
want me to do?

Soothe the mad beast
with one of those
sedatives of yours.

Get back.

Get back!


Did you bring some potion
to muzzle this idiot?

Yes. Do you have something
to put it in?

Dire mischance
the day she wedded me.

Poor lass.

It's my fault, all of it.

All my fault!

Stay back! All of ye!

Or I'll slice yer ears!



Or I'll strike yer head
from yer shoulders.

Easy, man.

I just...
I just seek to
slake my thirst.

Aye, aye, aye.


I'd drown my sorrows
if I could.

This will quiet him down.

How're you going to get
him to take it?

What makes you think
he'd refuse?

Get off me!

Come on!

Hey! Come on!

Not even a blind man
would think she was bonnie,

But she deserved
better than me.

Hard-pressed to stand.

Don't be leaving him
lying on the floor there.
Lift him up.

Watch over him.

I will deal with the
sodden fool when
he regains sobriety!


If ye drop him,
I'll have yer balls.


Have you heard
about maura?

Can you believe it?

Yes, I've heard.

Though it doesn't put
the same smile on my face,

If that's what
you're hoping.

It's a tragedy, no doubt.

God rest her soul.

But surely ye
won't begrudge me
a wee bit of celebration?

After all,
my prayers have
been answered.

You don't really believe

It had anything to do
with that summoning of yours,
do you?

I don't know that it did,
and I don't know that
it did not.

And neither do you.

I know it's a coincidence.
A sad one and nothing more.

Believe what you will.

Now dougal and I can
be together.

I think your husband
might have something
to say about that.

What the hell
are the macdonalds doing

Visiting the
duke of sandringham?

I had no idea

My acquaintanceship with
captain randall was such
common knowledge.

Well, know it we do.

And I have no doubt
it's whispered about

In your majesty's court
as well.

Our majesty's court,
you mean, of course.

Leave us, minou.


Damn that randall!

I must admit that
shielding him

From the consequences
of his misdeeds

Sometimes feels like
a full-time occupation.

And I loathe work.

But it will require
a good deal of delicacy.

After all, I must damn
the captain without
damning myself.

Of course.

It could be done.

However, jamie,

Favors must be
returned in kind.

If I scrub your back,

I'd expect you
to see that mine was
equally spotless.

I've been challenged
to a duel.

By the macdonalds,
you mean?

Ah, you saw them leave
the house, yes?

Andrew macdonald.

Some nonsense about
an unpaid debt.

I've never been able to
turn my back on
a game of maw.

Pity I'm not better at it.

Anyway, this is an
affair of honor.

Shots will be exchanged,
but I understand no one
will be hurt.


When the macdonalds
are involved,

There's always a chance
that blood will be spilt.

Yes, I know the macdonalds
and mackenzies are
sworn enemies,

But this is not
a clan matter.

I myself will be
in the line of fire.

All that I require
from jamie is that
he appears as my second.

Alas, my servants are chosen
for their beauty,

Not their belligerence.

You, of course,
contain within you

A sublime combination
of the two.

This is no good, jamie.
This is a macdonald matter.

You need to stay
out of it.

You suggested
I approach sandringham
in the first place.

I'd have kept my mouth shut
if I knew he'd lead ye
to the macdonalds.

I'm not feeling
blithe about it myself,

But if I back out now,

I lose my chance
to return to lallybroch
a free man.

There will be
other chances.

Can you swear to it?
Better than the one afore me?

Well, it's a risk
I have to take.

Clan mackenzie welcomes
our longtime friend and ally,

His grace,
the duke of sandringham.

It is our honor
to share our bounty
with him.

Always a pleasure
to visit clan mackenzie!

God bless scotland!

God bless the king.

They make quite the trio.

Aye, certainly.

Colum and the
duke appear to be
in fine spirits.

Let me guess,
this must be
mrs. Fraser?


Allow me
to introduce his grace,
the duke of sandringham.

An honor, madam.

Jamie, if you wouldn't
mind getting me
something to drink

While the duke and I
get better acquainted?

Of course. Excuse me.

You bastard.

You had to get
your pound of flesh,
didn't you?

Merely a quid pro quo.
You're familiar
with the term?

Simply means
"this for that."

Well, if anything
happens to jamie
during your little duel,

Quid pro quo.

Your concern for your
husband is commendable,

But may I point out
that it is I

That will be faced
with the disagreeable
end of a pistol.

So you'd better hope
that nothing happens to me,

Or this petition
of your husband's will
never reach london.

Help me turn him to his side.
I think he's choking!

Put him back down.

I reluctantly
searched the crowd
for my friend.

However, what I found
was anything but
a grieving widow.

It was then I noticed traces
of a peculiar odor.

Bitter almonds.

The same smell you'd find
resulting from
a dose of cyanide.

And I knew straightaway
what had caused

Arthur duncan's
sudden demise.

He'd been poisoned.

Gentlemen, upon my count,
five paces, if ye please.

One. Two.

Three. Four.

Five. Halt.

Mark yer places.

take yer positions.

Combatants, you will fire

Upon the dropping
of the handkerchief.

Are you ready?

Aim your weapons.

Steady, steady.

Does the duke of sandringham
offer his apology for
non-payment of debt?

I do.

And does andrew macdonald
accept said apology?

I do.

Jesus christ...

Then this affair
is concluded.

Let's drink to friendship.

Honor observed
and restored.

Honor is a poor
substitute for coin.

I, for one, refuse
to drink with mollies.

Off with ye,
go and couple together
like the filthy dogs ye are!

Sir, order your boys
to hold their tongues.

Let it go, lads.
Mind yer manners.

Father, the man rents
a great house but canna
pay an honest debt?

Tell me, is the duke's
fat arse as comforting
as a woman's cunny?

Aye, is yours stretched
like some crone's
sagging teats?

I said enough, ye whelps.

Come, come, jamie,
let's not descend to
calling of names.

Aye, into the woods,
you go.

To find a fallen log
to bend each other over!

Is it true the macdonalds
learn of love by rutting
with their mother?


So sorry,
I'm so desperately sorry.

Nothing to be alarmed about.
Merely a scratch.

Do tell your wife
it wasn't my fault.

And now, I'm afraid,
I must be on my way.

A duel is one thing,
a common brawl,
quite another.

Concern yourself not.

I shall honor my side
of the bargain.

'tis but one more scar,

Nothing worth
brooding over.

And the duke
did take the petition.

That's cause
for a bit of celebrating.

Now perhaps it is
better to wait

Until closer
to our leaving.

Ye're not normally
a closed-mouth woman,

I expected
noisier displeasure.

But quiet anger
can be very effective.

Jamie, the laird
is asking for you.

You will return
to your home and attend
to your wife's funeral.

And at home you will remain
until I send for you.

Ye're exiling me.

How long?
Until you come
to your senses.

If you are even capable
of such a thing.

Ye're asking me to do
what I canna.

I'm not asking
ye to do anything,
you half-wit,

I am ordering you!

I will not spurn
geillis duncan.

Oh, neither would
her husband,

And you see
what she did to him!

That bloated bastard's been
dying for years.

By christ,
ye actually love the bitch.

Or ye're an even bigger
numskull than I thought.

I do love her.

And with just cause.


She's carrying my child.

Yer child?

Yer child?

need I tell ye how
children are conceived?

No, no, no, no, no.

It's arthur duncan's child.

Just as hamish is my child.


And if ye think ye're
going to be marrying
that evil temptress,

Ye're very sadly mistaken,
sadly so.

Ye will leave
this castle today.

Angus, rupert and this one,
they will accompany you.

You haud yer gab.

You will speak
when you are spoken to.

Now, on no account
will ye stop and say
goodbye to yer whore.

After the funeral,
you and yer companions,

Ye can do whatever ye like.

Ye can drink
and fornicate
yerselves to oblivion,

But you will do it
on yer home ground,

Not mine.


Do ye not even
have a nod

To acknowledge
the orders of yer laird?

Jamie fraser.

How dare you shed
macdonald blood
without my approbation!

I had no desire
to cross swords
with the macdonalds...

But the duke of sandringham
requested that I accompany
him as payment

For his aid in winning...
I'm not interested
in yer stories,

Yer plots, yer bloody wounds!

I'm sorry if I have
disappointed ye.
Disappointed me?

No disrespect
was intended.

But if you think
so poorly of me,

Ye'll be pleased to ken
I'll soon be returning to
my home at lallybroch.

In time,
ye can do what ye want,

But not until
I give my permission.

Now, until then,
ye'll stick close
to my brother.

You see to it that
he follows my orders
in all matters.

And just so that I know
that yer mind is focused
on my wishes,

Ye'll leave that wife
of yours here.

I see no reason...

Ye flap that tongue
at me again, lad,

I'll have it cut out
at the root!

Now go.

I hate that you're traveling
with an open wound

And I won't be there
to tend to you.

No need to fret, lass,

Ye already packed me
enough fresh bandages

To cover me from
face to feet.


Afore I go,
I'll advise ye to stay well
clear of geillis duncan.

Do you think
colum intends
to punish her, too?

His wrath will be aimed
in her direction next.

Loveless or not,

Her marriage to the fiscal
kept her safe.

With arthur gone,
there'll be no one
to protect her

From her own reputation.

Now with dougal being
sent away...


There'll be no one to
save her from colum's ire.

Stay away from her, claire.

Kiss your bride
goodbye, jamie.

The others await us.

I want to put some
hard miles between me

And my brother
before nightfall.

These are dangerous times,
mo nighean donn.

Be careful.

I will.

I said kiss her,
dinna swallow her.

Come back to me,
james fraser.

As soon as I can.

I'm sorry, my dear.
Didn't mean to bother you.

Thought a wee bit of salve
might help.

It's no bother.

I do wish you'd take
more care around
the ovens.

That's the second burn
this week.

I'd call that
a very good week.

Ooh, now.

Dinna fash yerself,

It's not a permanent
situation, ye ken.

Jamie will appease his laird
best he can

And be back in his
good graces in no time.

In your arms, as well.

Thank you, mrs. Fitz.


Madam fraser.

A letter has arrived
for you, madam,

From the village.


Geillis, I came
as quickly as I could.


Your letter.

What letter?

The one you sent.

'twas not me who sent it.

Suspect someone's playing
a prank on you, claire.

I was just about to go
downstairs to dinner.

Jeanie, ye can set
the table for two.

Geillis, this is no prank.

I've no time for dinner
and neither do you.

You must leave here now.

Leave? And go where?

Wherever you choose.
I don't care.

Well, that's a comfort.

In that case,
I'll remain here.

Geillis, drop the pretense.

I know you poisoned
your husband
and I'm not the only one.

What a thing to say,

It's positively cruel.

Not as cruel as
colum will be.

If you care
for your baby,

Then you will pack
some belongings
and you will flee here.

We can argue the
"why" of it later.

Your concern
touches my heart,
but it's misplaced.

Is it?

Open up!

- Who's there?
- Open the door now!

It's the warden.


There are wardens
here to see ye!

Open this door now!

Do not let her
answer that door.

You can escape
through the kitchen.
I'll see to the packing.

I'll meet you in the glade
later tonight.

Flee my own house?

Like a thief in the night?

- I won't have it.
- Open this door now!

This is official business!

We demand to see
mistress duncan right away.

Open up!

Dougal will never allow
anything to happen to me.

To us.


Let them in!

Geillis duncan!

He made me a promise.

Take us to your mistress.

The man loves me to death.

Geillis duncan,
ye're under arrest
for witchcraft.

Under whose orders?
Well, lookie here.

The other sorceress.

It's the thieves' hole
for the both of ye.

What on earth have I done?

You'll hear all about it
at the trial.

Let's go.

Get your hands off me!

Stop! Get off me!

Ye'll not be
casting any spells
on us tonight.

ye're a feisty little witch,
I'll give ye that.

Hah! Yah!