New week, new review! Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” is essentially a transitional episode but contains some forward-looking plot developments while introducing new characters and dynamics. Ready?
Here we go!
Fighting for Family in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman”
As is often the case in life, especially with Frasers, improvement plans laid out are the first to go to waste. As Jamie, Claire, and Ian’s head to Scotland in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman,” the Revolutionary War rears its ugly head.
The battles follow one another and they are more bloody and intense, it feels more like a war and not like a revolt. And Jamie is at the center of it all. He is too close to the British to be especially reliable about his loyalty to the rebels. So it’s time to test his true loyalties.
In Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman,” Jamie has no choice but to fight. But he’s not going to do it because he’s on the winning side of the war this time, not even because of his word, but because of what he always fought: his family.
Brianna, Roger, and his grandchildren live on the same land two hundred years in the future and Claire and Ian are with him. Jamie is going to fight for them. Although the outcome of the war is somewhat certain, Jamie’s life may be lost in all the fighting to get there, but he will gladly lose his life if he dies fighting for his family’s welfare.
But Claire and Ian aren’t going to leave him alone in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman.” Wherever Jamie goes, Claire goes, as always, and so does Ian. He loves his uncle and aunt, and he won’t let them fight alone. They’ll go to Scotland together, or they won’t. And that’s why the Fraser family is the best.
Misogyny Can’t Beat Brianna Ellen Fraser MacKenzie
Meanwhile, Brianna, Roger, and the kids don’t fare much better in the future. In Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” they are learning to adapt to a time they no longer feel like their own, a time that brings its own struggles.
Unfortunately, some things never change and misogyny is one of them. In the eighteenth century, men see women as mere instruments to derive pleasure, children, and a maid, and if you thought that two hundred years later, that would have changed, you are very wrong.
Brianna must face the most rancid misogyny in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” when she goes to land her dream job. That pig that will be her boss putting her down for being a woman but Brianna is a Fraser so she made a fool of that creep and, to top it off, she got the job.
However, there is something in this whole situation that made us even angrier about this scene, and that is that Brianna not only had to put up with the misogyny of her boss but also of her husband.
Let’s see, we understand where Roger is coming from and all, but can’t we just focus for a minute on Brianna’s achievement before we deal with his fragile masculinity? Can’t Roger congratulate and be proud of the achievements of his amazing wife in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” rather than cry like a baby because he feels like a failure?
Taste Failure in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman”
With that being said, yes, we do understand that Roger is quite traditional in certain ways and he needs to feel like he protects and provides for his family. Also, that was the last promise he made to Jamie & Claire and he feels like a failure because he’s not keeping it. At Fraser’s Ridge, Roger had a purpose and now he has nothing.
Also, they are living proof that history can be changed, even in small things, and that leaves Roger unsure of what to believe in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman.” He was a historian, for him, the books that narrated history were irrefutable, but if they were able to show that things could have been different, how can he now believe what the books say?
Ultimately, Roger feels out of place and insecure at this time because he feels that he can no longer pick up where he left off. Too many things changed. And we understand that we really do, but it was not the right time to let these doubts out.
Kisses Against the Will
Back in the past, Claire meets someone unexpected in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman.” Tom Christie is alive! He was on fire for Claire for so long…even though he sacrificed his life for her and believed her death was devastating to him. That’s why when he finds her, Tom can’t help but kiss her out of pure joy.
It’s something that Tom in other circumstances would never have done, not only for decorum, but because he would have seen it as a sin. And we are glad to see that Tom’s end was not hanging, but exile. That being said, his conversation with Claire in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” is interesting.
He subtly questions her about Jamie, partly because he’d really like to find out that he’s alive and partly because he wants to know if Claire is a free woman now. Although he has accepted that he mistook a burning desire for love, he still wants her very much… but he respects Claire and Jamie too much, as well as their love for each other, to think of anything more than continuing to want Claire from a distance.
It’s also interesting to see Claire’s reaction to Tom’s unwanted kiss in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman.” After her assault in the forest, she resents any touch towards her without her consent much more and can’t help but annoy her a bit.
However, we like that it clearly shows that Claire’s trauma is somewhat over and that while she was uncomfortable with Tom’s gesture, it didn’t affect her to the bones. This is something that they changed from the book since there was a lot of importance to this and Claire’s trauma was removed, so we love that the show decided to end this story for good.
Traitors and Love Triangles in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman”
William has an undercover mission for the British in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman.” However, nothing goes as expected and, in the end, his Cousin Ian, a papist and a rebel, is in charge of saving him.
We love their conversation. There is a hidden irony here as Ian knows full well who William is while he is unaware of his true origins. And we love that Ian gave William the rosary and told him about Jamie, although without saying his name, his uncle would be proud.
The cousins’ adventure doesn’t end here. William’s fate in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman” makes them meet Denzell & Rachel Hunter and we already glimpse a clear love triangle between Rachel and the two cousins.
William likes Rachel but knowing that her brother and she are rebels prevents him from making a move and he decides to take advantage of their trip for his own purposes in the British ranks. And it’s clear that there’s a connection between Ian & Rachel…and she only has eyes for Ian. So yeah, this is just the beginning of the story for all of them and we can’t wait for more!
Other Stuff in Outlander 7×04 “A Most Uncomfortable Woman”
- Finally passion between Jamie & Claire! Although, indeed, the most fiery times are over — and sometimes they are missed — I liked this scene. The seduction was hot and reminded me of a scene from season 2 but…I wanted more!
- Bree, please listen to your son! You may not believe the fantasies he talks about but if someone ate some cookies, that means there is some stranger hanging around your house and that is how 100% horror movies start.
- William is a worthy son of his father! Jamie would have come to that poor woman’s defense, too, and dot the i’s on those filthy savages. I wish William had killed them all! I said what I said.
- I’m not going to lie, the sword cut into that Lallybroch wall brought tears to my eyes.
- Rollo is the cutest puppy ever!
- The parallel between the battle march at the end of the episode gave me chills in the best of ways. It’s a clear callback to season 2.
- How much Ian loves Jamie and Claire that he’s so afraid Arch will hurt them! He is the best if you ask me.