TV Review: Outlander (Season 3, Episode 9)
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Claire and Jamie face superstitions and secret marriages in this week’s instalment of Outlander. After last week’s nephew-napping, Jamie and Claire attempt to track down Young Ian. Jamie has conveniently forgotten to tell Jenny and Ian what’s happened to their son, solidifying his status as the world’s worst uncle. The couple discover that Young Ian was kidnapped by a Portuguese vessel that’s headed for Jamaica, and he’s at risk of being sold into slavery. The Frasers board The Artemis a ship headed for the West Indies, alongside Fergus, Yi Tien Cho, and a few of Jamie’s old smuggling friends. Claire learns a little about Scottish sailing customs, including the fact that her gender and Jamie’s red hair mark them out as unlucky. Just as they begin to set sail, Fergus reveals to his quasi-adoptive parents that he’s married Marsali, Jamie’s step-daughter. Unsurprisingly, Jamie’s not a fan of this development. After failing to talk them out of the union, Jamie splits the newly-weds up so they can’t consummate their union. Claire now has to bunk with Marsali, who clearly resents Claire for usurping Laoghaire’s position in her step-father’s life. What a happy voyage the family will have. Claire stitches up a sailor after an accident, and surprisingly she’s met by no resistance from the men. The incident does, however, prompt the superstitious crew to speculate whether or not someone aboard The Artemis forgot to touch the ship’s lucky horseshoe as they passed by. Having impressed him with her Shakespearean knowledge, Claire finds herself at the dining table of Captain Raines. Raines reminds Claire that however illogical she may find the crew’s superstitions, they let the sailors believe they control their own destinies. As the weeks elapse, tensions on The Artemis begin to rise. After losing the wind and the water going bad, the ship’s crew become more and more concerned that someone aboard is bringing them bad luck. Before too long, the sailors identify Hayes, a friend of Jamie’s, as the “Jonah” that they must be rid of. Hayes, not content to be thrown into the sea, drinks himself into a stupor and climbs the ship’s rigging. Between the alcohol, the altitude, and the angry mob below, Hayes decides he’d rather commit suicide than become the victim of a mob.
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