Previously: Claire didn't make the best first impression on Colum MacKenzie, laird of Castle Leoch, and now she's being kept quasi-prisoner as the castle healer. Jamie kept his shirt on.
We open on a flashback: World War II is still raging and Frank is escorting Claire to the train station. She's headed to the front lines, which Frank notes is a bit of bitter irony: He'll sit behind a desk in London, sending men on covert operations, while his wife is in the thick of battle. In a way, it's a refreshing, progressive dynamic, but it also makes me wonder if a man who's been In The Mess would "get" Claire more. Not that I'm thinking of anyone specific. Ahem.
Before Claire boards, Frank reminds her that he can have her orders changed. Claire refuses. In what will emerge as the episode's theme, Claire values her personal security less than the opportunity to help others. It's stubborn, reckless, a little short-sighted — and totally admirable. Frank agrees.
As Claire leans through the train window to kiss her husband goodbye, she promises that she will return to him. I dab my eyes because it's suddenly gotten very dusty in my bedroom.
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