Last week: Black Jack Randall interrogated Claire and ... punched her in the stomach. Yikes. To prevent Claire from another of these delightful chats, Dougal arranges a marriage between Claire and Jamie, since an English officer can't compel a Scottish citizen to report for an interrogation. Let's hope that works!
It's the early 1940s and Claire and Frank are walking happily hand-in-hand down the streets of London. Frank's eye is caught by a pair of newlyweds emerging from the local city hall. This prompts him to propose to Claire and he suggests they get married right then, by a justice of the peace. It's not the most romantic moment in the world, unless your boyfriend only proposing to you because you happened to pass city hall strikes you as incredibly gallant. Jesus, what if they had passed a slaughterhouse? I worry about you, Frank. You're highly impressionable. Meanwhile, Frank's parents are waiting at a nearby restaurant — and they've never met Claire.
But Frank really, really wants to LOCK THIS DOWN so he tells Claire his parents can wait.
"They'll never meet Claire Beuchamp; I'll have the pleasure of introducing them to Mrs. Frank Randall." For a seemingly progressive guy who goes downtown, Frank is disappointingly traditional about this whole marital naming bit.