‘Outlander’ Season 5, Episode 2 Recap

The second episode of Outlander has premiered and things are really taking off. Read on to learn what happened in the new episode. There are major spoilers ahead for season 5 of Outlander.

The regulators strike

Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Caitriona Balfe, and Sam Heughan
Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Caitriona Balfe, and Sam Heughan | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for STARZ

The season begins with people burning an effigy of a British redcoat. Some men are being carried out of their homes with their shirts ripped off. Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) enters the scene and seems to be behind what’s happening. They pour tar and feathers all over the men. Murtagh asks them where their mercy was when the people couldn’t pay their taxes.

Claire tries to save a man

After the theme song, it cuts to a man in serious trouble. He needs help and is brought to Claire (Caitriona Balfe). Claire asks if it’s his stomach, and he says it’s like a knife in his gut. The woman who brought him in says she gave him mercury. Claire says she can’t do anything for him. She says how sorry she is and it’s devastating to watch the man die right there on the table.

Next, Jamie (Sam Heughan) meets up with the redcoats to learn the land and area better, since they’re supposed to be looking for Murtagh. Lieutenant Knox says he hopes to have land as great as Jamie’s and maybe it will come when they catch Murtagh. Jamie and Knox talk about the regulator situation and end up in the town where Murtagh was just tarring and feathering men.

Claire takes a loss hard

Claire works to determine the cause of death of the man who died. Her daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) comes in when her mother has just performed an autopsy on him and his chest is still wide open. Obviously, Brianna is concerned about anyone seeing or finding out, especially in the time they’re in.

It turns out the man’s appendix burst and he was in septic shock. The mercury and bloodletting made it all worse. Claire wishes she had been able to help the man survive and she might have been able to had he been brought to her sooner.

“Momma there is nothing you could have done,” Brianna says.

“It’s bad enough I’m fighting the disease. I’m also fighting the cure,” Claire replies.

Jamie speaks to the captured regulators

Jamie and the redcoats arrive in the town where the regulators struck. Apparently Murtagh and his men came to get their own breed of justice by seizing the courthouse and the judge. They then tarred and feathered men. They were able to capture three of the regulators.

Jamie asks to speak with them, “Highlander to Highlander.” Jamie tells them he has men that depend on him that live on his land. “We’ll wage war on ya if we must,” one of the men says. They refuse to give up where Murtagh is.

Lieutenant Knox kills one of the men when he answers that he is Murtagh Fitzgibbons. The man dies from his wounds. Jamie is shocked and in disbelief. Jamie appears to defend Knox and has the men taken back to their cells.

‘Our family is here’

Bri and Roger (Richard Rankin) go out to hunt. Roger says that Brianna’s father doesn’t respect him. They also had Jemmy baptized as Presbyterian like Roger. Bri shoots a turkey and Roger looks sad.

“You wanna go back don’t you? You’re ready,” Bri says.

He answers, “Who knows?”

“Our family is here,” Bri tells him. Roger knows Brianna doesn’t want to leave her parents.

Claire speaks with Marsali

Roger sings a song over the grave of the man who just supposedly died that Claire was unable to save. Claire asks to speak with Marsali (Lauren Lyle).

“There’s something I want to show you,” Claire tells her. She asks her if she trusts her and Marasli agrees. Claire takes her into her hospital room and shows her that the man they buried is actually not the man that just passed away. Claire shows Marsali the man who has been covered up with a sheet.

“Lord have mercy,” Marsali screams. Claire grabs her mouth to calm her. “Deliver us from evil. Do not make me say it Claire. Was she right? My mom? Was she?”

“I’m not a witch,” Claire insists. “Marsali you have more sense than her that is why I brought you here.” Claire admits they buried a coffin of rocks, not an actual person.

“How to save those who are still here with us. How to perform lifesaving surgeries. We physicians we learn by practicing on the dead,” Claire tells her. “And I think you would be a good apprentice.”

Jamie sets the regulators free

Jamie goes to see the regulators that were captured. He says he’s sorry for his part in this and he says he’s trying to save them all. Jamie sets them free and tells them to tell Murtagh not to return.

Claire makes a list of tips for preventative healthcare to hand out to people. Bri tells her that people probably won’t listen to her. Claire instead writes that Dr. Rowland’s is the one with the ideas, not herself. Bri offers to help her mother write out the lists since that seems more believable back then.

Could Roger and Bri return to their own time?

Claire tells Roger that she hopes Roger and Bri don’t stay in their current time. She says it’s safer in the future. “I know you feel the same way,” Claire says. “It’s my fault that you’re all here.” Roger says they can’t make that decision until they know if Jemmy can travel through the stones or not.

There were other developments as well. Claire is planning to try to make penicillin more than 100 years before it’s invented. Roger finds drawings Bri made of Stephen Bonnet. Jemmy walks for the first time.

Bonnet is still alive and up to his usual antics. He blinds a man who calls him out for cheating. He says he didn’t kill him because he’s a father now and “must set a better example.”

That concludes the recap of episode 2 of season 5 of Outlander.