‘Outlander’ Season 5, Episode 9: How Brianna Uses Her Love of Engineering to Save a Life

The latest episode of Outlander left us shocked yet satisfied. In episode 9, we get to see Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) engineering skills come in handy in the best way. Read on to learn how she saved the life of someone close to her. There are major spoilers ahead, so continue only if you’re caught up with Outlander season 5.

Jamie gets into some major trouble

Sophie Skelton
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Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets Roger (Richard Rankin) and some others to go hunting with him. When they separate, Jamie gets bitten by a venomous snake and must rely on Roger to make it back to Fraser’s Ridge alive. Roger tries to suck out the poison, but it just keeps getting worse.

Eventually they are found and brought to Claire (Caitriona Balfe). She thinks she may have to amputate her own husband’s leg and she’s sick with the thought of it. In an earlier episode, an altercation with a rude man led to the destruction of Claire’s syringe. If she still had it, she could give her husband some much-needed penicillin.

Brianna the engineer

Earlier in the episode, Brianna speaks to her mother about how she might utilize her love of engineering in this time period. She’s worried she won’t be able to apply her true calling in the time she now finds herself.

“You’re an engineer Bri. And whatever it is they call that here, you just have to find a way to be that,” Claire tells her daughter.

Brianna uses her love of engineering to save her father’s life

Claire is about to amputate Jamie’s leg in hopes of saving his life. We literally mean she was sanitizing the equipment and Jamie was biting down on something ready for the blow. Suddenly, Bri enters the scene. It turns out Roger saved the head of the snake in hopes that Claire could use it to help Jamie by knowing the species of the snake.

“Wait! Did you know that pit vipers have beautiful engineering?” Brianna asks her mother. “Their fangs are connected to a venom sack in their cheek, so when they bite down the cheek muscle squeezes the venom out of the sack down through the fang and into their prey.”

“What?” Claire asks.

“Momma, the fangs are hollow,” Bri tells her.

“You made a syringe?” Claire asks her daughter in disbelief. This means she doesn’t need to cut off Jamie’s leg. She fills the syringe with the penicillin and puts it directly in Jamie’s wound. It works and Jamie starts to look and feel better in time. He’s going to recover and it’s all thanks to Bri’s quick-thinking and engineering skills.

Brianna was able to figure out a way to save her father. Her love of engineering helped her figure out how to create a syringe to get the much-needed penicillin into her father. Without it, he might have died or at least ended up losing his leg.

Episode 9 of Outlander left fans in disbelief and calling for more.