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The Gathering 

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The Gathering shows Claire's attempt at her first real planned escape. The run-ins she has with various characters on the way include a major run-in with Dougal, and yet another moment with... See full summary »


Brian Kelly


Diana Gabaldon (based on the series of books written by), Ronald D. Moore (developed by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caitriona Balfe ... Claire Randall
Sam Heughan ... Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies ... Frank Randall / Jack Randall (credit only)
Gary Lewis ... Colum MacKenzie
Graham McTavish ... Dougal MacKenzie
Lotte Verbeek ... Geillis Duncan
Duncan Lacroix ... Murtagh Fraser
Grant O'Rourke ... Rupert MacKenzie
Stephen Walters ... Angus Mhor
Annette Badland ... Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Nell Hudson ... Laoghaire MacKenzie
Liam Carney ... Old Alec
Aislín McGuckin ... Letitia MacKenzie (as Aislin McGuckin)
Roderick Gilkison ... Hamish (as Roddy Gilkison)
Bryan Larkin ... Geordie


The Gathering shows Claire's attempt at her first real planned escape. The run-ins she has with various characters on the way include a major run-in with Dougal, and yet another moment with Jamie alone - building their relationship. Also an oath-taking ceremony could have awful results if not handled carefully. Written by VickieD

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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English | Scots

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30 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Diana Gabaldon (the author of the Outlander series) has a cameo appearance as Iona MacTavish, a wealthy merchant's wife who exchanges words with Mrs. Fitz on the balcony in the hall. See more »


Jamie walks past a standing Geillis twice when traversing the hall to the oath taking; once without Dougal in the shot and once with. See more »


Claire Randall: [translating the Mackenzie motto] "Luceo non uro." I shine, not burn.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


That Lovely Weekend
Composed by Ted Heath
Lyrics by Moira Heath
Performed by Ted Heath and Moira Heath
[heard in background while Claire is in the stable]
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Everyone is a bumbling nincompoop compared to Claire
28 June 2016 | by theflamingeagleSee all my reviews

This episode solidified a distinctly unsavory tone for our heroine. Apparently the writers are trying to make Claire into a kind of superwoman who is beyond humbling. Even her follies - or should I say folly - are cast in such a way to make her appear more irreproachable. In a scene where the object of her new infidelity is seen kissing another girl, Claire writes off her embarrassment not as jealousy of the woman - after all how could someone as noble and inerrant as she be jealous of a such a ridiculous girl - but of their intimacy that she can't share with her temporally displaced husband. Yeah, who are you kidding, dear?

For a prisoner she is unaccountably taken seriously. Any of her guards or "hosts" will unaccountably snap to her attention even though she speaks in a barely audible hush. Later, during a boar hunt, she writes off the threat posed by a boar, which she terms a simple "Hairy Pig." When it goes onto kill one and maim another, she scrambles to save face by accusing them of not taking the threat of the boar or their lethal tusks seriously. Later still, she mocks the beliefs of the native Scots as ignorant and infantile even though she herself was just teleported through a rock to get where she was in the first place.

Then we have the new love interest. He has apparent telekinetic abilities, able to detect Claire's plot to leave as well as a plot to have him killed. The way he gets out of it is inventive, if not implausible.

This episode gets its four stars based on the death scene and the costumes alone which help one to forget, much like the stash of the borderline alcoholic, nymphomanic protagonists stash of port wine.

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