Outlander Season 1, Episode 5: Top 5 thoughts during the rewatch of Rent

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Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
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3. How did Claire not realize the men were defending her honor?

The first time I watched the episode, I realized what was happening in the tavern scene. I could tell that the men were making lewd comments about Claire and the MacKenzie men didn’t like it. It was clear that while Angus, Dougal, and others weren’t particularly fond of Claire, she was still with them and they were going to protect her.

How did Claire not realize that the men were making the lewd comments? At first, I thought she was just trying to ignore them, but it’s clear a second time watching that she’s just oblivious to it all. She’s far more interested in trying to make Ned realize that the Jacobite cause is a lost one.

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And about that. Did she really think that making comments against the Jacobite cause was going to win her any favors? Nobody knew she was from the future. Saying the things she did would lead to many believing she was a spy.

In this scene, she just didn’t seem that smart! This is a woman who can screw the patriarchy in the 1950s by becoming a better surgeon that the majority could dream of being. Yet, in this moment, she doesn’t even think that she’s making her own situation worse by sharing her unwanted opinion.

On a side note, I do love Ned’s answer in Outlander Season 1, Episode 5. When he tells her that she’s entitled her opinion, he makes it clear that he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore and that he doesn’t agree with her. He makes a point in saying something he’d like her to respect–that he’s not forcing his opinion on her so please don’t force an opinion on him.