Title: Outlander S2.E01 “Through A Glass, Darkly”
Released: 2016
Series:  Outlander

Kilt Drops: 0

Previously on Outlander: Season 1 happened.

Welcome back! Droughtlander seemed to last forever, but now the cool rain of Scottish brogues and Jamie’s very pretty everything is once more falling upon our metaphorical land. Hurrah! Let’s toast!

As a refresher, here is the official FYA Outlander drinking game, updated for Season 2:

The Official FYA Outlander Season 2 Drinking Game

Take a sip when:

  • Claire uses her knowledge of the 20th century to help her in the 1740s (yes, we know: you’re basically going to be wasted this entire season)
  • Someone on the show drinks
  • Someone explains a highland custom or translates for Claire
  • Someone gives Claire a look to imply they know she’s full of it
  • Claire’s clothing is just off-kilter (if you will) enough to be anachronistic

Take a shot when:

  • Jamie refers to Claire as “Sassenach”
  • Claire verbally dresses someone down
  • Claire disregards common sense and gets herself into big(ger) trouble

Chug your entire drink when:

  • it gets rapey

When the show begins, Claire is back in 1948, inexplicably back to her own time and lamenting the almost-certain loss of Jamie at the battle of Culloden. They apparently had failed in their plan to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and change the future.

Frank, however, is absolutely delighted to see her—even though she’s distant, downright cruel at times, and still pregnant. He is all too willing to accept her current condition (not without an outpouring of emotion that clearly frightens her, given his resemblance to Randall), despite her telling him she was married to another man in another century. In their present day, he convinces her to leave America to travel with him to Harvard, where they can be together without the press following them around. Just as Claire takes his hand on the tarmac, the perspective shifts to the 18th century.

Jamie and Claire land in France, ready to disrupt the Jacobite rebellion. First, though, they have to convince Jamie’s cousin Jared that they’re Jacobite true believers (which requires Jamie to remove his shirt, and that’s enough for me! Well, he also shows Jared his scars). They agree to run Jared’s wine business in Paris while Jared is away, and it seems like everything is set…and then Claire happens upon a smallpox outbreak, making an enemy of the Comte St. Germain, who would rather have kept it quiet and let it spread.

Kilt Drops: 0

Boo. But my own would have dropped at Jamie speaking French. Mon Dieu!

Wit and Wordplay

Claire: “I had made a promise, and had to keep it. Even if it meant living the life I no longer wanted.”


Jamie: “Life with you is never dull, Sassenach.”

No kidding.


  • I know Claire is mourning the loss of Jamie, but she is so harsh to Frank. Frank, whom she also loves enough to continue to wear his wedding ring, even in the 1740s. (And can we toast to Tobias Menzies here, who is just an incredible actor? He has always made Claire’s torment believable, even when Jamie is standing right there in front of her.)

  • AAAAAA, NO, DON’T BURN THE DRESS! I know you have to, but NOOOOO. (But go ahead and burn the Good Ship Smallpox.)

  • Tiny Roger Wakefield! Why are you doing this to my ovaries? Those CHEEKS.

  • Oh Claire, reminiscing about teaching Jamie the word “fucking” seems a little inappropriate, given the circumstances.


So, what did you think? Happy to be back in the world of Outlander? Tell all in the comments!

Next week: we’re off to Versailles!