Outlander S6 Epi4 – Hour of the Wolf
Written by Luke Schelhaas | Directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green
This conversation is between Blacklanderz® Amanda-Rae, Caty, Lorinda and Tami. Arranged and edited by Vida.
A: I’ve been waiting to see that title card since she was announced as a director!!
C: I am pleased to see the very first episode of Outlander directed by a Black woman six seasons in. Go on, Christiana!
L: That is an accomplishment, and I was also excited to be doing this Convo.
T: I was over the moon when I found out a Black woman directed this episode. This is a proud moment and seeing the title card made it even more real.
A: Show-only viewers had no idea about how exactly Ian adopted Mohawk culture. These were details that could have been a part of Season 4 but were cut for space.
C: We finally get to see how life with the Mohawks was like for Ian. They could’ve been a little gentle with the hair cutting, though I can understand the limitations they had to work with at the time.
L: Caty I was thinking the same thing, plucking out his hair had to be very painful. Even the way they did the tattoos is painful. Ian is very brave, and he has to have an extremely high threshold for pain.
T: Watching this part was almost like rereading Ian’s story. It is mentioned that his hair was plucked but watching them transform him from an innocent wee Scottish lad into a fierce Mohawk was definitely interesting. This first scene really sets a tone for the entire episode.
A: You can tell a lot of work went into the set design and composition. The audience is fully immersed in Ian’s emotional journey.
C: Agree. Seeing Indigenous customs like this is refreshing and it brings some degree of authenticity to the show.
L: The attention to the detail was phenomenal, yes Amanda they are emotionally committed. They were there until the process was finished and they genuinely welcomed him.
T: I love that they captured this scene. It’s a great way to embrace and celebrate the culture and traditions of the Mohawk tribe.
C: “You’re flesh of our flesh, bone of our bone…” takes me back to Claire and Jamie’s wedding vows. I actually think I can recite them word for word in my sleep at this point lol.
L: That saying took me back to their wedding also. You actually felt their acceptance of Ian into their tribe.
A: I agree with both of you. This was a clear emotional and thematic callback.
T: Yes! This is a wonderful way to pay homage to a much beloved scene from season 1 episode 7. Shout-out to another fab female director!
A: Rollo is such a good boy and I love that we see Wolf’s Brother honors their bond.
C: The name is fitting. Ian looks happy and relieved considering how emotional it was for him and Jamie when he was traded for Roger back in S4.
L: Since Ian and Rollo have been together, they have been inseparable, so yes the name is fitting.
T: The name is indeed fitting. It reminded me of when Claire first referred to Rollo as a wolf back in S4 and they have been inseparable since that day.
C: I gather the woman Ian is smiling at is his soon-to-be Mohawk wife – she is beautiful.
A: Agreed, Ian definitely picked her apart from the crowd.
L: Works with her hands is beautiful and she set her eyes on Ian from the start. I told my husband about the women in their culture to choose their mates and when they didn’t want them, they would put them out and find another one.
T: We know Ian will not be single for long.
There is a lot of trust between Sam and Caitriona already and he has talked about that a lot in interviews, that they had already built up this very physical trust, and relationship between them.
C: For a few moments before the start of the day, our favorite couple is happy and at peace, loving each other.
A: I love when the time travelers slip in 1950’s/1960’s pop culture jokes and then they have to explain what it means.
T: We the fans LIVE for Jamie and Claire scenes. I mean all their scenes! They’re banter especially. To be honest, I had no idea that this reference existed prior to the 1971 musical but it was enlightening to watch Claire explain it to Jamie.
A: I think Adso doesn’t trust the Major so he’s purposely curling up next to him!
C: Haha, Major McDonald is innocent…. I think. Adso just wants to be friends.
L: That was a hint that their intimate moments once again are going to be interrupted by the Redcoats and the King. I don’t think there was an herb for allergies.
T: Can they get a moment without interruptions? Is anyone else curious about the Major? Not only because he’s a Redcoat but he’s always around.
I wish they could have at least one moment where their only concern is mundane worries couples have everyday. Then again they aren’t ordinary by any means.
A: Agreed, poor Claire and Jamie can’t even come up with the grocery list without all this political drama.
L: Will these two ever catch a break? Someone is always interrupting their pillow talk afterglow, and it’s always a political situation
A: I don’t remember the book version of how Fergus became involved with the trading.
T: Neither do I. Fergus is a gifted tradesman so Jamie is wise in assigning him to this task.
C: I like to see Jamie and Fergus working together.
L: He used to be the seller of Jamie’s Smuggling ring of Spirits. That was in S4, I believe.
A: Work as a distraction is a theme we’ve seen before on the series, but you can clearly see Jamie cares for Fergus.
C: Jamie is trying to help Fergus find a new purpose (outside of making whisky) and Fergus recognizes that, which means he’s committed to his own healing.
L: Exactly Amanda, Jamie is making sure that Fergus has a distraction and I’m glad that he is. Fergus needs to be a productive part of this settlement. He really needs this.
T: Everyone seems to use work as a means of distraction. Jamie did back in S2 (assisting his cousin Jared with his wine business). Claire did as well in S2 when she was struggling with her PTSD, and she is currently doing that now. It’s only natural for Fergus to mirror his parents.
C: I also missed those Jamie/Fergus scenes from Paris to Lallybroch to Edinburgh. I got a little emotional here when Fergus mentions how Jamie has saved his life more than once. Aside from Claire, Fergus is the only one on the ridge with the longest history with Jamie dating back to S2 (young Fergus). They are each other’s “day ones.”
A: If anyone were going to remind Fergus of his better days, it would be Jamie.
L: I’m glad he is remembering them working in the print shop together. I feel like this is a foreshadowing for Fergus’s future. Jamie and Fergus’ relationship is so strong. He’s actually spent more time with Jamie than anyone else.
T: I adore Jamie’s unwavering faith in Fergus. It is what he needs right now; a nurturing father to encourage and love him. So far, this episode is making me feel nostalgic but I love it!
A: Those rifles look really heavy; I wouldn’t be able to lift them.
C: I suppose they must begin practicing for battle.
L: They are antiquated and for sure heavy. Talking about having a kickback. You’d better brace that against your shoulder tightly and have a stance so it won’t make you fall backward.
T: I appreciate this scene because Brianna is among the men practicing. Clearly, she’s not a woman of that time but she is a marks woman and is unabashed by that fact.
C: Is that a bit of glee I sense from Roger? He’s so proud of himself hitting that target. Started from the bottom now we here….
A: He’s definitely happy as he’s not been that great at the 18th Century skills before.
L: Started from the bottom now the whole crew’s here, lol! I was shocked to see he could hit a mark.
T: I believe in the book he struggles with shooting because he is nearsighted. I don’t think it will be in the series and that is okay, as Roger has enough to deal with already.
I think now that Roger’s becoming more experienced, more hardened to the time, maybe it’s a bit less important to Roger now. He has his place, he has his family, he’s the head. He’s growing more and more every day in the 18th century and his relationship with Jamie is, obviously, important. His relationship with the Frasers, that family unit, is very important to him.
C: I am sure the Cherokee are quick learners and will manage to shoot those guns, Mr. MacDonald.
L: They will be shooting those guns, while riding horseback. They are some of the best marksmen around, Major MacDonald. Ian looked at MacDonald like he was talking nonsense.
A: MacDonald will surely regret underestimating the Cherokee.
T: I truly hope so, Amanda.
C: Ian can’t hide his disdain and annoyance when MM stressed “morning or evening” in regard to Chief Bird’s oath to the Crown when called upon to fight.
A: He wants to punch MacDonald…
L: He is throwing shade! First, he tells MacDonald to get the Chief’s name right. Then when MacDonald talks about Christian names, he lets him know how stupid it would sound. The look on MacDonald’s face after he says it is priceless!
T: Exactly! He isn’t afraid to speak up as he considers himself both Scottish and Mohawk.
C: Bree is not having any of MM’s talk of war! She must be feeling helpless. I’d lay those guns down too, Bree, and find some peace and quiet for the time being.
L: Jamie is so attentive to her. I watched her walk away from shooting and I recognized something was wrong. Jamie was right there to check on her.
A: Agreed, Jamie is sensing she’s nervous about her decision to stay in the past…
T: Another great Jamie and Brianna moment. I can never get enough of their interactions so I’m always wishing I had more. Da is his usual intuitive self.
Maybe. I’ll be honest with you, yeah, it’s often kind of lost in British education maybe. Different schools have different syllabuses, so I can’t speak for the U.K. as a whole, but the American Revolution really wasn’t something on our syllabus.
So, I just researched it myself, because obviously I, A, should know about it, and B, I wanted to know every little detail. The fact that Brianna was a historian, she wouldn’t just know the easy version of that, she would know all the intricacies of what happened. So, I definitely, definitely delved into all the events of that.
A: Many book readers weren’t happy with the series choosing to highlight the Cherokee versus the Tuscarora from the books, but now we’re seeing the payoff of that decision. This is the history we all know but don’t talk about enough.
L: The Trail of Tears always brings tears to my eyes. Every time I drive through Oklahoma on my way to Missouri this piece of is always brought to my remembrance. It needs to be talked about Amanda, their land was taken from them, and evil was done to them. The white man had no respect for them at all.
C: Good that Bree tells Jamie about the Trail of Tears. Maybe a little of that tidbit will help to guide his decision when the time comes.
L: The Trail of Tears always brings tears to my eyes. Every time I drive through Oklahoma on my way to Missouri this piece of is always brought to my remembrance.
It needs to be talked about Amanda, their land was taken from them, and evil was done to them. The white man had no respect for them at all.
T: Interesting insight ladies! There’s a wealth of atrocities done to the Indigenous community. It was a wise decision to adapt the story. I respect Brianna for telling her father about what’s to come.
C: That’s a rather luscious looking forest and a beautiful aerial shot of the Cherokee village.
L: The village is well placed and spaced out, not too much of anything. It is beautiful. They always built their villages so that the land was respected.
A: I’d love to know how long it took to build the village set.
T: Love the set! It must have taken a long time to build it because it is meticulous craftsmanship.
Perhaps they saved a few props from the previous seasons.
C: Jamie and Ian are always prepared in case of danger.
L: Did you see how many weapons, ammo, guns, knives and tomahawks they had? They were always ready. I guess that was the weapon safe for the 18th century.
A: I don’t blame them honestly. There could be wild animals or highway robbers in the woods.
T: I’m not worried about the amount of weapons they are equipped with either. I do appreciate both of them respecting their hosts by disarming themselves.
A: Ian’s nervousness indicates there’s some unfinished business….
C: He looked like he’d seen a ghost.
It’s difficult to play something that’s so chronologically not there. It’s a benefit because I know where I want my character to be by the end of it. I wanted all the dots to connect, and of course, I knew what had happened to him back in Season 5. I’d already known that he’d fallen in love, he had tried to have children with her and was basically told to leave the tribe, but what I didn’t really know was how Kaheroton was going to be involved and this reckoning of him being the catalyst for him having to deal with his past yet again.
L: Yes, he did Caty. I don’t think he was ready to see them again. Amanda, Ian had too many memories he thought were long gone. It was like taking the scab off of a wound.
T: It was bound to catch up with Ian. You can only run for so long before the thing you are running away from catches up with you.
C: Ian can’t speak or what? He seems apprehensive.
L: Ian seems perturbed, something isn’t right. If looks could kill…
A: This look confirms my theory, there’s personal beef here.
T: I believe we have a recurring character or characters?
C: Emily is an excellent choice, Ian.
L: Wahionhaweh. I liked how he said her name. They were really good for each other.
A: Agreed, Ian definitely thought he’d found The One.
T: It’s heartwarming to see that he is finally sharing his story with his uncle.
C: Again, Emily is beautiful. Can I just say that I love that we’re getting these backstories from the book visually, rather than just the story being told.
A: Agreed, it’s much more powerful seeing these memories versus a long monologue.
T: I also appreciate the flashback because it gives us, the audience, context as well as closure. The fact that the communication is limited because of the language barrier but they understand each other is really beautiful. It reminds me of what the willow tree sang in Pocahontas, “Listen to your heart. You will understand.”
L: She has chosen him; she carved that wolf just for him. A woman will let a man know exactly how they feel about them, that’s for sure.
A: The carving looks like a tiny version of Rollo. I love it!
C: It does, and the lines and details are very neat for such a tiny object. If this doesn’t tell Ian Emily is interested…shoot your shot, Ian.
It was excitingly nerve-wracking. It was also an interesting thing because it was the last episode we filmed. When you’re doing a shoot, you get really excited at the start, and halfway through you get the mid-shoot blues and everyone’s trudging along, let’s get this over and done with, and then there’s this zoom of energy at the end.
Everyone goes, “we’re really near the finish, let’s go with a bang.” That little zoom of everybody feeling great happened during my episode at the end, and we had a huge influx of new actors all from various First Nations. It was just a fabulous experience. There was pressure on my shoulders. Yeah, I had late-night phone calls with mom where I was like, “I don’t know if I can do this.” And she’s like, “Oh, shut up.” And then I just had fun with it.
L: She is so talented. It’s a beautiful token of love.
T: Her name personified. Such a gorgeous piece.
This episode makes it visual, adds a lot of detail (a lot of it is from the book), and lets us understand the depth of Ian’s feelings for the Mohawk—and, by extension, his urge to help the Cherokee. Ian is a favorite character (and John Bell plays him brilliantly!), so there’s a desire to see more of his ‘other’ life in more detail, and to show the Mohawk in a different light than we saw them during Roger’s abduction and rescue.
C: Oh, so he got close to Kaheroton early on.
L: Yes, he was his brother. He taught Ian the way of the Mohawk and how to speak their language.
A: Often your first friendship in a new place is one that’s going to have a deep bond.
T: Ian needed a mentor and Kaheroton needed a friend. It’s wonderful they found what they needed in each other.
C: I remember that scene with Johiehon running into the fire. What a painful way to die with your love. I am glad Kaheroton stepped in to help take care of the baby she left behind.
L: That scene was so painful, and he did love her. But, she loved that priest more. He has to be a man of valor to raise her child. I guess that’s how he kept her near to his heart.
T: Kaheroton is an honorable man.
C: So, the tiny wolf carving means Emily swiped right on Ian, eh?
[V: Yep, seems that way.]
C: They are cute together.
L: She was teaching him how to speak their language and how to speak her language too.
This is the first woman he’s actually made love to. All the rest were ladies of the evening, oh and one was a certifiable crazy witch.
A: Definitely! It’s about time Ian found someone to love.
T: This is a stark contrast from S3 Ian, who was shy around attractive women. He’s now a grown man who is confident and ready to settle down.
A: I wish I knew a bit more about flower symbology to see if there’s a deeper meaning here.
C: Whatever kind of flowers they are, they are pretty.
L: This is drawing them closer together, she is introducing him to a whole new world.
T: A simple yet beautiful way to teach someone your language.
C: I suppose the bracelets are their version of wedding rings then.
L: I’m thinking the same thing as you, Caty. Once again, the women of this culture are the gift givers, and the men are honored that they have been chosen.
A: Honestly, bracelets are easier to wear than rings. I always lose rings. The Mohawk are onto something with a wedding bracelet.
T: It explains why he wears that bracelet.
A: The parallels visually to previous Jamie and Claire love making scenes are clear as day.
C: And also the same move the bartender in Edinburgh taught him in S3.*Wink*
It starts well before we are actually on set. It will start months beforehand when I am given the scripts. I look at those intimate scenes and usually the conversations will start with the executive producers to find out exactly what they want from the scene: what is this moment of storytelling that is so important? Why do we have that scene there, what does it do for us? And then having a conversation with the relevant director about their artistic vision so that we make sure that we are sticking with their vision for the scene. Then it is having conversations with each of the actors about the level of the scene, whether that is in terms of nudity or simulated sex or any other form intimacy we have got, right down to kissing sometimes – it depends on the level of comfort of the actors.
L: I’m with you Amanda, there are parallels to Jamie and Claire. That’s their signature make out position.
T: Honestly didn’t catch those parallels since I try not to compare but it’s an interesting observation.
Then it is having those really open conversations again with the directors and anybody else from the artistic team and the producers to say “Okay, these are our levels of comfort, how do we work within that?
C: Stories by the fireside are a nice way to pass time.
L: It’s amazing how the Mohawks and the Scots like to spend spare time telling stories. I bet Ian really feels at home.
A: Ian is definitely settling in and noticing that there’s similarities between the Scots and the Mohawk.
T: Stories are a Scotsman’s forte. It reminds me of when Rupert told the story about the selkie back in S1 Epi8.
A: Geillis is a scary story for sure!
C: I don’t blame Ian. I wouldn’t want to talk about her either. Ian would like to change the subject, please.
L: My first thought was why choose the Bakra, not a funny story at all.
T: Yes, why bring that up? Too traumatic to be told and especially translated.
C: The last time we heard Ian sing was with the Scottish bartender at the print shop in Edinburgh.
A: Thanks for pointing that out. I couldn’t remember him singing at all on the show.
T: Exactly! Before his kidnapping. I’m glad he lightened the mood with a song instead of that tale.
L: Him trying to tell a story was funny. I thought he’d be a natural since he’s a Scot. His singing is okay, but he doesn’t mind what anyone else is thinking, only Emily. He’s singing his song to her.
C: Learning a new language at an older age is difficult but Ian is improving. It reminds me of the Drums of Autumn book when Jamie was trying to teach him Latin (was it?) on their way to River Run. It didn’t make it in the show, but it was a funny moment Claire described in the book.
L: Yes, it was funny, cause Ian wasn’t having any of it. But now, he is determined to be able to communicate with his new family. He picked this language up easily; it reminds me of teaching. Kids remember what they deem is important.
A: He’s really trying so that he could be good enough to teach his child.
T: It’s definitely easier to learn a new language when the motivation is right in front of you. They glossed over the Latin back in S4 but it was definitely an enjoyable passage to read in DOA.
C: We like a daddy kiss to the womb. Jamie also did that when Claire was carrying Faith in Paris. So sweet!
L: Right another parallel. I love it. Wherever she is, he’s at home.
T: This story is becoming too much like Jamie and Claire in S2. It is a tender moment.
Do you ever miss your home?
You are my home . . .
. . . both of you.
A: I’ve seen too many Call The Midwife episodes to know this isn’t a good sign at all…
C: Not at all Amanda. Hope both the baby and Emily will be okay.
L: Yes, we all know this isn’t going to turn out well. My heart is breaking for them too.
T: I knew what was going to happen, but it still does not make it any easier watching this part. It’s starting to make sense why the previous scene was reminiscent.
C: Oh no! Where is Claire when you need her. The women of the village will sort this out, no doubt.
L: I don’t think Claire could have helped her. To see the women carry her away let’s us know this is women’s business. They are the equivalent to Claire in child birthing.
A: They were definitely the midwives and healers of the village.
T: I agree! This goes beyond Claire’s capabilities, but I do wish they’d allowed Ian to be with her. But, that’s the modern woman in me speaking.
L: He didn’t want to leave her; they gave him no other choice but to pray.
C: Why did they have to send him to the woods like that though?
T: This makes me think of Jamie fighting to see his wife after the Gens d’Armes captured him for dueling in the woods?
If you must do something,
go to the woods and pray.
A: Ian definitely learned the Mohawk prayers, but he uses the Catholic prayers he learned first. He’s found a way to blend both into his religious practice.
C: Literally, a Hail Mary moment when everything is out of your control. All you can do is pray.
Hail Mary, full of grace
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit
of they womb, Jesus.
L: He prays as he was taught as a child and then he asks the God of the Mohawks to help.
T: Embracing both his heritage and his new identity.
If the Mohawk Creator
is up there, please…
…dinna let this be
the hour of death.
C: Poor Ian. Did he stay out in the woods all night? Emily survives but the baby doesn’t. He should’ve at least been allowed to see the baby.
A: Not seeing the baby means he can’t find closure in his grief.
L: Again, another wink at Claire and Jamie. Jamie never got to see Faith either, but at least she had a name.
T: So sad! It explains why Ian is sharing his story with Jamie. Unbeknownst to him, they have experienced a similar tragedy.
I never saw her. . .
C: I am sure this brings back memories of Faith to Jamie. Like Ian, he did not get the chance to see Faith as she had been buried by the time, he returned from the Paris prison.
L: It reminds me of the saying that the things we go through aren’t only for us but so we can help someone else when they are in the same storm. Jamie can lead Ian through his loss because he has walked in his shoes.
They’d already wrapped her up.
We buried her in furs.
A: Ian most likely didn’t know Faith’s story, so Jamie can help him now.
T: In the books, whenever Faith is referenced, there are usually tears. I can’t imagine Jamie not being teary eyed listening to Ian’s tragedy.
I’m heartsick for ye, lad.
Emily got with child again.
C: Not Ian saying he was good at that part. Okay, Ian.
L: Oh well, I guess he was good at it.
I was good at that part.
A: On the one hand this is a weird joke, but he clearly is to about to reveal something painful.
T: The tone conveys pain he still felt and still feels.
But it wasna meant to be.
C: Oh no! Another miscarriage…this poor woman.
L: How sad she and he must feel. Although it’s not his fault.
A: This is so painful.
T: It’s incredibly sad.
A few months later,
C: So, the Cherokees believe the miscarriage is his fault.
L: Poor Ian was made to feel like a failure, and they kicked him out. My heart goes out to him. I don’t think this was her idea; those other women told her to do it.
A: Agreed. There must be some religious or cultural rule at play here that he doesn’t know about.
T: It is a stark contrast to J&C because that tragedy did put a strain on their relationship, but they came out stronger. Whereas this one is crumbling even though Ian so desperately wants to make it work.
You have been made Mohawk by an old custom.
But your spirit is not Mohawk.
A: The Mohawk explanation for insemination is much closer to medicine than one would expect. Blaming him is likely not medically correct, however.
L: So, they were incompatible genetically that’s why she couldn’t carry to term?
T: You have got to be kidding me. You don’t even tell Ian anything? Incompatibility is blamed on him.
Return to your own people.
Among them, your spirit will be strong.
C: I don’t think there’s much else he could’ve done to avoid being banished, especially with the Mohawks’ customs working against him.
L: Accepted so readily and banished so easily. Poor Ian being rejected by those he learned to love.
A: He’s likely wishing he knew more about the Mohawk marriage customs because now he’s hurt and confused.
T: It’s almost like modern day ghosting but a thousand times worse. How do you do that to someone you claim to love and cherish? No indication or even a discussion about it?
L: Ian took his vows seriously. He wasn’t going to give up without a fight. How could she just cut him loose like that?
A: I’m starting to believe she may be accepting the party line of the elders.
C: I guess they didn’t give her much of a choice.
T: An oath is not taken lightly among the Scots and is not easily broken either.
L: Everyone is watching him go to Emily’s place. The village knows he has been asked to leave. I wonder why the Chief didn’t stop him. He said Ian was bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh. Doesn’t seem like they were really committed to him.
A: I was also surprised no one told Ian off, while he was walking back.
C: He was determined to get some answers for sure.
T: It must be so embarrassing because it’s a small village, so the people obviously know why he was asked to leave. It takes a lot of courage and strength to do this.
C: Uh-Oh! Emily already moved on with Kaheroton that quickly? Seems it pains her to ask Ian to leave, nonetheless.
L: Of all the men in the camp, why did she choose his brother? No wonder Ian was giving him that look in the opening scene. He really wanted to fight him, going in there so readily. Couldn’t he refuse her?
A: I wonder if they dated before Ian came along. That may make the elder’s decision make more sense.
T: This feels personal. They said from the beginning that it’s the women that choose their men. So, we’re right to assume she chose Kaheroton? She couldn’t even be woman enough to look him in the face and tell him to leave. You know what Ian? You deserve better than that. Let her go. She isn’t worth it at this point.
L: The way she is crying, I don’t think she really meant it. Like I said before, I think the Chief’s wife and the elders told her she had to do it.
A: Agreed! The elders must have told her, “You have to do this or else.”
C: That was harsh if they did, Amanda.
T: Yes, they told her to do it, but she knew. It’s their custom so she could have given him some indication prior to this happening. After all, women are revered in their culture.
C: Ian feels deeply betrayed by Kaheroton and rightfully so.
L: Girl yes! He was like his brother, why couldn’t she find someone else. Kaheroton must always fall for women who are in love with someone else. Homewrecker!
He was my friend, my brother.
A: I can’t help but think Kaheroton was expecting things to go south with Ian and Emily…
T: I feel the same way Amanda; he was too compliant.
He kent how much I loved her.
C: Ian did fight as hard as he could, indeed. Jamie certainly would fight hard for Claire just as much as Claire would fight hard for Jamie. They are soulmates in every way. In Ian’s case, however, Emily was not willing to fight to be with him.
L: Yes, he did. He went back, but you can’t fight for someone you believe doesn’t want you anymore. Why would he stay and make a fool of himself?
A: The time for her to fight for him was whenever the elders told her it’s Ian’s fault. There’s nothing else he could have done.
T: Jamie and Claire are the personification of real love. They didn’t allow evil Black Jack, a King, a war, 20 years with 100 years between them or even Laoghaire to come between them. Their love withstood all that and more. As Caty said, they fought and still continue to fight for another.
C: Ian’s heart is heavy after unloading all that he’s kept about Emily and their miscarriages. It is wise for Jamie to suggest a moment to breathe, and he will cover for him. Good man.
L: Yes he did. Ian’s feelings were too raw. Having to look at the man who replace you as a husband is like a gut punch.
T: Ian’s heart may be heavy, but I think it’s wise to unpack this by sharing his story with his uncle.
I’m glad Jamie gave him time to breathe.
C: Every time I hear the name Cameron, I think of Jocasta and her collection of Camerons. Any way, we’re calling this guy “Scotchee,” how original. Lol
A: I wonder if he is related to Jocasta.
L: There sure were a lot of Camerons. Scotchee is profiting off being an Indian Agent. He’s an undercover land smuggler.
T: Same here! Any relations to his aunty?
C: I think h wantede some of those rifles. Sorry to disappoint, Jamie only has 20 and they’re all going to the Chief.
L: He’s not an agent who cares about the Indigenous people, he is taking advantage of them. I don’t think I like him.
T: Better count those guns.
C: No Scotsman is turning down a chance to indulge in some whiskey!
L: Jamie is getting him drunk so he can spill the beans. He doesn’t like Scotchee too much.
A: Agreed, Jamie can tell he is hiding something.
T: Jamie wouldn’t waste the whisky if there was no motive. He has MacKenzie blood coursing through his veins.
A: For the History Nerds: These illegal land deals and treaty violations are exactly what motivated many tribes to side with the British Crown against the colonists.
L: Yeah the greedy, dirty men who want to take and give nothing. Stealing land and then forcing them off, so they can’t live on it any longer. The nerve!
T: Interesting but Jamie is wise enough to understand and decline.
C: Malva can’t contain her excitement about this experiment. She’s still giving creepy vibes but an eager student, nonetheless.
L: If I were Claire, I think I would have noticed her always hanging around. She has an underlying motive and I’m sure we will find out later on. She reminds me of Eddie on Leave It to Beaver, just sneaky. Malva is holding on to that ether like it’s all hers. Claire is awfully brave to be discussing this with them. If this ever gets out, Claire is toast, literally.
A: I’m also thinking discussing the medicine in this much detail can easily be used for the next bogus witchcraft accusation.
T: Claire does not learn. Her good intentions are admirable but there’s already rumours going around saying she’s a witch. If I were her, I’d be discreet. Is anyone noticing Malva’s eyes?
Claire sees a lot of herself in Malva and they form a really strong bond. But things aren’t always what they seem, and it gets very complicated.
C: Josiah is a gentleman offering to go first to ease Lizzie’s worries. The look Lizzie gave Malva tho……these youngins, smh.
L: Yeah, but Lizzie isn’t afraid at all, she’s going to be the first test dummy. Malva, calling Josiah brave moved something in Lizzy. She was saying with her eyes don’t try to hit on her man.
A: Malva needs to find someone else. I’m pretty sure Lizzy won’t allow her to hit on either brother.
T: These boys are still trying to impress Lizzie. It’s adorable.
C: I actually think this Malva girl could get a profession as a mortician. Morbid and dark circumstances wouldn’t phase her at all.
L: Yes, she could. She wants to know everything.
T: She is too calm and unphazed; it’s really unnerving.
L: That counting thing is funny, most of the time you only get to one….
C: And thank goodness for that! There’s no need to prolong the anxiety.
T: Very modern of Claire.
L: The wonder on Malva’s face, but she could use this against Claire. I don’t trust this girl at all.
C: *Sigh* …. She’s a lot, without saying much.
A: I think Malva’s taking a different kind of note than Claire’s instructions.
T: I’m just shaking my head. Claire is sharing too much with everyone. She should share this only with Brianna.
L: It’s amazing when they come out of it and say I’m ready to begin. That’s exactly how you feel when you come out of surgery. You never remember going out.
C: I like how relieved Josiah is to see Lizzie awakened.
T: Although I have my reservations with the over sharing, it is still cool that Claire is able to make ether and test it out.
C: Here comes Lizzie interjecting a philosophical question about souls.
L: What do you mean where does the soul go? Lizzie you were just out, where did your soul go?
A: She is struggling to understand what’s happening and how it’s nothing like what she learned in church.
A: Claire has so much work to do with explaining medicine to these ridiculous teenagers…
C: I’m glad they have been helpful to Claire at least and nothing went wrong.
C: Malva probably has a list going in her mind about what she will do when she gets her hands on ether.
A: I could totally see her using it on someone she didn’t like.
L: Claire needs to be careful; she may believe what her dad says and tell people Claire’s a witch. Why would she even say this? God gave a way for people to be healed, not the devil, Malva.
L: The Cherokees are excited to get the guns. They let out a whoop!! The excitement is in the air. Jamie wants to tell the Chief something to protect his men.
C: They are pleased alright!
A: No one better try crossing their boundary line now!
L: The Chief doesn’t pledge his loyalty. He thinks talking about war will ruin the day of celebration.
C: Jamie hasn’t forgotten the real reason he’s there. The guns were to help sweeten the deal, but he needs to get that whole loyalty situation worked out and quickly.
A: Jamie knows the governor isn’t going to let that issue go.
L: The Chief introduces Jamie to his new wife and said he can only pledge loyalty to her. I guess there won’t be any pledging today.
C: None. She’s a boss queen.
A: Sorry Jamie, you’re out of luck!
L: Ian has to know if Emily had any children.
When the Mohawk gives him his answer it brews up a storm in Ian.
A: Ian wasn’t prepared for that answer.
C:That must have hurt him deeply, like a dagger to his heart.
A:He couldn’t contain his rage and jealousy any longer. However, this is definitely not the way to handle the situation.
L: The way he’s moving toward him sideways, with his fist balled up, I thought he was going to sucker punch him in the face.
C: Same Lorinda. Where did he get that knife though? I thought they turned in their knives when they arrived
L: He must have gone back into the weapon safe.
L: Ian, I don’t think it was Kaheroton who did the turning. He looked just as sad as Emily when Ian walked out. It was those elder women.
A: I agree. I think the elders were behind the breakup.
C: Whatever the case may be, Kaheroton needs to start explaining himself.
L: Both of them were giving as good as they got. They were going to fight to the end.
C: Everyone is just standing by not even trying to break up the fight tho.
A: They’re scared they’ll also get hurt!
Don’t need trouble out of you.
Yer trading’s done.
Pack and go!
L: Jamie just broke the fight up, but Scotchee is dirty. He didn’t think Kaheroton had access to a weapon.
C: As always, Jamie with the common sense to try and stop the madness! And yes, this Scotchee man needs to go away.
Oh. Bear Killer, ye ken why these lads
were a-scouting up there?
It’s a taunt to their enemies!
Makes it harder to scalp them!
A: Cameron’s little “joke” was super insulting, I don’t blame Kaheroton for taking offense.
L: Like I said he is a cad and not to be trusted at all.
C: He just came to look for trouble or create one.
L: He did insult Kaheroton! All he wants is their land and is an imposter. All Kaheroton wants is an apology. But idiot Cameron wants a duel, with a pistol he knows Kaheroton doesn’t have.
C: Indeed, a duel is what he wanted all along.
A: Cameron is the kind of Indian Agent Jamie didn’t want to be and his actions are proving that some people were only taking these positions to help themselves.
L: Cameron isn’t a friend of these people. He’s the one who offered the duel and could have been the first one to say truce. But naw! This short dude has a chip on his shoulder and he’s pure evil!
C: He is a weak man, honestly.
A: Weak and also greedy.
He’s mellowed out a lot, I think. He used to be pretty tempestuous, pretty fiery. I think he’s become a lot wiser in that he’s a real politician, he’s a player in the bigger space of things. Before he used to just live by his wits, but he’s been through a lot: He’s been a leader of men, he’s been a general, he’s been a warrior, he’s been in the court in Versailles, so he’s really learned a lot. I think he’s become a lot more like his Uncle Colum (Gary Lewis), who you’ll remember from Season 1, who was very manipulative. I think Jamie’s also got some real skill at how to navigate politics.
God granted him a son,
but took my wee girl.
L: As I said before, Jamie is just the person to help Ian. He has literally walked in Ian’s shoes. He almost lost Claire because of his decision to duel with Black Jack. He never was able to hold his child. But, she was christened by the nuns and he was able to go to her grave..
C: Agree. Lots of parallels with Claire and Jamie losing Faith. Neither Jamie nor Ian got to hold their daughters.
A: There’s another parallel coming to think about it. Jamie also helped Ian after Geillis.
She was no’ baptized
or given a name. . .
Mohawk or Christian.
But to me. . .
she was Iseabaìl.
C: That is a nice name, Ian. You kept her in your heart all this time.
L: It is a nice name and it’s hers in Heaven, now.
A: Agreed. I wonder if he will make a memorial for her now.
L: Jamie’s information to Ian is comforting. God doesn’t punish. Well, He does. But He is not punishing you, Ian. There is another plan for your life young man. As the old folks tell us, “ just keep living.”
A: Jamie knows he needs motivation to find a new path in life.
C: Both of them have experienced similar tragedies and Jamie can help him work through his feelings.
I canna bear the thought.
Poor Iseabaìl. . .wandering. . . lost.
L: Jamie’s words carry wisdom and healing.
C: Absolutely. This is the first time Jamie has told Ian about Faith. We know Fergus was there to witness it all.
My daughter Faith. . .
. . . she was also lost.
And I never held her either.
I dinna have an answer.
A: Ian was likely expecting some comforting words, but he didn’t expect Jamie to relate to him on such a deep level.
C: Very well said, Jamie!
Only . . . at the end of life comes death.
And after death. . . we come home to the Lord.
How long the first shall last. . .
. . . we canna say.
We shall ask my daughter to
look for yours in Heaven.
I ken she’ll find her there.
A: This is such a beautiful moment, and I am glad we were spared Faith’s full theme in the score because we would not be able to finish the episode.
L: Yes, Amanda, you are right on both parts. Again, we see Jamie connecting with the next generation and giving them hope to continue on.
C: An emotional scene overall. Faith and Iseabaìl will always be present with them in their hearts.
L: Ian has a change of heart. I believe another man would have let him die; then went back to Emily. But Ian is a man of integrity, so he gives him a gun and even Kaheroton is amazed by his kindness.
C: Jamie taught him to learn to become a man of worth. What better way to show that Ian takes Jamie’s teachings and the wisdom he imparts on him seriously.
A: I like that Ian realizes, at the end of the day, Kaheroton is facing an enemy who is expecting him not to put up much of a fight.
L: Again we see a loyalty and a brotherhood, most wouldn’t have been afforded to give or receive. He gave him his bracelet which is equivalent to a wedding band and told him to go to his wife.
Now ya’ll know they would have hooked back up. I’m just saying…
C: Haha. Of course! But would the women receive him back since they orchestrated to banish him in the first place?
A: I don’t think the elders would be happy with a reunion.
L: Jamie ain’t going to be fighting for the King, he already knows who is going to win. Notice Jamie said follow me….
A: He already knows that the King/British army won’t be able to deliver on any of their promises.
C: True, Jamie’s team has already decided and he’s just waiting for the right time to make his move. He is feeling a sense of worry for the Cherokee so he may want to tell Chief Bird what’s coming down the pipeline.
A: There really were Cherokees who fled deep into the woods/mountains when the US Army came to kick them out of Georgia and the Carolinas.
This is a great shout out to history. Also, it’s easier for Jamie to explain Claire and Bree’s warnings to the Cherokee because their cultural practice wouldn’t question dreams and premonitions.
L: Exactly Amanda. My husband’s grandmother was Cherokee and I believe she is from Tennessee and moved to Louisiana after she was married.
So just like Jamie the Chief knows to hide from the evil men who come to take them out of their land.
L: They most likely won’t be involved in the war and will hide away.
C: I am glad Jamie told him and they can make the necessary preparations for when the time comes. Take it or leave it.
A: Jamie can’t completely alter history, but he can at least save some lives in the process.
L: Claire cost Jamie so much, the most costly loss was almost his life. Several times he was standing toe to toe with death where Claire was involved. But, he fought for her with his entire being.
C: This line was delivered so well! “She cost me almost everything I have. She was worth it.” Chief Bird felt it, as you can see the look on his face.
A: Agreed, Chief Bird knows well what it means to sacrifice for love.
L: There was no excitement for this duel. The Cherokee held a high value for their lives and the lives of others. Just like Jamie they didn’t want to see it happen.
A: Hamilton’s “Ten Duel Commandments” is playing in my head!!
L: What are the “Ten Duel Commandments? I may be one of the few who has yet to see Hamilton, sadly to say.
[Note: Ten Duel Commandments, Song by Lin-Manuel Miranda: https://www.allmusicals.com/lyrics/hamilton/tenduelcommandments.htm]
C: I was hoping they wouldn’t go ahead with this duel.
C: He was hoping Scotchee would chicken-out and reconsider.
L: Jamie’s counted loudly, but he hesitated at the end. I guess he was hoping, Caty.
A: You’re right, this was the last chance to back out.
L: Ian was watching Scotchee, and I’m glad he did. Cameron is a cheat. He’s cheating them out of their land and he was going to cheat Kaheroton out of his life.
A: I’m also glad he was watching for any underhanded tricks.
C: All I know is I won’t feel bad if he’s taken out. Ian was smart to watch him closely.
He turned early.
L: I think Jamie wanted to see him put away. He knows he’s no good. He is a little whimpering cry baby, pleading for his life.
But he was so quick to take another. He’s a coward just like Kaheroton says.
Kaheroton, ye may
return fire at will.
C: I think we all wanted him to lose, Lorinda. He will live with his shame as Kaheroton said.
He’s proven himself a coward.
Let him live with his shame.
L: Basically, Ian just gave Kaheroton his blessing to his unity with Emily. I don’t believe Ian has healed, but he is on the road to it.
I think obviously his conversations with Jamie led to that realization, and then I think it’s also the fact that he saw Kaheroton was willing to die for his honor. I think [Ian’s saying], “you will protect her. You will keep her safe and you are her people. I can never fully deeply understand that the way that you can.” It’s that Ian’s caught between two worlds, but realizing that the world he truly belongs to is that of his aunt and uncle back with the Ridge and that that’s where he will be, that’s where destiny seems to be sending him.
C: He has not healed but he is ready to put the past behind him.
A: I agree with both of you. It’s likely hurting Ian to admit he can’t change what happened, but he realizes it’s better for the future.
L: That grass in the beginning of this scene reminds me of the grass I used to play in as a child. It is peaceful. The scene shows workers continuing on with their daily tasks; they respected the land and the animals. Building canoes, setting traps for wild game and smoking meat. They never operate in over abundance. They only have what they needed.
A: I think we can all learn from the Cherokee to appreciate nature and the environment more.
C: A minimalist lifestyle is the real deal, if you ask me. I may have to pass on some of that manual labor, but the village and everyone working together as a community is beautiful.
L: The release of the necklace was his final release of Emily. Why hold onto someone you can never have again?
C: He has accepted his fate and the situation.
A: Returning the carving to the same place he first saw it is so symbolic.
L: Goodbye Emily. He’s ready to move forward with closure to this part of his life.
C: Such is the way of life. It goes on and we must find the strength to keep moving forward, sometimes without closure. I am glad that he was able to get his though.
A: Ian had to confront his past in order to decide his future.
L: And his future was that he was both and he could operate in both worlds in his heart or hearts.
C: Jamie said do you realize who you’re asking?
He himself has had all kinds of names but he remains the man he is in his heart.
L: The departure was one of peace. Jamie has given his tribe a chance to continue on their own in peace. The story will be told to Chief Bird’s sons and his sons, sons.
C: Indeed. The only thing that is drawing my attention is Jamie’s beautiful white horse!
[V: These scene transition shots are so beautiful with the richness of color.
They must have used a different lens because I don’t remember any other scene shots that look like the ones in this episode.]
A: Lizzie clearly likes BOTH brothers, how is she going to choose which one to date?
L: That touch and that look reminded me of Rick James and Tina’s song FIRE AND DESIRE!!! And no, Lizzie isn’t afraid at all…. you’re so right, Kizzie.
C: She is confused. Jo or Kezzie…they are the same person to her.
L: Malva is a sponge, but a weird one. I just don’t trust her; she’s all up in Claire’s business.
C: Whatever she’s hiding, we will find out soon enough.
A: I’m not convinced she won’t use these sketches for some sort of scheme.
She’s just fascinated by it [medical world]. Like, I think there’s so many bits in the script where most people would be disgusted with what they’re dealing with, whereas Malva is just enraptured in all of it and she’s just ready to have a purpose.
L: Claire is very patient with her. Shoot, I’d be asking where Claire got her art skills from.
A: Same! My drawings are firmly in stick figure territory!
C: I was going to ask the same thing! Those anatomy drawings are really good!
Well, Malva is a person who’s recognized her power early, and has no hesitation in using it. The fact that her father also recognizes it and is both horrified and enraged about it results naturally in the conflict that we’re so fond of.
That also reveals a couple of other things about Malva; she probably resents her lowly place in the family/society, is clever enough to seize an opportunity to get out of it (i.e., becoming Claire’s apprentice), and she likes danger, and doesn’t hesitate to court it.
L: Allan sounds a bit over protective to me. And just how does he know Claire keeps a book? Malva has been running her mouth about Claire’s practice.
C: Each member of that family clearly has their individual motives and we will find out soon enough.
A: I’m not sure of her motives. But, I think she’s caught between the superstitious mess Alan and Tom keep telling her and Claire’s medical expertise.
L: She is Amanda. I think she’s confused about what to believe or not to believe. She’s a bit dangerous to me.
L: Wrong answer, Claire! You should have told her to go home. Malva is always lurking around people. Look how she’s peeping up at Claire.
C: She looks so happy to see Jamie arriving home. She asked her to stay because she wanted to keep her busy. But, I agree that she should’ve been sent home.
A: I agree, especially when any busywork she could have given Malva wouldn’t have been enough of a distraction.
L: Claire wants to talk, but she’s also yearning for something else. She isn’t worried about being Ian being both. She wants to Al Green, “Lets Get it On.”
A: Haha! That’s a good one!
C: My good sis just wanted a repeat of the last time he went away and came back. She’ll tolerate a short recap of his trip for now.
L: Jamie has to make a decision. Because he knows the outcome, y’all know what side he’s going to choose. The Redcoats have to go.
C: And Claire is like okay, okay enough about your decision. Her mind is on one thing and one thing only.
L: Yeah he was all excited because those women were all up in his bed naked as a jaybird rubbing all over him.
They didn’t come and fire him up this time.
A: The native women were definitely out to seduce him.
C: Not to worry, she is ready and willing to take care of all that right now.
C: Nah, he is not too tired for whatever you have in store, Claire.
[V: I must say this is a brilliant shot. Though ole girl is lurking in the background – you can clearly see that she is there, the focus is on Jamie and Claire. And, just when we’ve all relaxed with J&C, the focus centers on her. Just brilliant!!]
A: The hell is Malva doing here???!?!
L: Girl, I told you she is a pervert, a dang peepin’ Tom. She’s all up in it too. Look at Jamie’s nakedness. Claire better watch out!!
L: Malva, get out of grown folks’ business. I wish the door would fly open, so they can kick you out for good. It’s about to go down on Outlander. This has to lead to some type of Tom Foolery.
C: Curious one, that girl.
A: Malva, go read one of Claire’s books about this topic, stop staring, it’s creepy!
[V: Damn, Malva. She is so damn nosy and wants to see e’rything. So what does she do? She gets on her tiptoes to SEE. IT. ALL!]
Episode Rating (1-5 Shots)
We give this episode 5-shots (rounded up)! Everything from the scenery to the costumes and the culture was awesome. It was amazing how much they were able to fit into one episode without us getting lost or losing track of what was going on with different story lines. However, one issue we had with the backstory is that the Mohawk and Cherokee dialogues in the flashback scenes were not translated. Inferred meaning isn’t fully accessible for viewers who rely on subtitles.
Though the episode stated and ended with Jamie and Claire scenes, this one was an Ian-centered one. They introduced his story with the Mohawk’s in S5 and it was gripping to see it unfold this week. The writing masterfully blended the show plot with the previous book canon. There was a lot to condense into an hour and it was done beautifully with the flashback format. Ian’s story was emotional, and we appreciated the parallel Faith and Iseabaìl elements. The duel scenes along with Claire’s ether experiments brought some action and allowed the viewer to take a quick break from Ian’s very heartbreaking story.
This season is shaping up to be a lot of character development. It is clear, everyone has mastered their characters, combined with a powerful script and crew. Let’s not forget the wonderful directing. Though that is the case, John Bell by far is the clear stand out in the episode. He knows and understands Ian’s story and it shows. This was his moment to shine, and he did not disappoint. He beautifully let us into Ian’s mind and heart so we could understand just how much Emily meant to him. We also felt Sam Heughan stood out. His character has matured over the seasons. Jamie showed tremendous concern not only for his children and their well being by listening to them and providing guidance, but also for the well being of the Chief and his tribe, now and for the generations to come.
We had four favorite scenes this week. Ian and Emily Flashbacks. This was the character development missing from S4 & S5. We appreciate being about to ‘see’ what happened during his time with the Mohawks, with his wife and child. Medical School Lecturer, Dr. Claire. The first part of the ether experiment is a side of Claire we don’t usually get to see, and it was enjoyable to watch teach Malva, Lizzie and Josiah about the use of ether. Chief Bird and Jamie. Jamie saying his wife cost him everything and that she is worth it was sobering. She is the reason Jamie was able to reveal to Chief Bird what is to come and for the Cherokees to prepare. Jamie’s Interactions with His Children (Bree, Fergus, and Ian). Yes, we know that Ian is his nephew, but Jamie treats him like a son. He is equally protective of all of them, and he watches them even when they don’t think anyone is paying attention. He had three emotional heart-to-heart scenes with them, and we cherish these little quiet moments.
The thematic impact of Outlander’s first Black director telling all the ignored history of the Mohawk and Cherokee in the 1770’s cannot be overstated. As Blacklanderz®, how could we not mention it. We applaud all the crew involved but want to highlight Christiana Ebohon-Green’s visualization of the script that she brought to life. The views of the Cherokee village were amazing. We also appreciated seeing the placement of people throughout the village, encapsulating their traditions and lifestyles (present day and in flashback), the quiet moments of the heart-to-heart scenes that allowed the actors to shine and the vibrantly clear, luscious greenery and scenery transitions shots.
Once again, we are fascinated by the Cherokee and Mohawk’s costumes with all the intricate, yet different, details for each person. We especially liked Emily’s costume. A lot of work went into the embroidery, beading, and stitching. We have seen more of the same costumes of the folks on the Ridge so the contrast from both tribes was a welcome sight.
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What we are looking forward to in S6 Epi5 – Give Me Liberty
Amanda-Rae: I’m looking forward to figuring out what shenanigans Malva has planned. I’m also hoping to see how Ian continues to influence Jamie’s decisions as the Indian Agent. This episode title is a giant history Easter egg as well. Follow Amanda-Rae on Twitter – @amandarprescott. She is also a freelance contributor on several period dramas for Den of Geeks US. Check out her articles.
Caty: The previews are a mixed bag! Two major plotlines of side characters (Ian and Fergus) have concluded, and Jamie has made his decision as to which side he’s on. I’m expecting to see everything begin to move forward quickly. It looks like Jocasta and Lord John will be gracing our screen again and I am looking forward to finding out what they have been up to. I can’t believe there are only four episodes left! Follow Caty on Twitter – @catyposh.
Lorinda: I’m with Amanda, I want to see how her character plays out as the series goes on. She has a few tricks up her sleeve. I also want to see how parts of the books play out in this season’s remaining episodes. Some of them were otherworldly and I want to see if they add them in this season. I love supernatural storylines. Follow Lorinda on Twitter – @RindalovesBruce.
Tami: We are swiftly approaching the season finale (don’t worry, we still have a few more episodes) but this season has been great. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what the Christies have brewing and if the Browns will continue to pose a threat. Will the writers be sticking to the books where Claire’s storyline is concerned (appearance *cough*cough*)? Whatever it is, I will be tuning in! Follow Tami on Twitter – @tami_ballantyne.
S6 Epi5 – Give Me Liberty
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Jamie is forced to toe the political line between loyalists and rebels despite knowing the outcome of the impending war. Meanwhile, Roger empathizes with a young widow on the Ridge and is forced to take a step back from helping her after it appears she feels more for him than friendship.
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