By the Pricking of My Thumbs



Critic Consensus: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" moves through a lot of plot, but also introduces two very intriguing new characters.

Episode Info

With the arrival of the Duke of Sandringham, Jamie hopes the price on his head will be lifted, while Claire cares for an abandoned child.


Caitriona Balfe
as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan
as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
Graham McTavish
as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis
as Colum MacKenzie
Duncan Lacroix
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Annette Badland
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Lotte Verbeek
as Geillis Duncan
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Critic Reviews for By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Anyway, we'd call this one of the more fun of the show's episodes so far, packing in a ton of story and further defining Claire's form of heroism while giving the wonderful Lotte Verbeek a lot of space to really let Geillis shine. More, please.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Tonight's Outlander covered a lot of ground but in did so in a jarring fashion.

May 31, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

After last week's divisive episode, Outlander gets back onto solid ground by opening a huge can of subplots.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Phew! An action-packed episode to be sure, with the added bonus of not one but two guest actors (Sessions and Callow) chewing up the scenery with relish.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

It was a stuffed episode, to be sure, but one that managed to keep the momentum going after last week's action-packed return.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Outlander's first season continues to grow and thrive like some sort of verdant and pervasive Scottish moss (totally a thing).

May 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I fervently wish "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" had been Outlander's midseason premiere, because it was exactly the kind of episode that highlighted everything wonderful about the show's world.

May 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"By The Pricking Of My Thumbs" hits on all of Outlander's strengths as it blends all of the series's many genres. It has romance, mystery, and adventure, all packaged up in historical fiction and tied off with a fantastical bow.

May 31, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There are several little plots at play in this half of the season, but the show balances them all in surprisingly entertaining way.

Apr 14, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

For those of you who still aren't over last week's spanking, Jamie has now paid for his previous behavior in spades.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…