Critic Consensus: Romance is at an all time low in the tension-filled "Useful Occupations and Deceptions," as Claire is forced to choose between Jamie's honor and Frank's very existence.
as Claire Randall
as Jamie Fraser
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
as Dougal MacKenzie
as Colum MacKenzie
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
as Angus Mhor
as Geillis Duncan
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Critic reviews for Useful Occupations and Deceptions
This season, thanks to his chess mastery, and ability to decipher codes and riddles while hobnobbing with renowned politicians, proves [Jamie's] more than just another pretty face with a heart of gold.
In other words, Jamie and Claire both have tremendous talent at navigating the world, but neither of them have shown much adeptness at navigating the pitfalls and dark spaces of the heart, and the strain is starting to weigh on them both.
I'm not sure this episode offers much clarity on what it means for a woman to be useful. But it certainly highlights some of the challenges 18th-century upper-class women were facing.
[Claire and Jaime's] channel of communication is still present, but a whisper-thin, invisible barrier exists at present, preventing true reconnection.
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