Useful Occupations and Deceptions



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.

Episode Info

Political machinations dominate most of Jamie's time, while Claire puts her healing skills to use. Their plan to stop Culloden moves along, but the forward momentum is jeopardized by past actions.


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 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.

May 25, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Outlander remains a glorious pile of pus.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

[Claire and Jaime's] channel of communication is still present, but a whisper-thin, invisible barrier exists at present, preventing true reconnection.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Is earning back Jamie's affection worth expunging Frank's entire existence? Sounds like Claire, and not Jamie, is going to be the one experiencing sleepless nights mulling over this new dilemma.

May 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Looks like Claire is facing one of the cardinal risks of mixing sex with time travel: The possibility that her current lover will ensure that her future lover never exists.

May 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though their circumstances, carnal endurance and cheekbones suggest otherwise, Outlander's Jamie and Claire are, in fact, only human. Isn't it nice to see.

May 25, 2016 | Full Review…

The stress of trying to change the future for Jamie and being a dutiful wife for Claire was bringing the couple down on Outlander Season 2 Episode 3. Thankfully, it really was just tension between the two and nothing more. Yet.

May 25, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Jamie is France's most popular guy, apparently. And why wouldn't he be? I'm swooning to the sound of him speaking French in his Scottish accent.

May 25, 2016 | Full Review…