Outlander - Season 2, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Stephen Walters
as Angus Mhor
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 24, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Outlander remains a glorious pile of pus.

July 2, 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.

June 20, 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 22, 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.

October 26, 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 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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