Best Laid Schemes...



Critic Consensus: "Best Laid Schemes..." is a devastating episode that sets the stage for a season of heartbreak for the Frasers.

Episode Info

Claire's medical knowledge is used to devise a plan to halt a deal that would fill the war chest, but she learns Jamie has reneged on his word, and that leads to problems for both of them.


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 Best Laid Schemes...

At this point in the series several storylines are beginning to meld together in order to keep the narrative straight and moving along at a good pace.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The writing has done an excellent job of setting everything up all season long...

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Claire... remains the woman who gets to have her cake and eat it too. To be clear, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's about time a woman got to be the alpha and the omega of a television show.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Tonally, the episode shifts restlessly between intimacy in its purest form and in complete pantomime, as the Frasers and their confidants edge closer to the precipice of what might happen if things don't work out despite the best of efforts.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

If you're anything like me, right about now you might need a hug... or a dram... or a magical, fiction time machine where we skip the sadness and jump to the next snogging scene.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Like Prince Charlie, we are being manipulated in a high-stakes situation. But luckily for us, what frustrates the Man Who Would Be King makes for very good television.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Yes, let's just get on with it. Isn't everything else insignificant after the final scenes!

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Best Laid Schemes" tells several stories at once, and it does so capably, without ever feeling overstuffed or unfocused. It's a damn good episode of Outlander.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Now I'll be honest. The last ten minutes of this episode were like a fist punching its way into my stomach and then braiding my insides.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Never let it be said that Outlander doesn't know how to deliver a cliffhanger. In the final act of "Best Laid Schemes...," many of the largest season 2 plot elements seemed to come to a head.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…