The Fox's Lair



Critic Consensus: Empathetic performances, a time jump, and relationship challenges make "The Fox's Lair" a successful jaunt back to Scotland.

Episode Info

Claire and Jamie seek to elicit support from his manipulative grandfather, who may have his own interests at heart, while a visiting Colum MacKenzie has other plans.


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 The Fox's Lair

Look, I understand a television show needs a robust plot. The viewers must be kept engaged. But it's time for all of us to admit that Outlander suffers from an excess of it.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

After such an intense and heartbreaking episode as Faith last week, the Frasers were due a bit of peace.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

There are moments in time that cannot change and must come to pass, but the outcome could change... This future would be one that Claire can no longer predict; it'll no longer be the future she came from.

Jun 6, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Another great episode of Outlander, and a strong return to Scotland.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

This episode was slow-moving and -- dare I say? -- a little dull. But that's the nature of the episodic beast. Some episodes' purpose is simply to bridge the narrative gap from one plotline to another.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

The time jump was ultimately the right choice. "The Fox's Lair" gives Outlander some momentum, especially when it comes to the meat of this season's action.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As Outlander tells us again and again, so much depends on democracy. Any system of rule by which a king passes power to his firstborn son is inherently broken and ill-fated. People must earn the right to lead, not inherit it.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Remember everything Jamie and Claire tried to do in Paris? Forget about it. The lovers returned to Lallybroch on Outlander Season 2 Episode 8 and something became clear. If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Cram in one last croissant and pack up your petit fours, because the Frasers are putting Paris in their rearview in this week's Outlander.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Fox's Lair" was a fine hour of television.

May 29, 2016 | Full Review…