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"The Birds and the Bees" sees Outlander rebounding from it's problematic reliance on sexual assault in service of plot thanks to nuanced performances from its core cast.
All the awards to Sam Heughan and Sophie Skelton for how they played out the beautifully emotional first meeting between Jamie and Brianna, and the way in which they had to navigate their characters' relationship this episode.
For the most part, this episode was excellent. It stays close to Bree as we see the consequences...
Cut the (repetitive, exploitative, eye-roll-worthy) fat and get to the good stuff already.
The Birds & The Bees, is the happy family reunion this show has been building to for four seasons now - and it does not disappoint in the slightest.
They talk in bee-hunting metaphors until finally ready to deal with the Frank of it all! It's exactly what they needed.
There's good stuff in here, but the reason we're here in the first place is frustrating.
It doesn't help Brianna's story that two seemingly-contradictory things are true: Sexual assault is depressingly frequent in real life, and yet "Outlander" overuses it as a plot device.
Everything that has gone horribly wrong during this hour could have been undone by better communication.
One quibble I have with Outlander is that it prizes romantic love over all other forms.
Jamie, Claire, and Bree have a family reunion, and it's as wonderful as you would hope.