The Birds & the Bees
Outlander Season 4



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

"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.

Episode Info

As Brianna struggles to compartmentalize the trauma she's suffered in the wake of the tragedy that befell her in Wilmington, she refocuses on finding her parents. -- (C) STARZ


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
David Berry
as Lord John William Grey
Wil Johnson
as Joe Abernathy
John Bell
as Young Ian Murray
Hannah James
as Geneva Dunsany
Tanya Reynolds
as Isobel Dunsany
Ed Speleers
as Stephen Bonnet
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Critic Reviews for The Birds & the Bees

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.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

For the most part, this episode was excellent. It stays close to Bree as we see the consequences...

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Cut the (repetitive, exploitative, eye-roll-worthy) fat and get to the good stuff already.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

They talk in bee-hunting metaphors until finally ready to deal with the Frank of it all! It's exactly what they needed.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's good stuff in here, but the reason we're here in the first place is frustrating.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything that has gone horribly wrong during this hour could have been undone by better communication.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

One quibble I have with Outlander is that it prizes romantic love over all other forms.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Jamie, Claire, and Bree have a family reunion, and it's as wonderful as you would hope.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…