I agree with most of the comments I've seen. The dress was beautiful. Sam perfectly portrayed Jamie as nervous, scared, excited, and in awe of his beautiful bride. Cait showed us Claire nervously drinking. And drinking. And falling for Jamie even though she didn't want to. Murtagh dealing with his pride in his godson, his appreciation of Claire, and his lost love - Ellen. Rupert and Angus provided the comedy, Willie continued to shine in his expanded role. Graham's Dougal was masterful, perfectly portraying a man who has never quite been able to achieve what he wants. And Ned .. oh my .. mousy little Ned in the Whorehouse - brilliant.
I've seen fewer complaints this episode. Yes, they didn't have Claire and Frank married in the same church. The ring is not THE ring. Assume the key was to Lallybrook, and obviously very meaningful to Jamie, so I love it. But it's not the ring I've waited for. Again .. adaptation, I know. I'll hold out hope the 'real' ring shows up once they return to Castle Leoch.
"A Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight - any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance. A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking" (dg) ... Yes, Jamie was breathtakingly handsome. Rugged, strong, yet vulnerable. He was simply adorable afterward. Scared, determined. Perfect, as always. Claire's dress was gorgeous, although I do still try to understand why women wanted to look HUGE. In addition to the opportunity to find my own Highlander, going back in time would certainly help my self esteem, as I don't need the bum roll and 20 extra yards of fabric to look that big.
The bridal chamber scenes were handled with taste and class. The red blooded side of me could have had more, but what was there satisfied, definitely. The talking, sharing, laughing, and getting to know one another was perfectly portrayed. There were many times when I found myself holding my breath. I do wonder how often a person can do that until they simply die.
Now where I differ with everyone else is that I don't want Jamie. He needs to be with Claire. Oh sure ... he's the King of Men, and DG was right ... his ass is fine, along with every other part of his body. He's sweet, kind, gentle, determined, fierce, proud, all rolled into one. But Jamie needs to be with Claire, and to be honest, I don't want to be Claire. I like me. What I want is someone who is 'like' Jamie. I want all his sweetness and tenderness, his humor, his intelligence, his fierceness and loyalty. I want someone to look at me like he looks at Claire. And I want it so badly it hurts. So while I see dozens, hundreds, thousands of women objectifying and drooling (yes, I have my moments, also) I hold out hope that someday I'll find my Jamie.
In the meantime ... a tip of the renish to Jamie and Claire. Slàinte Mhath !