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Outlander: Claire Makes a Dangerous Bet with Mary's Future

Duncan Lacroix and Caitriona Balfe, Outlander | Photo Credits: Starz

The penultimate episode of Outlander's second season tied up the last major loose end before the Scottish Jacobite rebellion reaches Culloden Moore: the marriage of Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

The reemergence of the show's darkest villain should make everyone shudder, but it's Claire (Caitriona Balfe) who took the most deplorable route in this episode. Claire has worked tirelessly throughout the season to make sure that Frank's existence in the 20th century remains preserved. Yet when she was given the chance to make sure Frank's ancestral line stayed in tact and save Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) from a life of being tortured, she allowed her young friend to wind up in the arms of the most evil man either of them have ever known.

The top of the hour revealed that Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz) and Mary Hawkins reunited after Mary escaped from the Duke of Sandringham. The two are already expecting a child, but it has become apparent that Alex won't live long enough to see the baby born. Thus, he proposes that Mary marry his brother Black Jack Randall to ensure that she'll have a secure and prosperous life after Alex's death. Claire agrees it's the best plan.

Claire didn't have to agree, though. Seeing as Mary is already pregnant with Frank's ancestor, she could marry Alex in his final hours to have the name Randall and carry on the line. Murtagh (Dunan Lacroix) also volunteers to marry her if it'll save her from a life with Black Jack, but Claire pushes forward with the idea that marrying Black Jack is the only way for Mary to have a good life.

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Black Jack is the first to affirm that a "good" life is the last thing that Mary would have if she married him. It seems even he is aware of the monster he is. He reminds Claire of the horrifying things he did to Jamie (Sam Heughan) when Jamie was a prisoner at Wentworth Prison and rubs in the salt that he doesn't regret it at all. Feel gross, yet? Imagine young and innocent Mary Hawkins having to share his bed. Claire had the power to convince Mary and Alex to marry each other, but she chose to push Mary towards Black Jack anyway.

There is one small sliver of hope -- Black Jack Randall is set to die on April 16, 1748, which is only a few days after the wedding. If Black Jack dies at the Battle of Culloden as he's supposed to, then Mary will inherit his military pension without having to endure his sadistic tendencies. That's what Claire is hoping for, and so are we, or else it's going to be very hard to sleep at night.

There's only one more episode to find out how the battle -- and the end of the Jacobite rebellion -- will play out.

Outlander airs Saturdays at 9/8c on Starz.



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The Fosters: Brandon's Worst Life Decisions, Ranked

David Lambert as Brandon, The Fosters | Photo Credits: Tony Rivetti / ABC Family

Freeform's seasoned family drama The Fosters is an emotional roller coaster ride, and throughout the emotional highs and miserable lows there is one constant, one thing that fans can always count on.

No, it's not the love and support of family matriarchs Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum). It's not even Jesus (Noah Centineo) acting like a self-centered, horny teenager (though he most certainly is). No, it's Brandon's (David Lambert) inability to stop making terrible, awful, no-good life decisions.

Below we've ranked his poor decision-making skills over the series' run from worst to downright appalling. Check 'em out and see if you agree!

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5. Slept with Dani, his dad's girlfriend

OK so here's the thing with this one: Brandon was a teenager under the age of consent at the time, and he had consumed alcohol. Dani should have known better -- she was the adult in the situation and had the most to lose -- and her arrest for statutory rape is a clear testament to how dead wrong she was here. But the writers put us in a difficult situation here, because while we don't blame victims, Brandon had been on a downward spiral in general and knowing it culminated in this awful situation made us bang our heads against the wall in frustration.

4. Started a fake ID operation with Vico, a garbage person

In need of a way to pay his father (Danny Nucci) back for the money he gave to Anna (see No. 4), Brandon decided the right course of action was to go into the fake ID business with Vico, something that apparently required Brandon to steal his mother's keys to the school. Long story short, the entire ordeal led to Vico stealing some e-readers, Brandon backing out, and Brandon eventually having his hand crushed in a car door. In fact, the only good thing to come out of this situation was Brandon's reaction to a $12 cosmo. Never move to Los Angeles, Brandon.

3. Had sex with Callie, his foster sister

From Day 1, The Fosters has been trying to sell viewers on Brandon and Callie (Maia Mitchell) as star-crossed lovers torn apart by fate and the very inconvenient fact that she was his foster sister. For several seasons, Brandon ignored repeated warnings from his moms -- and even a restraining order -- until the two teens eventually gave in and slept together when they thought Callie would never be adopted. That's right, the only thing keeping it in Brandon's pants all those years was the possibility that a judge would grant Callie's adoption. Of course, as soon as they did the deed, she was officially adopted into the family because it's common knowledge when you have sex on TV "bad" things happen.

2.Used the cash he was supposed to use for piano lessons to pay off Anna

Early on in The Fosters' run, Brandon paid off a witness in a murder case because sure, that seems like something a reasonably sane human being would do, right? Wait, it gets better. The witness? The drug-addicted birth mother of Brandon's adopted siblings Jesus and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). The money? The cash his father gave him for fancy schmancy piano lessons. The case? One that involved both his parents and resulted in his mother getting shot. Somehow this is one of the least awful things Brandon has done?

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1.Used his Juilliard money on an apartment for new girlfriend Cortney

Once Callie was adopted, Brandon decided there was no point in trying to make rational decisions any longer, so when his new, older girlfriend Cortney (Denyse Tontz) and her young child needed a place to live because her baby daddy had kicked her out (so many red flags here, Brandon), he decided the answer was to blow his money for Juilliard on an apartment for her. What we've learned from this list is that Brandon should never be in charge of large sums of money, can't be trusted to make good decisions when it comes to women and should possibly be on a leash at all times.

Dude, please take a look at your life choices and sort out your priorities before you end up in prison or playing keyboard on a street corner in exchange for food. Oh wait, you already used that damn thing to barter for your freedom in Mexico. Never mind.

(Note: This post was updated from its original version.)

The Fosters airs Mondays at 8/7c on Freeform.



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Hulu Sets Fall Premiere Dates for The Mindy Project, Hugh Laurie's New Series and More

Don't say Hulu never did anything nice for you. On Friday, the streaming service announced its fall premiere schedule, revealing a return date for The Mindy Project and premiere dates for several new projects, including Ron Howard's Beatles-centric film and Hugh Laurie's new drama Chance.

The Mindy Project will return for its 16-episode fifth season on Tuesday, Oct. 4, which means you have plenty of time to craft your thinkpiece about why Chris Messina should return as a series regular.

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Ron Howard's film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, which covers the band from 1962 through 1966, is set to debut Saturday, Sept. 17. The film will explore how the band came together and follow their remarkable journey from the early days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Hulu will debut Hugh Laurie's new drama Chance, based on the novel of the same name by Kem Nunn. Created and executive produced by Alexandra Cunningham and Nunn, the series is a psychological thriller following Dr. Eldon Chance (Laurie), a forensic neuropsychiatrist who's pulled into a dangerous situation centered around a patient, who may or may not have multiple personality disorder, and her abusive spouse. The series also stars Gretchen Mol, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee and Stefania LaVie Owen.

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Hulu has also announced a new premiere date for Shut Eye. Starring Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan, the series follows a professional scammer (Donovan) who runs a fortune-telling chain for a powerful family in Los Angeles. He begins seeing and feeling "some very real and fundamental" truths after a blow to the head. The series now debuts Wednesday, Dec. 7. KaDee Strickland, Isabella Rossellini, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Susan Misner, Angus Sampson and David Zayas also star.

Hulu also set a tentative premiere date of October for new series Freakish, about a town destroyed by a chemical explosion and the survivors who must carry on and face the infected residents.



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