I watched it last eve but must admit it isn't really one of my fav epi's. Can't say I like the storyline and there are so many guest-stars in it, which makes it a bit chaotic.
The only part I like is the competition with Jess
Hmm...I said it was a busy epi and I chose to do one from Series 7, preferably without Cameron in it!! I'll try and keep it fairly brief I also enjoyed the Ghillies Challenge aspect of the epi I have to admit I'll have to view it again (I saw it last week as well) before I do the write up
PS info wanted...does anyone know how to pronounce and spell the name of those pen knives that the ghillies stuck into the barrel? Was the one Jess put in, a nail file or a letter opener?
As there are several stories in this episode, I have decided to concentrate on one - the story of Jess in this episode - more with pictures than words.
At the beginning, Jess feels she is being taken granted for by her father, Golly, who is taken up with his new baby, Cameron, so that he does not realise how exhausted she is with all the extra work.
She leaves him to get on with the day's work and goes to repair a broken fence
A neighbouring ghillie Robbie shows up and watches her and then tells her that he is looking for the ghillies for the annual Cuach na Curaidh (Cup of the Strong Man - a Ghillie's Challenge) which Golly has won the last three years.
Jess is appalled that Robbie won't even consider asking her as she is a girl. She mentions this to Golly who will not even consider supporting her. She is disgusted with him and goes to talk to Molly about it. Molly is also disgusted and convinces Jess to compete and says that she will help her all she can
At a meeting of the ghillies setting up for the Challenge, Robbie points out that there is one missing as Glenbogle's ghillie, Golly, says he won't be competing
so we will have to find another person. At that point Molly and Jess arrive and Molly points out that Glenbogle has a Ghillie, Jess, who will take apart. There is much laughter and Robbie says she can't take part as she is a girl! Molly points out that there is nothing to say a woman cannot take part.
Robbie finally gives in and says she must now put her Sgian Dubh in with the others to confirm her joining in the competition - knowing that she hadn't got one! Molly finally prodces a nail file which Jess can use and does
Molly says she will train her and starts on a tough training programme
The next we see is Jess and Molly going to the Challenge Meeting
followed by a sequence of the tests in which the loser's name is removed from the list until only one is left - declared to be the winner. THere were a number of tests which Jess had her problems; first a race in which she had a fall but encouraged on by Molly
Then the shooting in which she did much better and was still in the race
Next she had to make a fly fishing hook which she suceeded with a bit of help from Molly
there was only one test to carry out, the only opposition being Robbie
this was fly fishing and Robbie failed but Jess succeeded
This was achieved by a trick that she had learnt from Golly and Jess was upset and felt a bittersweet success as he wasn't there to see it.
Golly finally turns up and apologises to her for not seeing her prove her ability; she said that it was nothing to do with proving anything but she just wanted him to notice her!
We next move to the final ritual celebration where Golly, humbled by his absence at the contest, where he finally makes peace with Jess
He then tells Jess all is not done yet and there is the drinking of the quaich
She then asks Robbie to accept his defeat by drinking from the same quaich which he accepts
they then embrace as friends
and so we finished up with a happy ending, "The MacDonald way".
So we see that poor old Jess started off at odds with her father at the beginning over Cameron and again when he failed to show up to see her prove her ability but finally they were reconciled at the end at the ceremony. Also we saw Robbie who was so much against her as a 'girl' finally accepting her after being beaten at the Ghillie's Challenge and joining in the drinking from the quaich.
Paul Thanks for doing this part of the episode. I won't be doing the rest of it till this weekend. I've been unexpectedly called into the class of a teacher who has a 1 year old child who's ill in hospital. There's quite a bit of marking to be done in the evenings, so I'll be concentrating on that Feel free to do more of the epi if you'd like to