Episode Discussions



In this section you’ll find my Outlander Episode Discussions with the BTS Lasses. Join me for lively discussions with my fascinating friends and fellow Outlander book and show fans: Karmen Schmidt, Pioneer Woman, retired professor of all fields of human anatomy, who also writes the Outlander Anatomy blog, Catherine Toomer, family physician, artist, musician, and contributor to Blacklanderz™, Antoinette Simmons, Criminal Defense Attorney, TV aficionado, tennis (Federer) fanatic, and general badass!

We will be doing discussions for upcoming Seasons 6 so come back and check in periodically! 



OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 508 – Famous Last Words

At long last, the journey of this episode discussion has arrived at publication. This one was quite powerful, in many ways, including behind the scenes, for all 4 of us. Fertile ground for personal and communal growth, indeed. You may want to rewatch Episode 508 before watching, as it’s been a while. Thanks for joining […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 509 – Monsters and Heroes

Cover Photo: Claire and Jamie, Monsters and Heroes, Starz Please enjoy our discussion of Ep 509, written by Shaina Fewell, and directed by Annie Griffin! xo Below are some runners up for cover photos… For our Season 5 Episode discussions, catch up here: Episode Discussions. We are lacking #BTS508 and #BTS501, still to come over the […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 505 – Perpetual Adoration

Photo: Jamie and Leftenant Knox from Ep 505, Perpetual Adoration, Starz Ohhh Kay, this is a long one. Which works nicely for being quarantined, as most of us are, no matter where in the world we cry home (as Angus says in Season 1). So, grab your beverage of choice, depending on what time it […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 504 – The Company We Keep

Claire and Jamie in the Moonlight Walk scene, Ep 504, Starz Here it is…. Life dictated that we were a small group this week, but the others are always with us in our minds and hearts. Please enjoy… To catch up on our Episode Discussions you may have missed, go to Episode Discussions.  Let us know what you thought […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 502, The Discussion – Between Two Fires

Photo: Lauren Lyle (aka the scene stealer), as Marsali and Caitriona Balfe as Claire, Ep 502, Starz We’re BACK! And I’m so happy about it! 🤗 We four enjoyed a wonderful chat Monday night about the second Ep of Season 5, and I’ve captured and edited it to share with you all. We have a […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 412, The Discussion – Providence

Photo: Starz, Braeden Clarke breaks our hearts as Kaheroton in Episode 412. I dedicate this OutlanderBTS Episode Discussion to Antoinette, (whom we were so happy to have back), for her courage, intelligence, authenticity, compassion, and general  badassery.  Let’s drink to Antoinette!  We’re back! Discussing compelling Episode 412. What did you think of it? We found […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 413, The Discussion – Man of Worth

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I had some technical issues with my laptop, so this one has taken me a while to bring to you, but finally, here it is! I hope you enjoy. Diana and her real life Jamie (Doug) celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary yesterday! Here’s to long lasting love ❤️.   We celebrate another […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 411, The Discussion – If Not For Hope

Photo: Brianna hears something… Starz, Episode 411 Phew! This one is long, and good, and nsfw (not safe for work), meaning, in this case, if you’re listening to this at home or at work, earbuds are recommended. You need to know that we discuss pretty much EVERYTHING in 411, and beyond. There are MAJOR spoilers […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 409, The Discussion – The Birds and the Bees

OK folks, in time for a Thursday night cocktail. Enjoy….   For more Episode Discussions like this one, go to Episode Discussions.  If you’re looking for more Outlander during Droughtlander (aside from anticipating Bees, re-reading Diana’s other 8 books, and re-watching the show), visit my Interviews page, and Reader Favorites page. Subscribe to receive an email each time I post […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 407, The Discussion – Down the Rabbit Hole

Photo: Brianna Randall and Laoghaire, in Dr Jekyll mode, Starz, Episode 407 Boy oh boy, there are a lot of mixed feelings about this episode! I’ve seen comments that run the gamut, from “Best episode of the season!!!”  to “What the @#$%&!????” The lasses and I got together again, to discuss it… For more Episode Discussions […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 406, The Discussion – Blood of My Blood

OK ladies and gents, it’s Friday evening, you’ve worked hard all week, time to grab a cocktail and join me… I invite you into this warm, wonderful, and often hilarious discussion of Episode 406, with the same crew from last time (Episode 402, The Discussion) : Antoinette Simmons, Karmen Schmidt (Outlander Anatomy), Catherine Toomer (Blacklanderz), […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 402, The Discussion – Do No Harm

Photo: Starz, Claire, Jamie and Jocasta, Ep 402 After seeing and digesting 402, I decided to do something a little different to cover it this week. After some thought and coordination, it worked out that Friday, I spent a lovely evening with three fascinating women: Karmen Schmidt, whom most of you know as Outlander Anatomy, […]



“Absolutely loved this discussion. These 4 women are amazing and spot on. I don’t know how they all came together, but the dynamic is pure genius.”
— Dottie

“I recently found you on Facebook, and what a pleasure it was to listen to your recaps, analysis of my favorite show. You each bring in your own spice and the result is a beautiful marinated show. Keep them coming.”
— Noura

“How do you manage to make discussions at the same time so profound & “light?” Enjoyed as usual every bit of it! Producers should listen to them because the food for thought provided could be inspirational & rewarding. Thank you, Courtney for these labours of love!”
— Claudi

“THIS IS ABSOLUTELY the BEST discussion about Outlander… I agree with everything your panel says even when they disagreed with each other. Brilliant ladies!”
– Pelly

“This was amazing. Informative. Sensitive. Wise. Thoughtful. As well as being food for further thought, I am thrilled to see women of color as part of this exchange of ideas.”
– Cynthia

“This is my favorite podcast. Thank you so much ladies. Enjoy the intellect and thought process so much.”
– Maggie

“Listening to your discussions actually enhances the enjoyment, entertainment, appreciation of the episodes. That there IS this group having discussion speaks to the quality of the series, adding another Laurel leaf to DG’s crown.”
– CarolingOutside

“Thank God you ladies are back! I have been waiting expectantly for you! Not only am I hooked on Outlander (books and series) but I am now hooked on you all! What a great group of women!”
– Bonnie

“Courtney – thanks so much for these discussions. I now look forward to them almost as much as the show itself.”
– Terry

“Courtney, Your webcast discussion panels have been some of the most perceptive and erudite I’ve seen yet on our favorite stories and characters — more please! As a family doctor, I’m very intrigued with the opinions from all four of you and find myself frequently in agreement. Thank you for the immense effort it takes to produce and edit these discussions — deeply appreciated.”
– Emily

“Just stood in my doorway for an hour & a half to get signal to listen to this! Fabulous discussion by smart, very well educated women. Needs to be listened to by both producers, actors & fans. Kudos Courtenay”
– Railie

“I thought this was an amazing, erudite discussion and look forward to more–I hope with the same participants. You each bring such different points of view to the table. I also liked how your diverse backgrounds informed the discussion. Thank you. I will be looking for Outlander BTS from hereon.”
– Susan

“Ok, I just finished watching your discussion and feel like I just had 4 BFFs over. Loved your very different reactions and insights… When can you all come to my home in Mississippi for cocktails and conversation?”
– Christine