‘Outlander’ episode 4.4 video recap: Sam Heughan commands the screen in ‘Common Ground’ [WATCH]

In the fourth installment of our ongoing video series, senior editor Rob Licuria and “Outlander” fan Paula Licuria dish the highs and lows of each episode week to week of this chapter of the fantasy romance saga based on “Drums of Autumn,” Diana Gabaldon’s fourth novel in the series of books (watch the video above). And watch our previous recaps for the first episode, second episode and third episode.

In “Common Ground,” the fourth episode of season four of the Starz hit drama “Outlander,” Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Young Ian (John Bell) begin to build a home at Fraser’s Ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their efforts are stymied by unwelcoming neighbors and a bloodthirsty bear that ravages their settlement. When they seek the advice of mountain man John Quincy Myers (Kyle Rees), the Frasers learn they may be dealing with a more dangerous creature than they first believed. In the 20th century, Roger (Richard Rankin) and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) have grown apart. Roger tries to reconnect by searching for proof that her parents found each other in the past, and what he finds shakes him to the core. The episode was written by Joy Blake and directed by Ben Bolt.

“I was really happy to see this episode,” Paula declares, “as we got to see the whole ‘bear’ part of [the story].” Rob agrees, noting that he also “liked this episode, obviously because I had no idea about what is going on and what to expect and from reading my notes, the first thing I wrote was that Jamie owned this episode,” he admits, heaping praise on leading man Heughan for a particularly strong performance that commands the screen in this episode.

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