It was 1948. She had no family to help her and no job. She was a nurse, but many employers wouldn't have hired a divorced woman. And she promised Jamie that she would go back to Frank so that Bree would have a Mother and a Father.
Here's my take on her relationship with Frank: We saw that she was willing to resume a physical relationship with Frank but he rejected her. He wasn't willing to take the chance that they might have worked their way back to what they had prior to her going through the stones. She asked that he be discreet but going to public places, like the movies, with other women isn't being discreet. To me, telling her that he'd seen those movies was a passive/aggressive way of telling her about his affair(s). It would have been easy for him to say, "Sure, let's go see The Searchers", but he chose to humiliate her instead. Also, his telling her he wanted a divorce and wanted to take Bree to England for college was an attempt to take Bree away from her. As a Mother, it would have felt like he was trying to steal her child.
I LOVED Jamie's scenes with LJG. Berry is perfect for the role. I really look forward to his scenes with Claire in Jamaica and his scenes with Bree in America. I hope that the timing of Season 3 allows the show to be considered for the Emmys. It should receive several.
I'm glad they had Frank's death in this episode so that more time can be spent on the search for Jamie in historical records. I'm enough of a nerd that I found that part of the books fascinating. I look forward to whatever information is imparted in flashbacks. I hope they include more of Claire & Joe's relationship and Jamie at Seal Island.
I'm curious about how much time they will devote to Claire's journey to Edinborough from the stones. I can't wait for Sunday!