TURN: Washington’s Spies Recap: False Flag

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
TURN: Washington’s Spies Recap: False Flag

TURN: Washington’s Spies” Season 2 Episode 3 “False Flag” aired last Monday, Apr. 20, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on AMC. In this episode, both Anna Strong (Heather Lind) and Judge Richard Woodhull (Kevin McNally) became worried about Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell). It was after discovering that he was working as a spy for Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman). As Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) received treatment, Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) and Nathaniel Sackett (Stephen Root) laid a trap for General Charles Lee (Brian T. Finney). Meanwhile, Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall) and Robert Rogers (Angus MacFayden) raced against each other to get the waxwork bust of King George III, while the seeds of Arnold’s future betrayal was planted.  Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began with Judge Richard Woodhull (Kevin McNally) spotting his son, Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell), talking with Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman), from the living room window as he had gone out for a walk.


Inside, Abe fed Hewlett false information. He told him that his mission would require several months of going back and forth to York City.

The next morning, the judge tried to stall Abe. He was in a hurry to get out so that he could meet up with Anna Strong (Heather Lind), to no avail.

Anna then told Abe that Abigail (Idara Victor), who was in Philadelphia, had just told her that General Charles Lee (Brian T. Finney) was a traitor. She then became upset after discovering that Abe was now a double agent, but told him that she would place his intelligence at the drop. He told him that she would watch Hewlett for him as he had “offered his friendship” to her. She also revealed to Abe that she had left her husband for him.

At the rebel camp, General George Washington (Ian Kahn) was delighted with Abe’s intelligence. This meant that the Culper Ring was still alive. However, as he dismissed Abigail’s intelligence, Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) and Nathaniel Sackett (Stephen Root) decided to forge General Gates’ signature on a letter to Lee in order to see if he was truly against Washington, using a contraption that Thomas Jefferson had made. Meanwhile, Sackett gave Abigail the code number of 355. He tried to figure out a way in order to teach her how to encrypt her messages. Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall) was then instructed to practice drilling through a waxwork bust in order to retrieve a document.

In Philadelphia, while rehearsing for a play, Major John Andre (JJ Feild) upset Margaret “Peggy” Shippen (Ksenia Solo). It was after asking her to write to Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman), and invited her to the play that night.

Back at the camp, Arnold became disgruntled after discovering that he had been promoted to Major General only in title and that his salary had not been increased. However, Washington assured him that he would always have his support. Afterwards, Ben paid a visit to Arnold. He talked about his brother, Samuel, and discreetly placed the forged letter in his tray.

Sackett then sent Caleb off to New Jersey, to the house of Dr. Charles Hallum (Lee Spencer) as he had the waxwork bust of King George III of Patience Wright, Sackett’s London contact. Caleb was then instructed to discreetly retrieve a letter hidden inside it. At the same time, Robert Rogers (Angus MacFayden) arrived at Long Island, and rode for the same destination.

Back in Setauket, the judge discovered that Abe was working as a spy for Hewlett, who admitted it to him. After discovering that Abe did not want to worry him, he asked Hewlett not to tell Abe that he knew.

Meanwhile, Captain Simcoe (Samuel Roukin) continued to drill his new men. He gave Jordan (Aldis Hodge), one of Rogers’ right hand men, his freedom papers, as he wanted him to freely choose whether he wanted to accept his appointment as Simcoe’s second in command.


At New Jersey, Caleb discovered that the bust wasn’t there. He had to quickly hide as Rogers had come in. Rogers then left after discovering that the doctor never received the bust as the ship carrying it had been ransacked by privateers.

In Philadelphia, Peggy attended Andre’s play and told him that she had written to Arnold.

The next day, Sackett helped Ben intercept the letter. After showing it to Washington, Washington became upset at Ben’s actions, as exposing treachery in the higher ranks would show the French. The support they needed to win against the British, that they would not be good allies. After Ben left, Washington began to burn the letter, but stamped out the fire as he slammed his fist on the desk.

Back in Setauket, the judge watched as Abe played with Thomas and went back to studying his books.

And that was all for the recap of “TURN: Washington’s Spies” Season 2 Episode 3 “False Flag”. For more news, updates and recaps on “Turn: Washington’s Spies” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

Catch “TURN: Washington’s Spies every Monday night at 10:00 p.m. on AMC.

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