“TURN: Washington’s Spies” Season 2 Episode 5 “Sealed Fate” aired last Monday, May 4, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on AMC. In this episode, while Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) dealt with several double agents who walked into a camp, an alliance was placed in danger. Meanwhile, things become worse for Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell) as he tried to convince Robert Townsend (Nick Westrate), one last time, to join their cause. Back in Setauket, a familiar face arrived, threatening to disrupt the relative peace of the town. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with a flashback to 1775. Major Robert Rogers (Angus Macfayden) tried to offer his services to General George Washington (Ian Kahn) in a bid to assassinate him. Thankfully, he was stopped in time by Washington’s men and was detained.
Back in Setauket, in 1777, Judge Richard Woodhull (Kevin R. McNally) told his son, Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell) that he would do his best to debunk all the lies he was planning on telling Major Edmund Hewlett (Burn Gorman).
Meanwhile, in Valley Forge, in December 1777, a man named Sutherland, wearing a British uniform turned himself in. He then told Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmdage (Seth Numrich), that a man wearing civilian clothes named Bill Shanks was going to come to the camp. The man was going to make an outrageous claim in order to win their trust, as he was a spy sent by Major John Andre (JJ Feild).
Afterwards, Nathaniel Sackett (Stephen Root), after receiving the piece of intelligence that Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall) had managed to get his hands on, ran immediately to Washington. Upon reading it, he instructed his men to ride to a shop which was a front for the French Secret Intelligence.
Back in Setauket, Anna Strong (Heather Lind) became surprised. It was after Captain John Simcoe (Samuel Roukin) showed up in town. He told her that he would stay in her tavern. Because of this, she decided to “accept” Major Hewlett’s “invitation” to stay at Whitehall with him, so that she would be safe from Simcoe’s clutches.
Meanwhile, in York City, Abe met Robert Townsend’s (Nick Westrate) father, Samuel Townsend (John Billingsley). He told Abe to be patient with his son, whom he hoped would accept Abe’s offer.
Back in Valley Forge, George showed Thevenau De Francy (Pascal Yen-Pfister) the piece of intelligence that they had gathered, which was a page from the royal ledger of King George III. It showed that England was bankrupt and that France should ally themselves with America. However, because Rogers was going to hunt them down, they decided to have two decoy parties, with a third one with De Francy leaving camp that very night. However, before Ben could do anything, Bill Shanks arrived at camp. He told them that there was a plan to assassinate Washington before the New Year, and that it would be done by a spy that would be placed within enemy lines.
Back at the Townsend’s inn, Abe and Samuel tried to persuade Robert to become a spy for Washington, but he declined the offer, much to his father’s disappointment. Later, Samuel urged Abe not to give up on his son and to come back again to York City.
Back at the camp, Caleb left with one of the decoy parties, and Nathaniel created a crude polygraph in order to determine whether Shanks was lying or not. He then told them that he had overheard two redcoats, a man named Gamble and Major John Andre, who had a blonde braid, talk about the assassination attempt. Afterwards, Ben told Sutherland that Shanks had claimed that General Howe would attack before the New Year. He told him of their plans. After informing Washington about this, Washington, who was now more cautious than before, refused to believe Shanks, as he had gone missing. It was after a massacre as he was going to be court-martialled for stealing another officer’s boots. However, Ben still believed in Shanks.
Back at York City, Abe, who needed hard evidence for Hewlett, decided to frame Robert by writing a message and by putting it in the old Sons of Liberty dead drop. However, he was seen by some soldiers who chased an arrested him. As he was being tortured, he told them that he was working for Hewlett, who was in Setauket.
Meanwhile, while Nathaniel debriefed Sutherland, Ben asked Bill what Gamble, the other officer looked like. After realizing that Sutherland was Gamble, Ben ran to the other tent. It was only to discover that Nathaniel had been killed and that documents with Samuel Culper’s name on it had been taken. This meant that Ben had been right all along, even if Washington hadn’t thought so at the start.
Meanwhile, Rogers managed to locate De Francy. He killed him to make sure that he would never make it to France.
Back in Setauket, Major Hewlett was kidnapped by Continental soldiers. They held him responsible for a recent massacre perpetuated by Simcoe, as he had left a note that said that Hewlett was responsible for it.
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