“TURN: Washington’s Spies” Season 2 Episode 1 “Thoughts of a Free Man” aired last Tuesday, April 13, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on AMC. In this episode, King George III made a surprising commission to retrieve a valuable object that had been stolen from the palace. Meanwhile, in America, Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) persuaded Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall) to continue with their covert activities with Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who, together with Anna Strong (Heather Lind), continued their own covert activities. Meanwhile, within the ranks of the Continental Army, dissent was spreading against General George Washington (Ian Kahn). Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began in England, in 1777, at the royal palace, where King George III, who while having his bust made by an American artist named Patience Wright (Kate MacCluggage), tore some royal letters as he became frustrated as the country’s money supply was low. Later that night, Patience, who had placed a part of one of the letters in the wax bust, was killed as she had sent it over to the United States of America.
In Philadelphia, instead of retaliating against those who spoke against him, General George Washington (Ian Kahn) instructed Major Benjamin “Ben” Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) to continue his covert activities in gathering intelligence regarding what was happening in York City from Abraham “Abe” Woodhull (Jamie Bell), whose code name was Samuel Culper.
Ben then tried to persuade his courier, Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall), to leave that night, but as they hadn’t been signaled yet, and as he was still sore over the death of his uncle by the hand of Captain Simcoe (Samuel Roukin), he argued with Ben and told him that he wasn’t doing it anymore.
Meanwhile, in Setauket, Long Island, while Mary Woodhull (Meegan Warner) told the ladies of her sewing circle how the rebels had burned their farm, Abe went to the cellar and created sleeves and hiding places in his suit to hide a knife and some paper.
Later that night, at the dinner thrown by the Woodhulls, Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman) came with Anna Strong (Heather Lind), who had been invited upon Abe’s suggestion. Later on, Abe met up with Anna, and told her to give a letter explaining what had happened to him, without exposing the fact that Mary knew that he was a rebel spy, to Caleb. The letter also contained instructions for a new code book.
At the dinner table, Abe announced that he would be going to York City to finally study law, just as he had intended to years ago. However, Anna and Mary both realized that this was just an excuse in order to spy on the British in York City. Mary then became worried about his safety, which caused Major Hewlett to arrange that Abe would be protected by an escort as he travelled.
Later that night, Mary told Abe that she loved him and that she would protect him no matter what. Abe then told her that he didn’t truly love her.
Meanwhile, at the camp, Caleb reconciled with Ben after helping him fight off some fellow soldiers who insulted Washington as they preferred General Charles Lee (Brian T. Finney) over him.
Later on, while they were having dinner, Lee read an article which insulted and questioned Washington. However, he was quickly rebuked by General Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman), who tore up the article.
Meanwhile, in Setauket, Abe managed to shake off his escort as he told Major Hewlett of his past at King’s College, and offered to be a double agent to round up the Sons of Liberty if they were still active. Hewlett agreed, which gave Abe more freedom to continue spying for Ben.
Back in England, King George III offered Robert Rogers (Angus Macfayden) a commission and a grant to explore the Northwest Passage for England on the condition that he track down the wax bust that had been stolen earlier that day.
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