Turn: Washington’s Spies (2014): S01E05 – Epiphany


Introduction

Turn: Washington’s Spies (originally titled Turn and stylised as TURИ: Washington’s Spies) is an American period drama television series based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2007), a history of the Culper Ring.

A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

The first series originally aired on the AMC network from 06 April 2014 to 08 June 2014.

Outline

It’s Christmas in Setauket. Richard signs a bill of attainder against Selah Strong, which Hewlett posts at Strong Manor, that includes a phrase about granting freedom to his slaves. The slaves celebrate. The next day, Abe tells Richard he wants to go to New York to try and sell additional goods to William Howe’s army. He asks for Colonel Cook’s letter that affords passage through British checkpoints. Richard refuses and Abe later sneaks into Hewlett’s room to copy a letter from Hewlett’s desk. Anna appeals the attainder to Hewlett, saying unprepared freed slaves don’t know how to fend for themselves. Hewlett says the male slaves are being shipped for war and has made arrangements for Abigail. Ben is told to prepare for a secret mission. He and Caleb find themselves among an entire fleet in the Delaware River.

After jumping into the icy water to save a boat gun, Ben loses consciousness into the new year, when Caleb tells him the men have marched on to Trenton. Abigail offers to spy on her future employer, Major Andre, if Anna protects Cicero, her son, while she’s away. Anna agrees. She and Abe later share a highly passionate kiss but are interrupted by Baker recommending Abe join his family at Whitehall. In Trenton, Ben and Caleb learn the army successfully ambushed the Hessian soldiers. Washington heeded Abe’s report. Across the creek, Andre suggests General Cornwallis attack the rebels. Cornwallis, believing Washington’s entire force is over there, decides against a night attack. Back at City Hall, Rogers asks Lee the name of the dragoon who escaped. Lee gives him the name, Benjamin Tallmadge. The next morning, Cornwallis raids the opposite bank, only to find it abandoned. Abe is welcomed by his family at Whitehall, where they dine with Hewlett and other Redcoats. At Continental headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, Washington asks Ben about Abraham Woodhull.

Turn: Washington’s Spies Series

You can find a full index and overview of Turn: Washington’s Spies here.

You can find a full index of Turn: Washington’s Spies Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Michael Uppendahl.
  • Writer(s): Aida Mashaka Croal.
  • Release Date: 04 May 2014.
  • Running Time: 41 to 47 minutes (Pilot 63 minutes and some episodes 54 minutes).
  • Rating: TV-14.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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