Turn: Washington’s Spies (2014): S01E09 – Against Thy Neighbour


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 spring 1777. Hewlett tells Simcoe he lacks evidence of spies and still hasn’t found the Patriot petition. Simcoe poisons Hewlett’s horse with an apple and suggests Hewlett was the intended target. Simcoe volunteers to investigate Lucas Brewster, who sold the apples to Hewlett. Richard tells Simcoe to consult another expert before executing Lucas and is then shot by a sniper. Simcoe smiles. The bullet gets extracted, and Simcoe reports a torn Bible page used as wadding for the sniper’s gun. Hewlett decrees that all town residents shall surrender their firearms, and Reverend Tallmadge remarks to Hewlett that the church was once his. Talmadge later tells tavern patrons that the British took their church, their headstones, and now their guns. Simcoe arrests him. Hewlett tells Abe the evidence points to Tallmadge as the sniper. Hewlett is given the petition and tells Simcoe to arrest everyone on it.

Abe offers to take the wounded Richard’s place as the magistrate in prosecuting the rebels, and he intensely interrogates Brewster (inciting sympathy and support for Brewster amongst the townspeople) and then Rev. Tallmadge, saying Talmadge grew resentful after his congregation defected from the church, with Richard. Abe demonstrates how Richard was shot and pretends to struggle as he loads the Reverend’s rifle. Simcoe takes the rifle but finds the bullet that pierced Richard does not fit the gun. Hewlett later tells Abe he will show mercy on the men and sentence them to ten years on the Jersey. Abe likens that to a death sentence and reminds him the bullet didn’t match the Reverend’s rifle. Hewlett stresses it is an opportunity to banish a group of disloyal citizens. Meanwhile, Ben tells Washington decoded enemy dispatches show the British plan to attack Philadelphia from the south, rather than the north as scouts have reported. Ben is told to lead troops north to play into Britain’s deception, while the Continental Army strengthens the southerly defenses. Caleb and Selah march with Ben’s troops. Ben learns his father and Caleb’s uncle have been arrested and may face death. He tells Caleb they are going home. At Woodhull Farm, Mary finds Abe’s hidden codebook.

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): Ken Fink.
  • Writer(s): Michael Taylor.
  • Release Date: 01 June 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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