‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ season 4, episode 4 recap: A new hope


Continental Camp – TURN: Washington’s Spies _ Season 4, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

‘Turn’ had a mutiny occur in Washington’s Camp while the Culper Ring pondered its next course of action after a bloody disaster in the prisoner exchange.

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Turn wasted little time dealing with the massacre last episode. The series focused on the next move for the Culper Ring as it had to worry about Simcoe and Washington. On the other hand, Arnold finally reached a breakthrough in his new command as general. Another solid episode aired this week. Without waiting any longer, here is the official spoiler alert for Turn: Washington’s Spies Season 4, Episode 4 “Nightmare.”

Washington’s Camp

Turn examined the mental effects that Abe (Jamie Bell) experienced after the death of his father (Kevin McNally). Abe dreamed of nightmares that focused on Richard’s disappointment with Abe as a son. Anna (Heather Lind) cared for Abe when he awoke in a barn in Washington’s camp. Reality hit Abe when he saw his father’s dead body beside him. Meanwhile, Caleb (Daniel Henshall) abandoned camp in the midst of hist medical treatment once the doctor turned away. Ben (Seth Numrich) spoke to Abe and granted all requests pertaining to Richard’s burial. Finally, Abe refused to work as a spy any longer.

Ben reported the news to Washington (Ian Kahn). Washington threatened to conscript Abe to his army if Ben could not convince his head spy to continue their reconnaissance. Once night approached, Caleb fell off his horse at a campfire that belonged to a few patriots. The men returned Caleb into Ben’s care. At the same time, Abe and Anna prepared Richard for burial. Caleb and Ben rushed into the barn to inform Abe and Anna that Simcoe knew that Abe was actually Culper. As the Culper Ring discussed its next move, a mutiny erupted in Washington’s Camp.

Militia – TURN: Washington’s Spies _ Season 4, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

Ben prepared the remaining soldiers to stand against the rebels in the army. As the rebels shout that they were not “Arnold’s,” Ben’s side sent their terms of surrender. Back at the barn, Abe voiced his frustration with Washington and his treatment of the Culper Ring. Caleb explained that Arnold snatched up spies easily since his defection. Therefore, Washington wanted to kill Arnold as much as Abe wanted to kill Simcoe for the death of Richard.

Washington’s men eventually stopped the mutineers. Washington discussed the consequences for the soldiers. All agreed that the leaders would be executed. However, the execution possessed peculiar circumstances. The mutineers executed their own leaders. Only a few feet away, they shot their leaders so that they could understand that blood was also on their hands, not only the leaders.

Finally, Abe and Ben developed a proposal for Washington. Abe planned to enlist in the Arnold’s regiment to kill Simcoe as well as gather intelligence on Arnold. Abe jumped at the opportunity due to the murder of his father, which the papers circulated throughout the colonies. Washington stipulated that Abe wait for his order to kill. While in New York, Abe will contact the army through Townsend. Washington would send an officer to recover Abe. The phrase “I miss the summer of ’73” would be the code used to trigger Abe.

New York and Setauket

In New York City, Arnold (Owain Yeoman) secured the fund necessary for his regiment. He convinced his superior to allow him to attack Washington since Arnold posed the greatest challenge for Washington to overcome. At the bar, he ordered an article to be written in the newspaper that asked for soldiers to volunteer. Townsend (Nick Westrate) overheard the entire affair.

Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold – TURN: Washington’s Spies _ Season 4, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

Later that night, Townsend warned his business partner never to speak to him disrespectfully in front of patrons. He agreed to the request and asked Townsend for help in preparing newspapers for the next day. Townsend saw a sensationalized report about the scuffle at Lyme that led to many deaths. Townsend reiterated the importance of truth-telling to his associate, yet his associate discussed how those in power ignore the truth and desire a story that satisfies their agenda. (Perhaps, this scene critiques the current state of American media.) Additionally, Simcoe joined Arnold’s regiment, yet he received the ability to replace Arnold if the General died or became “incapacitated.”

The next day, Simcoe pledged his allegiance to Arnold. He commended Arnold’s unquenchable thirst for success. Simcoe painted a grandiose portrait of Arnold as a hero whom British citizens would celebrate. Also, Mary (Meegan Warner) discovered the news about the massacre. She shed tears at the horrible disaster as the newspaper informed of the worst possible outcome from Abe and Richard’s mission. Finally, Abe returned to bury his father in Setauket with his family.

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Turn continued its strong string of episodes for its final season. Without rushing the impact of Richard’s death, viewers have a clear picture of where the series will head. The Culper Ring reunion added awesome interactions between Abe, Ben, Caleb, and Anna. Each scene communicated raw emotion as all members had their own motives to pursue despite their close relationships with each other. The undercover mission provides tremendous risk, but it is the only logical plan thus far to stop Arnold and to kill Simcoe.

Turn: Washington’s Spies airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC. Be sure to tune in.