On Turn on AMC tonight, it’s Christmastime in New York, in the episode Epiphany. The 12 days of Christmas serve as a backdrop for this episode, and Caleb and Captain Benjamin Tallmadge are provided with enigmatic orders they are expected to follow. also, Abe acts anxious to go to New York, while his father, Richard, questions why he should want to do so.
In the last episode of Turn on AMC, Major John Andre(J.j. Feild) and Philomena (Amy Gumenick) trap General Charles Lee into admitting that he supplied the British with the location of the safe house, where the ambush occurred. Lee insists he doesn’t know about the attack, but then Andre suggests a plan in which Lee “escapes” and then his hero status propels him into becoming the new Commander of the Continental Army. Major John Andre is using Lee to try to get the Continental Congress to eventually surrender.
At the start of Turn on AMC, it’s December 24,1776, and some African American slaves are dancing and singing in the streets. Meanwhile, inside a house, Richard (Kevin R. McNally) is conducting a business deal, and one of the British officers starts playing “Rule, Britannia” on the piano and singing along with it. Major John Andre and Philomena sit side-by-side, watching a fencing demonstration in the house. The slaves outside still sing “Freedom Come,” undeterred by the attempts of the British to drown out their celebrations, and Anna Strong read a posting, the Dunmore Proclamation, about freeing slaves in return for military service.
December 25, 1776, Abraham (Jamie Bell) gathers up supplies. His father asks him if he’s going somewhere, and he says he’s going to New York City. Richard questions him, saying that no one is conducting business during the holidays. Richard wonders why Abe doesn’t want to stay at home with his family, and be with them at Christmas.
Abraham wants Richard to give him a pass to get by any British soldiers he encounters, but his father tells him he won’t grant him such a pass. Abe searches through his father’s desk and forges a pass.
Anna Strong (Heather Lind) speaks with a British officer about the slaves, and tells him she doesn’t think it’s right that they have been given only seven days to prepare for their upcoming freedom, granted under the Dunmore Proclamation. The Dunmore Proclamation was originally issued in 1775 by John Dunmore, the 4th Earl of Dunmore, who served as the royal governor of the British Colony of Virginia. The British officer Anna talks to really wants them freed only so that they can then volunteer for the British army.
We then see two slaves talking among themselves in a cabin, and the black man tells the lady, who he thinks is trying to act to proud like she doesn’t need him nor anyone else to help her: “You’re going to end with nothing.”
Major Andre and Robert Rogers (Angus Macfayden) speak, and Andre wants to know if Rogers has “any intelligence to share.”
“Tell me Robert, what do you intend to do when this war is officially over?
Robert Rogers: “I intend to settle all accounts,” he says rather ominously.
Ben Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) is given a password “Victory,” and corresponding reply, “or death.” They are taking part in the crossing of the Delaware, though Ben and Caleb (Daniel Henshall) don’t know all of the details of what’s about to happen yet. They see hundreds of rowboats crossing the Delaware, and realize that something big is happening.
After a commercial break, Anna offers a slave, Abby, at her house a gift, saying “it’s yours.” She tells, Abby that all of her possessions are being taken from her, including her slaves. She said she begged with the British officer about it, and was turned down.
Abe runs up to a distraught Anna, outside, and Anna cries and says that “they’re taking everything” and adds that “it’s over.” She says “Go, before anyone sees you.”
Abe: “I’m trying to fight back and change things.”
Anna: “Things have changed.” She tells him she must go, and reminds him that he has a wife and family to take care of.
Meanwhile, on Turn on AMC, the rowboats make it to the other side of the Delaware. Benjamin falls into the river, and gets rescued by Caleb. It’s January 2, and, around a campfire, Ben wakes up and Caleb tells Ben that “the men are gone.” Caleb adds that they went to Trenton, and Ben has been unconscious for a couple of days. Possibly, he is recovering from hypothermia and/or getting almost drowned.
Robert Rogers is at the estate and Robert Rogers meets General Charles Lee, who he has known for a long time. They seem to be friends. If so, it figures, as they’re both pretty snaky sorts of people with their own agendas.
Abe rides up and sees a Redcoat putting some of Mary’s belongings into a wagon. Inside, Mary tells Abe that they’re going to his father’s house, and adds that Thomas is sick, and has the croup. she says that Whitehall has a fireplace in every room, and she won’t risk her son’s life at their house.
Mary says that Richard made a sacrifice, while Abe says that he “debased himself before God and the entire town,” both referring to when Richard dug up the gravestone of another son of his, Captain Thomas Woodhull, for the British to use to place cannons behind.
The slaves are told that they will serve under a British officer, and at the ends of their service, they will be freed. But, if they desert, or disobey orders, the terms of the contract will not be honored, and they won’t be set free. Abby tells Anna that she knows her secrets, about hanging up petticoats as a signal. She tells Anna she will continue washing her laundry for her, meaning continue with the petticoat signaling code.
Abe sees Anna outside, and invites her in. Abe tells her that Mary’s gone, to his father’s house. She tells Abe “I’ve never been inside your home,” and Abe answers “Of course, you haven’t. You’d be forbidden.’
Abe has been drinking, and he tells Anna he’s “burned the latter,” and that he doesn’t need her help anymore. Anna tells him that Abby is going to New York with their secret about the petticoats. Abe tells her “You know me, you always have,” and then — he kisses her, and they are about to do more, when the British officer who rooms there interrupts them, and says he suggests that Abe joins his wife and son at the Judge’s house for Epiphany, which he does.
Some Continental Army soldiers meet with Ben and Caleb at night as they approach the Continental Army camp at Trenton, New Jersey. They tell them that everything’s going well so far, and they’re about to attack General Cornwallis.
Rogers, eating dinner and drinking with Lee, says that Washington “was forged in failure.” Lee calls him “an abysmal technician.”
Rogers tells him “At least, he’s not a traitor like you.” He says that Lee gave the Rebels up and they got slaughtered, except one got away. lee tells him the name of the person: “Benjamin Tallmadge.”
Anna is then seen, bidding good-bye to her slaves. She knows that slavery is wrong, but she also knows that the English only are mentioning freeing the slaves so that they will fight alongside them against the Rebels.
At Morristown Headquarters, the Rebels celebrate. Benjamin Tallmadge walks in, looking grim. A Continental Army officer asks him “Just who is Abraham Woodhull?” Ben looks kind of amazed that the person knows the name of his friend and fellow spy, Abraham — but, he doesn’t say anything, and Turn on AMC concludes.
A lot happened on this episode of Turn on AMC, Epiphany. Abraham wants to do what he thinks is right, but that often seems to conflict with the loyalties that he should feel towards his father, and his family. Washington’s Continental Army crosses the Delaware, and have General Cornwallis seemingly surrounded. The Redcoats want to gain more soldiers by the issuing of the Dunmore Proclamation, and likely feel that the Rebels will be intimidated by having to fight against former slaves.
Abraham comes close to having an affair with Anna Strong, but it takes their romantic entanglement being interrupted by a Redcoat boarder at Abe’s house to take his mind — at least temporarily –away from his love for, or lusting after, Anna, and back to spending Epiphany at his father’s house with Mary and his son, where he eventually ends up before Turn on AMC concludes. Robert Rogers meets with his old “friend” General Charles Lee, knowing full well that Lee is actually a traitor to the entire Continental Army. But, Rogers gets the name he wants out of Lee — that of Benjamin Tallmadge. What Rogers will do with that information remains to be seen. What did you think of the Turn on AMC episode, Epiphany? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb