Turn: Washington's Spies Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Nightmare

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Coming off one of the best episodes of the season, Turn: Washington's Spies Season 4 Episode 4 veered into dark territory, carefully setting up conflicts for the rest of the season.

If you are looking for the Revolutionary War to finally move in the Americans’ favor on this Independence Day weekend, you might want to skip this episode.

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Every scene in this aptly-named episode (Nightmare) seemed to take place at night or in the rain (or both), in a barn, the woods, around a fire, or in a cemetery.

The Americans were tending to serious wounds, dragging the judge’s body over land and water to his final resting place and dreaming up revenge fantasies in hushed tones.

Did I forget to mention the gruesome firing squad scene following a failed mutiny?

Do not look away! Do not look away! Do not look away!

General [to firing squad]

Sorry General, but I did look away.

The episode was a bit bogged down, too, by a couple of bizarre confrontations between Culper Jr. and his business partner, Rivington.

The discussions probably had many in the audience shaking their heads (maybe shouting) at the screen when they realized how little has changed since the founding of our country when it comes to the press, the powerful and the privileged.

One cannot speak truth to power, if power has no use for truth


While the message was clear, those scenes didn’t seem to advance the story.

The most lighthearted part of the episode was a quaint lunch date between Col. Simcoe and Gen. Benedict Arnold, of all people.

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Those two are not exactly known for lightening the mood anywhere they go, so I enjoyed the unexpected change of pace.

On the American side, Washington’s obsession with Arnold may have played a part in the mutiny within the ranks.

After the rebellion is squelched, Washington again turns his attention to – who else – his former BFF.

Abe comes up with a plan that would help Washington get revenge on Arnold while allowing him to take out Col. Simcoe.

Can I give you a piece of advice?...Don't miss.

Mary [to Abe]

Remember how close Mary came to killing Simcoe during Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3? Of course you do!

Vengeance is a great motivator. Abe was ready to give up Culper forever at the beginning of the episode before learning that Simcoe had murdered his father and tried to kill him too.

Culper's dead. Bury him wherever you like.

Abe [to Ben, Caleb and Anna]

What did you think of this week’s episode? Can Abe's plan actually work?

Hey, Americans out there: Catch up on Turn: Washington's Spies online over the long holiday weekend.

After all, they made your holiday possible.


Nightmare Review

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Megan King is a staff writer for TV Fanatic.

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Turn: Washington's Spies Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

Can I give you a piece of advice?...Don't miss.

Mary [to Abe]

Anything I did, right or wrong, I did for you.

Abe [at his father's grave]