Copper" episode "Ashes Denote that Fire Was." In the previous episode, his pregnant wife Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley) had committed suicide, while Dr. Freeman (Ato Essandoh) had to deal with a new bacteria that was killing people, and Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) was looking forward to the hanging of fire-starter Kennedy.Corky (Tom Weston-Jones) deals with the loss of his wife on the "
Corky prepares for the funeral
Corky makes the preparations for the funeral, starting by building a coffin from scratch. The next part isn't so easy, however. The church will not allow Ellen to be buried next to her daughter Maggie, since Ellen sinned by taking her own life. So, the priest comes up with a loophole: cremate her, then scatter her ashes beside Maggie's grave.
The next step is to ask Sara Freeman (Tessa Thompson) for a dress that Ellen can wear during the funeral. Luck has it that Hattie, having been a former slave, knows how to prepare bodies for funeral ceremonies. Hattie and Sara prepare the body together.
During the funeral, Corky is extremely grateful to Sara for making Ellen look so beautiful, but when O'Brien's (Dylan Taylor) wife makes the same comment, he argues with her about dead people being incapable of being beautiful. The argument about ugly dead people is a nice break of comedic relief from the sadness on Corky's face. He even cracks a smile.
Robert and Elizabeth Morehouse stop by, with Elizabeth (Anastasia Griffith) and Corky having some kind, if strained, words for each other for once.
Eva (Franka Potente) then stops by to leave a basket, nearly making her escape before Corky spots her while going out for some air. She feels the suicide was her fault for the fact that Ellen may have thought the child in Eva's pregnant belly was Corky's. While Eva's fears appeared to be true, Corky absolves her of guilt since their marriage had been strained and painful long before Ellen ever met Eva. Corky also confirms that Eva's unborn child is not his, because "the timing's all wrong."
Annie (Kiara Glasco) finally comes around to pay her respects, but not to cause any trouble in the process. She has actually found a nice family to live with and take care of her. She even took the name Annie Corcoran and told them that Corky was her father, which causes Corky to beam with both pride and sadness. He is prideful that she finally listened to him and sad that she will no longer be around. Corky is on his own now.
Lastly, Francis (Kevin Ryan) comes by after everyone else has left. This man who helped cause the rift between Corky and Ellen is also a tremendous, if dishonest and cruel, ally. He still loves Ellen, but he loves Corky even more. He would kill or die for Corky, which means that there's very little Corky can't accomplish with Francis as his partner.
Kennedy must hang
Kennedy sets a fire in his cell in order to kill a guard and escape. As Robert goes to watch the preparations for the hanging, Kennedy is at his home, attempting to defile his wife. The conniving Elizabeth plays along, promising to help him escape, until Robert rushes home after learning what happened. The couple does some dual-conniving to drug Kennedy and drag him back to his death sentence, finally finding some relief in watching him hang for his crimes.
Dr. Freeman fails
Freeman attempts to save the poor people who have been dying from the bacteria-laden well water, but he makes a horrible mistake that results in the death of a child. Apparently, they do not yet know about blood-typing, as he attempts to save the girl with healthy blood from a reluctantly giving patrolman. After a day of racial insults from the white patrolman, Freeman now has to deal with insults from the black father of the dead girl, who thinks he is too white for becoming an educated doctor. The poor guy can't win!
Even Hattie seems upset about the situation. While she is grateful for being saved, she also seems to think that freedom should not come at the price of destitution. She seems to prefer the comfortable slave life over the poor and free life. But Freeman ignores all the naysayers and is determined to write what he knows about the bacteria in order to save lives. That story will be continued in the next episode.
Gen. Donovan learns some new negotiation tactics
Donovan (Donal Logue) really wants that aqueduct contract, so he decides to become "flexible" in his "negotiation" tactics. That means having Francis torture the poor guy who stands in his way until he signs off on it. So it looks like Donovan will have his aqueduct, which will serve more than two million people.
"Copper" airs Sundays at 10 PM on BBC America.
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