Corky (Tom Weston-Jones) and O'Brien (Dylan Taylor) finally appear to have caught up with Dorman (Rossif Sutherland) -- the man who has been kidnapping and killing young teenage boys -- on the "Copper" episode "The Children of the Battlefield." Unfortunately, Dorman is not quite what he seems, although he is still a very bad man.
Who is Mr. Dorman, anyway?
When Dorman initially gives a snarky reply rather than a helpful one, Corky decides that the best way to find the information they need is by giving Dorman a "suite" at the local jail. The "suite" is only for their highest-end scumbags; it has a nice place to be restrained in bed with a squat toilet in the floor above, placed conveniently above the perp's face. It's actually a great idea for the worst criminals of society, but the realistic visuals are enough to make you sick. Be forewarned.
Dorman finally comes clean: He has been recruiting for the Union Army, but he swears it was his partner who killed two boys when things got out of hand. The other boys are still being held somewhere and have not yet shipped off to war.
Finding the missing boys
Corky follows clues until he finds the location where the boys are being held. He begins freeing them when a familiar face pops up: McGrath, some of the boys' own father! Corky was right to distrust him the first time, since he had never told Corky a single true statement. Too bad he wasn't the one to stay in the "suite." Instead, he gives McGrath the same choice he gave his own sons: lose his life on the spot or out on the battlefield. Of course, he chooses the latter.
Mrs. Freeman can't shake the nightmares
Sara Freeman (Tessa Thompson) puts on a brave face after she moves back to her old home with her husband. Unfortunately, she's got a perfect view of the lamppost where her two brothers were hanged for simply having a dark skin color.
Rather than fall apart and beg to move back to the outskirts, she runs outside with an ax and attempts to bring down the dreadful symbol of horror by herself. When she is unable, her husband Matthew (Ato Essandoh) joins in. Several other men who suffered the same disgusting bigotry join in, until the thing lay on the ground with its dim light flickering. The broken and toppled lamppost is now a new symbol of strength.
Morehouse and Haverford finally have their wedding
It's wedding day for Mr. Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), but his best man is off chasing bad guys. He decides to have the man standing nearest to him fill in for dear old Corky so he can get on with what he believes to be the best day of his life.
Of course, Elizabeth (Anastasia Griffith) has just been putting on a show, having been partly responsible for the plan to burn New York to the ground and give the South the win in the war. Her conscience finally intercedes when she decides to become a drugged-out lump of guilt. She confesses her sins to her new husband, hoping for forgiveness. She seems to have forgotten that Morehouse exiled his own father for his involvement in the plot.
Corky finds his friend later at Eva's (Franka Potente) good old-fashioned bar and whorehouse, where Morehouse is lying drunk in bed with a prostitute. He's a bit confused by the sight, wondering what could have happened on the way from the wedding to the bedroom, where Morehouse and Haverford had been spending most of their time before marriage. He doesn't get any answers but knows that it must be bad. So Corky decides to keep Morehouse company by bunking with him for the evening so he doesn't have to experience the shame of sleeping with a prostitute on his wedding night.
Annie gets jealous
The former prostitute child Annie (Kiara Glasco) is probably the only person who thoroughly enjoyed the wedding, having stolen expensive jewelry from an unoccupied room of the mansion. She's not so happy later, however, when she overhears Corky flirting with his wife (Alex Paxton-Beesley) while preparing dinner. Annie has been truly damaged by her life before Corky took her in. She wants to replace both his dead daughter and his wife. Mrs. Corcoran should always keep one eye on Annie to avoid any "accidents."
Francis proves his worth (as a criminal)
Francis (Kevin Ryan) no longer wants the worthless job of sticking lit cigarettes up people's noses to collect money they owe to his new boss. He wants something more fulfilling, such as murder and mayhem. His boss gives him just such an assignment in order to prove his worth: kill a copper. He does just that, effortlessly plunging a knife into someone whose death he would have avenged had he still been a copper himself. Now, it is Gen. Donovan (Donal Logue) who vows to avenge the death by gathering every copper in his jurisdiction to find the man who killed one of his own.
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