It's celebration time in Five Points as President Lincoln prepares for his inauguration on the "Copper" episode "To One Shortly to Die." Random firecrackers are set off in the street, and everyone is toasting Lincoln. Corky (Tom Weston-Jones) is the only person who doesn't have anything to make him smile. The poor tragic guy is his usual glum old self.
There is a new death to investigate, and Corky is forced to work with his nemesis, Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan). Gen. Donovan (Donal Logue) thinks this should be a great pairing, since the two are "like-minded opposites," working toward the same goal. He also wants them to be discreet in their investigation. He must not know Maguire very well, though he should.
Francis is his usual gruff self throughout the investigation, kicking in doors, and roughing up suspects. Gen. Donovan isn't too happy to learn that his detectives basically ignored every word he so eloquently said about being discreet, but they may not actually know what the word means. Does he not understand that Francis is not a tactful person, and may not even be capable of restraint?
Still, they find evidence that the dead man's son may have been the culprit. They believe he was jealous after seeing his father sleep with beautiful women that were his son's age. Luckily enough, Corky and Maguire find the son dead, with his bloody head resting against a poetic suicide note.
Corky and Maguire, not being the most educated fellas, need Donovan to translate. Needless to say, Corky smells something fishy, but everyone else is happy to have a case closed. They just want to get back to celebrating. It looks as if Corky will continue to investigate in the next episode.
Mama Hattie comes home
Elizabeth (Anastasia Griffith) is back, and she's got a surprise for Sara Freeman (Tessa Thompson): Sara's mother, Hattie (Alfre Woodard). Elizabeth was not able to convince Hattie's "owner" to set her free, but was able to lay down a large sum of bills to purchase her freedom. Elizabeth can be pretty evil at times, but this is definitely not one of them.
Sara is unbelievably happy, as is understandable, to see her mother after so many years. Matthew (Ato Essandoh) is delighted to finally meet his mother-in-law. There's just that one little problem of recounting to Hattie how her two sons died.
Sara knows that her mother would never understand the fact that she lives right next to the street where her brothers were hung from a lamppost, so she devises a tall tale about how they bravely saved the lives of many people on a boat, with no regard for their own safety. How long is it going to be before Hattie learns the disturbing truth?
Robert Morehouse finds a workaround
Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) must testify against Robert Cobb Kennedy (Aaron Poole), the man who attempted to set fire to all of New York, but that would mean condemning his new wife Elizabeth to prison or worse for her involvement. So, he makes a deal with Kennedy: Kennedy's silence for Robert's silence. But that doesn't mean everyone else must remain silent.
Morehouse gets his father Norbert (Geordie Johnson) to testify. After all, it was Norbert who allowed the plan to be set in motion right under his nose, and who wanted it to go forth in the first place. Robert pulls his father out of exile for the testimony, despite his wish to never see his father's face ever again.
So Robert and Elizabeth get exactly what they want: to see Kennedy hang, and for Elizabeth to remain free. That's assuming Kennedy remains true to his word, even though Robert tricked him. Criminals can be flaky, after all.
The love triangle
Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley) learns that she is pregnant, so what does she do? She goes back to Francis, the same guy she slept with while Corky was away at war. Maguire doesn't think Corky will ever forgive her anyway, but how about now that Corky will have a new child and the ability to start over? She could at least let him have his child this time since she killed the last one.
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