Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) was left with an important decision to make at the end of last week's "Copper" episode. He swiftly makes his decision at the beginning of the episode "Beautiful Dreamer" and shoots Gen. Donovan (Donal Logue) right in the head. It's bold, but not thought through very well.
What Kevin faces
Kevin quickly searches through Donovan's things, finding a hidden compartment with additional documents. He steals everything he can find and hides it in a satchel. Francis (Kevin Ryan) and O'Brien (Dylan Taylor) are surprised that Kevin went so far after allowing his emotions to get the better of him, but they decide to stick with him to get back their good ol' Five Points home.
Kevin quickly goes to work and sends one of the beat cops off to Robert Morehouse's (Kyle Schmid) place with the satchel. He then asks Captain Sullivan (Ron White) to sign an order to release Eva (Franka Potente) from prison for questioning, saying it's under Donovan's orders. Sullivan has never had reason to distrust Kevin before but notices that something is off with him.
Kevin quickly makes his way to Eva, waits for a slowpoke to sign the paperwork, then takes her off to Robert's place. He then asks Robert to go through all the paperwork to find proof that Donovan was a scum bag and heads off to hide at Mrs. McGrath's (Kendra Anderson) house.
What Kevin doesn't take into consideration is that someone saw every step that he took, and the information gets back to Donovan's men. With their power, influence, and willingness to maim, torture, and pay large sums of money to get what they want, the whole town is looking for Kevin.
What Kevin's friends face
Captain Sullivan is the first to be threatened, with a swift punch to his dear old mum's face in his own home. He tells them he saw Kevin give the satchel to one of the officers.
Donovan's men quickly find the officer and torture him. He's a good man; they have to cut off two of his toes before he gives up Robert's name.
Then two of the men head to Robert's, but Francis and Robert's butler (Adrian Griffin) are waiting for them with guns. Meanwhile, more of Donovan's men find where Kevin has been hiding out based on a tip that promises a big reward. In fact, Kevin was sleeping with the sexy Mrs. McGrath while his copper friend was being tortured.
The missing-toed officer and Mrs. McGrath both wind up at the last remaining safe-haven in town: Matthew Freeman's (Ato Essandoh) house. At least Mrs. McGrath has the distinction of being the first woman Kevin brings to them who is not dead or bleeding to death.
Spreading the truth
Francis takes the papers organized by Robert and Norbert over to Kevin's underground hiding place. Donovan had some dirt on a reporter, so they decide to blackmail him so he'll print some of the proof of Tammany Hall's greed in the papers. They don't have to try very hard; he's happy to do it.
O'Brien then takes Sullivan to meet with Kevin in private. Sullivan just wants to do the right thing, so he decides to trust Kevin over Donovan's horrible friends. They set up Donovan's men, most of whom are shot dead by Kevin, Francis, and O'Brien. Kevin promises not to kill the last of them in order to obtain the name of the man who sent them right before offing the tattler, too.
It all comes together
The new man behind everything is William "Wild Bill" Eustace (William Baldwin). Under the threat of more secrets being published, he reveals that two of Kevin's wishes will be easily met: Eva goes free, with all charges dropped, and Kevin will not be blamed for Donovan's death. Kevin would prefer Donovan's death deemed as suicide rather than an accident, but he can't have everything.
There are two more things Kevin wants: the aqueduct to be diverted away from Five Points, and the ability to name Donovan's replacement for Sixth Ward boss. Those will take a little more work, but Eustace seems willing to do it.
The episode ends with a celebration at Eva's, congratulating Kevin for being "the hero of Five Points." Despite the knowledge that there is one more episode left this season, it feels like the ending to a happy finale. That is, until Matthew enters, breathlessly delivering the sad news that President Lincoln has been assassinated. Did you really expect "Copper" to end on such a high note?
"Copper" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on BBCA.
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