Mercy Street One Equal Temper – Mercy Street, Season 2, Episode 3, “One Equal Temper” starts with James and Jimmy Green taking the body of the Union officer house guest to the now empty factory to bury and cover with crates. The Greens are dogged by Pinkerton, who knows that the attempted assassin of President Lincoln was seen in the company of daughter Alice. Later, Pinkerton shows up at the house to inquire about the sudden disappearance of the house guest, the Union captain who was killed by James and Jimmy after they caught him trying to rape Alice. He finds, as he was meant to, the letter suggesting that he had deserted. But he notices something at the desk where the letter was forged.
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Alice and the attempted assassin, Frank, dressed in a Union uniform, slip out of Alexandria. After passing through Union lines, Frank changes into civilian clothes. The two stay at a Quaker household, a young family with a baby. A copy of the wanted poster with Frank’s likeness is in the house. The Quakers, much as they abhor slavery, abhor killing more, hence they oppose the war. At one point, Frank seems to consider silencing the family to cover their tracks, much to Alice’s distress. But he stays his hand, and they move on to Confederate lines.
Samuel has done the right thing and has told Caleb where Aurelia is, thus staying behind to help with the epidemic now ravaging the black area of Alexandria, thus earning Charlotte’s respect. His handling of a violent patient who objects to being placed in the same quarantine tent as black people gets him the attention of Dr. Hale, who is keen to pass his military medical exam and could use Samuel’s services as a tutor.
Back at the hospital, Emma is tasked with telling a Confederate patient that he needs to prepare himself for death. She seeks the help of the Chaplain for this task. But there ensues an argument with a southern minister who is being obnoxious about the lad dying for the southern cause.
Finally, Mary, still in the grip of typhoid fever, is having visions of her dead father reciting to her the lines of Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” Major Clayton McBurney, the new head of the hospital, is keen to get rid of her. So he sends Dr. Foster and Nurse Hastings on a trip to the Union camp to cure a high-ranking officer of a social disease (a painful operation in the 19th century) to get the good doctor out of the way, Hastings, feeling guilty, tells Foster of the subterfuge, but he is too late to prevent Mary from being shipped home. They have tender leave taking at the steamboat dock.
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Characters and cast of Mercy Street One Equal Temper include:
Mary Phinney – Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned, Kill the Messenger, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Thing, Final Destination 3)
Jedediah Foster – Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts, Not Another Teen Movie)
Samuel Diggs – McKinley Belcher III (Go for Sister, Show Me a Hero, Ricky)
James Green Sr. – Gary Cole (Office Space, In the Line of Fire, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Veep)
James Green Jr. – Brad Koed
Jane Green – Donna Murphy (Tangled, Spider-Man 2, The Bourne Legacy, The Fountain, Murder One, Resurrection)
Alice Green – AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge of Terabitha, The Way Way Back, Soul Surfer, The Carrie Diaries)
Silas Bullen – Wade Williams (Gangster Squad, Prison Break, The Dark Knight Rises, Collateral, The Bridge)
Sister Isabella – Emily Marie Palmer (Wicked Blood, Maggie)
Alma – Neva Howell (Still the King, Outcast, A Painted House)
Charlotte Jenkins – Patina Miller (Madame Secretary, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)
Matron Brannan – Suzanne Bertish (The 13th Warrior, The Hunger, Rome, Bent, The Upside of Anger)
Dr. Byron Hale – Nobert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life, Fair Game, Bloodline, Disconnect, The Deep End)
Belinda – L. Scott Caldwell (The Fugitive, The Net, Concussion, Southland, Lost)
Frank Stringfellow – Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder, Rage, Twisted, Hunter, Sunburn)
Chaplain Hopkins – Luke Macfarland (Brothers and Sisters, Kinsey, The Memory Book, Killjoys, Supergirl)
Allan Pinkerton – Brian F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby, The International, Bandits, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Last Ship, Prime Suspect, Brotherhood, The Bastard Executioner)
Clayton McBurney III – Bryce Pickham
Anne Hastings – Tara Summers (Boston Legal, Factory Girl, Rake)
Corporal Samson Debrier – Josh Green
Caleb – Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly, Saint Janet)