Season 1: Episode 4 | The Belle Alliance

Premiered February 21, 2016

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help Tom escape. Mary releases Dr. Foster, still shaky from his detox, from his “quarantine” so he can guide Samuel through a delicate operation.

Directed by Jeremy Webb​

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Jason Richman, screenwriter for Episode 4: The Belle Alliance, examines PTSD's history and shares his approach to writing Tom Fairfax's character and story arc.

Season 1: Episode 4 Footnote

Season 1: Episode 4 Footnote

Did You Know? Increased numbers of hypodermic needles contributed to opiate addiction.

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