Crossbones (Episodes Guide)
1.01 – The Devil’s Dominion
aired on May 13, 2014
Directed by: David Slade | Written by: Neil Cross, James V. Hart, Amanda Welles
Tom Lowe, a British spy, receives a new mission from his commander William Jagger—kill the “Commodore”, who is supposedly the notorious pirate Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard” in his secret headquarters on the island of Santa Campana. According to Jagger, the man he killed eleven years earlier at Ocracoke was not the real Blackbeard but a double. Lowe poses as a surgeon aboard the HMS Petrel, a ship bound for England that is attacked by pirates looking to steal a prototype of an important navigation device called the longitude chronometer and its inventor Frederick Nightingale.
1.02 – The Covenant
aired on June 6, 2014
Directed by: Ciaran Donnelly | Written by: Blake Masters
Blackbeard invites his ally, Captain Sam Valentine to Santa Campana and proposes a deal with the rebuilt longitude chronometer to be sold to the English for “hellburners” (ships of destruction), but he soon faces setbacks with his old friend’s resistance. Meanwhile, Lowe ends up becoming a pawn in Blackbeard’s master plan to turn his secret island into his kingdom and is sentenced to death and almost executed.
1.03 – The Man Who Killed Blackbeard
aired on June 20, 2014
Directed by: Stephen Shill | Written by: Neil Cross
When Kate is captured during a routine trade with Father Daniel, James Balfour asks Lowe to rescue his wife, believing Blackbeard would rather silence her than free her. The unlikely pair must work together in order to rescue her before she reveals the island’s location to Jagger. Back on Santa Campana, the locals prepare for a temporary evacuation before the English invade while Charlie is tasked with protecting Selima, who is deathly afraid of stepping outside her home (as the locals name her “The Lady of the House”), causing the pair to become intimate in the stressing situation.
1.04 – Antoinette
aired on June 27, 2014
Directed by: Dan Attias | Written by: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Michael Oates Palmer
Trying to hide her guilt, Selima’s attempt at intimacy with a suspicious Blackbeard gets rejected. Lowe helps Balfour with his opium addiction and ends his affair with Kate, however, Blackbeard threatens Balfour’s life if the rehabilitation jeopardizes his work on another chronometer. When Blackbeard asks Lowe’s opinion of his headaches, Lowe tricks him into thinking its symptoms of a brain injury and induces hypnosis, allowing him to find a map of Blackbeard’s plan to attack the English in Jamaica. Later, Blackbeard travels to Archangel Island to make a deal with Begum Samsarto to build an army. Lowe helps Charlie and Nenna on a stealth mission to copy a map from Spanish Governor Fernando de Portocarrero’s Mansion in Cuba. In disguise, Blackbeard sells the chronometer to the governor to afford his army. Meanwhile, Finnegan tries to sell the fake chronometer to Jagger, who spots it as such, since he etched his initials on the original, leading to Finnegan’s torture. Jagger then plans to bait Blackbeard using the woman in white.
1.05 – The Return
aired on July 11, 2014
Directed by: Terry McDonough | Written by: Michael Oates Palmer
Jagger tortures the woman in white, Antoinette, by holding her underwater, demanding Blackbeard’s location, but she remains silent. On Santa Campana, Fletch and Lowe discover a stockpile of gunpowder barrels, believing Blackbeard intends to attack the English in Jamaica. Still loyal to his country, Lowe vows to return to Jamaica and alert his spymaster, Jagger. He convinces Blackbeard of a cure for his malady using a brain surgery tool called the trephine, telling him he can acquire it there. Blackbeard allows him to go, but if he betrays him, Kate will suffer the consequences. Kate questions Lowe’s loyalty about his sudden trip, but assures her she is why he remains faithful to the island’s inhabitants. Selima and Rider speculate that Blackbeard knows about their affair, but the Commodore reveals to Selima he is dying and wants her to lead the people by overcoming her agoraphobia, so she forces herself outside. In Jamaica, Nenna has her own agenda, and Lowe reports to Jagger that Blackbeard is his captor and bargains for Kate and Fletch lives by revealing the island’s location. Fletch follows Blackbeard to his secret meeting with the Wild Man. Lowe points to a deserted island Jagger once visited and an altercation ensues with Lowe getting stabbed. Hiding his wound, Lowe purchases the trephine, and with Jagger’s men chasing him, he escapes by jumping off a cliff, swimming to his ship. Later, Blackbeard has a ghastly vision of a water-logged Antoinette carrying a baby.
1.06 – A Hole in the Head
aired on July 18, 2014
Directed by: Deran Sarafian | Written by: Josh Friedman
Lowe changes his plans after learning The Wildman is making bombs for Blackbeard to annihilate Jamaica and Jagger to destroy Santa Campana. Balfour overhears Lowe confess to Kate of being a “king’s man” with orders to exterminate Blackbeard, and tells Selima, who sends pirates to find him. Lowe has Blackbeard at gunpoint and intends to exchange him with the Governor of Carolina for Jagger to be sent far away. Betrayed, Blackbeard fights Lowe, but instead of killing him, he asks Rider and Selima’s obvious opinion. Blackbeard mentions their affair and how Lowe wants to safeguard the island, allowing him to live. Lowe continues with the procedure of drilling a hole in Blackbeard’s head. Jagger tortures Antoinette using Lowe’s sketchbook as evidence that her husband, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach is alive. She sings Jagger an encrypted cradlesong enabling him to crack the code of the chronometer Blackbeard sold to Governor Portocarrero. Blackbeard will surprise attack and sink the Spanish fleet, making him the only one who knows where the Spaniards’ treasure will be sunk. Despite his “cure”, Blackbeard has a vivid vision of Antoinette cradling a baby beside his bed, hinting that she has been accessing his dreams the entire time.
1.07 – Beggarman
aired on July 25, 2014
Directed by: Dan Attias | Written by: Neil Cross
When Nelly discovers a letter Rose wrote in case something happened to her, she enlists Lowe and Fletch to help find her friend. They soon track down Nenna, who threatens to kill them if word about the murder gets out. Knowing that Lowe is hated by the citizens, Nenna turns the blame on him and plans an escape, which puts Lowe’s life in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Balfour tells Kate and Fletch the full story of Lowe’s identity—when Balfour was a Jacobite, England placed a spy only known by the nom de guerre, “Beggarman” in Scotland to eliminate the Jacobite Shadow Council. After burning Rose’s letter and feeling hatred towards Lowe for his past, Balfour forms an unexpected alliance with Nenna to abiding her leaving the island. His punishment for accusing an innocent man without cause and letting a murderer walk free is forty lashes. However, wanting to wipe the slate clean between them, Lowe elects himself by law to be a scapegoat for the crime. But the Commodore recovers from his brain surgery and apparently puts a stop to the lashing, saying he is forgiven. Afterwards, the Commodore says to himself, “I didn’t”, implying that the lashing was actually stopped by one or more of the citizens.
1.08 – Crossbones
aired on August 2, 2014
Directed by: Deran Sarafian | Written by: Neil Cross
The Commodore sets sail and puts his plan to sink the Spanish fleet in motion, but he puts his crew to the test when Jagger’s ship is spotted. Meanwhile, on Santa Compana, Lowe finds out from Kate that their affair caused her to be with child and she requests him to perform a medical procedure to get rid of their reminder. When Lowe denies her, she then turns to Nelly for help with a concoction to help in her predicament. After learning from James of Kate’s poisoning, Lowe performs a blood transfusion using himself to save her. The Commodore appoints Charlie captain of his ship and gives him a red captain’s jacket before battle. However, Charlie’s command is short lived when he disagrees with the Commodore’s endgame is really bent on revenge against his enemies, including Jagger. Thinking he has a mutiny on his hands, the Commodore reminds everyone that he is the notorious “Blackbeard” once again and wounds Charlie in the process, throwing him overboard.
1.09 – Blackbeard
aired on August 2, 2014
Directed by: Ciaran Donnelly | Written by: Neil Cross
Cannon fire rains down on Santa Campana as Blackbeard risks everything his island kingdom as he gathers his crew and the citizens to fight against Jagger’s bombardment. Meanwhile, Lowe is torn by making crucial choices between saving Kate, the woman he has grown to love, James, the man he admires and protecting the legacy the Commodore has built. As the battle ensues, Charlie who was plucked out of the sea by Jagger’s ship has led them to the island in revenge. But he soon joins in on the fight after Jagger goes back on his promise not to endanger the lives of the inhabitants. Jagger lets Antoinette loose on the island and settles the score with Selima, now the Commodore’s second wife. The final showdown between Jagger and Blackbeard ends with Blackbeard gunning him down. After seeing Selima’s dead body in his throne room, Blackbeard kills his first wife and then has a confrontation with Lowe, and is defeated. Lowe wants to take the island for himself and make it a safe haven. Six weeks later, Lowe travels to Jamaica and gives proof of Blackbeard’s death—his severed head to General Cornish (Timothy Britten Parker), however Blackbeard is still alive, walking on a beach alone to another chapter in his life.