‘Franklin’ Episode 7 Recap: How Will Franklin And Temple Save Their Reputation?


In the year 1781, the English forces finally surrendered, but in Franklin episode 7, we got to know that there were still many aspects that needed to be discussed, and the officials of all three nations were in a very insecure space where they just didn’t want to take a leap of faith. It is said that too many cooks spoil the broth, and that was exactly what happened when US representatives came to France and started assisting Franklin in the discussions. Franklin had his own way of dealing with things, but there were people like Adams who had a different approach, and that caused all the conflicts. Franklin, apart from convincing and negotiating with his French counterparts, had to fight and argue with his own peers. So, let’s find out what happened in episode 7 and if the representatives of the three countries were able to come to terms with one another. 

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What happened to Franklin? 

Mr. Jay arrived in France as the representative of the US Congress, and he immediately met Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Mr. Jay learned about the conflict that existed between Adams and Franklin, and he had his own set of agendas and opinions. This was the problem that Franklin had been encountering for a very long time. Franklin had worked very hard to build the kind of trust where Vergennes and the French regime were ready to give him what he wanted, but as soon as an official came from the US, his entire plan got derailed. Franklin knew what he was doing, he knew the kind of people he was dealing with, and he knew what he could achieve, but he just couldn’t make his peers understand that what they wished to do would spoil everything they had built over the years. Mr. Jay made it very clear that he had no intention of honoring the terms and conditions of the contract that was signed between France and America.

Franklin, Mr. Jay, and Adams went to meet Vergennes, and once again, the latter got a bit taken aback by the sudden change of heart of his guests. Vergennes had actually kept everything at stake to meet the demands of America, help them in their endeavors, and more than anything, take Franklin for his word, but time and again, he was made to feel that he had committed the biggest mistake by doing so. The fear of France going bankrupt and Americans siding with the British always loomed above them, but Vergennes, against the wishes of his peers, had taken the decision to take a leap of faith. At the end of the conversation, Franklin told Vergennes that America would abide by the terms of the contract, and he was just about to leave when suddenly he fell unconscious. Franklin got to know that he had a bladder stone, and though, on the face of it, he was hopeful that he would be able to fight his ailment, he knew that his chances were bleak. When Temple learned about his grandmother’s illness, he immediately came home and spent the entire night sitting beside him. 

What did Paul Wentworth ask Bancroft to do? 

Necker warned Vergennes that if his plans didn’t pan out the way he expected them to, it would land not only him but the entire country in trouble. Vergennes sent Gerard to London because he wanted to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Meanwhile, Lenoir caught hold of Paul Wentworth, and he told Vergennes quite blatantly that the Americans’ plan was to backstab them. 

Meanwhile, Oswald, Grenville, and Stauchey (Undersecretary to the Home Office), had a meeting with Franklin, Mr. Jay, and Adams. They sought to negotiate the terms, but the kind of demands Franklin made threw the other officials off course. They hadn’t expected that Franklin would ask them for Canada, but things had taken such a turn that everybody was trying to cut their losses and somehow increase the leverage they had. Up until Franklin episode 7, the American polymath had no clue that his own friend, Bancroft, somebody whom he trusted so badly, had done things behind his back that he couldn’t imagine. Bancroft once again met Paul Wentworth, and the latter threatened him to give him the confession letter that he had fraudulently obtained from Temple. We saw how, back in the day, Bancroft had made Temple sign papers without his knowledge to prove that Franklin was betraying France and he was conspiring with London. Wentworth wanted Bancroft to make use of that letter because he knew that if he didn’t give anything to Lenoir to prove his allegiance, then his life would be at risk. 

How will Franklin and Temple save their reputation? 

Temple, in episode 7, got to know that Odette was pregnant, and Jacques held him responsible for his recklessness. Temple was infatuated with Odette, and he went to meet her when she informed him about how her performance was appreciated by Pierre de Beaumarchais and that he had asked her to play a part in his play. The next time he went, he saw that Odette was in a great deal of pain, and the blood-soaked napkin made it very clear that she had gotten an abortion. 

Temple felt lost, and he entered into a fistfight with a man in the club. King’s brother, Count Artois, saved Temple, and he asked him to come and assist him at the court the next day. At the end of Franklin episode 7, Bancroft finally went to Adams and gave him the letter that was signed by Temple. Bancroft lied to Adams and told him that it was something he found in Temple’s safekeeping, and he felt at that moment that it could be of importance. Adams read the letter, and there was mischievous glee in his eyes as he knew that, finally, he had some leverage over his arch-nemesis. Bancroft knew that he could finally prove to the American Congress that Franklin wasn’t a man who could be trusted and that he had every intention of betraying the regime. It would be interesting to see how Franklin tackles the problem and if he is able to stop Adams from ruining the foundation that he has been able to build between the two countries. 

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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