|Husbands and Fathers|
|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||August 26, 2012|
|Written by|| Tom Fontana &|
Will Rokos - Story
Will Rokos - Teleplay
|Directed by||Jeff Woolnough|
"In the Hands of an Angry God"
"Husbands and Fathers" is the second episode in the first season of BBC America's Copper. The teleplay was written by Will Rokos based on a story he co-wrote with Tom Fontana. The episode was directed by Jeff Woolnough.
Detective Kevin Corcoran faces reprisal from Winfred Haverford after discovering his predilection for child abuse. Corcoran and Morehouse lay professional and personal traps for Haverford, while keeping his victim Annie Reilly out of danger.
Detective Kevin Corcoran is targeted for retribution by the entrepreneur Winfred Haverford after uncovering his predilection for killing children. Haverford contracts the Pinkerton Detective Agency and their men beat Corcoran senseless, breaking his leg. Corcoran turns to his friend from the war, Matthew Freeman, for treatment.
Robert Morehouse allies himself with Haverford's wife, Elizabeth, to embarrass Winfred in business. Robert introduces Winfred to his father, who tasks him with buying land in Five Points prior to his planned redevelopment of the area. Robert has Elizabeth buy the land before Winfred, hoping to restore himself to his father's good graces.
Haverford also tries to find Annie Reilly, the girl that Corcoran rescued including bringing her abusive husband John Reilly to town, posing as her father. Francis Maguire and Andrew O'Brien drive him back out of town when they discover the true nature of his relationship with Annie.
Corcoran sets a trap for Haverford using Annie as bait. He has Molly Stuart pretend to sell her back to the madam Contessa Popadou to lure Haverford to the brothel. Once he is there Corcoran ambushes him, using his injured leg as an alibi. He ensures that he has time by having Maguire stage a diversion for Sergeant Padraic Byrnes. Reilly is the one who kills Haverford in the end and Corcoran's planning ensures that neither of them are implicated; Corcoran escapes by jumping into a cart driven by O'Brien.