Season 1, Episode 5
An enemy forces Young Eli to question his loyalties in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs' past comes back to haunt them with deadly results.
A photographer develops photos of the slaughtered Sediciosos from Eli’s ambush, then prints stacks of “McCullough Ambush” postcards.
Flashback to 1849, Toshaway proposes that the tribe head north to avoid starvation. Charges the Enemy refuses to leave and let the Tonkawa tribe take their land. Toshaway disagrees but decides they will stay put after other Comanche agree with Charges.
Toshaway wakes Eli and tasks him with holding the horses during their upcoming battle against the Tonkawa.
Charges glares at Eli in camp. Toshaway smears war paint on Eli’s face.
The Comanche warriors ride to battle.
In the present day, Pete proposes to Eli that they sell the ranch, pay off their debts and start somewhere new. Eli brushes off Pete’s idea.
While out on a horse ride, Eli and Jeannie encounter Ramon, one of Eli’s workers, who nurses a wound on his head. With him is a man, who Ramon introduces as his cousin Eduardo. Sensing danger, Eli shoots Eduardo, who turns out to be one of Pizaña’s Sediciosos. Ramon immediately tells Eli that the Sediciosos are planning to attack the house. Eli orders Jeannie to ride to the García ranch for help.
Pizaña and a comrade spot Eli galloping across a field and suspect that he knows about their ambush. Pizaña decides to move quickly, rather than wait until dark as planned.
Pizaña gathers his men and brandishes the ambush postcard to fire them up for battle. They ride forth.
In 1849, the Comanche sneak up on a Tonkawa camp only to find it deserted, ravaged by smallpox.
Toshaway tells Eli that the Tonkawa camp was decimated by a sickness and asks Eli to steal the Tonkawa horses, since white people are less susceptible to the “magic.”
Eli enters the Tonkawa camp. At the stable, a sick Tonkawa man aims his gun at Eli but it is out of bullets. He asks Eli if the Comanche killed Eli’s family, then tells him to seek vengeance by bringing his blanket, horses and saddles back to the Comanche and spreading the sickness to them.
In the present day, Jonas plays piano at the McCullough household. Sally smiles at his music, but gives Pete the cold shoulder.
Sally looks for a croquet set in the storage shed. Jonas joins her and admits he hates living at the ranch as much as she does. Gunfire breaks out as the Sediciosos attack the ranch. A bullet hits Jonas.
Sullivan and Neptune arrive at the house and shoot back at the Sediciosos.
Sally covers Jonas’s wound as he screams in pain.
Pete, Charles, Sullivan, Neptune and the maids fire guns at the Sediocosos from the house. Pete starts to leave the house to look for Sally and Jonas, but Sullivan stops him after the Sediciosos raise a red flag: “No surrender, no prisoners.”
Jeannie rides to the García ranch and begs Ignacio to help her family. He reluctantly brings her inside.
Maria tries to reach the McCullough house by phone, but the operator is unable to make the connection. Maria tries calling the sheriff’s office but no one answers.
Pete, Charles, Sullivan, Neptune and the maids continue to fire at the Sediciosos from all rooms of the house.
Maria begs Pedro to rescue the McCulloughs. Ignacio argues against helping them, since the McCulloughs killed Armando and probably Cesar. Pedro worries about getting pulled into a war that might endanger their family. Maria holds her ground and says they must set an example for the community.
Sally puts Jonas in a wheelbarrow and wheels him toward the house. A Sedicioso spots her and aims his gun. She begs him to spare their lives. He lets her go then gets shot by Eli in the head. Eli grabs Jonas and tells Sally to run inside.
Eli arrives at the house with Jonas and Sally. Pete and Charles run downstairs and find Sullivan dead.
Pete helps Sally wrap Jonas’s wound.
Everyone blocks the front door with furniture as the Sediciosos enter the yard. They position themselves around the parlor, prepared for a last stand.
As the Sediciosos break through the front door, Pedro arrives with his men and shoots at the Sediciosos, chasing them away. Pedro calls out to Eli and enters the parlor. “You’re safe,” he says.
In 1849, Eli bathes himself in a stream before rejoining the Comanche. He tells them that he didn’t bring back Tonkawa horses because the horses would have infected them with smallpox. Charges accuses Eli of lying, but Toshaway believes Eli.
That night, Eli tells Prairie Flower that they need to avoid white people who are coming from the south and east. She notes that he referred to white people as “them.” “You are Comanche,” she declares. They kiss.
A doctor tells Pete that Jonas requires surgery in Austin.
Sally tends to Jonas in the doctor’s car. Pete asks Sally to call him when they get to Austin. She coolly tells him they need to go.
Pedro shakes Eli’s hand and assures him that they are allies.
Jeannie and Maria arrive at the McCullough ranch. Pete hugs Jeannie then tells Maria that she saved his family.
Jeannie reunites with Eli. He notices oil on her horse’s hoof and realizes that she rode through an oil seep. He asks Jeannie if she can remember the path she rode.