Deadwood 4/18

Seemed like last night’s episode eased off on the accelerator a little bit in order to catch it’s breath, but there were still some interesting scenes.

We got a peek at Farnum’s true feelings for Swearengen while he was scrubbing the blood stain off the floor in one of his hotel rooms.

I have a lot of questions about what’s going on with Tolliver, Stubbs & Sawyer at the new casino. I’m missing the connection with Cramed, the guy is with smallpox.

Is Trixie simply following Swearengen’s orders or has she actually befriended the widow Garret, who now has also been “stuck” with the little blonde orphan?

Trixie is definitely not following Al’s orders. She is helping her get over the addiction rather than feeding her the ball of dope that Al gave her.

The most interesting thing is the friendship that is developing between the two bar owners. One may dress fancier but they are truely cut from the same cloth, not that one of them wont fuck the other if given the chance.

I also liked how Sol just knows to get out of the way when Montana gets in one of his moods.

What’s up with the preacher and his siezure?


It seemed to me that Trixie went over with the intention of following orders, but then she felt a connection with Alma because of her trying to get off the opiates because she remembers what she (Trixie) dealt with doing the same. She went to the doc to get some thing that was supposed to help (19th century equivalent of methadone?) Alma cope with the withdrawl.

Of course when Swearengen finds out (and he will), Trixie’s in for a world of hurt.

We had a huge windstorm last night, and the satellite cut out during the last ten minutes of the show. Can anyone fill me in on what happened just at the end of the episode?

Seth took off after Jack McCall
Jane was tending to the smallpox infested Cramed out in the woods (while in a drunken grief-ridden stupor).
The preacher was having convulsions in his tent - epilepsy?

Good episode!

Funny how last week we were wondering if Deadwood’s creators were messing around with the history anymore and this episode put the history right back into it, with McCall making up that his brother was killed by Wild Bill, showing Jane’s helping smallpox victims (and the coming epidemic), etc. In the previews it seemed like Bullock was going to kill McCall, but I bet that is just a “throw off” and the capture will follow history, since it seems they are following it faithfully.

I love this show :D. A historical fiction piece that actually follows history? WHo would have thunk it ;).

I was amused at Swearengen’s open contempt for the kangaroo court as well as some of the proceedings. Greatest jury instruction ever: “The jurors will now retire to the whores’ rooms to deliberate.” :smiley:

How about All barking orders at the ladies, “Come on, get fuckin’!”

A nice piece of acting by Farnum while cleaning up the blood.

Bullock has a fearsome temper but it always seems to come from a place of ethical convictions. He isn’t so much mean as he is just profoundly outraged by injustice. The people of the camp seem to respond to him and respect him, though (just like the real Seth Bullock). I wonder how long it will be in the show before the camp asks him to be sheriff.

Was the Doc trying to hide something from Trixie’s view as she came into his office/house?
And, has Swearengen lost interest in the Metz girl? Both the Doc and Jane seemed intent on keeping her safe at first, but now that she is in Alma’s care, both seemed to have forgotten her.

Jack McCall - what a son of a bitch lowlife. “I don’t run from no man.”…RUNS
Jane - her devotion to Wild Bill is heart-rending - “He was the bestest friend I had best friend feelings for” (or something to that effect.)
E.B. - He can certainly turn a pretty phrase, can’t he?

I think it’s because the killers are all dead, so Swearingen doesn’t care now if the girl can identify anyone, nothing can get traced back to him. The Doc mentions something to Jane and episode or two back, and that’s what I got out of it, at least.

I am enjoying this show more and more. I really like the relationship between Bullock and Sol, and it seems E.B.’s got a little more to him than just being Swearingen’s lackey. I wonder how that will play out.

I also liked how this episode showed really how Cy, even though he’s the upper class saloon owner, is just as nasty and bad as Al. It seems that Cy and Al have even reached a kind of accord.

This may be the first episode where what Al ultimatly wanted just about everyone else in the town ultimatly wanted, even if they didn’t know it at the time. Having the feds swoop down on Deadwood or let the Sioux have it wouldn’t have appealed to anyone.

I’m interested in the E.B. story line. He’s sure to double-cross Al somewhere down the line; maybe leave his side for Cy’s.

I recall there had been some discussion before concerning whether Swearengen had put McCall up to the task of taking out Wild Bill. It would seem to me that Al’s little conversation encouraging McCall to get the hell out of town supports this theory. Al probably figured that the idiot would have enough sense to clear out on his own but realized he’d overestimated the guy by about a hundred IQ points.

After all, if Al was just worried about losing business from a little bit of gunplay in his establishment, all he’d have to do is banish the guy from his saloon. But instead, he not only warns him to get the hell out of town, but even provides him with a horse.

Swearengen may be one mean sonnuvabitch, but he sure is fascinating to watch. He’s got brains, that one.

I think the preacher’s convulsions may be the result of a high fever from the smallpox that is going around.

Cy scares me more than Al. Both are evil but with Al you know exactly what you’re dealing with. The evil you know is much better than the evil you don’t know.

As evil and conniving as they are making Al, it’s going to be hard for them to stick to history, in which Al lives in Deadwood for some time to come and dies much, much later and not by violence if I recall right.

Antisocial sociopathy is a necessary trait for a successful businessman!


Somewhat right.


“Not much is known of Al Swearengen the man, and research is ongoing. He is reported to have come to Deadwood with the gold rush from Custer. The Gem in its prime was said to take in $5,000 on most nights, and $10,000 on some, yet Swearengen died penniless. He left Deadwood soon after the 1899 fire, and was killed not long after while trying to board a train in Denver’s rail yard.”

Okay, I didn’t recall that last part. But in any case he lives another two decades and change, so there’s not likely to be any real justice, which will piss some people off. I imagine they will have him lose everything at some point and become a bum or something, to somewhat avenge his wrongs.

Several characters in this episode used a word, usually referring to Jack, I think, that sounded like “jewbide.” Does anyone know what it is, and what it means?

It’s “droop eyed”. I thought it was jew-something the first time I heard it too.

Garret Dillahunt, who plays Jack McCall, is doing an excellent job in a thankless role.