Not being kissed on the lips is a prostitute convention-- kissing is seen as “intimate,” in a way that sex, somehow, is not.
I was kind of surprised at the way the Trixie/Sol liaison spun out. First, that he assented so easily to what amounted to a sordid quickie. Does he think that was love, or the beginning of it? Or is he just lusting after her and hard up? Next, that Seth so casually told Al about their tryst. He admitted that he spoke without thinking, but part of me thinks he was trying to sabotage their affair, whether out of envy or disgust or caution I can’t quite tell. In any case, Sol is now on Al’s shit list, so that will probably blow back on him soon enough.
Yes, this is a problematic love triangle, because it’s obvious to me that Al loves Trixie in his own unique, fucked up way. His sad demands of the other prostitute were quite revealing; clearly Trixie has been his only bed partner for quite some time, which is telling in and of itself. His speech about his mother quite affecting and enlightening, and it made me understand him much better. He just keeps unfolding like a flower, that Al Swearengen. If anyone had told me at the beginning of the series that I would be such a big fan of his, even to the point of sympathizing with him, I’d never have believed it, but that’s what’s happened.
Also, Doc Cochran is quite a guy. I love how he expresses everything so vehemently, so that even when he’s being compassionate and kind, he sounds pissed off. Being a surgeon during the Civil War would inevitably leave lasting scars on a person’s psyche, but it didn’t make him lose his humanity. He actually gives a damn, and isn’t afraid to call Al on his bad behavior. My hero…
Was there some intimation of sexual malfeasance on the part of Alma’s father? The preview showed him touching Sofia and Alma shouting, “Get away from her!” I think Dad is really bad news. IIRC, he’s the reason she married Brom in the first place–he was in financial trouble and Brom had the money to bail her father out. A marriage of convenience, just like Seth. Poor Alma.