Deadwood is such a slow show, but for now, let’s take a look at some buildings.
Jim Langrishe wants a theater for his traveling troop. He figures Joanie’s out-of-business whorehouse would work out fine and offers her money for it. After much deliberating, she opts to sell on the condition that Langrishe also build a new schoolhouse for the kids of the camp. He agrees.
Yes, Alma got her bank opened. And sure, her husband Whitney sure does take to defending her honor a bit too vehemently. Plus, I don’t think Trixie’s general demeanor makes her good bank teller material. As it is, the bank is needed to make a loan for the last building on the list.
And here’s where it gets interesting. Hostetler and Sam Fields return after the horse they attempted to geld got loose and killed William Bullock. As the two were black, they figured they would have some major issues if they stuck around. After getting the horse back, they return to camp to see virulent racist Steve the Drunk has been running the livery that was Hostetler’s business. Steve’s actions meant the horses there didn’t die, and Hostetler is grateful for that, but Steve is still an awful racist. A solution is come across that Hostetler will sell the Livery to Steve the Drunk once Steve acquires a bank loan with the Livery as collateral. That makes sense. But neither man will sign the documents first, leading Bullock to grow increasingly frustrated.
This plotline for the episode ends when Sol comes up with the idea to have both men sign at the same time. We do get to see Seth and Martha sharing a bed, and Martha letting it be known she doesn’t want the horse to be hurt, and Seth seems to agree that neither the horse nor Hostetler and Fields should suffer because of William’s death.
And as for the rest, well, Hearst is treating Tolliver and Swearengen like they are at his beck and call, something Al resents. What does Hearst want? Hard to say. He isn’t too happy about the possibility of elections making it harder for him to run things his way, but he also won’t be in the camp long enough to do anything about it. Al is in a weird place, and it’s affecting his mood in ways that make the hard man seem human.
Hearst got to him when he had Swearengen’s finger taken off.