Deadwood: True Colors
(S03E03) New arrivals in the camp. Wu has returned from his recruiting mission in San Francisco. The rest of his workers he's hired will be arriving in "ten day." Nice to see that his vocabulary is growing. His return set the tone for the episode though. Wu is a changed man. Believe it or not, he's become quite the shrewd businessman despite his lack of English skills and his appearance is slightly updated too. Let's be honest, he looks ridiculous. But Wu's transformation seems to mirror that of the camp's. Things are changing and I don't think the end result is going to be what anyone expects.
Right on the heels of Wu's return is a new character. An old friend of Swearengen, Jack Langrishe (played by Brian Cox) runs an acting troupe and he's come to Deadwood with the hopes of opening up the area's first theatre. I love the character. Cox is perfect for the role and it adds another level of humor to the show. Something tells me he might have something else going on though. I'd find it hard to believe that his only reason for showing up is to run a theatre.
Hearst continues to make changes at the Grand Central and removes Richardson (one of the best minor characters on the show) from his post as cook. Hearst has brought his Aunt Lou on board as the new chef. Lou is a hefty black woman with a flair for peach cobbler, late night gambling, and cigars. Another nice addition.
Alma seems to be getting much better, but Cochran has doubts about her chipper attitude following her surgery. I'm still confused though - did she or did she not have an abortion? Last week I thought she did. Now I'm not sure. And if not, what surgery did the Doc perform? Regardless, I'm still inclined to believe that she's back on the laudanum. She said she threw it away but why else would she be so perky? She even had the notion to try and deal her claim to Hearst but he laughed in her face at the offer of only a 49% holding.
The real story was what Bullock found out: the reason for the killings in the Gem. The first two Cornishmen who were shot mined for Hearst. But they were talking about unionizing and Hearst got wind of it. He covered his tracks though. When he set Al up to take out his original hired guns with witnesses in place, Hearst took away any power from Bullock. That is, if Bullock wants to keep Swearengen out of jail, which at this point is a certain. All this leads to a harsh realization for Seth. If the upcoming elections are to mean anything, laws may need to be enacted.
- The Doc got sick when Trixie was smoking in front of him. He started vomiting up blood. Seemed pretty serious.
- Blazinov also returned with a new duplex telegraph machine. I think it can receive two messages at the same time.
- Hearst may be nuts. Literally. After he enlists Cy's help, Hearst admits that he came close to killing Seth and raping Alma today. He's just as bad as his former geologist, Wolcott.
Langrishe (seeing Wu's pigs): Ahh, bacon!
Al: Might have a bit of a human aftertaste.
and my personal favorite,
Al (referring to Langrishe): Tuesdays, he'll often hold amateur nights. I've been to several. One guy farted it seems for an hour.
Johnny: Don't sound like no amateur.
Everyone in the camp had better get their acts together and stop acting like amateurs though, and soon. Or else things are going to get a lot bloodier than they already are.