Deadwood: Full Faith and Credit
(S03E04) Even the slow episodes are good. I'm sure the die-hards (and I'd like to think that I'm one of them) will disagree with me when I say that this episode was slow but let's be honest. Not much happened and what did was a lot of filler. The biggest, and most important, event was Alma's decision to finally open the Deadwood Bank. Am I the only one who thought this was sudden though? I know she proposed the idea last season to Sol and I think we were to assume it was a go by all accounts, but this came out of nowhere. There's been no mention of it this season (that I can remember) and now here it is. Of course, this would explain why Alma was only willing to sell Hearst a 49% stake in her gold claim in last week's episode. She knew she would still need a majority share so that it could be used to back any deposits at her bank. I love when little connections like that are made though, because last week it made no sense to me in regards to the offer Alma made Hearst. Now it makes perfect sense. A "powerhouse" I believe Mr. Ellsworth called her.
I still stand by my original assessment though: it was a slow episode. Just look at what Bullock spent the day doing. Hoffstedtler and Samuel "The Nigger General" Fields have returned to the camp and they brought the horse that trampled Seth's nephew William. I thought that was pretty noble of the two of them to take off and find the horse. But don't forget who had been watching the livery. Steve had been assuming the responsibilities and he was none too pleased that the rightful owners were back in town.
Now this whole story line, while compelling, was a terrible use of Bullock's character. He spent the entire episode as the middle-man for Steve and Hoffstedtler, helping the two reach a buyout agreement where Steve would purchase the livery and Hoffstedtler and Samuel would move to Oregon. My point being? There was nothing better that Bullock could have been doing this episode? Perhaps paying another visit to Hearst or what happened to his investigation of the murdered Cornishman?
Other than that, the important points were far and few between. Hearst's storyline moved in a different direction. He announced to Al and Cy that he would be traveling and checking in on his interests in Deadwood only occasionally. This explains why he enlisted Tolliver last week; to watch over his claims. Al suspects something is up though, vows that he'll never speak to Hearst again, and will instead send someone in his place. That someone is Silas, with the understanding that Silas has to feign disloyalty to Swearengen in an effort to get full disclosure from Hearst. I'm not sure that will go as planned though. Let's not forget that Silas already turned on his boss Clagett way back in season one (he slit the guy's throat right in front of Swearengen). If Hearst should suspect anything and offer Silas an even better deal, do you think he might turn on Al? Makes you wonder at least.
Doc Cochran definitely has TB. He's taken to hacking/coughing all the time now and Cy referred to him as "a lunger."
Joanie agreed to sell the Chez Ami to Langrishe, with the agreement that Langrishe will build a new schoolhouse.
Dan and Hearst's Captain are in the middle of a feud and I'm sure it won't be long until they go after each other's throats.
Tom Nuttall agreed to co-sign on a loan that will be used to build the camp's first fire wagon (truck?).
Con (quoting what Leon said about Langrishe's girl): "That young lady had a front porch on her I felt I could read a book off of."
Alma (while drafting a loan): "What is Steve The Drunk's surname?"