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Deadwood: A Two-Headed Beast

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 9th 2006 9:09PM

Deadwood - A Two-Headed Beast

(S03E05) This sums just about everything up:

Johnny: "What are we waiting for?"

Swearengen: "To see what kind of hell breaks loose."

And break loose it did. From drug addiction to street fights, plenty of things came out into the open this week on Deadwood.

The big story was the fight between Dority and Hearst's Captain. The Captain (did we ever find out his real name?) finally sent Dan a formal invite to settle their differences. Dan accepted but only after Al gave him the go ahead. I was surprised how cavalier Al was about sending Dan into battle like that though. Despite his hard exterior, after last week's descent into Al's orphanage upbringing, we know for sure the guy has a soft side. Of course, he knows Dan pretty well at this point. While the fight seemed to be tipping in The Captain's favor at first, Dan seized one key moment in the skirmish and was able to poke his thumb into his adversary's left eye, causing the eye to pop out. Dority won.

Everyone's assumptions that Alma was back on the junk were verified after Leon admitted his dealings to Cy. Then we actually saw Alma dosing herself. Ellsworth is on to her though. In her high-as-a-kite stupor, Alma became rather frisky with her husband (which never happens). So he knows something is up. I'm curious to see if he'll actually have the sense to see the Doc and inquire about his wife's medical history. If I had to guess he'll probably figure out Leon's role in the matter first though.

The most surprising moment occurred after Hostetler signed over the livery to Steve. Sick of the drunk's constant berating, personal insults, and racist comments, Hostetler put a gun to his head. I really didn't see that coming. If anything positive comes from his death though, it should mean The Nigger General will be hanging around camp instead of going to Oregon. His scenes with Jane from last season were some of the best and more of those would be a good thing.

In the end, after another dead Cornishman showed up in camp, Bullock finally decided to forego his agreement with Al. The sheriff found Hearst, drunk at the Bella Union and mourning his Captain. Bullock didn't care though. Hearst is now responsible for multiple deaths and Seth arrested him right in front of Tolliver. Al's plans just hit a bit of a snag.

Other Happenings:

  • Con, following last week's encounter with Langrishe's girl, is now sex-crazed and has taken to bathing Cy's whores.
  • Langrishe welcomed the rest of his troupe to the camp and began to assign duties to his people.
  • It took a full spittoon getting dumped on him for Steve to finally consider bathing. Ugh.

Best Quotes:

EB (saddened that Silas, Dan, and Johnny have shunned him): "I miss our morning coffee."

Hearst (drunk, mouthing off to Bullock): "When I say 'F#ck Yourself' sheriff, will you put that down to drunkenness or a high estimate of your athleticism?"

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Jonathan,
Captain Turner is played by Allan Graf.
You could probably come up with a great interview question for W. Earl Brown?

July 13 2006 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jonathan,

We're looking for 12 good interview questions for W. Earl Brown. From reading your posts, I know you must have a great one?

http://deadwood.blog.com

Thanks,

July 13 2006 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack

someone please tell me why Mr. Ellsworth devided to leave after Alma tried to seduce him.....................they ARE married after all!

July 11 2006 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheFunkyFist

The Captain's name was Turner.

July 11 2006 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ralphus

When Dan looked up at Swearingen on the balcony, I expected Al to give him a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" like the signal a Roman emperor would give a gladiator to direct him to kill or spare his defeated foe.

Watch again. Al gave him an oh so subtle nod.

What a freaking amazing show.

July 11 2006 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jason

When Dan looked up at Swearingen on the balcony, I expected Al to give him a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" like the signal a Roman emperor would give a gladiator to direct him to kill or spare his defeated foe.

July 11 2006 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

It was certainly an "eye popping" episode.

July 10 2006 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

What a brilliant episode. The fight was directed beautifully, especially the scene when after killing the Captain, Dority looks to Hearst, and then to Al.

Another awesome quote:

Nigger General: Fuck you Steve we are leaving, talk stupid to our fucking dust!

July 10 2006 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sam gomez

DANS the man!!!!the sheriff should have gutted hurst!!
with the knife from the dead cornishman

July 09 2006 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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