Season 2 Episode 12

Boy the Earth Talks To

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 22, 2005 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Swearengen's shrewd manipulation of the rumor mill pays off in a Yankton counter-offer that requires only slight amending. Meanwhile, George Hearst's arrival in Deadwood has shaken up the camp's status quo from Wu to Farnum to Wolcott. Tolliver, for his part, seeks to avoid marginalization by offering the tycoon damning nuggets about his engineer's nasty habits.moreless

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  • As good a season finale as one could hope for.

    Jam-packed with intrigue, subterfuge, twist and turns to choke a horse! They nailed it on this one. Of course, the dim lighting may not reveal every detail at first glance. That's why you might want to watch it again! Outstanding... simply outstanding. It doesn't hurt that there are some triumphs of good over evil -and that some uneasy alliances prove fruitful. Did it happen just this way in real life? F**k no! But who gives a f**k?! Watching this wonderful cap to an uneven second season, I am supremely grateful to all who worked on this show for hitting one out of the park and giving me hope for what turns out to be the final season to come.moreless
  • In the final episode of the second season of Deadwood, George Hearst finally comes to town, Wu enters into direct conflict with Lee, and Alma Garrett prepares to get married.

    The second season comes to a climax as several major plot threads are wrapped up in a dizzying display. The Wolcott arc, Alma's marriage plot line, and the Wu vs. Lee conflict are all more or less resolved here.

    And while much is settled in this episode, there is certainly room for more storytelling. The political situation surrounding Deadwood is still ripe with all sorts of interesting possibilities.

    All-in-all, after seeing this episode, I couldn't help but want more time with Bullock, Al, Wu, and the rest of the citizens of the West's roughest town. This is television as it should be.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Garret Dillahunt plays Francis Wolcott, a character who is always serious and never laughs or displays humor, can be seen trying to hide laughing. The scene is at or around 14 minutes into the episode, when E.B. delivers a message to Hearst while Hearst and Wolcott are eating at the hotel. He can be seen trying to cover his laugh at what E.B. says to Hearst.

    • While Francis Wolcott is the second character to be played by Garret Dillahunt, this is the first time he dies on camera. (Garret previously played Jack McCall in the first season. While history shows Jack is hung after his second trial for his murder of Wild Bill, this is not shown in the show.)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • E.B.: [Speaking to a carpet bag full of money] And now, my dear lady, shall I part thou leather lips?

    • Swearengen: You smell like cat piss.
      Commissioner Jarry: I have worked so hard and diligently for you Mr. Swearengen. That well may be the case.

    • (talking about Mose)
      Joanie: He asked for work here.
      Jane: As what?
      Joanie: Watchman's what he suggested.
      Jane: We're a vacant structure in case he ain't ****** noticed.
      Joanie: I think he shrinks from leaving.
      Jane: And the word for that is malingering.

    • Swearengen: Going to the wedding Davey?
      Davey: Not hardly Mr. Swearengen. I wasn't invited.
      Swearengen: I was, not that I'm going. Vicious rumors I was responsible for her first husband's death. ******* woman invites me to her wedding.
      Davey: Guess there's no accounting for why people do things.
      Swearengen: The congregation says Amen, Davey.

    • Sol: What can't you do?
      Ellsworth: Any of it feels like. These ******* mittens in particular. Traditional, the ******* tailor says. Well not in my experience they ain't. If I was to imagine where they might be, amongst males about to marry, it ain't what comes to my mind.

    • Nuttall: Ellsworth and the widow Garret. What odds would you have made on that.
      Swearengen: Every so often, there's a love match.

    • Hearst: (seeing Farnum) Looks like he stepped out of a specimen box.

    • George Hearst: Do you know prospecting Mr. Swearengen?
      Al Swearengen: Nothing of it...
      George Hearst: And the securing of the color once found...
      Al Swearengen: Not one thing...
      George Hearst: All I really care about.
      Al Swearengen: Well I hope so... I'd hate to think you're this good at something that's only a hobby.

    • E.B.: Allow me a moment's silence Mr. Hearst, sir. I am having a digestive crisis and must focus on supressing its expression.

    • Jane: (uncomfortable with wearing a petticoat) Is that part of the tradition?
      Joanie: Undergarments? Yes. Worn over privates, in layers. Or the bride and groom are doomed.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The music in the closing credits is "Stay a Little Longer" by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

    • At the 2005 Emmy Awards Deadwood was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. In addition Ian McShane received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in "The Whores Can Come". Deadwood also received a nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

    • The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costumes for a Series and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series.

    • During a conversation it is revealed a week has passed since the events of the previous episode.