Season 2 Episode 8

Childish Things

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2005 on HBO

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  • Some great moments.

    Two things stand out for me about this episode:

    First - Some real actual joy shared all over the camp as Nuttall tries out his new contraption. People of all kinds laughing and smiling, even the unsavoury ones, as some old-fashioned (for them new-fangled, I suppose) fun goes on. If I recall correctly, we haven't seen that yet in this series, not even a town hoedown. What's even better about this gathering is that true to Deadwood's irrepressible style the moment is bittersweet - almost gothic - as one brother kills another over a gold claim.

    Second - Swearengen finally getting the wheels turning on how to move things his way in town. From watching all the angles he finds his opening, and not only that - he's able to jump right on a blindsiding of the telegraph operator's arrival. Even caught by surprise, he knows exactly to go for the bribe, while at the same time playing the long con with Farnum in befriending him as well.

    Great stuff, and that's just a slice of what the episode brought to the table.
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