Season 1 Episode 4

Here Was A Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2004 on HBO
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Episode Summary

As the body of Brom Garret is brought to camp, Alma immediately suspects foul play and asks doc Cochran for his opinion on how his death occurred. An old friend of Cy Tolliver, Andy Cramed, arrives into camp. Meanwhile Swearengen instructs Farnum to try and buy the claim back from Alma. Suspicious of his motives she asks Bill Hickock for help in the matter.moreless

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  • Just a Great Episode of a Great TV Show!

    I found this episode one of the pivotal episodes in the series, and was intended to be so. Our star of the show so far has been Keith Carradine who plays Wild Bill Hickcock. He came into the camp and has been a leader in the comings and goings of the camp so far. We were first introduced to Timothy Oliphant as Seth Bullock but he took a back seat immediately afterward. He just wants to be a hardware store dealer and stay out of the law man business. Wild Bill can't stay out the law man business. He's famous and his fame follows him throughout the camp. People approach him and follow him wherever he goes. Some love him and other hate him but nevertheless they don't forget he's there. Al Swearengen is the local "Don" of Deadwood and has a hand in almost all criminal activity in the town. Wild Bill can't help but deal with him in some way and ultimately Seth won't be able to avoid him either. The shock comes when Wild Bill is murdered by Jack McCall, a pathetic drifter who resents Wild Bill for a shooting that happened awhile ago. The murderer has been egged on by Swearengen and Seth Bullock can no longer stay in the background. There is the murder of Wild Bill to settle as well as a widow Seth has promised to look after for Bill. Thus begins the story of Deadwood. One of the greatest television series ever. One that HBO didn't appreciate enough to support until its natural end.moreless
  • Great episode!

    Wow! This show has really got my attention now. Coming in, I had no idea what Deadwood was about or that it was based on events that actually occurred. It has really made me excited to watch each new episode, and I'm only on #4! It's also made me very curious as to how close it's following actual history. I did some searching and whoops! Spoilers. Be careful what you read about the town if you do the same as you might be spoiled for future episodes like I almost certainly am. Hopefully this series will continue to be great!moreless
  • If you liked to be shocked... this episode will blow you away.

    Spoilers ahead... Beware!

    Deadwood has proven to be an exceptional series about the old west and gold mining times. There are many memorable, loveable, and hated characters in this series. That is why it is so shocking that one of the main characters gets a bullet in the back of the head at the end of "Here Was A Man". The writers of Deadwood fooled the audience from the first episode that Wild Bill Hitcock was going to be one of the three main characters. At the end of the fourth episode they shock you by taking away Wild Bill at the drop of a hat. You will learn later that this was necessary for Wild Bill's story lives on in the town for the rest of the season. I have never been so blown away by an episode than I was by this one. I hope you are aware of this awesome show. If you are not, go rent it today.moreless
Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Brom Garrett

Guest Star

Nicolas Surovy

Nicolas Surovy

Captain Massie

Guest Star

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Smallpox Victim

Guest Star

Peter Jason

Peter Jason


Recurring Role

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Jack McCall

Recurring Role

Kim Dickens

Kim Dickens

Joanie Stubbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Death Count: 1

      Wild Bill Hickock: Shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall.

    • Shortly before his death, the real Wild Bill Hickok wrote a letter to his wife, that read: "Agnes Darling, if such should be we never meet again, while firing my last shot, I will gently breathe the name of my wife - Agnes - and with wishes even for my enemies I will make the plunge and try to swim to the other shore".

      This scene seems to be recreated in this episode, when he tells Jane that he was writing a letter to his wife. This will be validated in a later episode when Wolcott reads the letter, and its post scriptum is identical to the paragraph from above.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Al Swearengen: My visions of locusts return. I see Pinkertons coming in swarms.

    • Varnes: (to Jack McCall, responding to a string of profanity) No matter how your day's gone Jack, you're always fun to talk to.

    • Tom Nuttall: Double f**king solitaire? Where's your f**king ball gowns? Break out the chips boys, and let's get a poker game going.

    • Cy Tolliver: (to Andy Cramed) How about a nap, a bath, and sex with an unfamiliar woman?

    • Seth Bullock: Sol and I put our last sifting cradle aside for you. Why don't you go ahead and use it, Bill?
      Bill Hickok: What slows me down is thinking about freezing my balls off in a creek. Or the *********** I'd lose the gold to at poker.

    • Bill Hickok: Your husband and me had this talk. And I told him to head home to avoid a dark result. But I didn't say it in thunder. Ma'am... listen to the thunder.

    • Al Swearengen: Well this camp's expanding. We've already had one hotel close, he sees the property as real estate.
      Bill Hickok: I'll take this back to the widow.
      Al Swearengen: I only hope you show it to her in a favourable light.
      Bill Hickok: What's that worth?
      Al Swearengen: What?
      Bill Hickok: The Light I show her then. What's it worth to you?
      Al Swearengen: Why, Wild Bill...

    • Bill Hickok: I'm flat out tired...
      Seth Bullock: Turn in. (looking towards the town) I've got her covered.
      Bill Hickok: I believe I will.

    • Wild Bill Hickok: (to Charlie Utter): Some ********* time, a man's due to stop arguing with hisself, feeling he's twice the ********* fool he knows he is because he can't be something he tries to be every ********* day without once getting to dinnertime and not ******* it up. I don't wanna fight it no more. Understand me Charlie?"

    • Wild Bill: (to Charlie Utter) Will you let me go to Hell the way I want to?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Adams Museum & House Deadwood SD: Legendary Characters and Notable People
      Al Swearengen and the Gem Theater
      Calamity Jane
      Colorado Charlie Utter
      Deadwood's Chinese Community
      Jack McCall
      Madams and Working Girls
      Potato Creek Johnny
      Seth Bullock
      Sol Star
      W.E. Adams
      Wild Bill Hickok