Season 1 Episode 11

Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 06, 2004 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Alma's father, Otis Russell, arrives from New York to "help" with her claim; Swearengen strikes a bargain with Adams to rid him of some legal baggage; Jewel journeys to Cochran's cabin for help with her leg; Utter hazards an opinion on the safety of Nuttall's saloon; Leon and Sawyer resume work at the Bella Union; Bullock is angered by the choice of a new sheriff; and Star winds up paying for a free service.moreless

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  • A bit slower this time, focused more on drama and characters, while still steadily building tension before the finale.

    A new day begins in Deadwood and Trixie and Al are seen together again, but once he allows her to take a break, something we've all (most definitely) have been expecting, happens. Trixie visits Sol Star at the hardware store and in a great, funny and heartwarming scene they kiss and make love, only to be caught in act and briefly disturbed by Seth Bullock, who later while angry tells Al about it. Swearengen, completely drunk makes Star pay $5 for it, saying there's no free services. He then reminds Trixie of who she is, telling her that tonight she "sleeps with her own". It's definitely one of the highlights of this episode, bittersweet, yet very good.

    That's not all this episode has to offer. As the widow Alma and Ellsworth discuss her gold claim, Otis Russell - her father arrives at Deadwood. He's a really interesting character and a great addition to the show. At first he seems like a kind and good-hearted person, but some of his other motives are shown later as he questions Alma's involvement in her husband's death early in the season. The relationship between Alma, Otis and Bullock is quite interesting so far.

    Jewel is on her way to the doctor's and the scene where she struggles towards his office as the camp's population ignores or makes fun of her (even as she falls in the mud) is really great and moving. She wants Doc Cochran to fix her a boot which will allow her to walk more easily. Although reluctant at first, he eventually agrees to try.

    Al and Silas Adams strike a deal. Adams will eliminate the magistrate that is bribing Swearengen, as well as make the old murder warrant disappear, for a sum of $2000.

    Charlie Utter, now performing the duties of the camp's fire commissioner, warns Tom Nuttall that his bar isn't safe and he has to fix it as soon as possible. Con Stapleton wants to help him and in order to do that he eventually convinces Al Swearengen to appoint him as sherriff, an idea which Seth Bullock hates and also tells Al about it. He tells Bullock he'd rather have him do it, but he declines and leaves angry.

    The dope fiend Leon makes up with Cy Tolliver and continues his work at the Bella Union. His new job, as told by Cy, is "expressing his opinion", which indeed he does - he begins to agitate people at the Union against Al, because of how he handled the situation with Mister Wu. A couple of great and tense scenes here too, Powers Boothe delivers superb acting as Cy, once again.

    Eddie also returns to work at the Bella Union, trying to get money for Joanie's brothel.

    Reverend Smith's condition has worsened even more as he now is completely insane, preaching to animals and whatnot. Al watches him do that and gets emotional over his state.

    Oh yeah, Al's emotions... the ending monologue he delivers while his new whore gives him a blowjob shows us a side of him we have not yet seen. There's more insight into this brilliant character, as well as some small backstory. Easily one of the best scenes on TV ever.moreless
  • Though few things culminate in this episode, everything builds up steam and gets ready to blow.

    Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking is something of a respite from the usual Deadwood assault - no-one dies, and there are some touching moments, such as Jewel visiting Doc Cochrane and the first great love scene of the series, between Trixie and Sol.

    But the purpose of the episode is to build on the drama of what has come before. Tensions are being fine tuned before things are ready to go seriously wrong: the arrival of Alma's father, Swearengen finding out about Trixie and Sol, Bullock finding out someone else has been made sheriff. Everything is just on edge enough to make you worried, and that's a great achievement for any drama - to hold tension, rather than expend it.

    There are still times when the harsh psuedo-reality of the west still shines through, chief among them Reverend Smith's heartbreaking descent into true madness, here more horrifying for him and unsettling for us than ever before.

    To cap it all off, Swearengen's final monologue is as fine a piece of characterisation as you'll ever see on television - a necessary reminder of who and what Al is, after some of his recent actions seemed almost justified.

    It's not big, it's not flashy, and you couldn't really say the camp is irrevocably changed by any of the events within, but Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking is gripping drama nonetheless; a catalyst episode which perfectly demonstrates why, once Deadwood has you, it never lets go.moreless
Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

Silas Adams

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

Otis Russell

Guest Star

Kal Cofer

Kal Cofer


Guest Star

Ray McKinnon

Ray McKinnon

Rev H.W. Smith

Recurring Role

Peter Jason

Peter Jason


Recurring Role

Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Trixie: Kiss my neck or tits if you have to kiss something.
      Sol Star: Let me kiss you.
      Trixie: Well, you're a goddamn Jew fool.
      (Trixie and Star kiss)

    • Trixie: Mr. Star, my cherry is obstructing my work. Sir, would you take it from me, free?

    • Trixie: (to Sol) I spoke of looking out for an ax and saw, and if I get 'em they won't be applied to building nothing. Anyways, would you want a free f**k?

    • Tom Nuttall: (to Utter) I'll lick a bear's ass before paying a fine to E.B. Farnum.

    • Reverend Smith: Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted; to understand, than to be understood; to love, than to be loved...and the rest I forget.

    • Tom Nuttall: When you first got to camp and put your sign up for nickel booze and 50-cent p***y...
      Al Swearengen: Them was get-acquainted prices. And you had your knife at the ready, if I didn't make a good impression.
      Nuttall: True enough, but you did.
      Al Swearengen: And Dority made a hell of an impression.
      Nuttall: That too, is true enough.

    • Doc Cochran: I told her not to worry about your moods, that you generate those yourself and then think of the excuses for having them.
      Al Swearengen: Saucy words doc, good thing you're handy with the snatch.

    • Al Swearengen: Don't count on him to be loyal. And no paperwork.
      Tom Nuttall: I don't even know if he can write.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The music in the closing credits is "Snake Baked a Hoecake" by Mike, Peggy, Barbara, Penny Seeger & Children .

    • A second incident, hinting at Charlie Utter's Hemophobia occurs when he is seated at the table with Joanie, and bites his tongue after being bumped. He tells Joanie that he doesn't want to look, out of fear it might upset Sophia, however Sophia is seated across the room.