Season 2 Episode 6

Something Very Expensive

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2005 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Alma proposes forming a bank, and looks to familiar faces to run it. To test himself, Swearengen grants audience to a long line of supplicants; talks with Farnum and Miss Isringhausen prove most illuminating. The arrival of low-priced Chinese whores begins the next phase in Tolliver and Wolcott's arrangement. Humiliated by Bullock, an angry claim owner looks to "square the scales." An enchanted Merrick tours a new schoolteacher about the camp. Wolcott's inner demons test his alliance with Tolliver, and prompt Stubbs and Utter to covert action.moreless

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  • This episode marks a return to the fine storytelling that graced the first season's offerings. The stilted dialogue of this season's early episodes has been trimmed, one must think for brevity's sake, and the results are most welcome.moreless

    Swearengen is back, and not a moment too soon! Not only that, but the characters are talking believably again. My assumption is that the story arc has been established beforehand by the creator, and as such the episode writer minimally fulfills the goal of advancing the plot. That being said, the elements have come together to provide for an enjoyable experience in this episode. As in real life, and the life depicted by this wonderful series, there are ups and downs. We should not be surprised that production levels should fluctuate as well. I am here to report that they have met, and exceeded my expectations!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Trixie: I'm erratic with my decimals and the like.
      Al Swearingen: So, harping now is a hardship on the same f***ing order as a boot on your f***ing neck? Do not f***ing fault them, Trixie, for your own f***ing fears of tumbling to something new.

    • Wolcott: Past hope. Past kindness or consideration. Past justice, past satisfaction. Past the want of cold and comfort. Past Love. Past surprise.

    • Tolliver: Assist me in a flight of fancy gentlemen.
      Con: Well don't make me think of Leon in a dress, Mr. T.
      Leon: Or me of him anything but fully clothed.

    • Trixie: I'm goin' in.
      E.B.: Then why am I in first chair?
      Trixie: Did anyone else suck his *****?

    • Swearengen: (to Wu) San Francisco ********** and Swidgen have to meet.

    • Doc: I hope you ain't connected to those Chinese whores.
      Al: I ain't, but I tried to make friends with their pimp.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Adams: (to Miss Isringhausen) Did you help send those miners up the ******* scaffold in Pennsylvania?

      Adams is probably referring to the Avondale mining disaster of 1869 in which all 110 men who were working in the coal mine died as a result of a fire caused by the ventilating furnace.

      More likely he's referring to the infiltration of the Molly Maquires by Pinkerton agent James McParlan, which led to ten members of that group being hanged in Pennsylvania in 1877.

    • Commissioner Jarry: You washed your hands of me Mr. Tolliver when I was beset amidst that rabble no less contemptibly than Pontius Pilate.

      Pontius Pilate was the governor of the Roman province of Iudaea from AD 26 until around AD 36. He is best known in modern Christian literature for presiding over the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus and ordering his crucifixion.