9:30pm – Monday, July 11 on ABC2
From the very beginning, until the ending, this episode has everything – great acting, great writing, extreme violence, bad language and even sensitive powerful moments. Not for the tame of heart, but brave viewers are rewarded.
Tonight, George Hearst’s (Gerald McRaney) cook, Aunt Lou (Cleo King) fears her son, Odell’s (Omar Gooding) collaboration with the mining magnate.
Odell shows Hearst an assay report and a sample of the ore, explaining the Liberian land owners have authorised him to seek a partnership.
Liquor on Odell’s breath and showing gold thousands of miles from its ‘purported source’ does not impress Hearst.
Hearst tells him his slipshod approach to fleecing him won’t work. Odell takes offence and Hearst has to clam him so discussions can continue.
Meanwhile the camp’s leaders meet at Al Swearengen’s (Ian McShane) Gem.
Waiting for the meeting’s participants, Cy Tolliver (Powers Booth) and Al discuss Hearst.
Given his rage at the ear-pulling he suffered at the hands of Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), Tolliver thinks the only way to avoid the camp going up in flames is to give Hearst the sheriff’s badge.
When Bullock arrives at the Gem he tosses his badge on the table and Tolliver jumps at the chance to placate Hearst, but Al rejects the gesture.