9:30pm – Monday, August 1 on ABC2
Here’s another pivotal episode of this deliciously profane and blood-soaked slice of the wild west.
As Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker) walks to the bank, a gunshot is fired in her direction. Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) rushes to escort her to safety.
Al (Ian McShane) orders Sheriff Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) away campaigning, to be wired. He summons Trixie (Paula Malcomson) to watch over Alma and dispatches Adams (Titus Welliver) to guard the schoolhouse, and Dority (W Earl Brown) to fetch Mr. Ellsworth (Jim Beaver).
As Commissioner Jarry (Stephen Tobolowsky) wonders aloud about a world in which a woman is shot at, Hearst accuses him of hypothesizing about his role in the shooting. Jarry backtracks quickly, turning the conversation to their mutual interests in the upcoming election.
“Elections cannot inconvenience me,” Hearst warns. “They ratify my will or I neuter them.” Al decides Mrs. Ellsworth should continue her walk to the bank – to confound Hearst.
Drinking with Trixie to calm her nerves, Alma breaks down. Al arrives with a tray of tea and suggests the shots were meant to frighten her – and incite Mr.
Ellsworth or the Sheriff to violent retaliation. With this Alma agrees to complete her walk to the bank alone.
Meanwhile, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) enquires about the “woman of exotic appearance” who performed at the Amateur Night.