Deadwood: Season 3, Episode 5

A Two-Headed Beast (9 Jul. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Crime, Drama, History
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Tolliver looks for a representative, the Captain calls Dan out, Swearengen continues to be perplexed by Hearst's moves, and Alma and Ellsworth's relationship takes a turn.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joanie Stubbs (credit only)
Martha Bullock (credit only)
Calamity Jane (credit only)


Enabled by Leon, Alma reverts to her bad habits, though she's able to get Merrick to endorse her bank's liquidity during a time of crisis. Swearengen, still trying to decipher Hearst's intentions, finally finds use for E.B. after a long chill. Steve and Hostetler work out the arrangements by which the livery will change hands, but all's not ending well. Dority rises to Captain Turner's challenge, driving Hearst to the Bella Union, where Bullock hands him an earful. Written by WyattJones

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While Trixie is watching Mrs. Elsworth savor owning the bank from her tellers window she is seeing her through several bars of the teller window. When Mrs. Elsworth looks back at her Trixie is looking at her from her window and not through bars. See more »


Dan Dority: What is there to consider over, Al? That sea-creature Turner called me out!
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Performed by James Parks
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On Par with "Sold Under Sin" and "Something Very Expensive"
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never imagined this series (best show on TV, period) would match "Sold Under Sin" or "Something Very Expensive" in this young final season, but "A Two-Headed Beast" just put my butt in check, with a vengeance. I'm utterly speechless, so forgive the lack of a well-thought out analysis here. Deadwood's writers have once again raised the bar to unimaginable heights with this episode. The oft-referred to fight between Dan and the Captain is one of the most gruesome things I've seen on television. It reminded me of a bad car crash you'd pass on the highway- disturbing and tragic but you can't bring yourself to look away. Just downright frightening in every sense of the word. So much more worth writing about happened in this hour, but I literally can't compose the words, so I'll just leave it at that.

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