Deadwood: Season 2, Episode 9

Amalgamation and Capital (1 May 2005)

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Bullock makes a connection with his son. Swearengen, who has entrusted E.B. to spy on the new telegraph operator, stokes rumors of an annexation of the camp and amends his agreement with ... See full summary »



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Bullock makes a connection with his son. Swearengen, who has entrusted E.B. to spy on the new telegraph operator, stokes rumors of an annexation of the camp and amends his agreement with Miss Isgringhausen. Cy aims to unburden a troubled man of his bloodstained money. Alma and Martha come to an agreement, and a tragic accident befalls the camp. Written by WyattJones

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Did You Know?


When Seth Bullock and Charlie Utter are in the Bella Union questioning Mose Manuel, Cy Tolliver calls Charlie Utter "old man". In real life, Powers Boothe, who plays Cy Tolliver, is 8 years older than Dayton Callie, who plays Charlie Utter. See more »


(At around 13 mins) At the end of the interaction between Mrs. Ringhausen and E.B. Farnum, when the former tells the latter to "fuck off," her mouth/lips don't move at all, and there is clearly a mismatched dub. See more »


Charlie Utter: How did the two of you get along?
Calamity Jane: Did I just fucking say I was moving in there?
Charlie Utter: Which being it's a fucking whorehouse could indicate some fucking business arrangement or some other fucking thing.
Calamity Jane: Yeah, I'm gonna be Queen Hooker. You're a keen fucking student of the human scene, Charlie!
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Theme From Deadwood
Written by David Schwartz
Performed by James Parks
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one of the most carefully crafted scripts in the history of TV
25 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

There is a blogger, name not necessary to this review, who insists that this series is the finest example of the TV drama ever produced, and moreover that it epitomizes the constructive nature of Man, to constantly strive to bring order from disorder.

I decline to comment on that thesis.

I will say that each episode convinces me that the writing by itself is among the best ever visited upon the medium This episode is a case in point.

Many many series have had episodes where the scribes tried to build suspense ahead of some key event but this reviewer has never seen it done so nuanced, so subtly, before.

Even at the end of the story, when viewers might have have been content to conclude that the "payoff" for the tension was merely a meeting between the two women in Seth Bullock's life, out of nowhere, in the final scene, an entire different, and jaw-dropping, outcome is presented.

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