Deadwood (2004–2006)
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Amateur Night 

"Amateur Night" is an episode of Deadwood starring Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, and Molly Parker. An Amateur Night is organized by the new theater troupe, Pinkertons hit town, the students move to their new school, and Hearst makes another move regarding the elections.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Seth Bullock
... Al Swearengen
... Alma Garret
... Whitney Ellsworth
... Dan Dority
... Charlie Utter
... Joanie Stubbs
... Doc Cochran
... Martha Bullock
... Sol Star
... A.W. Merrick
... Trixie
... Tom Nuttall (credit only)
... E.B. Farnum
... Calamity Jane


As Deadwood is overrun by Hearst's men, Bullock issues contingency plans to Martha. Wu, caught in a Pinkerton stampede, delivers a cryptic message to Swearengen. Barrett makes Merrick pay for embarrassing Hearst in The Pioneer. Morgan Earp calls out one of the "Pistoleros." Commissioner Jarry arrives from Yankton to solicit Hearst. Aunt Lou gets some bad news. Joanie survives an encounter with her former boss. Langrishe mines Deadwood's talent pool with an amateur-night performance. Written by WyattJones

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6 August 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Robin Weigert practiced with a bullwhip for several days, anticipating that Jane would perform with her whip during the Amateur Night show. Ultimately, however, it was decided not to have Jane show off her bullwhip skills, and Weigert's practice was for nought. See more »


When General Fields wheels "Drunk Steve" into the No.10, he props his right hand on the table and slams down approximately 12 coins by that hand. When the camera angle changes, there are now only approximately 6 coins by his hand. See more »


Hugo Jarry: [discussing votes of soldiers relocated for the purpose of voting in a special election] These votes will support candidates of your preference in each office, Mr Hearst, as if cast by you yourself. My stringent instruction from Governor Pennington is to convey, upon my return, a confirmation, in your hand, that... that we have had this conversation
George Hearst: Then the governor in turn confirms the rumour he's a moron
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One of the best...minor spoilers
18 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Just a quick review on this one. Seeing Al not knowing what to do, Hurst slowly taking over the camp, Cy slowly losing more and more power, Jane and Jonie connecting and Bullock being loyal to the newly arrived Earp boys is a delight and one of my favorite Episodes. The ending scene with Al singing alone in the Gem just make this one. I know its nearly coming to an end, and this makes me sad because i really liked that show seeing it the first time at 2014 and not being a western fan. As always i find Timothy Olifant extremely...stiff, shall we say, but even he could convince me this time. Seeing Al alias Ian Mcshane not knowing what to do kills me, but gives a new perspective on his character as well.

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