He offers to show Al up to the widow's room, and Al doesn't even bother turning around -- just yells for him to "go back" -- causing E.B. to bow and scrape back to the desk. As Al wipes his brow before entering Mrs. G's room, E.B. puts in that Wolcott is convalescing in an upstairs room. "One thing at a time, huh?" Al says, and knocks on the widow's door. For the first time since this show began, these two main characters are about to meet face to face.
Mrs. Garret opens, looking strong and austere. Al puts his best foot forward, saying, "Mrs. Garret, how do you do? Nice to see you..." She has no answer to this other than to step aside to let him in, although you can pretty much see her rolling her eyes just from looking at the back of her head. Sophia is playing in the next room as Al offers "late congratulations on the claim proving out." He goes on to say that he'd always recommended patience to her husband, before her, er, "mishap." Mrs. G's not going to make a big issue of it, but she won't let him get away with it, either: "And yet," she says, "I've always assumed, after my husband's death, that you tried to buy from me." Al kind of blanches, and Sophia chooses this moment to interrupt, stepping over to Mrs. G and asking, "May I go downstairs?"
Mrs. Garret tells her to play in the other room, that Mr. Swearengen has only come to talk. HA! One wonders if Sophia's afraid her guardian is about to "entertain" her "gentleman caller" like she used to do the sheriff. The other possibility, of course, is that the kid is scared of Al, which is what Mrs. G tells her guest. "I'll have that effect," Al admits. "I think, specifically," Mrs. G says, "it was your plotting against her life."
Al raises an eyebrow, and rather than comment on that particular matter, says, "I'd take tea." Mrs. G cuts to the chase, asking Al what's he's come to discuss. He tells her it's all about Miss Isringhausen, revealing that she is actually a Pinkerton. "I don't find that credible," Mrs. Garret scoffs. Al: "That's the way they like it."
Al explains the whole scheme, as he sees it. Brom Garret's family has hired the Pinkertons to pin his murder on Mrs. G so that when she's hanged or jailed, they can get their grubby hands on her gold. Miss Iz has trumped up some lies about how Mrs. G told her that Al was her hired man for the murder, and offered Al $50,000 to play along. Mrs. G smells a rat where, for once, Al ain't dangling one. "And how much do you ask of me as commission to tell the truth?" she asks, smartassedly.