Upstairs, Ellsworth is holding it together as best he can. I know I've said it before, but I think Jim Beaver, who plays Ellsworth, is pretty much a genius of an actor. I read in a bio about him that his wife of many years, Cecily Adams, passed away a few years ago, leaving him a single father to their little girl. People, if you can watch these scenes of him without sobbing, the terrorists have won. Alma reaches out to hold his hand, very sweetly reminding him that the full moon approaches and that the two of them and Sophia will watch it, together. I've seen some previews of future episodes that show them arguing, so I don't know what happens next with the Ellsworths, but oh my goodness, his face right now, his eyes full of tears, they say only that he wants her to survive.
Dan and Johnny stack up the dead parpers as Davey tries to clean up. "Davey's takin' a fuckin' chance," Johnny says, "not lettin' Al do the scrubbin'." Dan: "That's Davey's fuckin' problem." They heave the last parper onto the pile and Dan sees that Johnny, who is holding up the Hearst drawing yet again, still does not really understand what happened that morning. Sighing, Dan tries again, taking the drawing and squatting down like they're on the sidelines at a Knicks game, pointing and trying to explain it to ALL of us dumbasses. This bullshit of Hearst's diagram is more complicated than even some of the Yankton stuff, so let me try to break it down. Dan says that Hearst sent the two extra guys into the bar to make sure the two original parpers wouldn't be too fast to draw their guns. Thus, he guaranteed that Al and Dan would have enough time to murder the two first guys, and he sent the drawing to give Al notice of his intentions. There's a level of complexity here that is not really being fully explained, but let's all agree that it was a power play on Hearst's part and that Al answered it, on defense. Johnny still looks confused when they stand up, but there's no time for further discussion as one of the parpers, in extremis, lets one rip. Only in Deadwood must we endure the farts of the dead. Parp, indeed. Johnny tries to escape the odor: "That'd knock a buzzard off a shit wagon," he says, and he ought to know. They are struck dumb(er) when the ominous Captain Turner enters the bar.