In the thoroughfare, all sorts of election infractions are going on. The Democratic slate has set up a free drinks table, and the Original Shit Stirrer is offering up gratis booze. Some of Hearst's stupid goons are on hand, as well, and begin harassing the NG, who has just entered the line, making monkey noises at him. Hate. The OSS jumps to his defense, reminding them that the Fifteenth Amendment has been in effect for a while, now. The Pinkerton sasses back that the NG broke in line in front of a white man. (This white man happens to be Richardson, who tries to make himself invisible.) The NG, natch, tries to smooth it all over, saying he'll just wait until later, but Charlie, who is looking on, won't hear of it. "Fuck if you will," Charlie snaps. "Get your n*gger ass back in line." The Pinkergoon attempts, foolishly, to get in Charlie's face about it, saying he hopes Charlie will be on hand to walk the NG home and stupidly pulling on his own collar, the international symbol for "lynch mob." But today's not the day, asshole, to mess with Chuck U. "You'd better see to that yourself," Charlie says, not even bothering to raise his voice, "'cause if he don't make it, you'll be eating your spuds running 'til I hunt you the fuck down." The OSS claps a hand on the NG's shoulder declaring that that ends that. "[Yeah], what your shit-stirring started," Charlie gripes at him, and frankly, if that's not a shout-out, what is? I mean, I have only been calling the guy that since he first appeared on the scene -- I swear to God, if there are damn Deadwood people reading these recaps and you've never shot me an e-mail...thirty-six recaps of endless love, right here! Don't leave me hanging.
Joanie has been watching all of this from the sidelines and Charlie now apologizes for all the commotion. She smiles and says that's all right. "I got something at the jail for you and the other one," he says, talking about Jane, "'cept right now I'm pretty agitated." She smiles again. "Well, I got time," she says. "Maybe you'll calm down as we walk." They go off together. I very much wish Joanie had ended up with Charlie. As much as I love the ladies who love the ladies, and though I regard Jane as noble in spite of her flaws, she ain't no prize as a long-term prospect, you have to admit.