In his fancy train car, Doc's looking none too happy. The Swede is telling him that everyone's scared after the Indian massacre. "They seen the bodies. They heard the stories -- your stories," he says. Seems Doc's flair for the dramatic has bitten him in the ass. "I need troops," Doc says, looking over a stack of papers that have also made him unhappy. The Swede is enjoying this far too much. He ever so casually mentions the seven men who left the job last night and expects more to leave soon. "Seems the men prefer to keep their scalps on their heads." Doc gets all riled up. He points to his young engineer, asks him if he's afraid. He's not. He points to his telegraph operator, asks the same question. The operator tries to admit that he is, indeed, afraid, but Doc cuts him off. He turns next to the latest plans the engineer has drawn up in proposal of straightening the route in order to meet their deadline. Doc steadfastly refuses to change a thing, even when the engineer mentions that Central Pacific is making better progress. "Keep to the plan! I'll make it a reality!" He catches the Swede smirking and calls him on it. "I'm just looking forward," the Swede explains, "to watching yet again as you smite the forces agin' you." Doc clearly recognizes the snark for what it is, but he has more important matters at hand. He wants to know how the search for Lily is going (the Swede assumes Doc is actually more concerned about the maps) and the Swede informs him he has men on the job. Then the Swede pouts about Cullen trying to posse-block him. Doc flails: "Still more concerned about your killer than my railroad!" Heh. I appreciate a man who knows his priorities, even if they're crazy.
The important thing to Doc is whether or not Cullen is building his railroad and the Swede, looking a hair dyspeptic, has to admit that he is. Although what gave him that impression is a mystery, since Cullen only just got the job. And he's already left his post to go riding off after Sergeant Harper. Doc turns to the telegraph operator and dictates a telegram to Senator Crane, the silver-haired fellow who sucked at negotiating bribes in the pilot episode. "Work continues at a fever pace -(STOP)- However, hostile native action threatens progress -(STOP)- The march of civilization in jeopardy -(STOP)-" As he goes on about the necessity of "displacing the savage," we check in on Joseph Black Moon and Lily Bell riding on horseback across a misty landscape. Lily, sitting in the saddle in front of Joseph, does her best to remain upright, but she's too weak. When she slumps forward, Joseph catches her and eases her off the horse. He carries her over to a patch of trees and lays her down with a gentleness that would surely shock Doc Durant.