The Reverend and Joseph saddle up their horses. They talk about going off to find Joseph's father. Joseph warns the Reverend that he won't be happy to see him. The ritual they'll be barging in on wasn't meant to be seen by outsiders. Some distance away, a young woman with red hair walks toward them. She's dressed very primly and looks distressed at the catcalls of the townsfolk. She spies the church and the Reverend and stops in her tracks. "Father?" she calls out. The Reverend doesn't react and just keeps packing up his horse. "Father!" the young woman says a bit louder. The Reverend glances over at her without recognition. "It's Ruth!" she says. Still nothing. "Your daughter." Joseph looks surprised. The Reverend looks embarrassed. He drops his gaze and asks her what she's doing there. This was clearly not the reunion Ruth was hoping for, but she presses on, and tells him that her mother has died. The Reverend says nothing and keeps busying himself with the straps on his saddle. "I came to find you," Ruth says. He tells her to go to the mission in Council Bluffs, but she's already been there. They're the ones who sent her to Hell on Wheels. They must not have liked her very much. When she tries to explain, the Reverend cuts her off with a raised finger. "You're not staying here." Joseph is shocked at the Reverend's unwelcoming tone. When Ruth says she has nowhere else to go, Joseph says she can stay in the church. The Reverend glares at him, but agrees to let her stay until he and Joseph get back. Joseph gives her a polite, shy smile, which she returns with a gracious nod. She walks by her father, stopping for a moment at his back, waiting for him to at least look at her. He doesn't.
When Ruth has gone into the church, Joseph turns to the Reverend and asks how long it's been since he's seen his daughter. The Reverend doesn't remember, exactly. He estimates it's been twelve or fifteen years. He can quote scriptures from memory, but he can't remember the last time he saw his daughter. Maybe he just doesn't want to remember. The timeline is about right to coincide with his drunken broadsword days and joining up with John Brown. Joseph questions leaving Ruth alone in a place like Hell on Wheels. He's shocked and disappointed and it shows. So the Reverend goes into the church where Ruth is on the verge of tears. "There are some things I need to tell you," he says. She looks up at him with big, hopeful eyes. He loses his courage along with whatever he was going to tell her. Instead, he tells her where to find the bacon, coffee and flour. Ruth's hopes are dashed. "Don't let the drunks stumble in and sleep on the pews," he says. "There's knife under the altar, if you need it, and just... try to make yourself useful." So Ruth grabs the knife and hacks him into a dozen pieces. Or maybe she sits there looking devastated. He goes on to tell her not to leave the tent, unless it's on fire. With that, he leaves, and the tears that Ruth's been working on finally start to fall.