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"I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For" is the second episode of the third season of Deadwood. It is the twenty-sixth episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 18, 2006. It was written by David Milch and Regina Corrado, and directed by Dan Attias.


Hearst tips his hand, again; Alma appoints Sofia's steward; the candidates speak out.[1]


Al Swearengen spends a sleepless night as a drunk wanders the deserted streets. "I am not the fine man you take me for," shouts the man as he climbs the hustings and proclaims his sorry lot - then topples to his death.[2]

Preparing for the day, Martha and Seth Bullock discuss whether the speeches will take place that night. He teases her about her tea, admitting he actually likes his "unusually strong." The teasing is sexually charged. "It's an easy thing to fix," she replies.[2]

Doc Cochran warns Alma Ellsworth that she needs surgery if she wants to avoid a miscarriage. Whitney Ellsworth is frightened for her, having lost his first wife and child in similar complications. Alma acquiesces and she and the doctor make their preparations.[2]

At The Gem Saloon, Dan Dority bristles against Swearengen's strategy with George Hearst. Dority wants to strike first, he doesn't like change. "Change don't come looking for friends," says Al. Captain Joe Turner delivers Swearengen an envelope from Hearst. Inside is a cryptic diagram of X's and lines.[2]

Cy Tolliver quizzes Joanie Stubbs on why the speeches were cancelled. He tells her the bible brings him peace: "Getting gut-stabbed by a minister of God will bring you to examine your path." She confesses to putting a gun to her head the day before. Tolliver urges her to come back and work at the Bella Union, she's turning away from her "gift and training." "When you speak, I feel like it's the devil talking," she replies, rankling Cy. Con Stapleton busts in with news that Lila's in a bad way. Joanie rushes to her rescue, taking her to Shaunessey's to get through her withdrawal.[2]

Calamity Jane's all swagger as she brags to Mose Manuel she slept inside the Chez Ami the night before. She elicits his help in lugging water for a tub. As she bathes in the empty school room, Mose asks can he listen when she tells her story to the children. "From outside, at your post near the shitter," she accedes.[2]

After poring over Hearst's diagram, Swearengen proposes an interpretation: the X's are murderers and the lines are the door and bar of the Gem. Al sends Silas Adams off to sell his home to Sol Star while he prepares Dority and Johnny Burns for the ambush.[2]

Richardson tends to E.B. Farnum's wounds while E.B. vows not to mince words in his speech. "Bullock should be murdered! Thank you very much!" he recites.[2]

On the morning walk to school, Sofia Metz runs to join Mr. and Mrs. Bullock so Ellsworth may return to Alma. "My mother's sick" reports Sofia. Seth takes notice.[2]

At the Gem, two of the men who murdered the Cornishman the day before show up with others and deploy themselves in the foretold pattern of X's. Before they can stage their argument, Swearengen slits one man's throat. "Debates are on for tonight," Swearengen announces. Deputy Charlie Utter, walking in as the man goes down, turns and leaves, "I'll drink after I've ate."[2]

Prior to her surgery, Alma recites her last wishes to Ellsworth and Trixie. When she makes it clear that Sofia should inherit her properties, and Bullock is to remain guardian of those properties, Ellsworth, wounded, insists he fetch Bullock to accept.[2]

Jane stands before the children to tell her story about being an Indian scout for Custer. Nervous at first, she soon warms to her audience, and they to her.[2]

"Uh oh" says Richardson, reporting to Farnum that Sheriff Bullock and Utter and Hearst have arrived (apart) at the buffet. E.B. is nonplussed. Bullock and Utter start to untangle the latest murder mystery at the Gem but Bullock is called away by Ellsworth to Alma's bedside. She wants Sofia's interests protected and fears Hearst would go after Ellsworth and Sofia if her first husband's family were to challenge the girl's title in court. "I understand," agrees Bullock. "I regret nothing," she says as he takes his leave. Alma asks Ellsworth to remind Sofia the full moon is in two days. "We three will watch it together," she promises. Outside the window, Sol calls out to Trixie that he bought the house - but vows no pressure to move in together.[2]

Dority and Burns clean up the blood bath at the Gem as Dority explains the intrigue to Burns, who's still having trouble following. Meanwhile, Adams complains he feels shunted aside having missed the murders at the Gem while he was signing papers with Sol. Al assures him he's not shutting him out. Turner arrives with another envelope. Al opens the message: "Come watch the speeches with me on my veranda." Al, Dority, Burns and Adams head to the street to see Hearst at the Grand Central Hotel busting a hole through the top floor wall onto the roof below- Hearst's new veranda.[2]

Al confronts A.W. Merrick on publishing news of the morning's gunfire when he wanted it kept quiet. "Has the press not a duty, Merrick, qualifying its accounts in time of war?" He urges Merrick to publish an extra edition that the speeches are on again that night.[2]

Bullock asks Charlie Utter if he'd stand watch outside Alma's place while he gives his speech that night. After Alma goes under, Trixie and Doc argue as they see to her. "When you've done with hers Doc, why don't you fucking kiss mine?"[2]

Martha stays with Sofia while Bullock delivers his speech. "And we'll both pray for Mrs. Ellsworth," Martha assures him.[2]

Tolliver is tormented by Joanie's calling him the devil as he hugs his bible to his chest. Stapleton announces, "Andy Cramed that stabbed you" is arrived. When the Reverend comes in, Cy feigns an invalid's restless fever dreams. Cramed asks for forgiveness but Cy prostrates himself, insisting "I denied you'd been called - treated you like the shitback fucking operator you used to be." He rises up, feeling the strength of spirits moving through him, a shaking gun in his hand. Leon interrupts and Cy orders him to his knees to beg for the Lord's forgiveness. Unnerved by the drama, Cramed makes his escape and Cy's salvation abruptly ends with his departure: "Get the fuck up Leon."[2]

Swearengen heads to the Grand Central to watch the speeches with Hearst, leaving Dority, Burns and Adams to watch over Al from the Gem balcony.[2]

Waiting on word of Alma's surgery, Utter consoles Joanie, who confides her poor feelings about herself. He asks her if she liked Wild Bill Hickok the one night they met. "I thought he was a gentleman," she says. Utter agrees and yet reveals, "Bill thought of his old self as you do." He urges her not to judge herself, but to give credit to the good opinions others have of her.[2]

As Hearst and Swearengen watch the speeches, Hearst lays bare his intentions - he sacrificed men at the Gem today "to show the virtue of consolidating purposes." But Swearengen doesn't agree. "Purposes butt up against each other, and the strong call 'consolidating' the bending of the weak to their will." Turner escorts Al inside for further discussion. As Turner beats Al, Hearst insists he will acquire Alma's claim and demands his help. When Al refuses, Turner hits him in the head with his pistol and Hearst slams Al's hand with a hammer.[2]

The nervous candidates stumble through their speeches, largely ignored by the crowd. As Bullock gets a thumbs up from Utter on Alma's surgery, Al emerges from the Grand Central, straining to stay upright. Bullock offers to go after Hearst. But Swearengen refuses, leaning on Bullock to make his way home on his own two feet - as Hearst surveys his domain from his veranda.[2]



  • One unnamed drunk man
  • Two unnamed Hearst henchmen



Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Mose Manuel
  • Zach Grenier as Andy Cramed
  • Larry Cedar as Leon
  • Peter Jason as Con Stapleton
  • Paul Blackthorne as Hearst Henchman #1
  • Seth Peterson as Hearst Henchman #2
  • Eamonn Roche as Drunk Man
  • Chase Ellison as Richie


  • Ralph Richeson as Richardson
  • Allan Graf as Captain Joe Turner
  • Meghan Glennon as Lila
  • Ted Mann as Rutherford
  • David Redding as Davey
  • Tim DeZarn as Townsman
  • Jackson Bridgers as Schoolboy
  • Anna Brown as Schoolgirl
  • Trevor Knoop as Schoolboy


  • Ashleigh Kizer as Dolly
  • Parisse Boothe as Tess
  • Kevin Kearns as Pasco
  • Frank Turner as Barney
  • Dennis Keiffer as Hearst Henchman
  • Al Collado as Store Proprietor
  • Cullen Douglas as Bank Customer
  • Joe Forbes as Townsman
  • Zvonimir Hace as Prospector
  • Michael Lampe as Prospector
  • Rico Nance as Businessman
  • Jesse Wilde as Lawyer

Cast notes[]

  • Nineteen of twenty starring cast members appear in this episode.
  • Starring cast member Leon Rippy (Tom Nuttall) does not appear in this episode.

Memorable Quotes[]



Episodes of Deadwood
Season 1 "Deadwood" • "Deep Water" • "Reconnoitering the Rim" • "Here Was a Man" • "The Trial of Jack McCall" • "Plague" • "Bullock Returns to the Camp" • "Suffer the Little Children" • "No Other Sons or Daughters" • "Mister Wu" • "Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking" • "Sold Under Sin"
Season 2 "A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I" • "A Lie Agreed Upon: Part II" • "New Money" • "Requiem for a Gleet" • "Complications" • "Something Very Expensive" • "E.B. Was Left Out" • "Childish Things" • "Amalgamation and Capital" • "Advances, None Miraculous" • "The Whores Can Come" • "Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To"
Season 3 "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood" • "I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For" • "True Colors" • "Full Faith and Credit" • "A Two-Headed Beast" • "A Rich Find" • "Unauthorized Cinnamon" • "Leviathan Smiles" • "Amateur Night" • "A Constant Throb" • "The Catbird Seat" • "Tell Him Something Pretty"