A key thing hap­pens be­tween Seth and Al. Most key things in­volve Al

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AGUY I know told me the other day he’d just bought Dead­wood on DVD be­cause he got sick of wait­ing for it to come on free-to-air TV.

Well, I thought, that’s just great. What if his wife went to jail? She’d be in trou­ble. There’d be no con­ju­gal Mid­night Ex­press body parts for her pressed up against the glass.

The ABC did make a small amount of racket about Dead­wood be­ing part of its sum­mer sched­ule, but I for one am glad they held back and de­cided to put it on now.

I don’t know if it was the floods and the bush­fires and the hideous sum­mer of bad or what, but it would’ve just been squan­dered there.

So this is the start of se­ries two this week and Dead­wood is closer to be­com­ing a for­mal part of Amer­ica. Al Swearen­gen isn’t happy about it. And if Al’s not happy, no­body’s happy. He might be up­set about Congress, but he also clearly has some­thing wrong with his prostate. If this were any other show, Ian McShane would ap­pear at the end of the episode go­ing, ‘‘ Hello. A swollen prostate could be a very se­ri­ous thing. It needs to be probed by an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional. And I don’t mean Dolly, the whore at the Gem.’’

When we left the new sher­iff Seth Bul­lock (Ti­mothy Olyphant) at the end of last sea­son, he was about to start sleep­ing with Alma, and that’s still on. Just so you know. The whole place knows. There’s a stage­coach on its way into town, though, and things could change their sit­u­a­tion. They’re not aware of this, how­ever. It’s very ex­cit­ing. Two sep­a­rate groups of peo­ple are on it, both Dead­wood ABC2, Mon­day, 9.30pm bring­ing big changes for Dead­wood. And new char­ac­ters for us ob­vi­ously. So there’s that.

And a key thing hap­pens be­tween Seth and Al. Most key things in­volve Al Swearen­gen, it has to be said. It’s in­ter­est­ing how Al seemed ter­ri­fy­ing un­til Cy Tol­liver ar­rived in the place, and now he seems pos­i­tively lovely by com­par­i­son. Cy Tol­liver is a re­ally scary char­ac­ter, and pos­si­bly get­ting worse. I don’t know that he takes well to competition.

Cy, it emerges, has had an 18-year re­la­tion­ship with Joanie Stubbs. She was 14 when she started turn­ing tricks for him. I love that there’s a work­ing girl called Trixie. It’s like how that porno star on Party Down was called Cram­sie.

Cy has one of the lines of the night. One of the girls has a bot­tle of some­thing, and he eyes it off and re­marks that it looks a lit­tle small ... ‘‘ But I guess you gals are used to mak­ing the best of that’’. This is a fan­tas­tic episode. Plenty go­ing on, plus it sets us up for a lot of high drama ahead.

New sher­iff: Ti­mothy Olyphant as Seth Bul­lock.

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