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Hell on Wheels goes to Hell.

Air date: 10/7/12

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The town is burned to the ground and Cullen is being questioned by soldiers as to what happened.

  • We’re trying to establish the connection between the corruption of this railroad and its near total dissemination.
  • “The White Spirit.”- Cullen
  • Durant has gone crazy as he’s run out of pain medicine luckily Eva has more.
  • Durant foresees the chaos soon to happen.
  • ..but I won’t care what happens this who enterprise could collapse on our heads. Everything’s been blur since I was shot, its all going to end in disaster.”- Durant
  • Cullen asks Lily to come and watch as he drives the train across the finished bridge.
  • Lily feels Cullen could of trusted her with his past.
  • “Past ain’t the past if it don’t exist.”- Cullen
  • Cullen went to a university.
  • “Did you like me better when you thought I was stupid?”– Cullen
  • “I liked you better when I thought I knew you.”- Lily
  • Durant is worried he’ll be finished when the board finds out about the millage. Hannah says Cullen needs to be made a partner because he’s the only one that can convince them they were right.
  • “Bohannon only thrives on narrow escapes from his own recklessness.”– Durant
  • “Just like you.”- Hannah
  • Sean wants Ruth no matter what as she continues to turn him down and push him away.
  • Elam has got a nice house built.
  • He tells Psalms “I gotta kill somebody for Mr.Durant”- Elam
  • Elam doesn’t kill unless the person needs to be killed and this one doesn’t but he will lose his house unless he does.
  • Cullen and Mr.Toole discuss their women troubles.
  • “My worry is once Ms.Bell gets to know my true self she ain’t gonna like it. Funny part the more I got know her the more…”- Cullen
  • The Indians are watching them.
  • Back in the present of the burned town:
  • “Should of known whats those doing. There’s always a recon order before battle.”– Cullen
  • They question why Cullen didn’t send anyone out. Cullen knows that anyone sent out would of been killed.
  • Cullen puts a lot of trust in himself and his workers as he drives the train across the bridge solo.
  • With everyone at the bridge site Lily uses it as an opportunity to steal Durant’s ledger from the safe. She runs into Elam.
  • “You have a good day.”- Elam
  • Elam tells Eva about the house.
  • Durant offers Cullen partnership.
  • “If you help me convince them that everything we have done has been necessary.”– Durant
  • “You are an interesting anomaly Mr.Bohannon gunslinger and aristocrat. I am unwell I simply need you to back me up. There’s a good chance you share the blame (if it goes wrong). The moment you accept my offer all your debts to me will be forgiven.”– Durant
  • “My debts to you were buried with Doc Whitehead.”– Cullen
  • Lily is the one Durant has asked Elam to kill.
  • While Cullen and Mr.Toole are one watch Lily shows up.
  • “All I have is this railroad and you, we can build it together. Everything to remove the Durant’s is in this ledger.”– Lily
  • Cullen wants Lily to burn the ledger before Durant has her killed.
  • Lily goes to Elam and asks him to hide the ledger and to ship it back east if something happens to her.
  • Cullen talks to Joseph about the White Spirit.
  • “The Sioux nation wants everyone here to die.”– Joseph
  • “It’ll be a blood bath.”- Cullen
  • Cullen has Joseph take him to there camp.
  • Psalms convinces Eva to talk with Elam.
  • “Blood moon is coming. It’s a time for bloodletting, settling of scores.”– Joseph
  • Cullen sees the mass of Indians camped and asks Joseph to come with him to see Durant so he doesn’t seem crazy.
  • “You’ll never see me again.”– Joseph
  • Present day:
  • They had telegraphed and asked for soldiers and weapons.
  • “Five recruits and a small cannon.”– Cullen
  • Sean is being baptized at the small chance he may marry Ruth.
  • Elam arrives home to find Eva.
  • “I’ll always love you Elam but my future belongs with Mr.Toole”– Eva
  • Mr.Toole shows up look for Eva, he aims his gun at Elam.
  • “I came here to tell him its over between us.”– Eva
  • “Your heart belongs to this black son of a bitch!”– Mr.Toole
  • Mr. Toole commits suicide.
  • Durant tells Elam its time for him to kill. He goes to see Lily.
  • “You’re here to kill me.”– Lily
  • “You got a reason for me not too?“- Elam
  • Lily pulls out her gun.
  • Lily lets Elam in on her plan that upon the arrest of the Duran’ts her and Cullen will be the natural replacements leaving a job open for Elam. They shake on their deal.
  • The Swede arrives into town wounded badly.
  • Lily goes to see Durant. “Mr. Ferguson came to see me last night.”– Lily
  • “You betrayed me to Bohannon over pillow talk.”– Durant
  • “Know that when your precious railroad is ripped from your thick and graspy fingers that you’ve been undone by a whore.”- Lily
  • The Indians have torchered the Swede, lighting fires on him.
  • “The Sioux are attacking on the blood moon.”- The Swede
  • “He’s going to hang for sabotaging the railroad, im putting a guard on him.”– Cullen
  • Lily tells Cullen of Durant’s attempt to kill her. She tell him of her plan to get rid of the them.
  • “I can’t do this without you. You’re better with me.”– Lily
  • “Protect our bridge I’ll be here waiting for you when you get back.”– Lily
  • Cullen goes to Elam.
  • “Do you know how to work a cannon?”- Cullen
  • “Thanks for not killing my lady friend.”– Cullen
  • “I almost got my ass shot.”- Elam
  • Durant goes to see the dying Swede.
  • “My personal ledgers how damning are they?”– Durant
  • “You may fall through the floor into hell itself.”- The Swede
  • “You will not die in prison but here soon in the streets of Hell on Wheels.”– The Swede
  • Present day:
  • “We did what we could, evacuated the women and children we armed the rest.”- Cullen
  • Durant is in custody.
  • The few soldiers arrive with a cannon and a gatling gun. Eva has stayed behind and goes to take shelter at Elam’s house.
  • The Swede breaks the bones in his hand and gets out of the handcuffs and kills the guard watching him.
  • Night falls and the men take stand and fire way as the Indians cross the bridge. Chaos ensues as they come from all direction. The town is ablaze.
  • Elam watches at the Durant’s flee the burning office.
  • Cullen refuses to abandon the bridge.
  • Elam’s house is set on fire with Eva in it. He comes to rescue her.
  • The Swede walks through the burning town like he’s indestructible.
  • Day breaks, the town smolders as Lily heads into her rail car. The Swede is waiting for her.
  • “Cullen will kill you.”– Lily
  • “Yes this is all for him.”– The Swede
  • The Swede strangles her and then sets the place on fire.
  • Present day:
  • The soldiers question why Cullen defended the bridge and not the town.
  • “I learned in the war to protect strategic assets. Town ain’t nothing but wood and canvas, rebuilt.”– Cullen
  • Cullen goes to the rail car and finds Lily
  • (Song playing is “Devil’s Waiting” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
  • He carries her body to the church and passes the Durant’s, Eva, Elam, Sean and Mickey along the way.
  • He leaves her and grabs the Swede and heads to the bridge to hang him.
  • “I was surprised that you made it so easy for me to take her from you.”– The Swede
  • “You evil son of a bitch.”– Cullen
  • The Swede jumps before Cullen gets the rope tied off.
  • Cullen is offered Durant’s job but doesn’t respond.
  • “Mr.Bohannon will you finish this road?”
  • Cullen’s heads back to the bridge and marks the site with a red flag and then walks away. (Its a mile marker)

End Song– “Devil’s Waiting” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Final Thoughts:

Hell on wheels goes to hell literally as the town and its people smolder. The show has proven that no one is safe and in epic sadness we lose two big characters (Toole/Lily). Briefly Lily became Emily Thorne from Revenge and The Swede sure did like look like Dexter. The ending left me wondering what will happen to Cullen the man who has lost so much. What does he have to live for now? Revenge of the Swede who I presume is alive?

The show has had declining ratings but I do hope this is not the last I will write of the show that has grown on me so much over these two seasons of great drama. And thank you to everyone that reads these recaps weekly I have truly enjoyed recapping this one and hope to do the same with “The Walking Dead”.

Ratings: Up 0.1 to a 0.5 demo with 2.18 million viewers.

What did you think of the epic finale?

– Aaron

Twitter- @zaffuto234


Air date: 9/30/12

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  • Elam is working on his house.
  • “That bastard Durant is back”– Sean
  • Mickey has become the town drunk gambling away profits from the bar. Sean is worried he doesn’t have the money to give to Durant for the land he gave away. Mickey refuses to give Sean his fair share.
  • Durant gives a generous some of money to Eva for all her help.
  • Durant is taking opium for his pain and is hallucinating and walking around with a cane.
  • Hannah, Durant’s wife has taken charge of the office.
  • Durant surprises Cullen.
  • “Is my bridge built?”- Durant
  • “So no bridge, alright for your sins you will come to dinner tonight with me an my wife.”– Durant
  • “Your wife..”- Cullen
  • “Don’t look so horrified and wear a clean shirt and Ms.Bell will be your escort.”– Durant
  • Psalms tries talking Elam out of homesteading. Elam tell him about Eva and the baby. Psalms tells him who would be better for the baby then someone like that’s like him. Elam takes comfort in hearing that.
  • Elam and Mr.Toole and talking.
  • “If the baby’s born white Eva then we can make a family.”– Mr.Toole
  • “See I thought you said you’d put that aside Mr.Toole“- Eva
  • The men in town are wagering whether the baby will be born white.
  • “Should we leave this place?”– Eva
  • “Maybe”– Mr.Toole
  • Eva takes comfort in hearing that he would consider leaving.
  • Cullen has cleaned himself up for dinner and escorts Lily to Durant’s train car.
  • Turns out Hannah and Durant have been in on the fraud scheme and she is worried that the smart Lily may have found out.
  • The Swede is busy at the bridge site sabotaging the engine used to raise the bridge trusses.
  • Hannah asks Cullen if he knows the Tates from his home. Turns out he married Mr.Tate’s youngest daughter. Cullen/Durant/Hannah know a lot of the same people.
  • “God Bohannon I just might send you to New York one of these days to deal with the board on my behalf.”– Durant
  • Hannah tells Lily her employment is only temporary which upsets Lily who leave. Cullen is asked to take Hannah to her train car.
  • Cullen tells her how much Lily has done for the railroad trying to fight for her job.
  • “Does that include sleeping with my husband”– Hannah
  • “Is Durant firing her?”- Cullen
  • “Be careful with whom you align yourself. My husband believes you have a future on the railroad and I do too.”– Hannah
  • Cullen heads to the office to talk with Lily but is called over by Durant who is mad about the progress being made.
  • “It was on your advice that we decided to bridge the gorge at this point.”- Durant
  • “Yes sir and we made good time considering. Indians, strike, washout..”- Cullen
  • “All I need is a structure to support a locomotive from one side of the gorge to the other understand?”- Durant
  • Looking directly at Hannah
  • “I’ll drive it across the bridge myself how about that.”– Cullen
  • Sean tries proposing to Ruth who says she’ll think about it.
  • At the bridge site while raising a truss with the engine Cullen see the Swede in the distance. The engine flies apart sending the truss down on top of men below.
  • “What in gods name has happened?”- Durant
  • “I ain’t the one that wanted to cross the gorge in a week and I it ain’t my fault that you oversold out millage to the board back east.”– Cullen
  • Joesph has returned but not to stay.
  • “Ruth after I became a christian I killed my brother, I killed your father, broke my fathers heart just like you broke mine.”- Joesph
  • “While I was hunting I saw the white spirit. My father was right this is a bad place.”– Joesph
  • Cullen finds a Norwegian penny in the engine. “Its like he wanted us to know.”– Mr.Toole
  • Lily goes to speak with Durant.
  • “How does Bohannon know about the millage shortfall on this railroad?- Durant
  • “Did you lay with him?!– Durant
  • Sean in Mickey get into a heated fight over money.
  • Durant meets with Elam.
  • “I tasked you with being my eyes and ears on this railroad.”- Durant
  • “I don’t work for the railroad no more. Got me a place down by the river to settle down”- Elam
  • He shows Durant the land deed and he rips it up.
  • “There are only two ways to leave this railroad you die in my employ or you walk back through Indian territory.”– Durant
  • “If the sun rises on your sorry ass in the morning I will have you shot for trespassing, is that what you want?”- Durant
  • “What you just tore up that’s what I want. I’m gonna build me a house down by that river where I can lock my dam door at night, know that’s my dam house and my dam property and I can shoot any dam man that come through that door and tell me it ain’t mine. I ain’t afraid to work Mr.Durant and I ain’t gonna be your dam nigger no more. What I want is some respect and if I gotta take it out of your dam hide or anybody else’s I will.”– Elam
  • Mr. Ferguson have a seat, please.”– Durant
  • Hannah goes to see Lily, she wants her to leave her train car so she can say there. “I have nowhere else to go.”- Lily
  • Cullen give Lily his train car.
  • “You know you could stay Thomas already knows.”– Lily
  • “He only thinks he knows.”- Cullen
  • “You’re always right.”- Lily
  • “Lily you shouldn’t test a men who’s jealous and afraid of his wife leaving especially not when he’s both.”– Cullen
  • Cullen and Lily kiss.
  • Sean surprises Ruth drunk. He wants to know about her and Joesph. “I want the truth!”- Sean
  • (did anyone else think this scene was going to get much darker? I didn’t think Sean would leave just like that.)
  • “And I thought it was me you wanted.”- Ruth
  • Cullen sets the Swede’s tent on fire as he goes to stay with Elam on his property.
  • “This ain’t no boarding house.”– Elam
  • “From the looks of it, it ain’t even a house.”– Cullen
  • “You outta know Mr.Durant offered me a new job. He want me to do something and im sure you ain’t going to like it at all.”– Elam
  • “What did you tell him?”- Cullen
  • “I told him I’d think about it.”– Elam

Final Thoughts: 

Building off last weeks exceptional episode the story keep getting better and better. Hannah adds a new dynamic to this story and im sure will mean trouble in next weeks finale.

Next on Hell on Wheels Sunday October 7th 2 hour season finale promo.

– Aaron @zaffuto234


Air date: 9/23

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  • The Swede has covered himself in clay/cut his hair like an Indian and shows up for one their rituals.
  • The Fate of Durant is unknown and the men question if they can count on their wadges as Lily doesn’t have that kind of authority. Cullen gets them all back to work.
  • Cullen goes the church to see Ruth.
  • (He’s really just looking for his own answers.)
  • “Ms.Ruth I’m the one who put the knife in Joesph’s hand.”– Cullen
  • “It doesn’t matter Mr.Bohannon my father got what he wanted. Once he wanted to be a christian but in the end what he really wanted was to be a martyr.”- Ruth
  • Cullen asks if she thinks Cole’s soul can find peace. (Indirectly referring to himself.)
  • “The truth is I think some people are beyond redemption.”– Ruth
  • Elam speaks to Mr.Toole wanting to know if heard anything from Eva yet.
  • “Like it or not you know exactly why its my concern.”- Elam
  • “I come here because I care about her same as you do.”- Elam
  • Lily ask the Swede for help in making sense of the books while Durant is away.
  • Sean is give a plot of land away to the church. Mickey knows its only because hes likes Ruth.
  • Elam shows up with a proposition, they want to buy the salon but Carl wont sell and he wants to help in exchange for a cut of the profits.
  • Cullen shows up the office and is surprised and angry to see the Swede working.
  • “I see you let the fox in the hen house.”– Cullen
  • “Mr.Gundersen is helping me.”- Lily
  • “Like hell he is.”– Cullen
  • Cullen takes his rifle and aims it at the Swede. He then bashes the Swede with the back of the gun.
  • Cullen locks up the Swede.
  • “Are you one of the tribe now?’– Cullen
  • “I know it was you that armed the Indians then you took a harmless drunk and you lit a fuse. Its you that’s responsible for that massacre out there and you’re gonna confess to it.”– Cullen
  • “It was wonderful wasn’t it? Blood thirsty heathens with modern weapons led by a drunken white man of god.”– The Swede
  • “You try to tell yourself that you do not like the killing but you just can’t stop.“- The Swede
  • The Swede is trying to breakdown Cullen saying a good man with doubt wouldn’t kill. He believes that he gets satisfaction out of killing.
  • “You don’t need my confession you only need that to appease Ms.Lily Bell”- The Swede
  • The plot of land Sean give to Ruth for the church is right in the middle of town.
  • Lily asks Cullen if he confessed.
  • “You’ll have to set him free Mr.Bohannon”- Lily
  • “I can’t do that. He’s a dangerous man.”– Cullen
  • “He’s more valuable to me then dangerous to you.”- Lily
  • Cullen hands Lily the key.
  • Elam and Psalms rob the train bringing whiskey to the salon so that Carl is force to sell to Sean and Mickey.
  • The Swede now free shows up to drink with Cullen. He tells him about his awful imprisonment in Andersonville, thus why he hates confederates.
  • “I hated you before we even met.”– The Swede
  • “You’re one insane, evil son of a bitch.”– Cullen
  • “The reason you hate me is that I am a constant reminder of the capacity for evil that resides within you.”– The Swede
  • “I’m riding out of this mull piss town and I ain’t looking back.”- Cullen
  • Cullen is ready to leave when Lily stops him.
  • “So much for your honor.”- Lily
  • “I know that when things get hard you run. You shot and buried your friend, running away won’t change that.”– Lily
  • “You know that I waited for you at the dance.”– Lily
  • “Well you sure as hell found quick comfort didn’t you?”- Cullen
  • “You ran away. You can disagree with my decisions all you like but judging my choices won’t change yours.”– Lily
  • Lily walks away.
  • “Damit”- Cullen
  • Lily finds out it was Elam that robed Carl’s whiskey and goes to see him. She finds him drunk.
  • “I’m done negotiating, I quit.”– Elam
  • Lily is surprised to see that Cullen hasn’t left.
  • “Listen what you said was true. First thing I did after I buried Doc was pack my saddle bags. I was just looking for a reason then you let Swede out of the pig car…I was gonna up and run just like I always do.”– Cullen
  • “Look Durant’s half dead you know that, he ain’t holding here know more and either is that Swedish son of a bitch.”- Cullen
  • “Why are you still here?”- Lily
  • “I could leave but…”- Cullen
  • “I’m glad that you stayed.”- Lily
  • The Swede uncovers that Durant has been inflating the mileage which is what the government is paying them by thus committing fraud. He tells Lily.
  • Cullen goes to see Elam on his new piece of land and warns him that when the Indians attack they wont care who he’s working for.
  • “Heard you quit the railroad.”- Cullen
  • “Gonna build me a house.”- Elam
  • “Ain’t know place for me on this railroad.”- Elam
  • Sean and Mickey threaten Carl that they will continue robing his whiskey until he sells the bar to them, he agrees.
  • Lily shows up to see Cullen and they have sex.
  • (Song playing is Annabel by The Duhks)
  • Sean longingly stares at Ruth while Elam looks at picture of Eva.
  • In the morning Cullen tires to not wake Lily as he heads to work.
  • “Cullen”- Lily
  • “I better get out to the bridge site.”- Cullen
  • They both smile.

Final Thoughts:

This was the first episode where everything quietly transitioned to all the characters. Nearly everyone’s actions were for there romantic interests, Elam getting involved with Sean/Mickey for Eva, Sean giving away land for Ruth & Cullen staying for Lily. This was also the first episode where the big action was put into character drama and not fight scenes which was a nice change.

Next on AMC’s Hell on Wheels Sunday September 30th episode 2×08 promo:


Air Date: 9/9/12

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  • Cullen’s ex-solider buddies are planning on robing the payroll while everyone is out working.
  • The Doc is surprised Cullen is alive.
  • He’s walking the streets like the risen Christ“- Hawkins
  • The Doc stays back just outside of town.
  • Lily questions what she will do once the railroad is done.
  • The Swede has Reverend Cole chained up, keeping his sober.
  • The group comes into town scouting there plan of attack.
  • One of the men questions the bartender letting a negro in to drink. He’s referring to Elam.
  • Elam suspects trouble when the other man apologizes and buys him a bottle, he sees the man carrying Cullen’s gun. He goes right to Durant who asks him to arm everyone left in town and send for Cullen.
  • The McGinnes bothers are some of the few men left in town.
  • Elam finds all the weapon from the armory gone.
  • Elam give Psalms who is sick his gun to watch over the exit out of town.
  • Durant goes to the office warn Lily. The men arrive and he is badly shot.
  • Elam is in the middle of a shootout  as Cullen arrives.
  • Lily is being forced at gun point to open the safe while Durant lays wounded.
  • Cullen saves Elam and they go after the men.
  •  “You got you some nice friends“- Elam
  • Ain’t much fun killing them, but they seem to need it“- Cullen
  • The Swede is convinced the sound of the gunshots signify Cole’s crazy prophecy coming true while everyone else tires to save lives.
  • Psalms takes out the men leaving with the money.
  • A whore is shot and killed trying to grab some of the money. The McGinnes brothers take action and fire away at the shooter.
  • Lily gets a shot as Hawkins trying to load his gun. Cullen then shoots him in the shoulder.
  • Durant is dying in the office as Cullen gets Hawkins to tell him where the Doc is and races to get him. Elam locks up Hawkins.
  • Eva uses tricks she learned from the Indians to help Durant.
  • Elam gets Cullen’s gun back from one of the thieves.
  • The Doc works on Durant and Lily and Cullen get to talk.
  • “For a moment I felt relief that he may not live. You yourself would be free..of your debt to the railroad.”- Lily
  • “He ain’t dead yet.”- Cullen
  • (It would appear Cullen has no intention of leaving either way. He has found a propose and place with these people and the railroad.)
  • The Doc informs them that Durant needs a more qualified surgeon.
  • “Best do everything in your power to keep him alive”- Cullen
  • Cullen pulls doc aside angry that they continued robing.
  • “There never was any Mexico was there?”- Cullen
  • Cullen and Elam strut Hawkins trough town taking him to the cemetery to be executed.
  • Hawkins is convinced that the whole time Cullen was robing he was a double agent with the railroad.
  • He is given a chance to say his last words.
  • Hawkins trash talks Elam who shoots him.
  • Dammit Elam, the man wasn’t done speaking his last words.“- Cullen
  • Yeah he was.“- Elam
  • The Doc thinks its worth risking taking Durant on a train ride for further medical attention.
  • The Swede stole the guns, planning to make Cole’s prophecy come true.
  • Mickey his holding a wake for the whore when Elam shows up.
  • To Mr.Bohannon, he may be a son of a bitch but he’s our son of a bitch.“- Mr. Toole
  • Elam is kicked out as he was seen hiding during the robbery and Cullen had to save him.
  • The McGinnes brothers don’t stick up for him.
  • He goes to drink with freed men.
  • Elam is thinking about what would happen to them and him if Durant were to die.
  • (Elam knows his place would be among them if it weren’t for Durant.)
  • Lily hands Cullen a telegraph saying that all those aiding and abetting in the robbery are to be executed.
  • “The Doc just held the horses.”- Cullen
  • “Im sorry Cullen.”- Lily

Final Thoughts:

What a badass episode even though it was rather cliche with everyone out of town and Cullen of course rides in and saves the day. Speaking of Cullen, knowing that Durant’s death would be his freedom see’s Lily’s concern and tells the doc to do everything in his power to save him. We have seen all sides of this man and it would appear Cullen is sticking around know matter what happens.

Next on AMC’s Hell on Wheels September 16th episode 2×06 promo:


Air Date: 9/02/12

  • Lily is angry the men are not spending time at the bridge site.
  • Fleming is being skinned alive by the Indians and Cullen is forced to shoot him from a distance.
  • Eva is sleeping around with Elam while her husband Mr.Toole is working. Eva tells him shes pregnant with his child. Elam doesn’t say anything and takes off.
  • Reverend is still a mess as he begs Cullen for money for a drink.
  • “That sitting bitch stole my church. Shes your conduit to the lord now.”- Revered Cole
  • He’s been sleeping in the cemetery and Cullen offers to let him stay with him.
  • The men come back early and to mourn there friend and refuse to got back to work without protection from the Indians.
  • “Its about to get unsafe around here unless you get your ass back to work”- Cullen
  • Lily, Durant and Cullen all disagree on what plan to take. “Fight em here, fight em now”- Cullen
  • Elam talks with Eva.
  • “Spend my whole life trying to get free and here come a women a white women spinning my head saying she got my baby. I couldn’t think of nothing to do but run.”- Elam
  • Elam tells Eva he loves her but then asks her to get an abortion.
  • “You can’t have know black baby your husband will kill it or you or both of you.”- Elam
  • “You don’t need to fear for your freedom on my account”- Eva
  • At the odd wake of Fleming, the body upright in the coffin and the Swede standing just to the side. Cullen walks in and gives a speech about not quitting.
  • “No disrespect intended but we wont die for your railroad”- Mr.Toole
  • The ex-slaves want to be armed and are willing be to be protection but know one will let that happen.
  • The men all refuse to work.
  • “That roads gonna get built with or without you! You all don’t get back to work you who’s gonna loose. Trust me on this you loose and it’ll get ugly.”- Cullen
  • The workers revolt and burn a doll looking like Durant while Cullen calmly has breakfast.
  • “There burning me at the stake out there and I have to come and find you!”- Durant
  • “They want protection”- Cullen
  • It’s revealed by Durant that most of the freed men are criminals and the railroad bought there sentences from the states they were serving time in.
  • “They do not make demands. I told you when you hired me this was a war”- Cullen
  • “And I expected you to have battle plan!”- Durant
  • Cullen want Durant’s complete authority to handle the situation and he gets it.
  • Eva considers hiding her tattoo with make up. She tells Mr.Toole she’s pregnant and its not his. “I can’t lie to you, you’ve been one of the most halfway decent men I’ve even known but his child belongs to another”- Eva
  • Rather calmly “Does this mean you’re leaving me?- Mr.Toole
  • Cullen sends for 200 replacement workers.
  • “Gonna be bloodshed. I ain’t cleaning up after your mess.”- Elam
  • “You’ll just do whatever Mr.Durant wants you to, wont you?”- Cullen
  • The Swede and Reverend Cole are talking.
  • “More bodies, more coffins. Our jobs have never been more secure”- The Swede
  • Drunken Mr.Toole confronts Elam.
  • “You lay a hand on her im gonna kill you”- Elam
  • “You’re not a real man.. What kind of man are you? Most of us would give our life to be a father but look at you, didn’t even stay by her side before. Where are you now in the middle of town flexing your trigger finger. You’re no father you’re just a coward”- Mr.Toole
  • In the middle of the night the train comes full of new workers. Cullen sends Cole to the bar for liquor as a distraction.
  • Cullen and Elam stack back calmly watching as chaos ensues.
  • “The men think there stepping off that train to get jobs”- Elam
  • “If they can fight they might just have them”- Cullen
  • The men along with the freed men fight the replacement workers together. The replacements flee back on the train.
  • They agree to go back to work fearing for there jobs now. Mr.Toole agrees to let the freed men have guns to protect them.
  • “Proud of yourself? So that was the plan? Everyone supposed to get along happily ever after.”- Elam
  • “Not quite yet. Now you need to get your people back to work.”- Cullen
  • “You work for Mr.Durant now same as me. That means were the ones doing the riding.”- Cullen
  • Elam goes to speak to his men. He gets into a fight.
  • “Don’t know if you’re back, don’t know if you’re white, you’re nothing.”
  • Elam gets knocked to the ground.
  • Cullen talks to Durant.
  • “Those men fought to the death for there jobs. Will make up those five miles in know time.”- Cullen
  • Lily is not happy about everything always being on Cullen’s terms.
  • “You got yourself a real workforce now.”- Cullen
  • Mr.Toole gets in bed with his wife and put is hand on her belly.
  • (Seemingly ok with everything)
  • Reverend Cole won’t stay with Cullen who believes he is at war with the Indians and now has the manpower to handle it.
  • Cullen hands out weapons to the freed men and gives brief instructions.
  • “Anything moves shoot the shit out of it”- Cullen

Final Thoughts:

Our main characters (Cullen, Durant Lily) took a backseat this episode leaving the main story to Eva, Mr. Toole and Elam. The episode left me rooting for Mr. Toole for the first time as he has come off to be a genuine good man. Elam on the other hand is not a likable guy at all at the moment with his awful treating of Eva but I do hope a day comes where that changes. Cullen and Lily have also turned into odd characters this season but you can still see that even in there disputes Lily still has some unanswered feelings for him.

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