Original air date: 04/18/2004 Runtime: 55:01 min. Swearengen turns the Gem into a courtroom as Deadwood is forced to make its own laws to try a murderer. With Jane on a bender, Trixie is enlisted by Swearengen to help Alma with the Metz child and to keep her pliable to his purposes.
Original air date: 05/16/2004 Runtime: 57:49 min. With annexation looming, Swearengen calls a meeting to set up an informal government. Farnum gets a special-delivery letter from Hickok; Utter offers Jane a job; and Stubbs prepares to make a go on her own, with Tolliver's avowed blessings.
Original air date: 05/23/2004 Runtime: 52:42 min. An opium theft leaves Swearengen trying to find common language with his supplier; Silas Adams arrives with bad news for Swearengen; Bullock regrets having raised his hand at the government meeting; and Merrick proposes Deadwood's first 'club.'
Original air date: 06/06/2004 Runtime: 58:25 min. Alma's father, Otis Russell, arrives to 'help' with her claim. Swearengen strikes a bargain with Adams to rid him of some legal baggage; Leon and Sawyer resume work at the Bella Union; Bullock is angered by the choice of a new sheriff.