Deadwood (2004–2006)
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Suffer the Little Children 

Deadwood breathes easier when some riders arrive in town with the smallpox vaccine, and word of a possible treaty with the Sioux. The results of Bullock's analysis of her gold claim move ... See full summary »


Daniel Minahan


David Milch (created by), Elizabeth Sarnoff

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Seth Bullock
Ian McShane ... Al Swearengen
Molly Parker ... Alma Garret
Jim Beaver ... Whitney Ellsworth
Brad Dourif ... Doc Cochran
John Hawkes ... Sol Star
Paula Malcomson ... Trixie
Leon Rippy ... Tom Nuttall (credit only)
William Sanderson ... E.B. Farnum
Robin Weigert ... Calamity Jane
W. Earl Brown ... Dan Dority
Dayton Callie ... Charlie Utter
Powers Boothe ... Cy Tolliver
Jeffrey Jones ... A.W. Merrick
Ray McKinnon ... Reverend H.W. Smith (as Raymond McKinnon)


Deadwood breathes easier when some riders arrive in town with the smallpox vaccine, and word of a possible treaty with the Sioux. The results of Bullock's analysis of her gold claim move Alma to reassess her plans and sets up a confrontation between Bullock and Swearengen. When Flora tries to quit, Cy teaches Joanie a deadly lesson at the expense of a couple of con artists. Written by WyattJones

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Release Date:

9 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When the doctor vaccinates the little girl he gives her only a single needle poke. In fact small pox vaccine is administered by series 15 to 30 very shallow needle pokes. In the 1950s and 60s a multi-pronged administration device was developed that made giving the vaccine easier. See more »


Al Swearengen: You might, Dan, want to learn how to indicate interest in a girl other than murdering another person.
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Theme From Deadwood
Written by David Schwartz
Performed by James Parks
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Great Episode ++Spoiler++ 9 out of 10
2 November 2014 | by mulambo-818-596454See all my reviews

I totally don't see why there isn't' a review on this episode, even ten years later after it came out.

It's only got a 7,7 rating which i can't understand. There is some great Character Development going on. Especially with Al. From scrubbing the floor to getting slapped by Trixie. His three dimensional Character gets a bit more explained, shall we say. And even if he is a tough son of a bitch. You just gotta love The role. One of the best TV characters of all time. One league with Walter White. As always Ian Mcshane kills it with his performance. Kristen Bells appearance ends with this one and you can see why Cy, the owner of the Bella Union opposite Al's place is a real though unsympathetic Piece of S##t. Further there is quite a comic relief in this one. Conversation with the Doctor and A.W. Merrick, the Newspaper dude is brilliant. Timothy Olyphant as Bullock, as always seems a little stiff in his performance. See for yourself. For me it's a definite 9 out of ten.

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