Did Seth and Martha have that early morning “intercourse” or not? Maybe not, but maybe so—that’s my definitive opinion on the matter. Really, it’s tough to call because, afterward, she looked less than thrilled and I just can’t fathom how shagging Seth could possibly leave one in anything other than a state of utter rapture. She wasn't exactly exuding a post-coital glow. She also looked kinda sad so she could have been thinking about her dead husband.
And Seth looked a bit sheepish, which made me wonder if maybe he couldn’t get down to bidness (if you know what I mean and I think you do) because he and his johnson are still pining for Alma. That could also explain why she was looking kinda sad and that whole rather stilted breakfast scene. But they were finally calling each other by their first names so go figure. [shrug]
Speaking of Alma, I have one thing to say about her goading and bullying E.B. Excellent! I love spunky Alma and I love the scenes with her and Ellsworth. I also loved how Ellsworth told off Wolcott. I just can’t stand that Mr. W. or his ‘ho. And I think it’s funny that he’s got the fastest “gun” in the West.
And, of course, we still had to resolve Al’s pee-pee problem. Thank god that storyline has arced! But I was totally moved by the scenes with Al and his little “family”. I must admit I got all misty-eyed when Al finally started peeing bloody gleet and everyone piled on his bed hugging him and crying with relief. It was such a strangely beautiful and affecting moment. Great shot from above the bed.
I’m glad they made Al’s character someone who has a lovable side—someone these people feel they would have been lost without. Theirs may be a strange and sometimes cruel family but it’s held together by love and fierce loyalty.
Also, the Literary Genuis in me wonders if Al’s suffering and near death, followed by the passing of the gleet and stone is meant to be symbolic of a transformation, particularly when I note that the episode is called Requiem for a Gleet. (For those not familiar with the term, gleet has a double meaning as both the inflammation of the urethra and the discharge of mucus and pus that is characteristic of this inflammation. Lovely) Perhaps this whole thing represents the transformation of nasty vile Al into someone, er .. uh.. less vile and nasty.
And what’s up with that tutor?! Never had a drink, my ass. She’s up to something and she’s definitely something more than a tutor. Could she be an agent of Mr. Hearst? Could this whole tutoring gig have been a set-up? Or could it be that I just watch too much Alias and 24? Anyway, it got Silas back in the action and for that I’m eternally grateful. And who can blame her for picking Silas, he’s perfect. If I was hatching an evil plot that called for seducing someone he’s certainly who I would pick. And there’s the added benefit of him being so handy with the killing and so forth.