Mining magnate George Hearst sends an agent to Deadwood. The man, Francis Wolcot, is greeted with varying responses. Farnum starts by wanting to scam him, but Wolcot easily convinces E.B to help spread rumors. Swearengen is out of action with kidney stones, leaving Dan and Johnny to make an attempt at running things. While other people are selling, Alma admits an interest in buying the Grand Central. She also fires Sofia's tutor.