Boardwalk Empire: A Vague Feeling of Unease

be-ep-7-1Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Knox had trouble getting J Edgar on board with his notion of a nationwide criminal network; Daughter Maitland had an affair with Chalky while Nucky started one of his own with Sally down in Florida, and Al vowed revenge after his brother, Frank, was gunned down.

The camera irises out on a policeman reading about the Leopold and Loeb case. Al walks right up to him, shoots him point-blank in the head, and hops in a getaway car. Ok, then. Guess that’s one way to contest a parking ticket.

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Boardwalk Empire: Slap, Slap, Kiss

northstarPreviously on Boardwalk Empire: Lansky went into business in Florida with Nucky, Chalky gave his new singer a hard time, and Eddie killed himself out of extreme guilt for telling Knox about his meeting with Capone.

We open on Nucky sitting in a restaurant, watching his coffee cup vibrate. He’s in a train station, hence the vibrations, and he tells the waiter he never noticed that before. He looks up and sees none other than Margaret coming towards him, with a kicky new haircut. She sits stiffly (this was obviously a prearranged meeting) and tells him she doesn’t have much time. He tries to get some intel on where she works but she chooses to focus instead on the cinnamon roll he has in front of him, reminding him he hates cinnamon. They talk a bit about Nucky’s upcoming trip to Florida, and then Nucky tells her Eddie’s gone. She misunderstands, thinking he just quit, and Nucky can’t quite deal, so he instead of explaining he hands over the gift for Teddy. She backs up and asks what happened to Eddie and Nucky hesitantly hints around that Eddie’s dead. She tries hard to wrap her head around that and scolds him, saying he can’t just turn up and tell her these awful things that happen in his business. She’s trying to live a normal life now. They turn back to the present, and she asks if he’s giving Teddy some kind of creature. ‘I wouldn’t put something alive in a box,’ Nucky says thoughtlessly. Ouch. Both of their faces register as much, and after an awkward moment she thanks him, checks the time, and excuses herself. Before she leaves, she tells Nucky she’s sorry about Eddie, because nobody knew how to look after Nucky like he did.

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Boardwalk Empire: Strung Out

boardwalk-empire-season-4-episode-5-stephen-graham-600x399Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Eli’s son accidentally killed a classmate, Narcisse got Dunn in on the heroin racket, Knox arrested Eddie, and the Capones recruited Van Alden.

Nucky gets a phone call from a seriously freaked-out Willie, begging for help. The camera lingers on a pair of birds hopping around a cage and then moves on to other items around Eddie’s living quarters: his books, sheet music by Schubert, a picture of his two sons, as Nucky calls for him. But Eddie hasn’t been home, and New Eddie says he hasn’t seen him. Nucky calls for the car.

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Boardwalk Empire: Acres of Diamonds

boardwalk-empire-acres-of-diamonds_article_story_mainPreviously on Boardwalk Empire: Chalky lost 10% of his club to Narcisse, Nucky considered a business opportunity in Florida, and Two Face started to put his killin’ days behind him.

Two rather menacing looking men escort Nucky down a dark corridor and into a fairly palatial hotel room. Nucky takes a minute to check out the mural on the wall, which I’m going to assume is Xanadu or something like it, since that seems to fit, and then goes over to the window where he stands, looking out at the sea, which is a bit bluer than it is in AC.

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Boardwalk Empire: A Thing Weakened

www.indiewire.comPreviously on Boardwalk Empire: Dunn killed a highly connected New York talent agent, the new Prohibition agent in town turned out to be a devious bastard, Al recruited his brothers to the family business, and Two Face went home.

We start off by joining Van Alden on his flower deliveries. Yes, really. He’s working for O’Banion’s cover/flower shop these days. The first few deliveries go without incident, but the third guy gets a sock in the nose and a demand for O’Banion’s money instead of a bouquet. ‘Better not to vow than to vow and not pay,’ says V-A as he helps himself to the cash the guy has on him. Once a zealot, always a zealot.

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Boardwalk Empire: The Family Business

Capone brothers, image: HBOPreviously on Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 ended in a crazy bloodbath after Nucky joined forces with Chalky and Al to take out Gyp Rosetti, one of the worst villains I’ve ever seen on a TV show in my life. Margaret took the kids and hit the road, aborting Owen’s baby along the way, and Two Face similarly got out of AC, after handing Jimmy’s little boy off to his girlfriend, Julia.

We start off at some backwater diner in Warsaw, Indiana, where two overdressed goons are complaining about the radio station. The diner owner drawls that this is the only station they get, and when the guys ask him what there is to see in the area, he tells them all about how they have the second longest contiguous brick wall in the world, just in case we hadn’t yet figured out that we’re in Hicksville, here. Goon 2 tells Goon 1 they should go, so Goon 1 lays a $10 on the bar and they leave.

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Boardwalk Empire: The Terminator

boardwalk3121Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Gyp brought the war to Atlantic City and Nucky, aided by Al and Chalky, decided it was time to stop running and throw down, big time.

We open on a bunch of men with their hands in the air being machine gunned down, mercilessly. Al comes out of the darkness and delivers one final, killing bullet.

Mayor Bader, meanwhile, is taking some heat from the press about all this recent violence. He reassures them that he’s totally in control and the AC police force has the matter in hand. Oh, so there is still a police force in Atlantic City. Good to know. Of course, as he’s saying this, we get shots of drive-by shootings and violence all over the place, so maybe it’s not quite time to applaud the boys in blue. Chalky and Dunn are even getting in on the action, in broad daylight, no less. Bodies, bodies everywhere, and nobody knows what to think. Bader’s had to call a press conference on the steps of city hall. Did they actually used to do that? Somehow, I almost feel like I’m watching Chicago here or something, they’re hitting the 1920s tropes so hard. Machine guns! Men in fedoras! A microphone in front of city hall! The reporters want to know where Nucky is and Bader swaggers a step to far and tells them that Nucky doesn’t run the city, Bader does. Beat, and then they all burst out laughing. Poor Bader. Once a stooge, always a stooge.

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Boardwalk Empire: Nucky, Get Your Gun

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Nucky’s first move against Gyp and Masseria went really badly, especially for Owen. Gyp acted crazy a bit more, and Two Face had an awesome date.

The Thompson suite’s looking pretty trashed, with toys strewn everywhere and cronies asleep or gathering in groups. Two men wrestle Owen’s box through the door. Eddie watches for a moment, then reports to Nucky that it’s being taken care of. Nucky asks if Margaret and the kids are gone and Eddie confirms that they were sent out of town on the first available train. Nucky asks if Eddie knew about Owen and Margaret and Eddie rather helplessly says he only really tends to Nucky. Sticking his nose in Margaret’s business isn’t really part of his job. Nucky tells him he’d better leave soon, because it’s not safe for anyone, but Eddie refuses. So, Nucky tells him to get on the phone and call Eli and Chalky and anyone else they can think of. Eddie picks up the phone, but the line’s dead.

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Boardwalk Empire: Scarred for Life

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: With Gillian’s help, Gyp bombed Babette’s, almost taking Nucky and Rothstein along with it.

Babette’s is still a blackened mess. Workers are clearing the debris, including the sign, as curious onlookers…onlook. Meanwhile, at the Ritz, Nucky’s getting a physical from  his doctor, who says he’s got a concussion and the double vision and ringing ears will go away soon. He advises bedrest, but Nucky’s got things to do. He tells Eddie to call Eli over and gets up to dress, but then feels lightheaded, so the doctor tells him to lie down and reminds him how lucky he was. Nucky briefly thinks of Billie.

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Boardwalk Empire: We Didn’t Start the Fire

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Nucky failed to keep his business under control, a hit on Gyp failed miserably, and Harry Daugherty came under investigation.

Margaret wakes in the middle of the night to find her son, Teddy, standing next to her bed, flatly informing her there’s a fire. She looks out the window and sees the greenhouse in the garden aflame.

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