Last week we found out; that Nucky does not easily manipulate Margaret, we learned that Van Alden is way more disturbed that we originally thought and Chalky can easily get revenge when betrayed.
This episode opens with Nucky and Margaret watching the show with the performer “Hardeen” who is the brother of Houdini. He is suspended in midair by a chain and he is locked in a straight jacket. In about seven minutes he frees himself and unlocks the chain suspending him. Margaret is thrilled watching him while Nucky seems unaffected.
Jimmy is sitting in the kitchen with Andrea when the phone rings. It is his mother who tells him that his father is dying. He tells her that he will go see him. It turns out that it is the Commodore. He trades barbs with Jimmy but also tells him that the wrong man is running the town of Atlantic City. Jimmy is sick to his stomach and runs into the bathroom and vomits.
Van Alden is needling his fellow agent who shot the only witness to the ambush in the woods. The agent calls Nucky and he tells him to give him something else to think about and tells him where to find an illegal distillery in Mays Landing. They do not find a still but do find a black reverend baptizing his flock. After needling his assistant again and again, about the killing of the witness and of his Jewish persuasion, they go back to profess their faith. Van Alden winds up drowning him in an attempt to get him to confess his sin.
Jimmy is with his mother describing how the Commodore is doing, and he tells her that he is going to stay with him because nobody should die alone. Jimmy stays with him the first night so his mother can go get something to eat. The doctor returns after taking a hair sample from the Commodore and advises Jimmy that he is being poisoned with arsenic. It seems that Jimmy’s mother was the one who was poisoning him, but surely there will be more to come about that. While he was by his side, Jimmy ate one of the cookies his mother made for him and they were what made him throw up.
Margaret walks in on Nucky and her friend, a fellow concubine who is complaining that her boyfriend stole money from her. It so happens that the money was what she pilfered from him anyway. Nucky gives her a handful of money to see her through the summer and Margaret then asks if she told Nucky about the fifty dollars she gave her earlier. Later that day Margaret confronts Nucky about killing her husband and he does not deny it. He confronts her about using the Lysol after they make love just like a common whore. She tells him that Agent Van Alden told her that Nucky either killed or had her husband killed. He throws the Lysol at the mirror and tells her that she will not need it anymore. The next day, she and her children are gone.
Nucky fired his brother and assigned his next in line to run for his job. After Margaret told him how everyone bowed to him only because they were afraid of him, and not because they liked him, he decided to change some of his modus operandi.
Next week is the season finale and after this week, we can only imagine what lies ahead!
The cast includes:
Enoch “Nucky” Thompson played by Steve Buscemi
James “Jimmy” Darmody played by Michael Pitt
Margaret Schroeder played by Kelly Macdonald
Agent Nelson Van Alden played by Michael Shannon
Commodore Louis Kaestner played by Dabney Coleman
Elias “Eli” Thompson played by Shea Whigham
Eddie Kessler played by Anthony Laciura
Al Capone played by Stephen Graham
Angela Darmody played by Aleksa Palladino
Arnold Rothstein played by Michael Stuhlbarg
Lucky Luciano played by Vincent Piazza
Lucy Danziger played by Paz de la Huerta
Mickey Doyle played by Paul Sparks
Chalky White played by Michael Kenneth Williams
Gillian played by Gretchen Mol
Watching this program on HBO