Last week we saw Nucky submit to his desire for Margaret and vice versa. We also saw that Nucky’s tentacles reach across the entire State of New Jersey breaking the color barrier and even to the women who do not have a right to vote yet. We also saw Jimmy Darmody’s mother Gillian followed by Lucky Luciano who hoped to find out Jimmy’s whereabouts, but may have gotten more than he bargained for.
As the episode begins, a man is writing down something in his little black book. It is the collections he is making as a boy accosts him and spits in his face. As he tries to run after him, he is suddenly attacked by someone and his money bag falls to the ground. Nucky and Eli find out what happened and plan their retribution because they know that Luciano’s men are behind it.
Margaret visits her confidant and friend who is the leader of the Temperance League. She tells her that someone made a proposition to take care of her and her children by giving her a new apartment and support her. The woman knows all well what she is talking about and tells her that she has to follow her heart. Before she leaves, the woman gives her a book called, “Family Limitation” about birth control.
Nucky is in bed with Lucy and she talks about how the women look at him and she wants to be his tiger cub and suddenly scratches his chest with all ten of her nails.
Lucky is in bed with Gillian and he tells her that he had a problem with having sex and now because of her he is cured. The phone rings and it is his boss, Rothstein in New York calling to tell him that he knows he is in bed with Jimmy’s mother. Lucky mistakenly believed that she was Jimmy’s wife.
In Chicago, Jimmy gives Mr. Torrio some good advice to avoid a war with rival families after he sends Al Capone out to clean his car. Then Jimmy is at Al’s house eating dinner when Al’s little boy does not respond to his call. He sits the little boy down for dinner and the child starts eating. Jimmy snaps his fingers to see if the child can hear and sure enough he does not. Al has been calling him stupid all along. Al sees him snapping his fingers by the child’s ears with no reaction and just gives Jimmy a look.
In the dress shop, Lucy is talking about underwear and decides on a black sexy one piece. She wants Margaret to model it for her. While she is in the dressing room naked, Lucy tells her that she should wear a brassiere because her breasts are saggy. She tells Margaret that what she has between her legs is all she needs to keep her man happy. Margaret tells her that what she has there is not what it seems and storms out of the dressing room and quits her job.
Van Arden and his men are still operating out of the post office and are visited by their superior as a surprise visit. His superior tells him that he is a prohibition agent and not Bulldog Drummond and asks why he requested Margaret Schroder’s immigration records. Later as he is reading them, it states that when she arrived from Ireland she was pregnant and then had a miscarriage. He seems obsessed with her and how her dead husband had the murder pinned on him. He went to her house but she has moved out. Her neighbor who used to watch the children for her told Van Arden that she was a whore; not only four weeks a widow and she moved out.
Back in Chicago, Al, Jimmy and Johnny Torrio meet with the Sheridan gang to come to terms about splitting their business and they split the territory. As Jimmy is scratching his leg, they notice his knife in his boot. Sheridan takes his knife away and as they are leaving, Jimmy gets his hat and coat from the coat check girl and his gun is under his hat. They shoot Sheridan and his goons and leave laughing hysterically.
Nucky is planning to take Margaret to see Houdini’s brother who is just as good at the Globe. Unfortunately, the plans change and Margaret finds out what it is like to be a kept woman.
At a party, Johnny Torrio sings the praises of Jimmy Darmody and Al is noticeably jealous. Al chimes in and starts to make fun of Jimmy and when Jimmy retaliates, Al is not happy. Later that evening, Al comes to Jimmy’s room with a wrapped package of steaks; Chicago’s finest. Al apologizes and tells Jimmy that he does not want to look bad in front of the boss. He also tells him that his son is deaf and he is truly heartbroken. Jimmy tells him to take him to doctors, but Al tells him that nothing can be done. Jimmy tells him that new things keep happening and not to give up.
As the episode winds down, Van Arden is in his room alone and he puts the picture of his wife face down. He then pulls the straps off his suitcase and flogs himself with the buckles across his back as he stares at a photo of Margaret at 16 years of age that came with the immigration papers.
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 Darmody played by Gretchen Mol
Watching this program on HBO