In “Boardwalk Empire” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Ivory Tower,” the consequences of the hijacking of the liquor shipment for Arnold Rothstein continue. Some people will just not let go a little banditry and murder.
Nucky Thompson sends his brother Elias, the Sheriff, to make sure that Margaret understands that her husband, the late and unlamented Mr. Schroeder, was very likely the perpetrator of the liquor shipment hijacking. That is the stick. The carrot comes later when Nucky visits Margaret personally with some money for the care of her children. It turns out that Margaret has actually read a book, to whit George Sand on the subject of charity. To make it not charity, Nucky requests that in return for the support of her children, she vote a straight Republican ticket.
And who says the GOP is not sensitive to the needs of the poor?
Or to the women’s vote, which will be a factor in the upcoming election for the first time. However, Nucky’s political mentor, the Commodore, is rather contemptuous of the capacity of the ladies (or at least his maid) to understand any political issue whatsoever.
In the meantime, Nucky feels it necessary to teach Jimmy a lesson. To be a gangster in his town is going to cost. For Jimmy, that is $3,000. Albeit with some difficulty, Jimmy comes up with the money. Then Nucky deliberately loses the three thousand at a roulette table, ramming home the lesson that the money was not important; Jimmy’s chastisement was important.
Nelson Van Alden, the crusading IRS anti-liquor agent, is not letting things go. He suspects that Mr. Schroeder was not more responsible for the liquor heist and is asking questions of Nucky, of Margaret. Will he find out the truth? Perhaps he will, as we shall see.
Rothstein is also put out by the deaths of his men and the disappearance of his liquor. But he feels that Nucky parting with a hundred thousand dollars will square things. Nucky, however, makes a very rude comment to Rothstein and a warning. One suspects that violence and death will follow.
In the meantime, a traveling salesman friend of Nucky’s named George Baxter is squiring a lady around town he picked up in Baltimore named Claudia. Claudia is more than willing to be wined and dined and have nice things bought for her. She is, however, most unwilling to put out. She is “not that kind of girl.”
In disgust, George drives Claudia home in the middle of the night. His constant complaining finally causes Claudia to request that George pull over. Just to shut him up, she will take care of his needs, after a fashion.
But then, from out of the dark, comes the sole survivor of the liquor shipment hijacking, who has been wandering in the woods in a daze ever since. This is going to be bad news for a lot of people in Atlantic City.
Source: Boardwalk Empire, The Ivory Tower, TV.Rage