Rambling TV: Thoughts on Boardwalk Empire

"Sometimes I find it easier to despise someone than to love them."

That brilliant line was uttered by Van Alden in this week's episode of Boardwalk Empire. I think it sums up his character pretty well. Don't forget to click those gifs to be redirected to their makers.


Van Alden and Eli Thompson were missing from last week's premiere, but they make the most of it in this episode. Eli has turned into a depressed drunk who watches a warehouse get raided. Capone's warehouse, and he loses 20k. He's pissed, and they have to get it back.

Capone is sporting a large scare, and it dawns on me that skipping ahead to 1931 completely misses the St. Valentine's Day massacre, which I thought would actually be a part of the show. 

Gillian is in some kind of mental hospital and bribes a warden into giving her a pen and paper - something she can't have. She's going to write a letter, but we don't know who to.

Willie Thompson, Eli's son is trying to get a job as a lawyer, but whenever he mentions he's from Atlantic City, and that's he's related to Nucky, he gets nowhere.

Nucky goes back to NYC to find out who's trying to assassinate him. He talks to Torrio and tells him he thinks it's Lansky.


Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and Benny Siegal  meet with Tonino (remember, he had a part in blowing up Babette's last season and killing Nucky's girlfriend, Billie Kent) and discussion their issues with Nucky.

Later, Tonino goes to Nucky and tells him Lansky and Luciano were responsible for the hit, then he offers to work for him, because he thinks they're going to kill him soon anyways. Nucky tells him to tell his bodyguard where to find Lanskey, and the episode ends with Tonino dead on Luciano's doorstep with his ear missing, and a knife in his back with a postcard from Havana. 

This week's flashback to Nucky's childhood included his sister's death, the commodore coming to pay his respects, and Nucky's dad being a general asshole and drinking their money away so they don't have the funds to bury her properly.



I really liked this episode. It had a lot of build up, and seems like it will set the stage for many things. Plus it posed many questions. No Chalky this week, but he's in next week's preview. Willie is kind of a wild card, I wonder if he's going to rat Nucky out at some point? His family did get torn apart.

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