So it needs to be said, Trashelles: SCREW YOU, TERENCE WINTER, AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON! SCREW YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL!! No amount of lovingly-staged Tim van Patten shots of sadness are going to make me forget this.
He’s like Dr. Evil stroking his hairless cat and mwah-ha-ha-ing at us for getting attached to a sweet-tempered character, because Boardwalk Empire has sooooo many of them. Bah! A pox on his house. I’m so angry I’m going to, well … I think I might … oh hell. Who am I kidding. Richard showed up in the promos and I’m not going anywhere.
So, previously on Boardwalk Empire, “Will” inadvertently let his epic Thompson resentment, and Eli’s inattention to detail, lead to Henry’s death. Nelson was metaphorically curling up in the fetal position because he couldn’t quit the Caponies. Big Chalky was too busy listening to Li’l Chalky to see what’s coming. Eddie met a Caponi, got drunk, had a fun night, so of course, he was hauled in for questioning. Arnold lost a poker game to Nucky and showed his sad, sorry, soft underbelly while Meyer showed a very dark and ruthless side. And Nucky continued to further isolate himself.
(Non) Fade up on a phone conversation between “Will” and Nucky. As the scene finally comes into view, “Will’s” anxious and needs Nucky’s help. But we’re not with Nucky, we’re in Eddie’s empty room at the Albatross. As Nucky barks and knocks for Eddie, we see his few possessions: a couple of parakeets, sheet music, books and a photo of two boys.
Cut to a dank room where Agent Random offers Eddie something to drink. Knox is being an asshole and taunting Eddie, who just wants to know why he’s there. The agents are playing Dumb Cop/Asshole Cop, wondering who Eddie needed protection from that he carried a pistol. Apaches. Heh. Then they toy with Eddie that he can leave just to pull his cane away, in case we hadn’t figures out that they’re dicks.
Over in Cicero, a campaign truck blasting election announcements drives down Nelson’s street so Sigrid can get peeved, we can see how inept Nelson is at building his kit house, and appreciate that while he may be incompetent at life, Nelson has some good-looking genes, because Abigail and Whoosits are adorable.
Then Whoosits calls Nelson Dada and Nelson has a very brief moment of happiness, so of course, a Caponi has to ride in like one of the horsemen of the Apocalypse. At least it’s Frank who tries to Rico Suave the situation. While Sigrid and Whoosits wave goodbye to Dada, Nelson looks like he’s considering shooting another federal investigator in the knee to make his escape. Poor Nelson.
Down in Philadelphia and “Will’s” cooling in a holding room at a police station when Nucky comes in. “Will’s” barely holding it together and wondering why he can’t leave so Nucky can school him in Corruption and Amorality 101. They have to plan how “Will” leaves the station so he looks like he’s just come down to pay a parking ticket, and not that he was hauled in as a suspect on a federal offense.
By the way, I think I get why they recast “Will.” This scene with last season’s “Will,” who looked like a baby Jimmy, would have made James Cameron cringe at its heavy-handedness. Anyway, “Will” asks if Nucky can’t call in some favors in Philadelphia. “Will” promises to make it up to Nucky, who just wants to gauge the situation before he makes any calls, and asks about Henry. “Will” denies, denies, denies, but Nucky’s all “Indulge me.”