How I’ve missed your sniveling giggle. Your utter insouciant contempt for practically everyone. Your ability to never notice, or be around, when danger’s lurking. And I totally miss laughing at your shenanigans. This season’s been dark. And confusing. And all over the place. But mostly really, really dark.
But Mickey wasn’t there long. He just trailed around behind Eli because once he was stripped of his title of Big Man Down At The Warehouse, he quickly fell back in line as mewling sycophant. Eli’s finding out what Eddie was up to, since Eddie is really, most sincerely dead, despite never showing the body, breaking one of the sacred TV Tropes. Hitting a brick wall with the bank manager, Eli inadvertently gives away a little too much to Knox when he needs help breaking into the safe deposit box Eddie opened for Nucky, but Eli discovers his mistake almost in time? Who knows.
After getting booted off the farm and ordered to get right with God, Richard’s back in Atlantic City, where he learns that Paul is literally drinking himself to death. Then he heads over to the Sagorski house, prompting one of the sweetest scenes, ever, on Boardwalk Empire, which I understand is a very, very low bar but I still had to watch it again. Then Richard and Julia take Tommy down to a pier so he can look at the stars and Richard and Julia can rekindle their awkward and weird but touching romance.
Li’l Chalky is still wreaking havoc on Big Chalky’s brain and he’s even more disengaged and sullen with his family, who barely notice since “sullen and disengaged” is Chalky’s MO. Then Li’l Chalky goes all Faith on Daughter and gets “want, take, have,” after she sings a rather steamy, bluesy number that sends a few patrons for the door but gets Li’l Chalky’s full attention.
With Eli cleaning up after Eddie, Nucky’s back in Tampa finalizing the land deal with McCoy, who’s finally gets around to telling Nucky about Billy Clyde Tuggle, but has a new investor lined up. A guy calling himself “Pierce” but has an even worse EEE-tah-LEEE-on accent than Masseria. ‘Cause they’re cousins. Charlie, thinking he still controls Meyer, says they’re backing out of the deal, but Meyer wonders if Charlie’s got a frog in his pocket, because he’s staying. He’ll just cover Charlie’s half. Charlie’s all, “Smell you,” but says it more anti-semitically.
Finally, Nucky gets piss drunk with Sally and whines, bitches and moans about just how hard it is being Nucky until she punches him in the nose. Then we get a scene out of the UCLA Extension class “Premium Cable TV Writing for Dummies.”
Oh yeah. Margaret shows up to spread her special brand of sweetness, light and sunshine around. Turns out I didn’t miss her strident Catholic judgment as much as I thought.
Full recap will be up in a few days. Until then, you can catch up on last week’s recap here.
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