October 1st, 2012
02:59 PM ET
After last week’s episode, the big question going into “Bone for Tuna” was, how would Nucky Thompson respond to Gyp Rosetti’s antics?
Well, to answer that question, he did and he made it worse.
You see, poor Nucky’s all torn up because he hasn’t heard from Billie Kent in a few days. While that was going on, he’s was also having dreams about shooting an unnamed blonde boy (a young Jimmy?) in the face and with the smell of bacon present. We’re not sure what it all means, but I’d say that Mr. Thompson’s mind is all over the place.
Fortunately, Nucky had the right mind to go and meet with Gyp in Tabor Heights. Long story short, they agreed to settle their differences by Nucky supplying Gyp with a month’s worth of liquor and a good time in Atlantic City. All good? Not a chance. The whole Nucky-Gyp BFF thing was obviously just a set up for the bigger blow at the end of show. (More on that in a second.)
While Nucky was hunting for Billie, the rest of AC (and former residents) was keeping busy. Let’s start with Mrs. Thompson, a.k.a. Margaret. She’s been on a mean independent streak, wants a women’s clinic, and isn't happy Nucky wants no part in the dealings of the church and the hospital.
So what did she do? Duped the doctor, the Bishop and got Nucky to do what he couldn’t stand. Point. Set. Match. Actress Kelly Macdonald’s performance, which has always been solid, makes the transition of her character into a major player of AC more believable, especially given the time period they’re in.
Speaking of women making moves, there’s Gillian. We learned that Momma Darmody’s Artemis Club is financially backed by her boo, Lucky Luciano, and he’s not happy with the returns on his investment. Good thing for Gillian, Gyp has a crush on her. (He tells Nucky when they’re having dinner.)
Gillian might be the most manipulative (and creepy) mother on TV right now and Gyp is the loosest cannon this show has had in three seasons ... with the exception of Van Alden a.k.a. George Mueller.
Over in Cicero, Van Alden was pranked by his coworkers. He told his new wife that he has no confidence as a salesman. He went to a speakeasy with his same coworkers anyway and narrowly escaped a raid. Cool because we’re hoping that Michael Shannon’s character can go ahead and make the shift from Prohee (what they call prohibition officers on the show) to gangster. Could be a stretch, but I can’t see this character selling irons door-to-door for whole a season. Can you?
I knew I needed more of Richard Harrow this week. The man with the mask returned mostly because Mickey Doyle had been running around town staking claim to the murder of Manny Horvitz.
In arguably the best scene of the episode, Harrow kidnapped Mickey and brought him crying to Nucky’s place. Harrow told Nucky he killed Horvitz for Angela, not Jimmy, and that the Thompson family didn’t have to fear for their lives.
Later, Nucky dropped Gyp off at Gillian’s where she worked her magic on the sensitive gangster. During their “we don’t like Nucky” chat, Gillian revealed to Gyp that Nucky’s own brother once tried to have him killed. And like that, she planted the idea of killing Nucky into Gyp’s head.
And perfect timing because, feeling slighted by Nucky’s attempt to trade Italian pleasantries, Gyp is FURIOUS. (I had to write that in all caps because what followed was equally as cray.)
Lesson to be learned: Never tell an Italian gangster who takes everything personal “good luck,” in any language. Poor Sheriff Sickles learned that hard way when Gyp set him on fire and watched with a smile. This is the Gyp we wanted to see.
Still the one guy not smiling at the end of the episode was Nucky, who decided to just show up and pass out at Billie’s place in New York. The next day he woke up to Billie and bacon. Oh and let’s not forget Nucky’s flashbacks of Jimmy’s return to AC during season one. Regret much, Mr. Thompson?
Between feeling guilty over killing Jimmy, and being hung up on Billie, Nucky seems more on track for a breakdown than ever. It’s just a matter of when.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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