October 15th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the October 14 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]
Sunday's episode, “You’d Be Surprised," was full of them - surprises, that is. There was a plethora of “OMG” and “WTF” moments from start to finish.
In a way, the entire 58 minutes opened and (more or less) ended with Gyp Rosetti.
Things kicked off with arguably one of the show’s weirdest sex scenes (yes, almost on par with the Jimmy-sleeping-with-mom scene from last season). It looks like "Boardwalk Empire's" taking a cue from the "sex scenes that will make you cringe" schtick that “True Blood” has down to a science.
While Gyp was enjoying getting choked while doing the nasty, Rothstein, Nucky and even Eli weighed in on how to handle the new bad guy.
In one of the best monologues of the show, Rothstein let Nucky know that while he may now be gangster full-time, chasing women (Billie Kent) and taking his eye off the ball is bad for his business. Give it up to Michael Stuhlbarg for making Rothstein one of TV’s most eloquent gangsters ever.
Speaking of Mr. Thompson, he was the big loser for the night. First, he had to bully his way into getting Edie Cantor to save Billie’s failing show.
Granted, it was via the episode's second-best scene, in which Chalky White and Piano Purnsley (the name I gave him) scared Cantor into not refusing Nucky’s offer. Those two as enemies-turned-dynamic duo is just plain awesome.
Then Nucky got caught by Margaret dress shopping with Billie. Later they argued about their now God-awful relationship, and even with Margaret’s defiance, Nucky reminds her who feeds her kids and keeps her in designer clothes. Yet and still, as Nucky tends to all of this, business runs with or without him.
This can’t be good, because over in Washington, a hearing takes place where the government is questioning Attorney General Harry Daugherty’s work with prohibition. We learned thanks to Gaston Means, my new favorite show creeper who was waiting outside, that for Daugherty’s team to be cut some slack they’ll have to start arresting the men who bring them business - bootleggers. Why not Nucky?
And what about Van Alden? His storyline started to drag a bit but took a crazy turn. Long story short, a Prohee Van Alden encountered wanted to chat with him about a bad iron Van Alden sold to him. In a bit of miscommunication, Van Alden’s wife thinks the Prohee wants to arrest her husband, so she clubbed him with an iron. The two proceeded to then suffocate the Prohee.
What does it all mean, you ask? It means Van Alden went back to Dean O’Banion’s flower shop asking for help getting rid of the body.
I did say, “crazy,” right? Probably because I was thinking about Gillian, a.k.a Mama Jimmy. As per usual, she was still in some crazy denial that Jimmy is dead (as are some of the commenters). She can’t get the help she needs to run the Artemis club without Jimmy being legally declared dead. She won’t accept it and even writes a letter to dead Jimmy. She needs a friend. Wonder if she’ll call Gyp for that service.
Speaking of women on the move, Margaret’s whole hospital storyline gets increasingly boring by the episode. She struggled with building buzz for her women’s health class and yeah, you didn’t miss much. It’s time the show starts utilizing the genius that is Kelly Macdonald.
Let's get back to where there was some action: we saw Rothstein and Lucky Luciano meet with Gyp, and we were led to believe a new partnership was formed after that verbal lashing Nucky got from Arnold.
Well, thank goodness for the live-wire known as Benny Siegel. The episode closed out with Benny disguising himself as a paperboy and trying to kill Gyp, who was busy with the whole S&M thing again. Spoiler alert: Gyp survives, but his men and the poor gal he was “making love” to weren’t so lucky.
The overhead shot of a naked Gyp walking through the blood bath with a belt still tied around his neck gave me chills (and was the best scene by far). I fear for any other character that crosses Gyp’s path going forward, especially Nucky and Rothstein.
What did you guys think? I’m still a bit speechless.
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