October 22nd, 2012
01:31 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the October 21 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]
After last week’s action-packed episode, Sunday's “Ging Gang Goolie” was just plain weird, due mostly in part to the creepiness that is Gillian Darmody, a.k.a. Mama Jimmy.
But let me start with my boy Nucky Thompson. The storyline seems to move forward a bit when Nucky isn’t out chasing the likes of Billie Kent, and on Sunday he headed to NYC to pay off Harry Daugherty via Gaston Means.
Yet when Nucky and the third-person-referencing George Remus showed up, Means was nowhere to be found.
Nucky later headed over to Washington, D.C., and found Daugherty meeting with Remus and Jess Smith.
Daugherty more or less told Nucky he was going to indict him instead of a bigger bootlegger like Remus because the latter is a direct contact with his man Smith. Nucky promised to take Daugherty down with him “lock, stock and whiskey barrel” if he goes through with it.
Over at the Thompson house, the episode followed Margaret doing something other than annoying folks with her hospital talk. Her little son Teddy set a greenhouse house on fire, and was caught with a gas can and some matches by the neighbor. Teddy then proceeded to get the world’s weakest spanking from his mother. Right then I heard my grandmother: “Gavin, go out there and pick the best switch to get your spanking with.” Teddy got off easy.
Of course, Margaret's parenting problems were just a whole set-up to get Owen Sleater at the house so they could flirt - more on that in a moment. Let's talk about that aforementioned “weirdness” that I brought up.
OK, so we know Gillian's crazy, likes to sleep with her son and is maybe the most manipulative character on the show, but her actions last night were just wrong.
First, Gillian caught Lucky Luciano trying to get one of the girls at Artemis Club to sell heroin for him. Gillian fired her out of what could only be called jealousy for not being the one sleeping with Luciano. OK, that's normal. But what she did next made me throw up in my mouth a bit.
Gillian found some guy on the boardwalk named Roger (What up, JWoww?) who kinda sorta looked like Jimmy. She seduced the guy, they had sex, and she asked afterward if she could call him James. Barf. Barf. Barf. Can we kill her character off sooner rather than later? I feel like I need to scrub my eyes after watching her in scenes like that one.
On the other hand, some of the most watchable scenes in this show involve Richard Harrow, who made a nice reappearance this week. Harrow visited the American Legion, which was apparently code for veterans getting together in some kind of fight club to let out old battle frustrations.
In the midst of the basement battle, Harrow looked after an old man who took the beating, and crushed on his daughter. I can’t tell you how much I’m rooting for Harrow to find some love on this show.
So at this point, you’re probably asking, “So what about Gyp Rosetti?”
Thanks to Eli and Mickey Doyle’s visit to Tabor Heights, we learned that Gyp's been MIA since the attack during his S&M night of fun. That made me nervous, because he has now gone from an Anton Chigurh-type sociopath to the show’s boogeyman, with everyone fretting that he might pop out at any time. From the looks of the previews for next week, the boogeyman will return soon enough.
Nucky wasn’t too concerned with Gyp because he was busy getting arrested. Daugherty sicced two of his men on Nucky and busted him for being in possession of one bottle of liquor. Nucky then stood in front of a judge for violating the Volstead Act. Esther Randolph was there ready to have another crack at him, but the judge let him go with a $5 fine.
Nucky waited for Randolph outside the courtroom, and they headed off to dinner to discuss a possible plan to sink the latter’s boss, Daugherty. Nucky claimed he got the scheme to work via someone higher up on the ladder. Uh, the President?
Nucky went over to Billie’s place after their meeting, but his quality time was cut short by a phone call from none other than Mr. Means. Means told Nucky that for $40,000 he could set up a meeting that could help him and Randolph bring Daugherty down.
Can I just say that Stephen Root’s performance is single-handedly making me love this character? All of his riddle talk bothered me earlier, but now I’m all about it. Would love to see what they do with Means, and the historical liberties they take. I'm not sold on Nucky being able to completely trust him though.
Now back to Owen and Margaret. We closed things out with the two of them chatting/flirting in the greenhouse that Teddy burned. Seeing as though earlier in the show, Margaret called Nucky and gave him the “we need to talk” line every man hates to hear, it seemed inevitable that she’d be down for a round two with Mr. Sleater. So yeah, they had sex and the credits rolled.
As an aside, I’m dressing as Chalky White for Halloween because I haven’t seen enough him on the show this season. Oh, and I’m taking open calls for Mr. Purnsely.
So we’ve hit the season’s halfway mark. Thoughts?
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