October 29th, 2012
12:35 PM ET
I’d like to dedicate this recap to commenter “jon,” whose prediction for Momma Jimmy (a.k.a. Gillian) came to light in last night’s “Sunday Best.”
The episode centered around our characters all spending Easter Sunday with their respective families, and Gillian’s grand scheme to regain control and continue her path as one of the more manipulative and creepy characters in Atlantic City. No surprise here, we’ll start with her:
So Momma Jimmy faked menstrual cramps, got Richard Harrow to clear the Artemis Club of all the ladies and convinced him to take Tommy out for the day. Her telling Richard she felt “murderous” was all we needed to know shed be up to something.
As soon as Richard and Tommy left, Gillian had Roger (a.k.a. James) come over where she spent most of the day seducing him and being weird because that’s what she does.
Meanwhile there was Sunday family time with the Thompson’s at Eli’s house. Nucky, Margaret and the kids all came together for an Easter egg hunt and some good eating. Turned out the whole thing was a ploy for Eli to try and talk to his brother about his role in the business. Let me just say the whole Eli hiding Easter eggs in the yard like he was hiding the family jewels was, in a subtle way, one of the best scenes of the night.
How could you not root for Eli to make a comeback?
One person needing a comeback was Gyp Rosetti, who resurfaced this week. Gyp’s man Tonino told him that after the whole Tabor Heights fiasco, their man power, influence and money were low, which meant their boss, Joe Masseria, was going to be pissed. More angry (and hilarious) was Gyp’s wife and mother-in-law, who were banging on his bedroom door to alert him to the meal that was ready.
The ridicule Gyp got at the table from the Rosetti’s ladies only added to the overall picture which was that our big bad villain had hit gangster rock bottom.
A character who seemed to be on the up and up was Richard who had a wing man in Tommy as he went to the Sagrosky’s to woo Julia. She was hosting an Easter dinner. After a drunken-fueled rant from her father after discovering Tommy in his dead son’s room playing with toys, it was time to go, but Richard wasn’t leaving empty-handed.
He told Julia (in the most suave way he could), “You should get your coat and come with me.” Like that, Richard got the girl.
Just when we thought this would be another set-up episode things got moving in the last 15-20 minutes.
First there was Gyp, who gave a sad plea to God at church. He asked why the other gangsters were having better luck than he was. Bobby Cannavale’s monologue was awesome, and what happened next was even better: Gyp punched a pastor and robbed him of the church money asking, “Where does God keep the rest?”
Gyp then had a meeting with Tasseria, who more or less called for his head until he convinced him that guys like Nucky, Arnold Rothstein and Lucky Luciano didn’t have the big boss’ interest at heart.
I wouldn’t mind seeing him return back to his more sociopathic, cold-blooded killer ways, personally.
But back to commenter “jon” and his prediction for Momma Jimmy: We wondered what her plan was or why the writers hadn’t killed her off yet. Well, that’s because she injected heroin into Roger’s body, drowned him in a bathtub and then put Jimmy’s dog tags around his neck. So it looks like she’ll use the Jimmy look-a-like to gain control of the Artemis Club and financial power.
Guess this means Gillian will be around for the long haul, or at least for the rest of the season.
We closed things out with Nucky and Margaret sharing a moment at the house. Nucky went upstairs, got on the phone and informed Eli that he’d be running the warehouse with Mickey. And like that, Eli got promoted.
Can’t say I’m mad at the turnaround Eli has made. Didn’t care much for him in the last two seasons, but this time around you can’t help but want him to succeed. Good thing, because from the looks of the previews for next week, the war of the bootleggers is coming.
What did you guys think of the last night’s episode?
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