November 12th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 11 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]
We have three episodes left in this season, and if Sunday's “The Milkmaid’s Lot” is any indication, it looks like Nucky Thompson will be headed into battle alone.
I blame Billie Kent.
After last week’s explosive end that saw Billie lose her life, to say that we were left this week with a Nucky who hadn’t quite recovered would be an understatement.
Turned out the blast left Nucky with a concussion that led to tinnitus and mental confusion. Nuck’s hazy mind was horrible timing, with Gyp Rosetti and Joe Masseria ready to take him down.
Gyp made a return back to his psychotic self after more or less hitting rock bottom lately. He basically took over Tabor Heights, buying the silence from everyone in the town and giving the sheriff a nice beating. Oh, and he managed to form a small army with Masseria’s blessing. Gyp has never been more of a threat than he is now.
One guy we won’t have to worry about was George Remus. In probably the most comical scene of the episode, Remus played a good ol' game of tag with some Prohibition agents in house.
What followed were a few third person references from Remus, which were finally cut off by Esther Randolph with the line of the night. After Remus admitted to a connection and paper trail leading to Harry Daugherty, she snapped, “Then Randolph would be very interested in seeing them.” CLASSIC.
Let’s just say Julianne Nicholson has been killing this character, and somehow I found myself going from anti-Randolph to #TeamRandolph. Looking forward to her taking Daugherty down.
Speaking of folks headed for bad outcomes, let's discuss Owen Sleater and Margaret. In between tending to Nucky, these two decided to have secret talks about running away together. Call me a hater, but that whole “lets run away together” thing was just plain lame. This has to be a set-up to Nucky offing one of them in a jealous rage, no?
Apparently Owen wants out of the business in a couple of years, and when he leaves he plans on taking Ms. Thompson with him. G’luck, Owen. Your character could be killed off in a shocking heartbeat - just ask Michael Pitt.
Jimmy’s bro Richard Harrow has been one of the brighter points for me this season. Granted, he hasn’t quite been the killing machine we’re used to, but you can’t help but be amped for his newfound love life.
Despite the fact that there was no action in Richard’s storyline, he did get some action, and by action I mean a kiss that left lipstick on his mask after a successful date with Julia Sagorsky. Sorry Vince Vaughn, but apparently Richard is a fantastic dancer, and he showed as much last night.
Of course, when he got home, Mama Jimmy was there to ruin things by blaming him for Tommy stumbling in on a peep show. Whatever, in a perfect world, this season will close out with Richard cremating the body of Mama Jimmy after he killed her. A boy can dream, right?
But back to reality, or Nucky’s skewed version of it. The episode followed a man trying to conduct his business while literally being out of his mind. There were awkward exchanges with just about everyone, including Chalky White, whom Nucky thought was a shoe shiner. There was the weird birthday party for Emily that almost bordered on creepy.
Yet the biggest loss Nucky took last night was when he attempted to round up the different bosses, including Arnold Rothstein, to try and form an army to go up against Gyp and Masseria.
Let’s just say things didn’t go well for Nucky, and with Rothstein’s line that they wished him “all the luck in the world” going forward, you got the sense our protagonist has never been more powerless.
Meanwhile, Gyp and Masseria met for a chat in which the latter told the former that if he can run an operation (i.e., setting off bombs that actually kill the intended target), then one day he might become a general.
With the men on his side and his opponent rendered more or less useless, the war is Gyp’s to lose.
What are you guys looking forward to seeing in the last three episodes?
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