'Boardwalk Empire': Lost in translation
October 1st, 2012
02:59 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Lost in translation

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?

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Valrie Panis

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    July 7, 2013 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marina

    ridiculous comments

    October 3, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jared

    You guys are all retarded!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mario

    The show has seem to lost any direction. Why in the hell did the kill of JImmy Darmody? His character had sooo many levels and possibilities. Now the show seems to be floundering under its own weight.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NuckyT

      Michael Pitts probably has a movie offer. So his character had to go. Kind of leaves Richard in limbo (I like Richard). Not getting into the Gyp character. And they are not developing Capone or Rothsteins character further, like I thought they would. Minimal Chalky so far too. Strange.....

      October 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • coolb

      Please enough about Jimmy already. I almost stopped watchign the show because of that mopping, sobbing alcoholic. He had become so depressing. It was time to move on without him.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. no they are on fire...


    October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. the boyfriend and i

    watch it also..but there is always room something new....

    October 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Brando

    I never cared for this show, and only watch it cuz the wife likes it, and this season it appears to have really gone off the rails. Did they really used to set people on fire, EVER? Dumbtalk Empire should be the name of this terrible show.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisabeth

    Nucky sounds like a made up name.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • honeydip74

      His name is Enoch...ever hear of nick names? And duh, it's a tv show of course it's made up. In addition I don't think Chad or Brad would've fit the times.

      October 3, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • richb

      Not made up...Enoch Thompson was a real person.. look it up..

      October 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TJ

    I miss The Sopranos 🙁

    October 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sokman

    I'll trade you Boardwalk Empire for Park Place & 2 railroads

    October 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leroshus

    It's a silly show. Silly and lame.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Apples

    This season Boardwalk is boring with a lot of violence. Past seasons had meaning and connection to the violence. Gyp definitely has some deep issues; he and Rothstein at war would be very interesting...if he could get close enough. Rothstein is smart but every man has his weakness. As for Margaret, she's a smart lady making lemonade out of lemons and pouring the sweet refreshing drink for those in need. Yep, could use more Chalky in the mix.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rosie

    Sorry, this show has REALLY jumped the shark. Best character is gone – Jimmy. This new character Rosetti is a psychopath and is only good for shock value. I don't find him entertaining AT ALL. Sorry, I knew it couldn't last.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marie

    This show has really gone downhill since last season. They never should've killed Jimmy. He was the most interesting person on the show. Richard Harrow is the best character left. Hopefully he gets more screen time. I too find Nucky's obsession with Billie a little out of left feild. Sure she's gorgeous and young, but I don't understand why he's fallen so seemingly hard for her.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Any one that dosnt like this show can go fuk them self's

      October 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      This is because you are not a middle-aged man, whose wife is a major pain in the ass, as well as an idiot, having given away a fortune in real estate to the church (something that no Irish woman would ever do, by the way). It is easy to obsess over a young thing when everyone else you know is nothing but a problem.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Logan

    I loved the first two seasons of BOARDWALK EMPIRE and do not like this season's episodes at the present time....With the death of Jimmy Darmody the show BOARDWALK EMPIRE is dying.....I do not understand why Nucky is so enamored with this homely and flat-chested Billie? She is physically bad-looking and doesn't have intelligence and personality....Everyone seems to be going through the motions of living, but where is this going? Who cares? The characters are boring....Only one character interests me -RICHARD HARROW, but he is not given enough time on the show......Why did they ever kill of the Jimmy Darmody character?.....Darmody made the show...Without him the show is boring and pointless.....I detest Margaret....I wish someone would kill her off....Mickey Doyle is creepy...Why is he given such a big role? I miss seeing Arnold Rothstein....Gyp Rosetti is too evil.....What makes Nucky and Rothstein so interesting is that they do evil things but they they have intelligence and charm....I hope the homely mistress Billie is killed off soon too....Perhaps by Gyp.....

    October 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jenna

    My mom liked back in the olden days in the 1980s and she said she dont remember things looking like this in the Eighties. She said they had something called disco music and everyone ate fondue. She says maybe people acted like this up in Minnesota or Canada but not around here in Idaho.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francine

      Have you noticed what era this is all taking place in????? It's the 1920s, prohibition time, there weren't any Lexus, Land Rovers or any of the vehicle we have in 2012, so yes everything about this program has to be authentic and that's what makes it so believable. I think your mother has her decades mixed up, the 70's had fondue and the 80's had disco.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jenna

    I dont care for this show. All the clothes they wear look uncomfortable and scratchy like. Why don't they wear normal clothes and drive nice cars like a Lexus instead of those old broken down things. Maybe everyone was poor in the olden days and couldn't afford a nice Acura or Lexus. Or even a Land Rover.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  18. The dude on the right...

    who is he again?

    October 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Elen

    well well well....I like your indebt however short but sweet depiction of last night's show....Nucky is what the old timers would refer to as being ...."pu..y whip'd"....he is so close to blowing a fuse you can see the sparks coming from your television set....this is hilarious....Gyp is a real case and who better to match him up with that grandma/momma Gillian?
    Mrs. Thompson....she was spot on in this episode....good for her...can't wait until the ole doc calls Mr. Thompson on his "wife"...what will Nucky's response to that be? Bring on Chalky....I would love to see him go up against Gyp...wouldn't that be a hoot???? Love BE...

    October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Marjorie...

    we could watch it naked .. might be more interesting.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mensa IQ

    Aaaaaaah. Finally the perfect show for imbeciles.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mensa IQ

    This is quite possibly the dumbest show in television's history. I think only a simpleton would find this program watchable.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milan

      I think you need to go back to watching the kardashians, something more on your level of understanding.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Marina

    wait...is the on the left Margaret?

    October 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |

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