'Boardwalk Empire': Momma Jimmy, the Easter Bunny
October 29th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Momma Jimmy, the Easter Bunny

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?

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Ellen

    Hey...bring on the recap from Sunday night (November 4th)....what a hoot that was....holla!!!

    November 5, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. the worst

    a horrid actress....who is she married too.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wrong.

    its about letting people know, having the right script - who the actress is–noone was surprised

    October 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aimee

    OMG do you even know what the inheritance laws were back then? Good grief. Who cares?? It's about the drama, not the legality. We're talking about gangsters here.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. deewa2010

    As soon as I saw "James" I KNEW that she would use him to get control of the place, but I thought she'd talk him into signing something, pretending to be Jimmy, I did not see her KILLING HIM THAT QUICK. But one look at his Jimmy looks, I knew she had larceny in her heart... oh yeah she has no heart.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. wow

    that actress is so unattractive -

    October 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. see you soon honey


    October 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Saturn 6

    Is Gyp the guy that killed the guy with the dog in the first episode? The one that said 3 and 1? That guy is mean.

    Also, who is the fella with just part of a face? He seems really nice but still shoots people on the show.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumzy

      Yes that's psycho gyp. The dude with half his face off is Richard harrow (Gillian's son James army buddy). He's actually a good guy.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    Am I the only one that can see that Gillian or some other Artemis club girl is going to end up killing Gyp in an autoerotic "accident"? This is why she hasen't been killed off yet. Also the previews for next week place Gyp in the Artemis, if I'm not mistaken.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ellen


    When it's all said and done...post Gillian...I see Harrow raising little Jimmy "in da big house"...lol

    October 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ellen

    Kudo's to "Jon"...you called it babe....are you one of the show's writers??? lol (Just kidding...are you?)

    Gillian is a bonafide nut case who belongs in the same potty with Gyp... my man Harrow....such a cool dude isn't he? lol He's also one of my fav characters on the show...next to Nuck and Chalky...yeah, got it bad for Nuck...I'm going for the cool...

    Now back to Gillian...I'm wondering if somehow this "tub drowning" comes back to bite her in the cheeks...seeing as lil' Jimmy got it straight to the frontal lobe...it will come out...especially if she somehow goes wacko and has a wake...
    lawdy, this is going to get interesting..because we all know how Nucky feels about Gillian...that said....to be continued and I hear the kettle alerting us that it's HOT....!!! lol

    October 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chip Douglas

    The whole Gillian role and subplot seems worthless. Even without DNA or fingerprint analysis techniques in the 1920s. Is a similar haircut and some dog tags sufficient to ID a body? And they could determine homicide, with Gillian as lead suspect, right? Just seemed not needed. We need more Chalky and Arnold involvement in building the story. Hopefully, at some point, Richard puts a bullet 1" below Gyps eye. Soon please.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. flo

    "hike that dress up"

    October 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ted

    I finally took everyone's advice and started watching the show. Well, they were correct. It really is very good. Season 3 is on "HBO ON DEMAND". We watched the first and second episodes of season 3 yesterday afternoon. It is GOOD. Plus reading these articles is helping me understand it better. Thanks CNN and our blogging pals for introducing us to this wonderful show ! 🙂 🙂

    October 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. B-Diddy

    What bothers me is that unless this issue is addressed Gillian should not herit the home. The home should be inherited by Jimmy's son under the laws of intestate succession. We are just to assume that for some reason Gillian gets the whole home. Doesn't make sense.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dani

      Wouldn't she 'get' the house until little Tommy turns 18 or 21? She is his only living relative

      October 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |

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