Boardwalk Empire – Nights in Ballygran
Season One: Episode Five
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: Lawrence Konner and Terence Winter (series creator) from the novel by Nelson Johnson
The Spin: Hell hath no fury like a woman…marginally annoyed by mixed messages? Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), miffed by Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) cruel indifference to her St. Patty’s Day soda-bread, reaches out to that creep Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) to show she’s not messing around. It’s a special kind of lady who can pit two of the weirdest looking actors working today against each other in a play for her love disguised as a bootlegging smack down. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Michael Pitt) gets all mopey and nostalgic caring for his amor in a Chicago cat house. This Konner-penned, Alan Taylor-directed hour is the classic “a lot happened but it didn’t feel like a lot happened” episode. The “Nights in Ballygran” montage at the close was a nice touch leading to a “finally!” moment that came much sooner than I had predicted.
My Favorite Parts: The gathering of midgets, the 4th of July story Jimmy tells Pearl, the closing montage.
Favorite Lines: “No more midget shit!”
Plotlines whacked: Oh, dear opium-laden sweetheart Pearl (the lovely Emily Meade), we hardly got to know ye. Hopefully that Conan-lookin’ fella will still get what’s comin’ to ’em.
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?