Boardwalk Empire: Belle Femme

Tres belle.

Boardwalk Empire: Complete Episode Guide 

Boardwalk EmpireBelle Femme

Season One: Episode Nine

Directed by:  Brad Anderson

Written by:  Steve Kornacki and Terence Winter (series creator) from the novel by Nelson Johnson

The SpinTranssiberian and The Machinist helmer Brad Anderson directs this taut episode with great restraint and the best pacing since Scorsese’s pilot.   Fresh from Chicago, Jimmy tries to reestablish his family life much to his little lady’s dismay.  When he tries to pull a number on Lucky Luciano with Momma’s help, that crafty Van Alden spoils the party by bringing him in on murder charges for the Hamilton Massacre.  But what Van Alden doesn’t realize is that his number two is in cahoots with Nucky, and he does his own number on their star witness against Jimmy.  Meanwhile, as Nucky sets his sights on fixing the local elections, Margaret does her own bit of politicking.  All of this leads up to a shocking denouement on the boardwalk, brilliantly pulled-off by Anderson’s slow-build.  This pretty lady of an episode was an absolute knock-out.

My favorite parts:  Everything.  This thing oozed class.  The sex was restrained and the violence appropriate and plot driven.  The jazz numbers were the best since the pilot.  If they know what’s good for them, they’ll be bringing back Brad Anderson for more.

Wait Until Next Week:  Witness or not, Jimmy still needs to find a way outta this fine pickle.  What hell will a threatened Nucky wrought?

Commentary by David H. Schleicher 

To my readers and Boardwalk strollers:  Thoughts, reactions, comments?

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2 comments on “Boardwalk Empire: Belle Femme

  1. BookSellerNJ says:

    This espisode did indeed ooz class! The revelation that Van Alden’s #2 is in cahoots with Nucky was an unexpected spin that could spin out-of-control for Van Alden in future episodes. And the attempted shooting of Nucky on the Boardwalk in the last scene was shocking and riveting; as well as Nucky’s “best manservant” fearlessly jumping to his rescue! And Margaret has blossomed in beauty and confidence. An intelligent woman to be reckoned with and may prove to be Nucky’s downfall or savior in future episodes. I’m betting on Nucky and Margaret getting outta this mess together!

    Yes, and if anybody wasn’t hooked completely yet, they should be now after this one. –DHS

  2. John Greco says:

    Just watched this episode last night and looks like things are heating up. With Jimmmy coming back to AC the blood is going to flow. Agree this was a nicely paced episopde.

    John, was wondering where ya been – glad to see you got caught up! — DHS

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