Boardwalk Empire – The Emerald City
Season One: Episode Ten
Directed by: Simon Cellan Jones
Written by: Lawrence Konner and Terence Winter (series creator) from the novel by Nelson Johnson
The Spin: After the dames get the right to vote, Nucky sees a golden opportunity with Margaret to rally the gals behind his new puppet for mayor. Poor Jimmy mistakes his little boy’s outburst on the boardwalk about “mommy’s kissing friend” and beats the bejesus out of that sap of a photographer, resulting in his paramour plotting with the photographer’s wife to finally skedaddle over the pond to Paris takin’ the kid and all. Meanwhile, snubbed after a visit with Margaret, Agent Van Alden falls off the wagon and runs into Lucy, resulting in the series’ most uncomfortable sex scene yet (a little more conversation would’ve been better). Now get this – that giggly Doyle crosses the aisle resulting in a vengeful Chalky White botching a Nucky-planned rouse against Rothstein’s gang, resulting in two dead. Back in Chicago, Capone has an unlikely revelation in a synagogue and decides it’s finally time to grow up – watch out world! In your face (or shall we say half-faced) literary motifs (courtesy of The Wizard of Oz), the aforementioned sex scene, and a whole-lotta goin’ on resulting in all too obvious look in the mirror for Margaret made this a mixed bag of an episode.
My favorite parts: Capone gettin’ all thoughtful at a bar mitzvah, the one-eyed sniper (Jack Huston) connecting with the Schroeder kids over the Wiz, Chalky White exacting his revenge with his bare hands.
Wait Until Next Week: Will Van Alden realize what he can really use Lucy for? What’s Rothstein’s next move? What’s Jimmy gonna do when he finally realizes who his lady has been gettin’ down with?
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?