Boardwalk Empire – A Dangerous Maid
Season Two: Episode Three
Directed by: Susanna White
Written by: Itamar Moses
The Spin: Aha! The title was a rouse, ya see? Here I thought we would be seeing Margaret’s maid getting entangled in…something or someone…but instead it’s just the name of a play poor little Lucy Danzinger (Paz de la Huerta – getting her first chance to really act on the show) longs to star in while Van Alden keeps her locked up like a prisoner until she plops out that bastard of a chap. Under the watchful eye of director Susanna White, the ladies are front and center in this slower moving family focused episode. Margaret comes to a revelation about her estranged family (recently emigrated to Brooklyn) while Jimmy continues to wrestle with his mother’s devotion to the conniving Commodore and his own conflicted feelings over who’s the better (or worse) father-figure to him. Meanwhile, down in the dumps Nucky marks his territory in a great tell-off scene at Babbette’s Supper Club. Oh yeah, and watch out for that Owen Slater (Charlie Cox) – he’s a man on the move, ladies and gents!
Things Learned This Evening: Don’t you dare order the last lobster at Babbette’s! And apparently all a depressed knocked-up gal needs to prevent her from throwing herself down a flight of stairs is a spiffy new Victrola and some records.
Interesting Trend: Lucky Luciano and Al Capone have become the most uniteresting characters on the show, but I wouldn’t mind Rothstein (the excellent Michael Stuhlbarg) getting more screen time.
Wait Until Next Week: How will Nucky react to Sleater taking things into his own hands…and does Sleater have eyes on more than just being Nucky’s right hand man?
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?