Boardwalk Empire – Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Season Two: Episode Eight
Directed by: Tim Van Patten
Written by: Terence Winter
The Spin: The latest Winter/Van Patten hour opens in purely Sopranos-esque style with Nucky’s dream. Oh, the symbolism! Oh, what does it all mean? Where’s Dr. Melfi when you need her? What transpires next is possibly the series’ finest hour. Behold! – Nucky’s old pap bites the dust. At last! – The Schroeder kids start callin’ ol’ Nuck “Dad.” Look Yonder! – It’s Torrio and Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) meeting up with Nucky to discuss the little problem with their underlings. Apparently Rothstein is the 1920’s gangster version of our own modern-day Warren Buffett advising the others to wait…wait…wait…and then place the perfect bet. And then! – After his own brush with death last week, Nucky sees all the signs and tells his enemies he’s resigning and stepping down to retire with his new “wife and kids.” Oh, brutha, but even Nucky’s own dumb-as-dirt brother (Shea Whigham) knows that Nucky is smarter than Jimmy – he’s smarter than them all. And we know that Nucky is bamboozling his enemies into thinking they’ve won – as you see, he’s plotting with Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) to shut down the city with a strike and arranging for Slater (Charles Cox) to take him over to Belfast and arrange a meeting…for perhaps a little arms dealing? While pouty-lipped Jimmy is too dumb to realize his wife (Aleksa Palladino) is about to hook-up with novelist Louise, he takes out his blind frustrations by throwing the even stupider Mickey Doyle (whose laughing now, buddy?) from the balcony of Babette’s during their evening of celebration.
Things Learned This Evening: Angela has always smoked. Swedish nannies are the best, aren’t they? The decor for Jersey funeral homes hasn’t changed in 90 years.
Wait Until Next Week: Something tells me that Butcher from Philly could go rogue at any moment and cut him up a nice steak at the shore. How long can Sleater keep his secret?
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?