Boardwalk Empire – Georgia Peaches
Season Two: Episode Ten
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: David Flebotte
The Spin: It seemed like a ho-hum episode from Podeswa and Flebotte. Everyone was doing their schtick. Jimmy was proving to be completely ineffective, getting a lashing from his stroke-ridden pops while failing to broker a deal with Chalky to end the strike. The impatient hotheads from New York were getting on his case and trying to open up the heroin market in light of Nucky’s Irish whiskey run flooding AC. That saucy ADA (Julianne Nicholson) arrested that dope Eli (Shea Whigham) in hopes of getting him to squeal on Nucky concerning the disposal of a certain Hans Schroeder. Naturally Margaret saw poor Emily’s polio as an indictment from God regarding her sinful ways, while her son – desperate for attention – decided to accuse Nucky of burning down the homestead (ah – remember that from last season?) while Nucky took him to New York to meet with Rothstein’s lawyer concerning his troublesome case. But don’t worry, Nuck – the kid won’t tell no one. And lastly that silly Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks) gets caught in the middle trying to make amends with a none-too-pleased Manny (William Forsythe). Which in all its slow-paced, period music accompanied glory led us to….a moment as shocking as it was heartbreaking.
****MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD!****
Courtesy of Manny the Butcher, poor Angela Darmody (the beautiful Aleksa Palladino) received her swan song in a closing scene completely unexpected. She is a character who will surely be missed and didn’t deserve her fate. Like all great HBO shows of old, nobody on the boardwalk is safe.
Things Learned This Evening: Margaret Schroeder is no fan of Ty Cobb. The Butcher shows no mercy; he is a villain among villains.
Wait Until Next Week: Will Jimmy completely fall apart or will he be motivated to finally take proper action? Will Margaret’s spiritual crisis fracture her relationship with Nucky? Who will the Butcher go after next?
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?