Boardwalk Empire: The Milkmaid’s Lot

Masseria and Gyp…a not so happy couple?

Boardwalk Empire: Complete Episode Guide 

Boardwalk Empire – The Milkmaid’s Lot

Season Three: Episode Nine

Directed by:  Ed Bianchi

Written by:  Rolin Jones

The Spin:  Reeling from a serious concussion, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) has a hard time dealing with the loss of Billie while trying to rally his allies to prepare for war against Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi) and Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) who have literally bought Tabor Heights.  In the midst of the confusion and growing threat, Owen (Charlie Cox) makes a bold proposition asking Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) to go away with him…far away…from all of this.  Meanwhile at the House of Darmody, living in a den of whores is starting to take its emotional toll on little Tommy, leaving Gillian (Gretchen Mol) to scold Harrow (Jack Huston) as he tries to have a life of his own and romance Miss Sagorsky instead of watching after the boy.  Harrow knows, though, that what the boy needs is a proper home…but can he provide it?  After a final pep talk from Margaret in her last-ditch effort to see if this “life” is worth the trouble, Nucky confronts his allies only to learn that Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) has convinced the group that being in business with Nucky certainly isn’t worth the trouble.  And so the Nuckster is left standing alone.

Things Learned this Week:  The rhinoceros is waiting for the train (obviously),  but the whores can’t see that…they’ll never see that, Tommy!

Wait Until Next Week:  What’s a Nucky to do?  Will Gyp be able to live under the shadow of Masseria for very long without getting antsy?

Commentary by David H. Schleicher 

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



  1. I have many insightful, far-reaching reasons I think this show is fabulous. I could go on about the genius and beauty of it all.

    But tonight, I want to be petty and childish — so I will.

    I love Owen and Margaret together and I’m preemptively furious because I KNOW they are going to snatch it away from me. There, now I feel better. A bit.

    • I agree with this. Owen and Margaret escaping peacefully to Oregon is too pretty for Boardwalk, and maybe too real. The show craves tragedy, and they’ve made it known they have zero compunction destroying our favorite characters.

  2. I like this season for the most part, but there hasn’t been enough Chalky White for my liking. The story about the young doctor looking to marry his daughter hasn’t been revisited and I felt he was just shoehorned into the scene where Eddie Cantor is intimidated into starring in the show.

  3. Thanks, David. I think all the actors do a great job on “Boardwalk Empire” and I am glad to see Steve Buscemi get a chance to shine. He has been around a long time.

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