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?