Boardwalk Empire – William Wilson
Season Four: Episode Seven
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: David Matthews and Terence Winter
The Spin: Is it just me or are there some stories just being drug out for too long this season?
Case 1 – Eli’s son Willie (the first doppelgänger/Poe connection of the night) continues to be riddled with guilt (we get it) and starts a bit of a family row at pop’s house.
Case 2 – Don’t get me wrong, I love Gretchen Mol’s Gillian, but her detox scenes in this episode seemed trite as did her blossoming love affair with Office Space guy (Ron Livingston) while under his watchful care.
However, there was still plenty of intrigue. Margaret (the regular-again-it-seems Kelly Macdonald), it turns out, is working for a shady stock broker and helping him swindle customers into shaky deals. Into the office, under his own disguise, walks…you guessed it, Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg).
Meanwhile, the Torrio/O’Banion/Capone storyline finally gained some heat as all three were arrested in what Capone assumes is a fix by the Irish and Torrio finally gives the blessing for Capone to seek vengeance for his brother’s brutal take-down.
Then we have Agent Knox (who is his own doppelgänger) getting all salty that J. Edgar is taking credit for his “organized crime” theory when he should be getting worried that Nucky is on to his double-agent ways.
Back in AC, Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) continues to insinuate his self-serving ill-begotten ways into Chalky’s domain by using the singer Maitland as a femme fatale. The closing scene between the Narcisse and Maitland revealed the true depths of his sinister ways.
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?