Boardwalk Empire Watch: Season 3, Episode 4 - Blue Bell Boy

By Jesse Carp 2012-10-08 07:16:17 discussion comments
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"Have a seat. It has your name on it."

We don't get to New York until about half way through the episode and, after what happened between Meyer and Joe Masseria's men, that seems life forever. When we finally do catch up with Lucky, Meyer and Benny we learn that the former has been summoned to a meet with Joe to settle the dispute (while the latter, unsuccessfully, wants to be included). Lansky obviously cannot go with him, us heartless Jews aren't warmly welcomed on the best of days let alone shortly after putting a few slugs in Italian soldiers. Lucky arrives at the meet and finds himself not only stuck sitting at the window but pretty far from coming to an agreement with Masseria on the drug issue. Could things be heading for all out war? Or will Lucky be a good pizzano and have a change of heart?

"Well. Let's hope our evening students aren't quite so sensitive."

After a rocky beginning of the season, at least in terms of finding her something to do since the rift with Nucky, Margaret's storyline is finally blossoming as is the chemistry between her and Dr. Mason. The first scene that featured the two trying to get the Nun's approval on, well, everything from what words to use to the parting gifts for the expecting female students was perhaps my favorite of the night, adding a bit of humor and light into an otherwise a dark episode as well as highlighting the absurdity of the Church's stance and Margaret's place at the forefront of feminism. Go sanitary napkins! Margaret's soon down promoting her class on the boardwalk and runs into the woman who helped start the revolution and secretly sneaks her the information before her old fashioned (brutish) husband shows up. Finally, she sees that Claire Duncan, the female pilot she admires, has crashed and burned on her historic flight. Quite the downturn for Margaret's thread.

"It's a fucking ambush!"

Before Nucky gets sidetracked, he pays Mickey's a visit to pass along the latest instructions for handling Tabor Heights and Mr. Rothstein's increasingly late shipments. His orders, however, are not well received initially and his underlings looking to Owen for confirmation, something that certainly doesn't help reassure the already uneasy leader of his position atop the mountain. The writers have starting working in a lot of parallels between Owen and Jimmy (now that the two are becoming quite close) and the appearance of the charismatic young Roland Smith helped drive that message home. Especially once Nucky put a bullet in the his head even though it seemed like he was going to let the kid go (or at least bring him into the fold). Too bad, Smith seemed like a good fit for the show not to mention that Nucky's operation could certainly use someone with his skills right about, oh, now.

Based on those aforementioned "Blue Bell Boy" previews, I thought Nucky and Owen were hiding from Gyp in a basement in Tabor Heights, not stuck some random store house ducking the 'Prohibs' with a big mouth kid. However, that doesn't mean that the Italian gangster whose taken over the outskirts of Atlantic City didn't get into the action. You see, Mr. Rothstein, whether Nucky is indisposed or not, wants his alcohol and Mickey is stupid enough to try and drive it through Gyp's territory despite the initial orders and Eli's ongoing pleas. Hell, the former sheriff even figures the whole plot out in time to save the shipment (and a dozen lives) but because of Mickey's leadership it's all for naught. Well, I shouldn't say that. The situation does seem to have brought the brothers Thompson a hair closer and will only stoke the fires for next week.

Boardwalk Empire returns with Episode 5, "You'd Be Surprised," next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Created by Terence Winter, it stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Vincent Piazza and Michael Stuhlbarg.
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