Boardwalk Empire Watch: Season 4, Episode 9 - Marriage And Hunting
"Well take him off. That solve the problem right there."
Chalky may have come within inches of his death during "The Old Ship of Zion" but his problems are just beginning. The husband and father (of the bride), has got a lot on his plate, the least of which is the ongoing feud with his 'Libyan' brother Dr. Narcisse. The Harlem gangster tried to get rid of his Atlantic City rival for good last week, however, it was Dunn who ended up in the ground thanks to Daughter's double-cross. Triple-cross? Whatever. The femme fatale lived up to her name, earning a (disturbingly) bruised face because of it, and now the battle is about to become a war. Only Nuck isn't exactly ready to rally behind Chalky. Then again, Chalky can't offer Nucky something like the Onyx in payment. This is a fight the AC boss would like to avoid, especially because he doesn't know who Narcisse is in bed with besides Cotton Club owner Oweny Madden. He's bad enough. Of course, when Narcisse threatened Chalky to Nuck's face, it looked liked that might be enough to get the Thompson crew in the fight. We'll see. For now, Chalky better worry about his affairs at home because his real daughter discovered other Daughter. Not that his wife is blind to her husband's indiscretions.
"My name is Nelson Van Alden. Take off your nightgown."
We didn't get any George Mueller last week but "Marriage and Hunting" more than made up for it with one of the most MIchael Shannon heavy installments in some time. Perhaps ever. And boy was it rad. The episode opened with Nelson (that's right, NVA!) still having problems at home with the home he built and this is causing Sigrid to give him shit. Remember his first wife? Yikes. Sigrid's complaints are at least valid and there is obviously a real passion there, let's just hope he doesn't bring back the self-flagellation. At work, O'Banion starts asking him questions about a truck that went missing and guy who got shot the night he went out with the Capones just before sending Nelson out on a delivery for DOB. Ha. Nelson offers his services for the hit on O'Banion but runs into a some old co-workers holding a grudge. Don't bring a sap to a gun party, Phil! The Capones aren't pleased with the delay but give him one more chance and the hit goes down later that night. RIP DOB. Oh, and if you want to see another side of Shannon, here he is in a Spike Jonze and Chirs Milk directed, Lena Dunham written live short from the YouTube Music Awards. Yep.
"Don't get lost in the fog now."
Boardwalk Empire returns with Episode 10, "White Horse Pike," next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Created by Terence Winter, the series which has already been renewed for a fifth season, stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Vincent Piazza, Anatol Yusef and Michael Stuhlbarg.
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