Not to sound like a broken record but the last episode of Boardwalk Empire was once again a little lacking in excitement. Just when things seemed perched on the edge of an all out war at the end of "You'd Be Surprised," the HBO drama spent a week away from the action. No New York and no Chicago, "Ging Gang Goolie" was just Gillian's demented dreams, Nucky in some minor legal trouble and little Teddy Thompson causing trouble.

There were a few bright spots in the slow burn with Juliette Nicholson's Esther Randolph returning to Boardwalk Empire not to mention Margaret and Owen rekindling their flame but it wasn't the showdown I was expecting after Gyp was forced back to New York. The wheels on that war, however, do start turning this weekend. Seriously. Take a look at the preview for "Sunday Best"...



Gillian's still up to something weird with her Jimmy replacement but at least she's finally coming to terms with the fact that her son ain't coming back. Beyond her craziness, Eli is reasserting his strength, seemingly trying to convince Nucky that the conflict with Gyp isn't over just because the roads have reopened. The big brother would do well to listen since Gyp, a gold medalist at holding a grudge, is looking for support from Masseria to go after him, Rothstein, Lucky and "kill them all." Hurray!

Boardwalk Empire returns with Episode 7, "Sunday Best," 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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