‘Boardwalk Empire’ recap: Chalky’s on a run; Margaret’s in trouble
September 22, 2014 - accent chair
After evading jail with a half-crazy partner, Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) becomes a demure hostage-taker on “What Jesus Said,” Episode 51 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
Chalky and associate refugee Milton (Warner Miller) mangle into a residence to sack a safe. But a intrigue goes badly when they’re detected by a schoolgirl, Fern (Olivia Nikkanen); and her shocked mother, Marie (Mary Bacon).
Wanting no partial of this, Chalky urges an evident exit. Milton controls a gun, however, and refuses to leave though a money.
Fern is about a same age as Chalky’s daughter Maybelle (Christina Jackson) when she was killed during an assassination try on drug kingpin Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright). Chalky blames himself for a tragedy and believes there’s no possibility for redemption.
“There’s redemption for everyone,” Fern says, perplexing to cater her captor. “That’s what Jesus said.”
“Baby girl,” Chalky bitterly replies, “Jesus was wrong!”
Chalky was incompetent to save his dear daughter though he does rescue Fern and Marie. When Milton flies into a fury on realizing there’s no income in a safe, Chalky kills him with a hammer.
As for Chalky’s nemesis Narcisse, he’s extorted for insurance income by Charles “Lucky” Luciano (Vince Piazza) and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (Michael Zegen), who covet a square of a gambling, harlotry and heroin rackets in Harlem.
“What we have belongs to me,” Narcisse insists. But he might come to bewail those words, for his brothel is brutally pounded by thugs.
In Atlantic City, meanwhile, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is vigilant on apropos a legitimate wine distributor once Prohibition ends. Needing a rich business associate, Nucky woos batch marketplace merchant Joseph Kennedy Sr. (Matt Letscher).
Why group with Nucky, Joe asks, as against to other bootleggers?
“Those group are gangsters,” Nucky says, while he’s “an disciple for repeal” of Prohibition laws.
And what does Nucky truly wish out of their partnership?
“I wish to leave something behind,” he admits. For Nucky could remove his life and his rapist craving in a heartbeat as opposition mobsters conflict for dominance.
Gangster Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) mislaid his sovereignty when he was gunned down for refusing to compensate a gambling debt. Now his widow Carolyn (Shae D’lyn) has sole many of their security to make ends meet.
One source of income is Arnold’s comment during Conors and Gould, a Wall Street brokerage where Nucky’s disloyal mother Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) works. Although Arnold was murdered 3 years ago, there were countless comment withdrawals given that time.
Turns out that Margaret’s late trainer Robert Bennett (Patch Darragh) illegally siphoned a supports to play a batch market. And Margaret’s signatures are on a documents.
With attorneys staid to sue a firm, Margaret visits Carolyn out of desperation.
“Nineteen years of marriage,” Carolyn laments. “Do we know what we have to uncover for it? This tea set, that appalling chair, this ring and humiliation. Arnold left me buckets of that.”
When Margaret reveals that a brokerage is scarcely bankrupt, Carolyn threatens to sue her personally. And when Margaret claims she’s a widow struggling to support her children, Carolyn catches her in a lie.
She knows Margaret is still married to Nucky. And she knows Nucky is one of a many successful bootleggers on a East Coast.
Having nowhere else to turn, Margaret goes home to Nucky and finds him dozing. He dreams of Mabel, his defunct initial wife, and calls out to see if she’s there.
“I’m fearful not,” Margaret says with her endearing Irish accent.
And Nucky? He greets his associate with a far-reaching grin – something not seen in a prolonged time.
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