Boardwalk Empire

Season 1 Episode 9

Belle Femme

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2010 on HBO
8.7
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Margaret tries to help Madame Jeunet with her money troubles by speaking with Nucky. Jimmy is forced to return to Chicago to deal with the D'Alessio brothers and Nucky gets ready for war with a rival faction

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  • Not as good as it likes to think it is

    7.0
    There's no doubt about it. Boardwalk Empire is a very well made programme. This is made clear week-in, week-out through the excellent acting, good costuming and authentic-looking set (I suppose it would have to be the amount they spent).



    However, there is a big problem with this programme. A big problem. The lack of action. Nothing happens!



    Take this episode as an example, what action happens?



    -Jimmy is arrested

    -The witness is shot

    -Nucky is nearly killed



    This may seem like a fair bit for an episode but bear in mind this all happenes in the last 15 minutes, the last two in the last 5 minutes.



    This means that there is a LOT of time to fill and they fill it with a LOT of talking. An hour of talking is dull and also very hard to keep track of.



    It's confusing, so many scenes with so many different characters. I can't follow the plot properly and don't really understand what's going on.



    So this may act like it's very good, but all in all, you don't get enough entertainment value.moreless
Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Nucky Thompson

Michael Pitt

Michael Pitt

James "Jimmy" Darmody

Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald

Margaret Schroeder

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon

Agent Nelson Van Alden

Shea Whigham

Shea Whigham

Elias "Eli" Thompson

Aleksa Palladino

Aleksa Palladino

Angela Darmody

Josiah Early

Josiah Early

Robert Dittrich

Guest Star

Spelman Beaubrun

Spelman Beaubrun

Zulu Warrior

Guest Star

Kathy Brier

Kathy Brier

Sophie Tucker

Guest Star

Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta

Lucy Danziger

Recurring Role

Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Commodore Louis Kaestner

Recurring Role

John Rue

John Rue

Mayor Edward Bachrach/Mayor Harry Bacharach

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The song featured in the last scene is "Some of These Days", written in 1910 by Shelton Brooks and performed by Sophie Tucker, a popular singer of comical and risque songs during the early 20th Century. It was later the title of her autobiography.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Stephen Graham and Michael K. Williams were credited but did not appear in this episode.

    • Audience - 2,980,000

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 7, 2011 on HBO
      United Kingdom: March 19, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • Featured Music:
      The Sidewalks of New York/Sweet Rosie O'Grady, by Wurlitzer 153
      Memphis Blues, by Belgian Band Blues
      Idle Dreams, by George Gershwin
      Brother-in-Law Dan, by Charles Thompson
      My Old Blue Rag, by Andy Quin
      La Marche Lorraine, by Belgian Band Organ
      That's My Girl, by Jack Trombley
      King Cotton, by The Darling Madam Laura
      Pretty Baby, by Belgian Band Blues
      Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Gypsy Queen
      Some of These Days, by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks featuring Kathy Brier

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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