Boardwalk Empire

Season 1 Episode 1

Boardwalk Empire

12
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 2010 on HBO

Episode Recap

The episode begins with the sound of a ticking pocket watch. The watch is put inside of a man's pocket. The man is on a ship in the ocean. We hear a bell ringing and then a smaller boat pulls up to the ship. The man tells the men in the boat to pull up closer because he's a sitting duck where he's at. He uncovers a tarp to reveal that he has cases of Canadian Club Whiskey. The group loads the cases onto the smaller box. When they have all of the cases loaded on, the boat pulls away and heads back towards the show. The next thing we see is Atlantic City in the year 1920. The men have arrived back on shore and they start to unload the cases of alcohol. The man in charge, Davey Murdoch, warns the men that they are making a straight drive to the city without any stops. The alcohol is loaded and the cars take off. As they drive down the road, they drive past a town sign for the town of Hammonton, New Jersey. Up ahead, they spot a flipped car on the road. Murdoch tells the driver to stop the car. They get out and find a man with a large gash on his head. One of the men notes that the driver is still breathing, but Murdoch tells them that he doesn't have time to deal with this man. The group prepares to drag him off the road when two men armed with shotguns and wearing covers over the face tell them to put their hands in the air. We realize that it was a setup and the driver moves out of the way. Murdoch and his men drop their weapons. Murdoch asks the armed gunmen if they know whose load they are carrying. The gunman responds that it's obvious that it's theirs now and smacks Murdoch in the face with his shotgun. We cut back to three nights earlier than the events already depicted. A woman, Mrs. McGarry, gives an introductory speech for the Women's Temperance League condemning alcohol for its effects on prostitutes and thieves. The night is the eve of Prohibition in the United States and the women are celebrating their victory of outlawing alcohol. Mrs. McGarry introduces the audience to the treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson. Nucky thanks Mrs. McGarry for the poem and talks to the ladies. He tells them a story of a young boy back in 1888 when a blizzard struck Atlantic City. The boy's father had abandoned the family because he was a drunk. Nucky says that all that was left to the boy was to fend for himself and the rest of his family. He recounts that the boy walked around the area in chest deep snow wearing only rags trying to obtain food. The boy could find no food, but he killed three wharf rats with a broom handle that were hiding in a ship's hull. The women are visibly moved by this story, and Nucky reveals that the little boy and his family did survive. He reveals that he was the little boy that has now become a man and is standing before them today. Nucky says that Prohibition is progressed and families will never be affected by alcohol anymore. He claims he is proud to live in a nation that will outlaw alcohol and might even give women the right to vote. The women clap in support for Nucky's speech. As the women clap, Nucky's protégé, Jimmy Darmody, comes into the room. Nucky tells the women that he has been called away on urgent business and cannot stay for the potluck. He closes by saying that without decent women like them he would be nowhere. He thanks them and promptly leaves with Jimmy. Outside, Jimmy recounts that he once ate dog meat when he was in the war, but he never heard of eating rats. Nucky informs Jimmy that the first rule of politics is to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. They get in the vehicle and drive to their next location. Nucky and Jimmy walk through the town where numerous festivities are taking place to say goodbye to alcohol since Prohibition starts at midnight. As they walk down the street, they greet several people and then spot a group of men taking a coffin that was shaped into a bottle of alcohol saying farewell to alcohol. Many others stock up on alcohol before the law goes into effect. Jimmy and Nucky walk into Babette's Supper Club. Nucky asks the woman at the door if his brother is here. The woman replies that his brother and the others are upstairs waiting for them. Nucky and Jimmy walk upstairs and sit at a table with Nucky's brother, Eli, Mayor Harry Bacharach and several of their associates. Nucky stands up and taps his glass to get everyone's attention. Nucky notes that in less than two hours alcohol will be declared illegal. The group toasts to the government that they are bitter at for outlawing alcohol. Nucky assures all of them that he is working on ways to keep Atlantic City supplied with alcohol. Nucky tells them that the only difference is that prices will go up. One of Nucky's associates, George O'Neill, asks who would be foolish enough to buy alcohol at three times the current rate. Nucky replies that they have a product that the common man has to have and what is even better is that they have a product that the common man isn't allowed to have. Mayor Bacharach is confident that people will pay for the drinks. George asks about the law. Eli reminds them that he is the law in Atlantic City so they have nothing to be concerned about. George is talking about the federal agents. Nucky compares the federal agents to dogcatchers and assures George that they have nothing to worry about. Nucky reminds them that as ward bosses they are responsible for collecting funds from their business districts. Nucky promises them that Eli and his men will supervise the orders and the deliveries. Nucky then announces the new changes in their positions. He notes that Jimmy is back from the war and will lend them a hand. He indicates a man, Paddy Ryan, who will take over as chief clerk of the fourth ward and Jimmy will be his assistant. The group congratulates everyone on their new positions. Jimmy exchanges a little glare at Paddy, but toasts him like the others. It is clear that Jimmy is not happy with his current position. Downstairs, Nucky meets up with his mistress, Lucy Danziger. Everyone in the club starts to count down the seconds until midnight. When the clock strikes midnight, men in the balcony play Taps to signify the death of alcohol. The band starts to pick up and everyone starts to dance around for the start of Prohibition. Balloons and confetti fall on everyone. Nucky dances with Lucy. Jimmy turns to leave, but Nucky notices and asks him what's wrong. Jimmy replies that his stomach is bothering him and he leaves. The next morning, Jimmy reads the paper at the table at the breakfast table. He sits with his son, Tommy, while his wife, Angela, is doing the dishes. Jimmy is angry about boxer Jack Dempsey being able to talk his way out of being prosecuted as a draft dodger. Jimmy thinks he told a bunch of lies, but Angela is convinced that the newspaper couldn't write the article unless it was true. Jimmy tells her to wise up and notes that Dempsey is Heavyweight Champion and didn't want to give it up by signing up for the war. Angela asks Jimmy if he's given any more thought to finishing college. Jimmy doesn't want to go back because he'd be 25 by the time he graduated and wouldn't be able to work. Angela offers to go back to work. Jimmy asks if she's going to paint pictures again and also asks what they are going to do about Tommy. Angela tells Jimmy that if he doesn't want to go back to college he could at least learn something by working for Paddy. Jimmy replies that he doesn't want to work for a weak man like Paddy. Angela asks him what he is going to do. Jimmy says that he's going to talk to Nucky. He notes that killing Germans for the last few years of his life didn't really prepare him for anything at home. Elsewhere, hundreds of men are sworn in as Prohibition agents. The speaker at the podium tells them all they are the first defense in the war against illegal liquor and are models for the new age. He adds that they are also incorruptible as men. They take the oath while veteran agent Nelson Van Alden watches over them. Back at the club, Nucky is busy sleeping with Lucy when his butler, Eddie Kessler, awakens him. Nucky asks him what he needs. Eddie informs him that there is a frightened, pregnant woman waiting outside to see him and she's been waiting for hours. Eddie adds that the woman saw Nucky speak last night at the Women's Temperance League. Nucky is irritated, but he gets on his clothes. At a hotel, Big Jim Colosimo and his associate, Johnny Torrio, enter into the lobby to meet with Arnold Rothstein and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. The men greet each other and are led down the hall to have their meeting. Agent Van Alden spies on them from the lobby by pretending he is a gentleman getting his shoes shined. He takes down some notes as they walk away. Back at the club, the woman, Margaret Schroeder, was indeed among the crowd of women last night that saw Nucky speak. She waits in the lobby for him. Eddie comes out and takes Margaret into the office. Also waiting outside is another man, Chalky White. He tells Eddie to inform Nucky that he doesn't have all day to wait. Eddie nods and says he'll tell him. Eddie brings Margaret into the office to see Nucky. Nucky greets her and asks if she's had anything to eat. Margaret stumbles over her words, but finally tells him that she has eaten. Nucky can tell she is visibly frightened and sits her down. Nucky notes that he hears some Irish in her voice. Margaret says that he is right and notes that her husband, Hans Schroeder, tells her that she sounds like an immigrant. Nucky notes that they are all immigrants from one time or another. Nucky asks Margaret how he can help her. Margaret starts to sob and Nucky hands her a tissue. Margaret tells Nucky that when she heard him speak last night, she believed that he could help. Margaret reveals that Hans has a gambling habit and drinks on occasion. Nucky notices she's pregnant and asks if this is her first child. Margaret reveals that she already has a boy and a girl. She asks Nucky if he has children of his own, but realizes that it was rude of her to ask. Nucky takes no offense and informs her that he doesn't have children. He reveals that he lost his wife to consumption. Margaret apologizes and looks at a photo of her noting she was very pretty. Suddenly, Lucy comes stumbling into the office telling Nucky that she has to leave. Nucky tells Lucy that he's in a meeting. Margaret is alright with Lucy's appearance and the two are introduced to each other. Lucy asks Nucky if he'll see her later. Nucky promises they'll be in touch and kisses her goodbye. Nucky apologizes to Margaret, but Margaret continues with her story. She tells Nucky that Hans is a baker's helper during the tourist season. She says that he doesn't have any work right now and asks Nucky to give Hans a job with him. Nucky can't give Hans a job, but he does pull out a wad of cash for Margaret. Margaret says that she isn't looking for charity. Nucky tells her that he insists. Margaret tells Nucky that she would be honored to name her child after him. Nucky tells her not to be so cruel as to name the child Enoch. The two leave the office and Nucky orders Jimmy to take Margaret home. Margaret tries to protest, but Nucky tells her that she is in no condition to walk. Jimmy informs Nucky that the Chicago and New York gangs have arrived and their meeting is at 8:00. Nucky thanks him for informing him. Jimmy tries to ask Nucky for a moment, but Nucky tells him to take Margaret home and they will talk later. Nucky walks down the street and stops at a building. The building is for babies that weigh less than three pounds and need to be kept in incubators. Nucky watches as one of the nurses weighs a sickly looking infant and then places the infant back in the incubator. Nucky is visibly moved and he looks out at the ocean. Meanwhile, Jimmy drops off Margaret. Margaret requests for him to stop and Jimmy does. Jimmy helps Margaret down, but we notice that Hans has come outside and spots Margaret getting out of the car. Jimmy asks if she needs help getting inside. Margaret insists that she's fine. Margaret walks up to the door and Hans asks her who she was with. Margaret tries to explain, but Hans orders her into the house. Jimmy watches in worry as she walks inside. At the docks, Nucky is greeted by Bill McCoy. Nucky asks Bill if he's been up north lately. Bill reveals that he just got back. Nucky notes that it's almost impossible for anyone to get home anymore. Bill informs Nucky that a shipment will arrive tomorrow from the Canadian Club. He says that there are 500 crates with drinks going as high as 100 clams. Nucky likes the even amount and asks Bill how much he wants for the whole shipment. Bill says he wants $40,000. Nucky tells him that he's willing to pay $35,000 and he promises to buy a shipment every week. Bill asks him how much that comes to per crate. Nucky says that it's more than what he's getting in the first place. Bill relents and agrees to the deal. Jimmy arrives to pick Nucky up. Before he can talk to Nucky, Nucky tells him that he has to go get cigarettes. Nucky and Jimmy drive to Berns' Funeral Home. They walk inside to find that a viewing is taking place. A woman stops Nucky and is honored to see that he has come for the viewing. Nucky says that her husband was a good man. The woman isn't aware that Nucky ever knew her husband, but Nucky insists that he spoke to him last month. Inside the morgue, men prepare a body for a viewing. Nucky and Jimmy walk in and are a little disturbed by what they are seeing. Mickey Doyle comes out and greets the two. Nucky tells Mickey that they are running on a fixed schedule and asks him what he wants him to see. Mickey walks to a wall and takes off the calendar. He reveals a hidden factory underneath his funeral home. He says that he's able to produce 2,000 crates a day with men working twenty-four hours around the clock. Jimmy asks Mickey if this is legitimate. Mickey says that it's mostly water, but they heat it up and add a little alcohol to it. He says that it will increase the proof. Nucky asks him where they get the alcohol from. Mickey reveals that he lets potatoes ferment and then they add it to the water. Mickey says that they also throw in coloring for the different types of alcohol and a chemical to help with the bubbles. Mickey gives Jimmy a glass to drink. Jimmy drinks it, but suddenly spits it up. Jimmy asks him what's in the drink. Mickey reveals that it's formaldehyde and has a laugh. Jimmy is angry and he starts to punch Mickey. Mickey is angry and pulls a gun out to shoot Jimmy. Nucky stops him, but the gun goes off and goes right ceiling. The ceiling is underneath the floorboards of the viewing and everyone is startled by the gunshot going through the floor. Nucky is able to disarm Mickey and then berates Jimmy for his actions. He tells Jimmy to leave and Jimmy storms outside. Mickey retorts that it was only a joke, but Nucky doesn't think it's very funny. Nucky asks Mickey why he changed his last name to Doyle. Mickey claims that it sounds better, but Nucky thinks that he's hiding from the law. Nucky walks outside to find Jimmy smoking a cigarette. Nucky smacks Jimmy upside the head and asks him why he acted that way. Jimmy retorts that Nucky didn't have to drink the formaldehyde. Nucky notes that Jimmy is still breathing, but Jimmy retorts that the problem now is that Mickey is still breathing. Nucky says that Mickey is part of his operation. Jimmy tells Nucky that he thinks that they could do without Mickey. Nucky asks Jimmy what is wrong with him and notes that he's been acting out lately. Jimmy tells Nucky that he's mad about having to work for Paddy. Nucky asks him if he'd rather be the driver. Jimmy thinks that he's better than Paddy is when it comes to making decisions. He notes that Nucky was assistant sheriff when he was his age. Nucky adds that he was also slave to Commodore Louis Kaestner for eight years so he earned his position. Jimmy retorts that he's been Nucky's slave since he was 12. Nucky notes that he's been gone for the last three years to fight the war. Jimmy retorts that he wanted to fight for the country. Nucky asks Jimmy if he ever thought about the consequences of Angela and Tommy if he would have died. Jimmy says if that was his fate then he would have accepted it. Nucky tells him that men like him don't die for their country. He adds that if Jimmy would have finished school he would have put him as the ward boss instead of Paddy. Jimmy asks him if he's punishing him. Nucky assures him that he's only telling him to slow down and get the feel of how things work. Nucky notes that Jimmy's only been back a month and things have changed. Jimmy assures Nucky that he's not the same man that left three years ago. He says he's seen things and done things. Nucky gives Jimmy $1,000 and tells him to buy him something. Jimmy tells Nucky that he doesn't want his money, but instead he wants an opportunity. Nucky tells him that this is America and nobody is stopping him from that. He tells Jimmy to get in the car. At the Schroeder residence, Margaret serves the children their dinner. Hans comes in and asks Margaret how she found herself in one of Nucky Thompson's cars. Margaret says that she was walking past the church and she felt faint so Nucky's driver took her home. Hans tells her to come over to him. Margaret freezes up, but she puts the bread knife down and walks over to Hans. Hans feels her forehead and notes that she is a little warm. He asks Margaret if she's feeling better now. Margaret says that she is. Hans then grabs onto Margaret's throat and reveals the wad of cash Nucky gave her. He asks her how the cash found its way under their mattress. Margaret retorts that the money belongs to the children. Hans yells at her and again demands to know where the money came from. Margaret replies that it's none of his business and Hans slaps her face. He asks her if she's become a prostitute. The children start to cry at Hans' yelling. Margaret yells at Hans to give her the money. Hans refuses and forces Margaret to sit down. He then sits at the table and tells the children to eat their food. Margaret sobs in the corner. At the meeting place, Jimmy and Nucky arrive. Nucky is acquainted with Big Jim Colosimo and Johnny Torrio and they walk into the hotel. Nucky tells Colosimo that if he comes back in July there will be a big celebration that he can attend. As they walk past the lobby, Agent Van Alden is concealed inside a telephone booth watching them. He is talking on the receiver to another agent, Agent Sebso. Agent Sebso takes down the names of Nucky, Colosimo, and Torrio. He doesn't know which man is which so Van Alden has to explain that. Rothstein and Luciano also enter and Van Alden tells Sebso about them as well. Sebso doesn't know who Colosimo is and Van Alden tells him that it's the one in the hat. He realizes that Colosimo took his hat off. Sebso can't get his names or faces straight and writes down Nucky Luciano and Lucky Thompson. Van Alden corrects him. Sebso still doesn't know who Big Jim Colosimo is. Agent Van Alden is visibly frustrated. Nucky, Colosimo, Torrio, Rothstein, and Luciano sit down to have a meal. The waiter pours everyone drinks, but Rothstein refuses. Nucky asks him if he's becoming a law abiding citizen. Rothstein insists that he needs to stay focused for the card games tonight. Luciano notes that the way Rothstein plays it wouldn't make a difference if he was drunk or sober. Colosimo notes that they picked up two million dollars after the World Series and Luciano notes that's why he's with Rothstein. Colosimo tells them to come to his restaurant some time and he'll make sure that they are fed very well. Luciano says that Chicago isn't New York. Torrio notes that New York isn't New York anymore since Prohibition started. Rothstein assures him that it will remain New York if he has anything to say about it. Torrio tells them that in light of recent developments he is willing to help supply New York with Chicago alcohol. All he wants in return is payment. Nucky sees no problem with that. Torrio says that Rothstein and Luciano also have cabaret businesses in New York and a man like Nucky with political influences could help. Luciano thinks that Torrio is beating around the bush and Luciano asks Nucky if he can fix them up. He says that he needs 2,000 crates a month for the cabarets. Nucky replies that young men like Luciano have no appreciation for the art of conversation. Luciano says that he needs to use the restroom and he leaves. Rothstein apologizes to Nucky and admits that sometimes ambition can be seen as impatience. Nucky adds that it also appears to be arrogance. Rothstein says that he has a friend who is a judge. The judge's daughter is getting married next week and he wants enough alcohol to supply 700 guests. Nucky asks him why he didn't stockpile his shipments. Rothstein admits that he had already made arrangements with others and he was coming up short. Nucky says that he has a load coming in tomorrow. He says that he wanted to keep it, but he wants to get their friendship started off the right way so he's willing to sell it to Rothstein. Rothstein asks how much. Nucky says that the shipment will cost $65,000 and he has to use his own men for the pickup. Rothstein agrees to the deal. The men toast to their newfound friendship. Outside, Jimmy talks with one of Colosimo's workers. Jimmy informs him that he was once in Chicago and he really liked the steaks. The man notes that it's cold in Chicago, but so is Brooklyn. Jimmy recounts that he passed through Brooklyn in 1917 to arrive at his base. The man realizes Jimmy was a soldier and says he was too. The man asks Jimmy if he saw any action. Jimmy reveals he saw a little and still has some shrapnel from a German grenade in his leg. Jimmy asks the man how much Rothstein is worth. The man says that Rothstein is worth about $10 million while a man like Luciano is worth half a million dollars on his own strip. Jimmy doesn't see how they can make that much money on card games. The man states that they also do some hijacking and they push heroin. He admits he did six months in prison for pushing heroin, but he bought a judge out for the light sentence. Jimmy asks the man how old Luciano is. The man states that he is around 23 and that's around their age. Jimmy asks him if Colosimo is getting into the alcohol business. The man reveals that Colosimo doesn't want to get into the business because he finds it too risky. He is confident that they make enough money from the whorehouses. Jimmy notes that he doesn't agree. The man states that he's only muscle so it doesn't matter what he thinks. Outside, Nucky gives Rothstein his card and tells Rothstein to tell Eli that he wants a lollipop. This will initiate their deal. Jimmy tells the man that it was nice talking to him and introduces himself. The man introduces himself as Al Capone to Jimmy. Capone returns to Colosimo and Colosimo thanks Nucky for his hospitality. Van Alden watches everything from a window. Later, Jimmy, Angela, and Tommy go to see a film about the effects of Prohibition. In the film, a man buries his bottle of alcohol in the ground and sprinkles flowers over it. After the movie, Tommy runs from Jimmy and Angela. Jimmy grabs him and they realize that they are outside a photo shop. Jimmy wants the family to get a photo together, but Angela doesn't feel like getting one today. Van Alden and Sebso confront Jimmy and ask him to come with them. Angela asks Jimmy what this is about. Jimmy says it'll be fine and he'll see her at home. Jimmy goes with them. At the station, the police review Jimmy's past and realize that he was in the service. Van Alden adds that Jimmy also attended Princeton. Jimmy says that he did for awhile and asks Van Alden if he's in trouble. Van Alden asks if he has a guilty conscience. The chief asks Jimmy why he would be working for a crook like Nucky. Jimmy retorts that Nucky is a pillar of the community. Van Alden informs him that they know about Nucky and rigging elections. He explains that they aren't interested in that, but are instead interested in the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol that Nucky is in. Van Alden asks him if he wants to come work for the FBI. Jimmy says that he has an injured leg. Van Alden insists that they don't have to include that. He notes Jimmy has a family at home and it's an honorable position with advancement. Jimmy asks for a cigarette and a light. Van Alden asks Jimmy if he goes to church. Jimmy says that he does. Van Alden asks him if he knows. Jimmy asks what he needs to know about, but we never get a response to this. Back at the club, Nucky and Lucy make love. Lucy keeps making cowboy references, but Nucky tells her to stop because it's distracting. After they finish, Eddie knocks on the door and says that he heard screaming. Nucky says that everyone is alright. Eddie tells him that Lolly Steinman is on the phone for him. Lucy leaves so Nucky can answer the phone. Lucy screams out at Eddie that they were making love and there was no screaming. Nucky answers the phone. Lolly tells him that Luciano and Rothstein are at the casino gambling and they have taken the casino for $90,000. Lolly informs him that they are not packed with that kind of money and they want to continue playing. Nucky is upset and tells Lolly that he'll be down. Nucky tells Eddie to get Jimmy to bring the car around. Eddie informs Nucky that Jimmy is out sick today. Nucky can't believe everything is going on. He tries to open the bathroom door, but Lucy has locked herself inside. Nucky tells Lucy to open the door, but Lucy is upset that Nucky won't be with her right now. Nucky says that $90,000 is a lot of money and he needs to deal with it. Nucky and Eddie try to break the door open. Later, Nucky and Eddie arrive at the casino. Nucky runs upstairs and asks Lolly where they are. Lolly informs him that they are eating. He tells Nucky that Rothstein and Luciano are cheaters and if they weren't important men they'd be dead in an alley. Nucky and Lolly approach Rothstein and Luciano. Nucky asks them if they ever sleep, but Rothstein replies that with all of the excitement they can't sleep. Nucky says he's heard about their lucky streak. Luciano says that luck had nothing to do with it. Rothstein assures Nucky that Luciano only means that it's his skill with the cards that has helped them win. He asks Nucky why they've been cut off. Nucky says that it's a small house and they can't handle his large winnings. Rothstein assures Nucky that his credit is in good standing. Nucky says that they know each other better. Luciano realizes that Nucky thinks they cheated and he stands up to start a fight. Rothstein tells Luciano to sit down. Rothstein informs Nucky that he owes him $93,000 and that he'll lower it down to $33,000 with the shipment he bought from Nucky. Luciano wants to keep playing and Rothstein adds that he doesn't gamble where he doesn't feel welcome. Nucky says he's sorry that he feels that way and tells Lolly to cash the men out. Nucky walks by a table and Hans stops him. He tells him that he knows about Nucky taking Margaret home and shows him the cash. Nucky asks him where he got the money. Hans replies that it's none of his business. Nucky insists that the money belongs to Margaret. Hans throws the money back at Nucky and says that he doesn't want it. Nucky smashes Hans' face against the table several times and tells him to throw him out. Nucky leaves and other patrons pick up the cash. At a boxing tournament, Jimmy spots Capone watching the fight. Jimmy greets him and Capone asks him how he is. Jimmy asks Capone how much he knows about Rothstein's haul coming in tonight. The screen then shifts to Nucky attending a comedy show. While the show is taking place, Van Alden and the agents pray and then get in their cars to prepare for a bust. The car is turned over on the road to set up the trap. We come back to the beginning segments where Murdoch is hit with the shotgun. The men collect the guns and Murdoch tells them that they should all consider themselves dead. In the woods, the FBI agents are ready for a bust. A crack is heard in the woods and the masked gunmen look around to see what made the noise. They think it's just the win. The agents start to move in. On the road, we see that a deer crossing the street. The FBI are not at this location, but rather are moving towards a house. The gunmen open fire and kill Murdoch and two of Rothstein's men. A fourth man runs into the woods. The gunmen run into the woods. While this is going on, the FBI raid Mickey Doyle's underground alcohol operation. The fourth Rothstein man is crouched down in the woods. The gunmen walk right past him and the man is relieved. Just when he thinks he's in the clear, a shotgun is cocked behind him. He rolls around and takes a shotgun blast to the face. The gunman takes off his mask and we see that it's Jimmy Darmody. The other gunman was Al Capone. The two meet up at the road and realize that there were only deer in the woods. The setup driver gets in his car and leaves. Jimmy and Capone hijack the shipment from Rothstein. At the Schroeder residence, we hear the sound of Hans beating up Margaret. We hear cries coming from inside the house. Hans leaves and staggers down the street. Inside, we see a bloodied and beaten Margaret Schroeder. She clutches her stomach and cries out in pain. At the club, Eddie whispers to Nucky that he's received a phone call. He takes the call and it's from Eli. Eli informs Nucky that they have a problem. Nucky says he'll be there in a few minutes. The press begins to ask questions outside about the murders, but the police inform them that they have no leads at this time. Eli tells Nucky that four of Rothstein's men were lined up and shot in a setup like a firing squad. Nucky asks about the shipment, but Eli says that it's gone. Nucky isn't happy that this happened on an election year. Nucky asks if the FBI are onto the murders yet. Eli informs him that they are busy taking down Mickey Doyle's operation. Eli says that the peculiar thing is that while the shootings took place the FBI raided Doyle's operation three miles away. Nucky agrees that is a coincidence. Eli asks him if he wants to say something or if he should. Nucky thinks Rothstein himself might have set it up. Eli asks who knew about the load. Nucky states that he and Torrio knew about it. Eli asks about Jimmy because he's missing. Nucky tells Eli to bring Jimmy in. Eli goes to Jimmy's house and knocks on the door. Angela answers. Eli asks Angela if he's seen Jimmy. Angela reveals that she thought Jimmy was at work. Eli tells her to tell Jimmy that Nucky is looking for him. Angela starts to get concerned. Eli thinks he may have run into an old war buddy. Angela asks if he is with the men that picked him up today. Eli realizes that the FBI talked to Jimmy. In Nucky's office, Eddie tells the person on the phone to stop asking for a comment. Nucky tells them that if they want a statement they should go to the mayor. Eli tells Nucky that he'll make a statement. Nucky states that none of this makes any sense that Jimmy would tip off the FBI. Eli notes that Jimmy could have told the FBI about Doyle's operation so that he could do the hit. Nucky asks him why he would do that. Eli thinks that Jimmy is greedy and greedy individuals do things like that. Eddie informs Nucky that Rothstein is on the phone, but Nucky isn't ready to talk with him yet. Nucky leaves to go get some air. When Nucky walks outside, Mrs. McGarry stops him. She gives him a package and thanks him again. She informs him that she's in a hurry to get to the hospital. Nucky asks Mrs. McGarry if it's serious. Mrs. McGarry tells Nucky that Margaret suffered an injury and had a miscarriage. Nucky asks about the nature of the injury. Mrs. McGarry admits that she's not at liberty to discuss that. Mrs. McGarry promptly leaves, but Nucky realizes what happened. When he opens the package, it turns out to be the poem that Mrs. McGarry read at the meeting. He throws it in the trashcan. Later, the maid comes into Commodore Kaestner's office and informs him that Nucky is here to see him. When Nucky walks in, Kaestner notes that Nucky is in a bit of trouble right now. Kaestner assumes that the men that were murdered last night were men from New York. Nucky confirms that they were some of Rothstein's men. Kaestner doesn't understand why Nucky is involved with Rothstein. Nucky says that it was a favor to Chicago and Rothstein's numbers were in the right place. Kaestner notes that deal came back and bit him in the end. Kaestner hands Nucky a book called The International Jew and says that all of his problems could be solved. Nucky says that his problems go beyond the book. He pours himself some alcohol and tells Kaestner that today marks seven years since Mabel died. Kaestner thinks that it's better that Mabel is dead now that Prohibition is in effect. Nucky tells Kaestner that the FBI will be all over the town and bodies make bad business. Kaestner advises Nucky to let the FBI make an arrest in the case. Nucky informs him that it was Jimmy that did it. Kaestner is shocked and says that he never thought Jimmy had it in him. Outside, Jimmy calls Nucky over to him. Nucky berates Jimmy and says that after he gave him a job this is the way he repays him. Jimmy tells Nucky that it wasn't supposed to go down the way it did. Nucky dares him to tell Rothstein that when he's ready to kill him. Jimmy assures Nucky that everything will be straightened out. Nucky asks him if he's stupid and warns him that he told him he needed to slow down. Jimmy tells Nucky that he told him that he wasn't a kid anymore. Nucky asks if murder and larceny makes him a man. He notes that Jimmy had a future ahead of him. Jimmy believes that they still have the future to look forward to. Jimmy says that during the war he killed people and after awhile he just didn't care anymore. Nucky reminds Jimmy that he's home now and he has a family to support. Jimmy says that he's going to Hell. Jimmy says he's tired of seeing guys like Luciano walking around with the gems and the riches. Nucky asks Jimmy if that's all he wants. Jimmy adds that it's what everyone wants, but he has the guts to take it. Nucky tells Jimmy that it's bad to underestimate his abilities and adds that if he wanted to he could have Jimmy killed. Jimmy retorts that Nucky won't do it. Jimmy tells Nucky that he can't be half a gangster anymore and hands him a package. Jimmy asks Nucky to help him. Nucky asks what the package is. Jimmy says that it's his share from last night. Nucky states that he didn't ask for this. Jimmy says that he didn't have to. Jimmy leaves before Nucky can say anything else. Nucky puts the money in his pocket. Nucky walks up to a fortune teller and looks inside to see a woman getting her fortune told. Nucky looks in and the fortune teller looks back at him. We see Capone driving the shipment of alcohol to Chicago. We also see Big Jim Colosimo arrive back in Chicago to his restaurant. He turns the lights on and walks inside. We also see Hans Schroeder leaving his home and walking down the street. A car stops by him and Eli gets out. He throws him into the back with two other police officers and they drive away. At the restaurant, Colosimo walks around his restaurant. He turns on the records to listen to music. In Atlantic City, the cops throw Hans into a boat and take him out to the ocean. Capone arrives in Chicago with the shipment and parks the car. Torrio greets Capone and thanks him for his services. Out at sea, the cops beat Hans to death and throw him off the boat into the ocean. At the restaurant, Colosimo listens to his records when hit man Frankie Yale comes up behind him. He shoots Colosimo in the back of the head and leaves his lifeless body in the restaurant. In Atlantic City, Hans' body is recovered by fishermen. Nucky walks out of his house and starts to walk down the street. Elsewhere, Jimmy plays with Tommy while Angela paints. Nucky stops at a flower shop and picks up some flowers. Nucky arrives at the hospital and comes in to see Margaret. The episode ends with Nucky walking over to her bedside with the flowers to talk to her.

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