Boardwalk Empire

Season 1 Episode 2

The Ivory Tower

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2010 on HBO
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Nucky is paid a visit by Agent Van Alden who feels a crime is being pinned on a scapegoat and wants some answers, forcing Nucky to close ranks on all his operations. He visits his old mentor, Commodore Louis Kaestner regarding the womens right to vote and later meets with Margaret Shroeder, still recovering from the beating she received from her now deceased husband, who has asked for help with her children.

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  • Good episode, but Scorsese's absence is somewhat evident

    8.5
    With "Dexter" on at the same time as "Boardwalk Empire" now, I'm sad to say that HBO's new hit show gets pushed aside. However, that doesn't mean I don't anxiously await the rerun to catch up on it. I must say, despite the continually impressive acting from the cast and the plot that is as interesting as any show or movie airing right now, I couldn't help but feel a little let down after the excellent pilot.



    Let me get the bad out of the way right now: while the pilot was energetic, always moving and filled with huge developments all with the deft touch of Martin Scorsese, the follow-up felt much slower, as if Terrence Winter decided to downshift right in the middle of the turnpike and purposely move slow for everybody to catch up and figure out who the characters were and their motives. It's a minor nitpick, I know, but I wasn't as floored as I was when the pilot aired.



    But that doesn't make what happened in the episode any less interesting. Al Capone beating up the reporter, Darmody's attempts to pay back Nucky the 3000 dollars he owes only to watch Nucky waste that money he worked so hard to get on roulette (which he loses), any scenes involving Nucky and someone else.. there were interesting developments that seem to be setting up the next few episodes. And the ending certainly hints at some tumultuous things to come. I've been continually impressed by the acting and writing of the show, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh in rating this episode lower, but there was a clear-cut difference in quality between the two episodes, even if the acting and writing were similar.



    However, when I have to point out a miniscule thing about the show as critique, you know it's doing something right. The show is just as impressive as before and hopefully, it'll continue to grow and expand with time. With Mad Men, Dexter and Boardwalk Empire all occupying the 9:00 time on Sunday nights, television just got a lot more crowded.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

Jordan Gelber

Jordan Gelber

Simon

Guest Star

Josiah Early

Josiah Early

Robert Dittrich

Guest Star

Barbara Tirrell

Barbara Tirrell

Edith

Guest Star

Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Commodore Louis Kaestner

Recurring Role

Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta

Lucy Danziger

Recurring Role

Greg Antonacci

Greg Antonacci

Johnny Torrio

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Arnold Rothstein tells Frankie Yale about how he caused a man to choke on a cue ball because Rothstein knew the cue ball was 1/16th of an inch larger than the other balls. All balls, including the cue ball, are exactly the same size except on today's coin operated tables. On those tables, the cue ball is larger to keep it from dropping through two rails and becoming trapped inside the table with the numbered balls. Coin operated billiard tables had not yet been invented at the time.

    • Douglas Fairbanks is mentioned worth seeing in "The Mark of Zorro". However, the movie does not debut until December 5, 1920 and this episode takes place in January/February 1920, 10-11 months beforehand.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Margaret: Would you help me, Mr. Thompson? All I want is to provide for my children.
      Nucky: I'd like to help you.
      Margaret: Then tell me what to do. What do you want from me?
      Nucky: I want you to vote Republican.

    • Nucky: Put on a black suit. You'll be driving me tonight.
      Eddie: Shall I wear a chauffeur's cap as well?
      Nucky: If you want.
      Eddie: But I'll have to borrow one then.
      Nucky: Well then borrow one. Or don't. What are you asking me for?
      Eddie: Well, the chauffeur must wear a cap!

    • Bartender: (seeing Capone kicking Corrigan) What the fuck's going on?
      Capone: I'm making a statement.

    • Capone: What'll it be?
      Corrigan: I'll take a whiskey and a statement on the record.

    • Mickey: So you're just going to leave me in here with slanted eyes? He doesn't even speak English!
      Nucky: Think of it as a way to broaden your horizons.

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