Boardwalk Empire Review: Lock, Stock and Whiskey Barrel
On tonight's Boardwalk Empire, Gillian said dreams are where we should live, as she checked out further from reality and found a man to fill the void left by Jimmy's death.
Maybe it was the gypsy man, or possibly the Pooka, but regardless of who was to blame, my dreams of a great episode went up in flames as quickly as Nucky's greenhouse.
"Ging Gang Goolie" had its moments, but my hopes of seeing the show move forward on certain fronts was hamstrung by the resurrection of storylines I had taken for dead and buried. Gillian looked like she was finally accepting Jimmy's death until she went out and got herself a new man whose side-shaved haircut was anything but subtle. She wants to call her handsome hoosier James? Really? I thought this creepy storyline died with Jimmy, but apparently we were not so lucky, as Gillian got a second chance to play the creepy mother hand.
Esther Randolph thought she had gotten a second chance at the one that got away, too, only to have the boat's captain cut her line. The courtroom proceedings actually provided many of the night's best entertainment. From Mr. Gold bragging to Nucky about his "wholesale" hooch operation to the judge's line about Randolph not seeking to give her life purpose in his courtroom, which made this week's list of top Boardwalk Empire quotes.
The best part of Nucky's trip to Washington, though, was when he asked the clerk if he could break a hundred to settle his five dollar fine.
I was happy to see Richard back on screen. At first I was surprised to see him go to the aid of the man who had called him "half moon" the night before, but I think Richard, more than anyone else, could see just how much Skorsky was hurting inside.
His daughter Julia certainly made an impression. Richard doesn't give away much when it comes to his feelings, but you just know that when he got the scrapbook out, he had some feelings of love brewing. Good for Richard, he deserves it.
I was relieved to get a week off from Margaret's medical mission, but instead of spending the screen time on someone like Capone or Rosetti we got a nauseating amount of scenes about Teddy and his creepy antics. His poor sister, hasn't she been through enough? Now she has to share a room with that penknife wielding pyromaniac?
Helping me keep the faith were scenes like the one where Esther and Nucky had breakfast. The prospect of them taking down Remus, Daugherty and crew together could be very interesting. Mix in the diabolical Mr. Means and I am sure we would be in for some serious drama.
Were you happy Owen and Margaret got back together as sparks flew in the greenhouse for the second time in the episode? What do you think the future holds for her and the children?