Boardwalk Empire
Marriage and Hunting

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Daniel: B+ | 45 USERS: A
Weekend at Purnsley’s

There’s a knock on the door, and Chalky grabs his gun from the side table, despite Daughter’s protests, but by the time he makes the door, he’s already heard Maybelle call out, “Daddy, it’s me. I know you’re there.” He opens the door, and starts in innocently with the “This is Ms. Maitland, one of the acts, and she had an accident, so I just came here to--“ and Maybelle, totally not buying it, interrupts to ask, “What’d you come to do, Daddy?” she says, and he calls her “baby girl,” and she stomps off, leaving Chalky looking more regretful than we’ve ever seen him.

Ugh, now Nucky’s calling up Sally Wheet for some phone sex. But old time-y phone sex between old people, so it’s not even sexy. She’s sleeping on the porch because it’s too hot there, or something, but that doesn’t explain the bed clothes that are a couple of sizes too small. They make a little small talk, about the weather. "Is this exciting you?" she asks him. She lights a cigarette, and having exhausted the conversational possibilities like "the moon’s out" and she throws the ball back to him. He asks what a man does down in Florida besides gator fights. "A man does what he wants, or maybe he doesn’t do anything at all," she says. He asks if she’d put up with a man like that, and she says maybe. "Not for too long."

Nucky says he could come down, check on the operation, and she offers a noncommittal "business is business," and he tells her he’ll let her get back to sleep. She tells him to call her tomorrow (albeit, a little earlier) and signs off with a "don’t get lost in the fog, now." He hangs up, closes his balcony doors, and miles away, Sally checks the shotgun by her bed and clutches it to her chest as she lies back in bed.

Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. And now, a montage of wacky scenes with Purnsley’s corpse set to "Any Way You Want It" by Journey! Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at

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