Boardwalk Empire
Marriage and Hunting

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Weekend at Purnsley’s

Over in O’Banion’s flower shop, where Van Alden is working while O’Banion and Hymie Weiss are discussing the Leopold and Loeb case, and O’Banion’s opening salvo of "Of course they were fairies" gives you some idea of the nuance of the conversation. Hymie -- who figures Leopold might be gay, but not Leopold -- points out the ransom note as the motivation, but O’Banion dismisses that by pointing out that they’re "sheenies" and won’t do anything without a payday.

Speaking of paydays, Hymie finishes counting the cash -- $1,200 in total -- in the box, and O’Banion tells him where to deliver it. Hymie wants to know what’s wrong with "Tarzan here," meaning Van Alden. O’Banion says he’s got a rush job on the wreath they’re working on. I don’t know why, but it really tickles me that the flower shop is a front but it’s still an actual flower shop and O’Banion does the work.

Anyway, Hymie leaves, and O’Banion starts wondering if the truck they found Stu in is "bad voo-doo." It’s fortunate for Van Alden that he’s got his back to O’Banion, because his suddenly widening eyes make for the worst poker face ever, and he just says, "Oh, yes," as O’Banion continues, marveling at the twenty-three shots. "Guy had a wife and kid. Well, maybe he didn’t have a kid, but still," says O’Banion. Hee. Van Alden makes a non-committal grunt of indeterminate meaning and then roughly changes the subject to how he’s taking the kids to see the new Buster Keaton (the Johnny Knoxville of his day). But O’Banion’s just getting warmed up, and points out that it was the day Van Alden disappeared with the Capones. Van Alden says he doesn’t know anything about it. "Guilty conscience, Mueller? I didn’t say you did," says O’Banion, needling him a little, and he chuckles when Van Alden says his tone can be quite accusatory at times. Then it’s off on a delivery for Van Alden, but not before we see someone watching him through the window. If we don’t recognize the non-descript heavyset man outside, seeing the melted-cheese quality of the left side of his face helps jog the memory. Looking a little unsettled, he hurries away, and Van Alden carries the huge wreath on to its destination.

Out on the beach, a happy Gillian is enjoying the sun from underneath a parasol, and sharing her memory of her first kiss right here under the boardwalk. "Should I be jealous?" asks Roy… like RELAX, ROMEO. She explains he was a "freckle-faced boy" from Philadelphia, and she sold him three Luckys for a nickel, and he smoked them all before he had the courage to make his move. Well, his breath must have been fantastic, then. The boy carved their names under there, and Roy wants to know the guy’s name so he can chisel out the name and put his own, and also possibly to hunt this guy down and have him killed. Like maybe he could let up just a tiny bit in proving just how into Gillian he is? The boy’s name was James. Because of course it was. And then the happy story turns grim, when Gillian explains they were supposed to meet the night before he was due to go home, but that coincided with the opening of the sea business, and Gillian was chosen to be one of King Neptune’s consorts. The sheriff took her to a man: "The most powerful man in the city." This is quite the yarn, says Roy, right before it takes a much darker turn, as Gillian explains that the Commodore "ravaged" her that night, six weeks before her thirteenth birthday.

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