Nucky looks to start a new business deal in another state; William Thompson experiences love in college; and we are introduced to Sally Wheet in the latest episode of “Boardwalk Empire,” which aired on Sept. 22.
The episode, titled “Acres of Diamonds,” opens with Nucky in Tampa – looking to expand operations. He talks to Bill McCoy and is a bit hesitant about the whole ordeal. He and Bill are not friends, and Nucky isn’t really too sure how to trust the security surrounding the area. After some consideration, Nucky decides to go with the plan, and tells McCoy to tell August Tucker, the man who set up the meeting, that he will do business through Nucky. The problem is McCoy has killed Tucker.
While in Tampa, we are introduced to bar owner Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), who is a welcome addition to the show. She’s not entirely sympathetic at first, when Nucky opens up to her about it being Teddy’s birthday soon. At the end, she sends Nucky a package that contains a plastic reptile for Teddy.
With Nucky being in Tampa, it’s going to seem like a nice change of scenery – especially with Arquette in the scene. There is still no sign of Margaret this season.
One of the highlights of this episode is we see just how silently evil Dr. Valentin Narcisse will be this season. After Dunn killed Dickie Pastor in the opener, Chalky has been cruel and unforgiving and rightfully so. But Valentin offers Dunn a chance at getting even with Chalky. Narcisse is also making deals with Rothstein in the heroin business. Narcisse wants 20 pounds uncut, and Rothstein wants $80,000 in cash. Just how many businesses are there in which Narcisse is involved?
In Wisconsin, Richard buries his gun and tries to move on with his life. He tries to live a peaceful life, meeting brother-in-law Hugh – who calls him “Rick” and Emma “Emmy.” But that changes once Carl Billings finds Richard. As you may recall, Billings was the one who assigned Richard the contract kills. Well, since Richard didn’t finish his assignment last week, Carl isn’t happy and comes after Richard with a loaded assistant. With a gun pointed at him, Richard skillfully pulls out a knife and kills the assistant. But Carl grabs the gun and almost does Richard “a favor” by killing him, but Emma comes through and blasts the man with a shotgun. Richard leaves for an unknown destination.
At college, William tells a group of his fellow students that he has access to alcohol. When William tries to obtain some from Mickey Doyle, he tells him to get lost and “don’t let the door hit you on the brains.” William tries to steal a crate of liquor, but he is caught. Doyle gives him a smacking and bloodies his lip. After originally saying he was going to tell Eli about what his son was doing, he decides to keep the whole incident between the two and gives the boy some alcohol.
At the party, William hooks up with a girl named Doris. As they are making out, the other students – all drunk – interrupt their privacy. William is embarrassed and runs away.
Gillian goes on a date with Roy Phillips, who is using her as a cover-up, since he and his real wife are currently going through a divorce. But after their double date, the two go to a place by themselves. At this diner, a friend of Roger’s recognizes Gillian. As you recall, Roger was the man who looked a lot like Gillian’s late son, Jimmy, whom she seduced and then later injected with heroin and drowned. Gillian tries to brush him off, but the man kept on trying to remind her and to see if she knew anything about Roger’s location. It’s Roy who steps in and tells the men to leave. Gillian excuses herself and goes to the restroom for a fix.
In this episode, we see that both Nucky and Richard are trying to escape their past respective lives as a gangster and contract killer. For Richard, we see that it won’t be that easy and leaving Emma’s place probably won’t change that. One has to wonder if this means Richard will be gone for a few episodes. Let’s hope not; his character is one of the best things about the show, and Jack Huston’s performance was heartbreaking and incredible.
For Nucky, his past has yet to catch up to him this season. But after the murder of Tucker, things are definitely going to change and not for the better. “Acres of Diamonds” was a relatively slow-burning episode, but the development of the characters was superb.
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