Nucky has a run-in with Margaret, and he also has a possible new mistress; Chalky might be falling into Narcisse’s trap; and Lucky Luciano backs out of the deal with Nucky and Meyer. These are just some of the things that took place during the Oct. 13 episode of “Boardwalk Empire.”
This episode, titled “The North Star,” opened in the Pennsylvania Station with Nucky having breakfast. As he’s watching his coffee mug shake from the train, Margaret appears in what seemed like a completely unnecessary scene. It provided some very awkward moments, but it also seemed like this “return” of Margaret was just a one and done thing.
Margaret tells Nucky that she has a job and is trying to move on with her life. Nucky is trying to tell her that Eddie committed suicide, but he’s having a hard time saying it. Margaret understands that Eddie is no longer alive, but the full details are mum to her. Nucky gives her the gift for Teddy, and she’s wondering what’s inside. He says that he “wouldn’t put something alive in a box,” and that was met with an awkward silence, as the two silently recalled the incident from last season in which a murdered Owen Sleater arrived at Nucky’s doorstep in a box. She tells him that “no one” knew how to look after him like Eddie did, and she leaves.
If that’s all we’re going to see of Margaret, it would have been better to just not have her in the season at all. But she did refuse to tell Nucky where she worked, so Margaret might return when we least expect it, and there is a possibility that her new job could be something that could get Nucky in trouble. It’s doubtful that she’s working for the FBI, but who knows what the writers are doing with her?
After the strange encounter in New York, Nucky returns to Florida to discuss the real estate deal. Here, he discovers that August Tucker is missing. Of course, the viewers know that he was killed at the hands of Bill McCoy, who tells everyone that he has no clue of the man’s whereabouts. With Tucker gone, a new person comes into the picture. His name is Vincenzo Petrucelli, and he’s quite a mysterious figure. Even though he says he will “stand by” his reputation, Lucky is not thrilled about the guy – especially when Petrucelli reveals that Joe Masseria won’t be getting any part of the deal. This causes Lucky to back out, and Meyer takes over his portion.
Nucky and Sally Wheet are having a drink of some “battery acid”-tasting alcohol. Nucky lets out all of his emotions about Eddie and how he lost a friend. Sally doesn’t want to hear his whining, and she unexpectedly punches him in the face. Nucky said he will never hit a woman, and she punches him again. He takes back what he said by punching Sally, and the two go from fighting to having sex. It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?
Another person who makes his first appearance of the new season is Paul Sagorsky. He goes to see a doctor, who tells him that he is dying of cirrhosis. When Paul leaves, he sees Richard and tries to flag him down. Richard starts to take off, and Paul follows him. The two soon reconnect, and Richard admits that he couldn’t face them after taking out all of Gyp Rosetti’s men at Gillian Darmody’s house. Paul said that he got Tommy out of there, and that makes him a hero.
Richard and Julia reunite, and she’s not sure how much she can trust him after his sudden disappearance. Before this scene, Richard appeared at the Sagorsky’s doorstep, and Tommy was talking to him about the North Star. Here, Tommy points out the North Star and notices that Hercules is over their house. The three of them walk home together.
Mickey Doyle hasn’t been that much of an annoying character this season, but the latest episode reminded this “Boardwalk Empire” fan why he’s hated so much. When Eli and Mickey are in Eddie’s room, Mickey’s immediate comment is, “If this was my room, I’d kill myself.” Eli gives him a look, and Mickey follows his stupid comment with, “Oh, f*** it; he can’t hear me.” When the suicide note is found, Eli asks Mickey if he knows any German. Mickey proceeds to read the letter, and his “translation” of it turns out to be a joke that only he thought was funny. Eli feeds Eddie’s birds and discovers a key to a safety deposit box.
In Washington, D.C., Warren Knox and J. Edgar Hoover are trying to figure out if Eddie was killed or if he committed suicide. Hoover wants to drop the case and move on to something he feels is more important, but Knox wants to continue with it. This becomes helpful for Eli, who can’t access Eddie’s safety deposit box since he has no letter or court order for him to do so. Knox just uses his trusty badge and says he needs the box for an investigation into Kessler.
Eli hasn’t made the connection between Knox and Eddie yet, but his suspicion has grown after this episode. And when asked if he knows German, Knox claims to having taken just one year in high school. Apparently, that’s enough to translate Eddie’s letter – or Knox is lying. The letter is believed to be an “unfinished” one to Eddie’s son, which opens up all sorts of emotions for Eli – who starts to think about his oldest, Willie. Knox hands Eli a handkerchief that has the initials “JTM,” which is something of which he takes a mental note.
At the Onyx, Chalky is not too happy with Daughter’s recent choice of music numbers. And Chalky’s wife, Lenore, is not too happy that he is letting their son perform at the club. She believes that ideas are getting into their son’s head. The further he sees himself getting away from his wife, the closer he feels to Daughter. There’s one moment where Chalky is just staring at her as she is singing, and Daughter knows that he is attracted to her. Chalky has a chat with her and tells her that she needs to change her songs, so no more customers will get up and leave. He was also not happy that she didn’t show up for her performance the previous night. Their heated discussion quickly turns into lovemaking, and this came after Chalky called Narcisse a “n----- with a dictionary.”
“Boardwalk Empire” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.