Willie Thompson’s guilt begins to catch up with him; Al Capone vows vengeance against the Chicago police and Dean O’Banion; and we learn the real identity of Agent Warren Knox. Those are just some of the events that took place in the Oct. 20 episode of “Boardwalk Empire” titled “William Wilson,” which got its name from the Edgar Allen Poe short story.
In the opening scene, we see a police officer minding his own business, reading a newspaper with the front page being about the Leopold and Loeb murder case, and then Al Capone walks up and shoots him point blank in the face. He wants vengeance for the death of his brother, and he wants to go after O’Banion and the Chicago police. Johnny Torrio tells him not to go anywhere near O’Banion. But he changes his mind, after police raid a liquor deal between Torrio and O’Banion, and O’Banion gets all charges against dropped. Torrio, on the other hand, doesn’t, and he gets mad and tells Al to “kill that Irish f***!”
Willie is still struggling at school, and it’s worse when the Poe short story is being read in his classroom. The story starts to get to Willie, and he ends up leaving the class and dropping out of school. Of course, his father, Eli, doesn’t know about Willie dropping out until a family dinner. And when Willie reveals that he’s no longer in school, Eli gets mad and starts beating him. Willie leaves, and later, a drunken Eli tells Nucky that he should stay out of the family’s issues. He then begins to insult Nucky by saying that he doesn’t know anything about family, since he never had one. When Nucky arrives at The Albatross, he sees Willie and tells him he should probably go home. When Willie says that his dad will most likely just beat him, Nucky offers him to stay over for the night.
J. Edgar Hoover is made the director of the Bureau of Investigation in this episode. The first thing he does is talk about the case of taking down Nucky Thompson and all the other crime lords in the big cities – which is what Knox proposed, and Hoover initially turned down. Knox gets upset and storms out of the room.
Speaking of Knox, we find out that his real name is James Tolliver. But Nucky and Eli don’t know that because Gaston Means is saying he can’t seem to find much on Knox. Actually, he and Knox/Tolliver are working together.
Margaret looks to have a bigger role than initially thought, but it’s still not entirely certain about her purpose. Known as Mrs. Rowan at her new job, Margaret works for a Wall Street brokerage firm known as Anaconda Realty, and she makes some extra money by telling a sob story about her “husband” not buying any stock in the company. It’s really funny when Arnold Rothstein appears in her boss’ office, and she has a slight panic. Rothstein is going under the name Abe Redstone, and he puts $150,000 in Anaconda and slips Margaret a $100 – which her boss personally delivers to her desk. Rothstein calls Margaret’s desk, and the two discuss about keeping their true identities a secret. What does Rothstein have in store?
Chalky wants to keep Daughter in Atlantic City, since she “puts asses in seats,” as Dunn puts it. Narcisse and Chalky agree to a deal in which Daughter will stay, and Narcisse will open a chapter of the United Negro Improvement Association in the North Side.
Not only does Daughter bring a crowd to the Onyx, but Chalky has found himself a love interest in the lounge singer. After they make love, Daughter reveals that her mother used to be a prostitute, and she was murdered by a client. We find out, after this scene has ended, that it was Narcisse who murdered Daughter’s mother. The scars on his chest, which Daughter wash later, show that struggle was not easy.
During a church service, many members are upset over the outbreak of heroin-related deaths in the community. Narcisse steps in and gives a speech about the “apathy” of the community’s leaders. He assures the crowd that he and Deacon Cuffy will “restore the community to its full and glorious potential.” But it looks like Narcisse is going to have to find someone else. When Deacon is about to head out to tell Chalky who is behind the heroin scourge, Dunn appears and puts a knife in the man.
The final moment when Narcisse looks at himself in the mirror is haunting. His takeover is slowly coming, and “Boardwalk Empire” viewers can feel it.
Also in this episode:
The relationship of Gillian and Roy seems to be growing. He reveals that the day after he met Gillian, he filed for divorce from his wife. We first see Gillian having some kind of panic attack due to heroin withdrawals. But it’s not revealed if Roy knows of her addiction.
Joe Masseria sends Lucky Luciano back to Tampa to talk to Vincenzo Petrucelli about a heroin deal. This wasn’t explored a whole lot, but it’s worth mentioning – since Lucky is no longer part of Nucky’s land deal, and he is working with Nucky’s new partner.
“Boardwalk Empire” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.