It’s Easter Sunday on the latest episode of “Boardwalk Empire,” which aired Oct. 28. What seems like a fun time for Nucky and Margaret at Eli and June’s house turns out to be a moment of revealing feelings toward each other; the brothel is closed and Gillian discusses with Richard Harrow about taking care of Tommy for the day, which leads to an interesting dinner with the Sagorskys; and Gyp has dinner with his family and gets upset in a church.
Teddy and his sister are memorizing the names of their many cousins, whom they are going to meet shortly. This will also be the first time Margaret is meeting Eli’s family.
During the egg hunt, Eli and Nucky sneak away for a drink and a discussion. Eli tells Nucky that he lost a lot of money and time with his family during his 16 months in prison. Though he has a job, Eli can’t stand working with Mickey Doyle anymore. (I don’t blame him.) Nucky says that even though he sat with his enemies, he still considers Eli a brother. Eli grabs a gun and tells Nucky to put a bullet in his brain. Eli believes it’s bound to happen, and he wants Nucky to just do it. Nucky empties the gun, and asks Eli why he’s being so melodramatic.
After dinner, June and Margaret have a little conversation about the kids. During their chat, June mentions how much she likes Nucky and how much Eli worships him. Suddenly, Margaret brings up the fact that Nucky has a mistress, and June has no idea what to say.
The Thompsons gather around for some entertainment, starting with Eli’s daughter playing the saw. Nucky follows with a nice juggling act, and Margaret closes the scene with an Irish tune.
Back home, Nucky and Margaret discuss the day. Nucky says the kids seemed to enjoy themselves, and Margaret mentions that she never knew he could juggle. Nucky offers to teach her, but she says it’s too late, meaning more about their marriage than the actual juggling, and she goes to bed.
Eli goes to talk to June, who is cleaning up from the day. Eli tells her that she did a great job, and that she should get some rest. Shortly thereafter, the phone rings. Nucky tells Eli that he’s being put in charge of the warehouse with Mickey Doyle. Eli thanks him and accepts the offer.
Gillian has the brothel closed for Easter Sunday, since it’s a bad day for attendance. Richard is in charge of watching Tommy for the day. Tommy is not to be exposed to any violence at the Sagorskys’ house, where Richard has been invited for dinner.
At the dinner, Paul Sagorsky gets drunk and goes into a tirade, mocking God, Easter, and asking Richard what Jesus has done for him. Julia, the daughter, interrupts and asks Richard to help her with something in the kitchen. Julia apologizes for her father’s outburst and offers a plate of food for Richard to eat alone.
Tommy wanders upstairs to use the bathroom and enters the room of Freddie Sagorsky, Paul’s son who died in the war. While playing with Freddie’s toys, Paul catches Tommy and picks him up by the pants. Tommy screams, and everyone rushes upstairs. Paul says that Freddie’s things are more important to him than anyone else, even his own daughter, and tells everyone to leave. Richard tells Julia to get her coat and come with him.
Richard, Julia, and Tommy take a stroll down the boardwalk, where Julia is flustered and doesn’t know what she should say to Richard. He tells her that she can say anything. A photographer comes in front of them and offers to take a picture of the three, assuming they are actually a family. Later, Richard takes the picture and puts it in his photo album.
At the brothel, Roger, the one who looks a lot like Jimmy, pays a visit. He wants to get to the sex right away, but Gillian insists that they eat first. They end up having sex on the dining room table.
In bed, Roger tries to go for a second round, but Gillian wants to run a bath. No, it’s not for the two of them; it’s just for Roger. He gets into the bathtub and she begins to wash him in a very creepy scene. Roger wants her to jump in. She takes off her clothes, and he relaxes his head. Suddenly, he feels a pinch in his arm. Gillian has injected him with a lot of heroin. She tells him to take it easy, and he slowly drifts off. She tells him he is dreaming, and she begins to drown him. After he is dead, Gillian puts Jimmy’s dog tags around his neck. It looks like she can finally come to grips with the fact that her son is now dead. She still gives me the creeps.
Later in the evening, the brothel is reopened, and Richard and Tommy come home from their day together. Gillian enters Richard’s room and tells him that her son is dead and there is nothing that can bring him back. After she says that, we hear the brothel girls scream, suggesting that they found the body of Roger, or “Jimmy,” in the bath tub.
Gyp returns from his one episode absence and is seen chatting with Sandrelli about their lost turf after the Tabor Heights incident. The man power has dwindled, as have the envelopes. Meanwhile, Gyp’s mother is constantly banging on the door, trying to get Gyp to come to the dinner table.
After dinner, Gyp goes to church and begins yelling at God. He questions if he is being punished and if he is a mistake. The shouting gets the attention of a priest, who asks if Gyp is OK. Gyp stands up, takes one swing at the priest, knocking him to the ground, and steals the bag of donations. Gyp yells at the priest to bring him the rest of the money.
Gyp meets with Joe Masseria and gives him what little money he has, including what was stolen from the church. Joe is not too happy with the war that Gyp started in New Jersey and tells him he can’t rely on him, nor can he afford him anymore. Gyp says that Nucky and Rothstein are working together on something bigger than what Joe has, and that the Jews and Irish are getting all the liquor business.
There will be a war, whether Joe likes it or not. Gyp asks Joe to give him all the juice he needs, and he will bring down Nucky, Rothstein, Siegel, and Lansky. They will no longer call him “Joe the Boss;” they will start calling him “Joe the King.”
These last two episodes have been great with character development, but it felt like there was more energy in this episode than “Ging Gang Goolie.” There was certainly progression on Gillian’s part, and it’s good to see that she has accepted the fact that Jimmy is dead. I like the fact that Eli will be working on the warehouse operations, but I’m wondering how long Mickey Doyle will be his partner. Doyle seems to be on everyone’s nerves, and I’m curious how much longer the writers will keep him around. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to see him taken out.
“Boardwalk Empire” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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