Previously on “Boardwalk Empire:” The episode’s pre-opening credits scene shows the audience what happened last season on “Boardwalk Empire.” As fans recall, Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) had an affair with Lucy Danziger (Paz De La Huerta) and got her pregnant. Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) was given the role of criminal organization in Atlanta County, while also falling for Margaret Schroeder (Kelly MacDonald). Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) turned against Nucky and is trying to regain control of Atlantic City. Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) became in control of the liquor business. At the end of the season, things didn’t look like they would turn out too well for Nucky.
Recap of this week’s episode: The episode started with a bang and ended with a shocker. Chalky’s business was raided by KKK members and many people were killed or injured. Chalky is able to fire back as the Klan makes a getaway and kills one of the members. The white crowd of Atlantic City wants Chalky dead, but Nucky has him arrested for his own safety.
Jimmy is now happily married to his lovely wife Angela. As a wedding gift, Nucky sends a good lump some of cash and a statue to remind Jimmy of the good ol’ days the two of them spent together. Jimmy is not impressed and stashes the statue away.
Nelson takes his wife out for their anniversary. While at a fancy restaurant, the waiter announces that they have some nice alcoholic beverages for that special occasion. Unbeknownst to him, Nelson is a cop and the place gets raided. This turns Nelson’s wife on and leads to some fun under the sheets later in the episode. Nelson has also taken some cash from the restaurant and gives it to Lucy, who we see is several months pregnant.
At the end of the episode, a representative from the State’s attorney’s office arrests Nucky for voter fraud. This leaves Margaret and the kids waiting for Nucky to arrive at the theater, not knowing of the current situation.
Thoughts: This is a great return for such an extraordinary show. The acting is still fascinating from all those in the cast. The climax is a complete shock and one that will keep fans waiting for next week. I’m curious to see where the writers will take it this season.
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