Here it is; the season finale. And like last season, they went with their clean-up hitters, Terence Winter and Tim Van Patten, plus last year’s Rookie of the Year Howard Korder, so you just know it’s a humdinger.
Fade up on what looks like shadow puppets with their hands up. Hmm. Oh… Gunfire rings out and the shadow puppets start jerking and screaming as they fall to the ground. Capone walks up out of the smoke and shoots the camera in the face. And we’re off to a ripping start.
As Mayor Bader arrives at city hall to be peppered with questions from reporters about the violence and rising body count we get a montage of executions. Middle of the night, broad daylight, down alleys, at the casino, even on the boardwalk. Eli, Al, Dunn, Chalky, Gyp, they’re all getting their hands dirty and bodies are being left anywhere. Atlantic City’s in the middle of a bona fide gangland war. The press keeps hounding Bader if he’s lost control of the city and Bader tries to get away, but when the questioning turns to where’s Nucky, what’s he doing, is he dead, Bader “straightens” them out and says Nucky doesn’t run AC, he does. The peals and howls of laughter from the reporters would say otherwise as Bader and Fleming run inside.
One of Chalky’s men is watching over the lumberyard as we hear the delightfully, ear-bleedingly, nasal tones of Mickey. He’s down in Pennsylvania and not feeling the love from Nucky so he wants to know what’s going on. Nucky asks if they don’t have newspapers in Pennsylvania because he’s been “fighting a war from a lumberyard.” Mickey Mickeys that “Now see? This is all new information.” Lord love a roach, he’s amazing.
Eli’s keeping watch on the yard as Nucky deals with Mickey and his ish. Mickey beats around the bush and asks if Nucky has a clue what he’s got down there. Nucky tells him he can’t go a block without getting shot and is wishing he could shoot Mickey through the phone. As tempers begin to flare in the yard, Mickey finally lets Nucky know that Mellon’s got a sweet little distillery that’s poised to make Nucky the biggest bootlegger in America.
Eli’s idly watches the yard, but Nucky doesn’t have time to process what Mickey said because a fight’s broken out. The brothers storm out into the yard to break it up as Chalky finally sallies on forth. Nucky’s pissed because Chalky was supposed to keep the peace, but Chalky figures letting them beat the shit out of each other keeps is just letting off steam. Al whines that Chalky was supposed to keep his men on their side of the yard but the head’s on Al’s side. Al, being Capone, doesn’t give a shit (heh) and suggests Chalky dig a hole which only riles Chalky up.
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