Through all this a lovely song is playing in one of the rooms. Richard gathers up all his weaponry and keeps on his mission. He looks in one last room and finds Tommy…held at gunpoint by the skeevy piece of shit who harassed Gillian earlier in the episode. It was at this moment that I literally cried out “No” and began to sob.
Richard, trained sharpshooter that he is, doesn’t waver but the goon says he doesn’t really give a shit about the kid. Clearly Richard does and he looks at the little boy who has to be terrified but is keeping it together and looking to Richard to save him. The goon yells at him one last time to put his gun down and Richard starts to kneel. He puts the shotgun down then tells Tommy to close his eyes. The little boy does what he’s told and as the goon looks at Richard in bemusement Richard lifts the muzzle of his sniper rifle and hits the goon in the middle of his forehead, spraying blood all over the stained glass. Then, as if this whole last scene hasn’t been brutal or heartbreaking enough, we see Tommy’s little figure run to Richard and hug him through the bloodied and frosted glass.
Out in the woods we see a convoy of cars coming down a country road as someone points out that “here comes Masseria’s boys,” to which Al replies “and there they go.” His army of Chicago thugs open fire on the convoy, Al at the front with a machine gun and a smile. On the other side of the street Chalky’s men start firing on the cars, as well, making sure everyone inside is good and dead. As both sides finish killing off the stragglers, Al and Chalky share a bonding chuckle over getting that out of their systems. Aw, all it takes to make BFF is wanton, indiscriminate, deadly violence.
Footsteps slowly walk through the Artemis Club. It’s disturbingly quiet, making the carnage that much more gruesome, and we finally hear the faintest of a Nucky telltale “Jesus” as he walks over another body. Nucky and Eli are walking through the house with their guns drawn, there to do a job that someone else already handled. This does not make them feel any more secure. They hedge their way up the staircase like a couple of black cats on Halloween.
More dead bodies on the second floor and as Eli scans for any possible living thug left, Gillian’s in the background, slumped on the floor. Nucky dashes over to her, not to see if she’s okay but to yell at her to find out who did this. Oh, Nucky. Never change. Gillian’s still too high to be coherent so she dreamily says he came.
Nucky only wants to know where Gyp is, but Gillian’s lost in her past and reliving the aftermath of being raped the by Commodore. She tells Nucky she went upstairs like he told her, then sobs that “he” did something very bad to her. Before the full weight of another of his sins can fall on his shoulders Nucky hears something in the hall closet. Tonino. That shouldn’t have been as funny as it was.
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