He sees a weird sign that looks like a dead-eyed, young Lenin while some random man’s voice asks where they’re headed. Chalky says they’re headed to Camden to pick up a piano but the man wonders why they can’t get one locally. Dunn slurs that it was his graaaaandmaaa’s which only irks the random man who tells him to get out of the truck so Dunn can speak up. Then tells Chalky to get out, too.
Did this creep anyone else out?
Once out of the truck the voices get louder as the random asks if they know Nucky. Chalky says everyone knows him, and the randoms ask if they’ve seen Nucky. Chalky keeps up the façade that Nucky would never hang with the likes of them, but the randoms tell Chalky and Dunn that there’s a $25K bounty for Nucky. The randoms just want to go to the back of the truck to see what they’re carrying and Nucky’s shitting himself, hiding behind a crate waiting to kill or be killed.
Dunn’s standing by the burlap flap, taking his sweet time so one of the randoms can ask what’s up. Dunn says he’s just thinking about how he’s going to spend his reward then, as Nucky’s ready to shoot his way out, Dunn and Chalky shoot both randoms while Nucky gets off a third shot, just for good measure.
And not a drop of blood on their fancy suits.
The men share a brief moment then Nucky hops out of the truck. He thinks he owes them $25K but Chalky says he’s worth more than that, now. Nucky, chastened at just what a selfish dick he’s been, tells Chalky he is too and Dunn doesn’t really appreciate all this mutual admiration and respect, but has caused his daily allowance of mayhem, so he asks if they’re just going to gabble.
Chalky tells Nucky that if he’s going to get out of town, now is the best time, but Nucky thinks he’ll stay because AC is his town. Chalky thinks that’s ridiculous because AC is no city for a last stand but tells Dunn to go back to the honky tonk and round up the rest of their men.
A military drum starts pounding and we see a box marked “US Army.” It’s Richard, and he lines up his three military issue pistols above the box. Then he grabs his two revolvers and places them neatly on either side of the pistols. The drum keeps pounding and he places his shotgun and sniper rifle below the box. It’s all very tidy and vaguely Travis Bickle.
This should end well.
Nucky and Chalky drive up to the lumberyard where, somehow, Willie knew to be there even though cell phones hadn’t been invented yet and I doubt June would have been fine with Willie just walking his way down to the yard in the middle of the night. But whatever, DETAILS! Chalky and Nucky are in the office where Willie brings them coffee and day old donuts. Chalky talks to the boy about the donuts, tells him he used to dunk day olds in sweet milk, but Nucky says they’re the best thing he’s ever tasted.
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