The convoy gets to Tabor Heights but the pumps are locked. Mickey, showing his keen wits, says they should just blow out of town and find another filling station. That can accommodate eight trucks in the middle of the night. In 1923. Owen finally doesn’t bug the shit out of me when he says he’s not going to randomly wander the Jersey countryside looking for another station and sets out to find the key to the locks.
Sheriff Victor comes out of the shadows warning Owen off breaking into the station and asking what’s in the trucks. Owen and Mickey are all “the fuck” but the sheriff tells them that if the trucks are full of liquor then they have a problem. Showing, again, why he’ll never get ahead Mickey can’t figure out why the sudden change so Gyp comes out of the shadows.
Owen starts to figure out what’s the what and asks Gyp why he’s in Tabor Heights. Gyp’s all “I’m not Mr. Rosetti, I’m Collingsworth and this is my station. And we have no gas for you.” Owen under the false impression that being Nucky’s henchdog means anything outside of Atlantic City tells Gyp they’ll fill up and be on their way, flagrantly waving his gun. Which is just like waving a red flag at a bull so Gyp sallies on over mocking Owen’s little gun and waving his own, bigger gun back at him which makes Owen flinch and piss his pants just a little as everyone else pulls their guns.
Not phallic at all.
Then Gyp starts waving his gun around, too, but it’s way scarier when the big crazy man does it so Mickey’s crew just kind of back off. Gyp walks over to the pump and unlocks it, but rather than let them fill up, he starts pumping the gas on the ground and tells Owen they’re not getting any gas there that night. Owen actually says, and I quote, “You think Mr. Thompson won’t hear about this?” and Gyp somehow refrains from pouring some gas on Owen just to really spook the shit out of him for being such a snitch.
Back at Billie’s apartment and Nucky’s decided to stage a murder/suicide and is planning to burn down the building with them trapped inside. Oh, no. He’s just cooking for Billie. She’s impressed and he’s laying on the schmaltz and it’s all so cute until she gets a phone call. She goes to answer and he stops her, telling her that what he wants more than anything in the world is for people to be “honest no matter what.” Heh, bullshit.
But Billie’s willing to play his game and asks Nucky what he wants. He says he wants all his schemes and criminal activity to run itself so he can stay with her forever and never become a decrepit old geezer like his father. Or something like that. I might have embellished. Billie just giggles him off, saying he knows he can’t and Nucky looks heartbroken. This would be so much sadder and more romantic if we didn’t already see him dump another showgirl to make cow eyes at Margaret in the first season.
Sad widdle ganster just wants someone to wub.
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