The cornpone Southern accent still refuses to say anything so Nucky turns to leave. The door unlocks and opens ever so slightly because the cornpone Southern accent can’t give up all its freak secrets at once. Nucky walks in and it’s…
Milton!…I mean, Jimmy James!…I mean, Eddie! Gaston Bullock Means!
I have been irrationally in love with Stephen Root since BEFORE I knew he was a Gator and was just Jimmy James, the riddle wrapped in an enigma and smothered in secret sauce. And he’s just perfect to play this freak.
Nucky’s just trying to pay off Daugherty however Daugherty sees fit, although Nucky seemed to miss the part where Daugherty told him there would be a middle man and not Jess Smith collecting the money. Means is an even more infuriatingly circular speaker than Rothstein and Nucky starts to fume when Means melodramatically explains his Lynchian instructions are meant to provide plausible deniability on all counts since no one is supposed to see each other.
As Nucky continues to chafe at having to deal with so many weirdos and looking back on the simpler days when all he had to deal with were fat, lazy aldermen, Means once again meanders around asking Nucky for his money.
Jimmy had his faults but at least he communicated through easily understood grunts.
Nucky’s losing his patience and just wants to know what’s the what with Daugherty and Smith. Means believes they are just close friends, “base rumors to the contrary,” and this being 1923 it takes Nucky a moment to get that Means was suggesting they might be gay. To his credit, again, he doesn’t really give a shit about that, he just wants to know why all this hoops just to drop off a bribe.
Means continues down his crazypants path saying that’s a conversation for “a different room.” Nucky asks what that would cost him and here’s where Means’ crazypants gets a little scarier, as he asks Nucky what he would think of someone who could be bought off so quickly. Nucky says he wouldn’t trust him and Means says they’re face-to-face with paradox. Nucky can only take so much crap and finally hands off the money envelope. Means talks in circles again about how he admires someone who doesn’t run from trouble then drops the envelope on top of several other stacks of equally fat envelopes as someone else walks into the anteroom.
George Remus doesn’t question. George Remus just leaves the money.
Nucky watches Remus but Means is done with both men and politely asks Nucky to use the back door to the suite after Remus leaves. Then he freaks Nucky the fuck out by telling him to give Rothstein his regards, since Nucky will be seeing him later.
Margaret decides to stop in on Dr. Mason because her Catholic guilt hasn’t been pinged enough. He’s stuffing a pipe with tobacco and being an asshole, rebuffing her politeness with his dickishness. Sweetie, with your Will Arnett hairline minus Will Arnett’s everything else you might want to try to be a little nicer. Margaret agrees. Dr. Mason still takes umbrage because he prefers women not point out his failings so bluntly.
Still judging you.
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