Before she can start sobbing inconsolably, the sheriff walks in to let Gyp and the goon know that the coffee is really good at that diner and maybe they’d rather have that. Gyp is all “Fine by me, we’ll have spaghetti and coffee.” He and Sheriff Victor start cheesing at each other about how the coffee will keep them warm as they drive out of town but, no, they’re staying, even though Atlantic City’s probably more their speed except it’s 60 miles away. How about New York instead? With it a draw, Gyp and the goon set about eating their spaghetti as I marvel at just how pliable Bobby Cannavale’s faced is. For real, I think it’s Silly Putty.
Well, smell you.
Nucky’s with Rothstein as he plays pool by himself because everyone else knows he’s a cheat. Nucky’s asking about Means and whether it’s worth dealing with someone so fucking weird to pay off Daugherty. But Rothstein’s got no ish with freaks so he just keeps playing and telling Nucky you can’t be too careful given “the ongoing volatility in the marketplace.”
After two seasons of listening to Rothstein’s circular reasoning and nonsensically metaphoric speaking style, Nucky’ deducing that he’s actually talking about someone shooting off Manny’s face [insert Mickey giggle here]. Nucky doesn’t have any suspects except Waxey Gordon, but it can’t be him because he’d have to clear it with Arnold and Arnold’s working with Nucky. With no one to fleece at pool, Arnold decides fucking with Nucky is the next best thing and suggests that maybe that’s what he wants Nucky to think. Nucky just shrugs it off because Arnold would never be so obvious if he wanted to be obvious.
He’s a superfreak, super freak. He’s superfreaky…yow.
But enough of this jibber jabber. Now that Rothstein is Nucky’s sole client he wants to make sure Nucky’s taking care of that arrangement. Nucky is, then gets his dates confused which makes the tiny clusters in Arnold’s brain explode because human imperfection is his Kryptonite. Nucky’s all “Calm your tits. My people have this covered,” but decides not to mention that one of his people covering this is Mickey.
Not wanting to leave without the upper hand, Nucky conveniently tells Rothstein that the radiators leak in one of his buildings…on West 57th. Arnold’s all “Ah, yes. Miss Kent’s building,” then suggests he shuffle on over to the UES where the geezers live. Nucky gets butthurt and wonders what that means so Arnold tells him that she’s a charming and vivacious young woman, while jerking off his pool cue. I think that was meant to be symbolic.
Margaret’s sitting by the fire and reading a letter from Pope Pius recognizing them for their generosity. Margaret’s feeling a bit of pride that she’ll get to meet the bishop and asks the new and less comely maid, Prudence, to get one of Nucky’s suit ready for the occasion. Prudence tells her that Nucky sent word that he wouldn’t make it and Margaret ever so slightly grits her teeth before telling Prudence to prep the suit anyway because he’s mistaken.
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