Oh gah…this scene. Eli’s out in his work shed and finds a birthday present he never got to give Will because he went to prison. It’s a model airplane and he was going to build it with the boy. As he sorts through the pieces I get so very sad and it’s in that moment that I really appreciated just how deep Shea Whigham’s gone with Eli. He’s no longer the insecure and bitter baby brother and everything about his interpretation of Eli has become so small and still and quiet and he’s fucking killing me.
Early the next morning Eli’s sitting at the dining room table with the model airplane lost in some morose thought when Will comes downstairs. Eli barely croaks out “Will” then tells the boy that he didn’t want to wake June. Will’s on his way to work in the lumber yard and Eli tries to get the boy to have some breakfast so they can share some time together but Will says he’ll get coffee and donuts at the yard.
Like a lost bird.
Eli keeps trying to forge a bond with the boy by thanking him for taking care of the family but Will lies that it wasn’t nothing. Eli thinks that now that he’s home Will can go back to school, since Will got June’s brain, but Will thinks he’s learning enough. Eli tries to bond over them both getting educated and says he read Shakespeare…in prison…and Will couldn’t look more awkward if he tried. Until his boss comes to pick him up and Eli gives him the model airplane. All Will can say is it’s “keen” and go off to work, breaking off one more piece of Eli.
Mercifully, we cut to Mickey ordering around his crew about loading the trucks and to have everything loaded and ready to go by sundown. Then the last Prohie standing, Sawicki, has picked up where Nelson left off and is bugging Mickey about the shipment. Mickey has to remind him that he’s paid NOT to ask questions but Sawicki’s all “You haven’t paid me, yet.” Heh. He’s like Mickey’s doppelganger. While Mickey whines about how he’s always broke even in a cash business like bootlegging, Eli finally shows up, taciturn as ever, but humbled enough not to argue when Mickey makes him help the rest of the crew load the trucks.
Oh, a weisenheimer.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in a blonde wig is out at some swank New York club with Nucky and Billie, talking about Billie’s non-existent hummingbird routine and pretending that they’re three for the road. Nucky says he’ll talk to “Lee Schubert” about staging the show and Maggie gets all starry-eyed in time for Billie to excuse herself to go talk to a young and handsome swell. Maggie, as is her wont, just isn’t getting it so she’s flapping her yap while Nucky gets all jealous as Billie laughs at the swell’s jokes and he strokes her hand. Eh, I’ll give him that one except she knew he could see her and she’s not stupid so I take it back.
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