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I didn’t notice this on Sunday, but this week’s episode was directed by Tim Van Patten and written by Terence Winter AND Howard Korder. Wonder what piece of beautifully shot, heartbreakingly poignant awfulness they have in store for us.
Fade up on Richard’s lovely, amber-tinted face looking resolute. He’s at the crematorium with Gillian and Uncle Jun. They’re standing over Roger’s pine coffin while the mortician hands Gillian a death certificate that says “Jimmy” died of an accidental drowning, because there’s Tommy to consider, and she gives a song and dance about how she thought she had Jimmy back but then he’d reach for the needle and nothing she could do would stop him.
Neither Richard nor Uncle Jun are particularly buying this and when she tries to milk one last drop of human kindness out of the mortician, Uncle Jun’s all “enough, we’ve said our goodbyes.” Gillian does manage to remember that someone else genuinely loved Jimmy and asks Richard if he has any last words. Richard grunts out that “Jimmy deserved better than this,” and I don’t think he’s too pleased with Gillian. Not that she notices and the pine coffin with Roger’s body gets shoved into the incinerator.
LET ME LOVE YOU, RICHARD!
Sigrid’s intently watching as Deanie O’Banion’s explaining how the still works while one of his goons sets it up. O’Banion gets off a cheap shot at Nelson and Eddie Haskells Sigrid who’s sitting with the little Van Alden babies. Nelson doesn’t looked thrilled to be making the demon alcohol in his home but O’Banion doesn’t care. He needs Nelson to pay off his debt for disposing of the Prohie’s body, so Nelson needs to produce 24 bottles a week for O’Banion.
Nelson’s worried about the smell but O’Banion figures with all the fish and cabbage smells in their building no one will notice, and if they do it’s probably because they’re making their own home brew. Regardless, Nelson’s working for O’Banion and he needs Nelson at a meeting the next day. Nelson looks defeated as he tells O’Banion he has a job. Not Deanie’s problem. Nelson needs to figure something out. Then O’Banion takes another pot shot at Nelson on the way out to make sure the unstable giant is good and off kilter. But he does make some adorable babies.
This kid doesn’t stand a chance.
Nucky’s confirming his trip the next day to NYC. Eli’s there and seemingly quite comfortable as Nucky’s right-hand man when he asks if Nucky’s meeting with Rothstein or “his girlfriend.” At least he’s learned not to deride Nucky’s bright, shiny object of distraction and they share a bit of brotherly teasing which I don’t think they’ve ever shared before.
Then Nucky asks Owen about “the pony.” Eli figures it’s a hot tip, but Nucky’s actually looking into getting Emily a pony. Eli can’t understand why since Emily can barely walk then feels a pang of guilt by saying “I’m only stating the obvious,” (Yes and sometimes the obvious doesn’t need to be stated, ELI.) I guess since Owen’s Irish he knows all about the horses and gives his opinion that Morgans are good and Shetlands are always nice. Eli thinks they can be feisty, though, because one bit June when she was a child. Despite raising zero children to Eli’s eight, Nucky says “We don’t want to coddle her.” There’s coddling then there’s not putting a small child in harm’s way by giving her a pony that’ll bite her. Owen trumps their concerns with his Irishness and says he’ll take care of it.
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