Nucky snaps to because he’s more bully that tough, and Mellon lets him know that in a few days Remus will be arrested for multiple violations of the Volstead Act including purchasing government liquor permits from a close associate of Daugherty aka Jess Smith. In exchange, Nucky will have the Old Overholt Distillery operational in a month and turning a profit a month after that. They will no longer have any contact. Nucky says he understands and with that their “intercourse is concluded.” And with that, heh.
Was that a good intercourse for you?
Billie’s rooting around the bathroom floor in a Jean Harlow negligee and a blonde wig. She lost a hummingbird earring that Nucky gave her. Nucky thinks she can get another pair but she likes those. I know that feeling, Billie. Nucky’s more interested in the hair. She wants to know if he likes it. He’s not immediately sure but he says yes pretty quickly. Why the change, though? Because she wants to be someone else for a little while – Nadine Beckenbauer from Newburgh. Billie’s being super cute and Nucky’s being charming as they pretend they’re meeting for the first time.
Then Nucky hands her an envelope. Billie jokingly asks if she’s under arrest but Nucky says she’s freed. It’s a lifetime annuity that will pay out to her on the first of every month. Billie chafes against it, that she doesn’t need any help, but Nucky says he envies that. That’s why the money’s hers. Free and clear. Whatever she does with it, and whomever she’s with, is none of his business. Billie wants to know if it’s goodbye, then. Nucky says no. It’s Hello. Hello and good luck, Nadine Beckenbauer. Billie’s emotional and kisses Nucky so he makes a sweet little joke that she’ll get far if she changes her name. Aw.
Over at the St. Bork Bork Day Parade, Sigrid’s watching the children while Nelson sells a bottle of aquavit to a proprietor. Nelson quickly counts the money then dryly informs Sigrid that, “Unlike steam irons, aquavit sells itself.” Yes, Nelson. That demon alcohol doesn’t need an enamel handle as a selling point. Then they share a moment of satisfaction because the corruption of Nelson Van Alden is complete.
They were such a nice, quiet couple. Kept to themselves.
Torrio’s listening to opera and hanging a painting of Naples on his office wall because he’s still back in la dolce vita. Capone comes in to tell him he’s heading out to Nell’s if Johnny wants to join but he’s going home for osso buco. Al hands over the take from Greektown but “Demos” is a little short. Al thinks he should send someone over but Torrio’s all mellow that he’s good for it. Capone’s wondering where the fuck Torrio went and asks if there’s anything else, but Torrio tells him it sounds like he has it all under control and give his love to Mae and the boy. Johnny leans back and listens to the opera and Al stands there, looking inscrutable and scaring the shit out of me. Where’s a deaf kid and a ukulele when you need it?
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