Eddie comes in and starts hemming and hawing because he doesn’t know how to break some news to Nucky. Nucky shows the concern we’ve come to expect from him with all things Eddie and tells him to “just start yammering like always,” and Eddie announces that “James Darmody is dead.” POV shifts to Owen, Eli and Nucky’s collective GULP! as they try to figure out how he could know that since the only other person there was Manny and…well…
Can’t read their poker faces.
Nucky jumps in and says “That’s pure speculation,” but Eddie has the obits and tells Nucky that Jimmy drowned. Nucky reads further and it says he died at the home of his mother, Gillian Darmody. Eli puts it most succinctly when he mutters under his breath “What the fuck?” and as the three guilty parties do that whole Rocky Horror “Dr. Scott-Brad-Janet-Rocky-UNH” scene sweet Eddie tells Nucky he’s sorry for his loss. Nucky tells Eddie not to be an idiot. Why does Nucky being mean to Eddie bother me more than almost any other awful thing Nucky does? Send your brother to prison, cheat on Margaret, and kill Jimmy? Sure, but don’t be mean to Eddie.
It’s a sunny spring day and Chicago’s bustling. Torrio’s back from Italy and filled with Italian spirit. He wants to tell Capone and Jake about how great it was to take things slowly and enjoy life but Capone’s busy giving a geography lesson on where Vesuvius is and Jake’s take away is that Naples is falling apart. Troglodytes. Torrio tries one more time but Capone needs to talk to him about something in private. In the middle of the cathouse but still, most of the guys are too entranced by the boobies to eavesdrop. Jake gets the hint and leaves, though.
Al slides in that there was a “little eruption” in Chicago, too. Guy named Joe Miller who WAS with Deanie O’Banion. Torrio’s still high on his Italian joie de vivre (I know, that’s French) and doesn’t smack around Capone, he just wants to know how O’Banion took it. He didn’t because they’re meeting up with him at the yards tomorrow. Chicken. Torrio’s silent so Capone starts tap-dancing that Torrio didn’t want to be bothered but there was nothing Al could do. Torrio doesn’t seem to buy it but he gets Al to confirm that he did what he thought was right and they’ll take the meeting with O’Banion together, then.
Once I decided I was going down to the speak to kill Miller, I really had no choice but to go through with it.
Uncle Jun is advising that Gillian will still have that last hurdle of getting custody of Tommy what with raising him in a whorehouse. She corrects him that it’s a “health resort” (heh) but Uncle Jun reminds her that the state will be inspecting everything. Before they can go further into the whorehouse v. health resort debate Nucky’s there to get Gillian’s back up. Gillian looks gut-punched, but steels herself with a swig of whiskey as Nucky walks in.
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