Gillian starts speaking elliptically so Uncle Jun reminds her she’s working toward something on his way out. Nucky offers “his condolences” like it’s a threat. Gillian lies that “Jimmy” was a troubled young man. They go back and forth pretending they don’t know the truth. Gillian’s holding it together well until Nucky says “To James.” Her barely suppressed rage bubbles over and she throws her drink in Nucky’s face telling him it’s time they stop this nonsense.
Wasn’t expecting that.
Never one to consider how his actions (like killing a woman’s son) impact others, Nucky turns his anger on Gillian and says they should be drinking to the “poor sap who died in her tub.” While he’s right in theory I believe he is the very definition of “Right message, wrong messenger,” since as Gillian points out he killed her son. Nucky actually gets righteously indignant and calls it a lie but Gillian’s got a good head of steam going and she points out that he, a man who lost his own son, could so easily cut down hers after all the promises he broke to Jimmy and to her.
You don’t become that rich and that powerful by considering the consequences of your actions so Nucky takes umbrage at Gillian’s ingratitude and decides to threaten the unhinged, cunning and grieving woman whose son he killed and tells her she best remember she only exists in Atlantic City because he “allows her to.” She spits out that it’s very generous of him and he tells her she’d be wise to say it like she means it. Believing he made his point, Nucky leaves but…
Not to be trifled with.
Over at the hospital, the nun’s meeting with Margaret and Mason to discuss how they’ll teach about “the act itself.” Mason can’t resist that kind of opening and asks the nun if she’s looking forward to it but she’s a nun so she’s used to a naughty boy’s insolence and doesn’t even flinch. She just powers on that she wants to make sure it’s discussed in the proper moral context. Margaret promises to keep Mason on the proper path and Mason seems a bit interested in going down that path with her.
The nun leaves with maximum peeve and Mason wonders if she was flirting with him because every time they talk she always brings it around to sex. Margaret chuckles because it’s nice to have a friend but their reverie is broken up when Mrs. Shearer wants to talk to Margaret. Mason doesn’t take it personally, he just excuses himself to finish some reports and maybe, actually, finally get some dinner.
Margaret tries to chat with Mrs. Shearer and thanks her for being part of the classes but Mrs. Shearer gets down to brass tacks. Her husband won’t leave her alone because he wants more children and she doesn’t. Margaret tries to explain that the classes aren’t for family planning and contraception but Mrs. Shearer explains to Margaret that it’s the primary reason ALL the women are taking the class. Margaret tries to toe the political line and offers Mrs. Shearer a pamphlet and Mrs. Shearer looks near to punching Margaret for being so intentionally obtuse.
You CANNOT be serious.
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