Nucky still questions if this is enough to get Mellon to go after Remus. Means once again floridly skirts the issue until he lands on how in all of Mellon’s possessions he is also majority shareholder in the Old Overholt Distillery in West Overton, PA. Yes, he’s a bootlegger. Aren’t they all? Esther seems shocked but Means obliques that it’s a pointless possession in that day and age but “it’s remarkable how large small irritations can LOOM in the minds of great men.” Heh. He just called Andrew Mellon a pissy little bitch.
Was Stephen Root cast because of his uncanny resemblance to Foghorn Leghorn?
Nucky doesn’t think that’s of much value to him but Means accurately points out it’s a hell of a lot more than he had before their meeting and suggests he get the rest via his own resourcefulness. Esther takes that as her cue to leave because she’s still clinging to her ethics and integrity.
Over in the meatpacking district of Chicago, Capone’s got a bad feeling about how “well” Torrio’s taking the whole Joe Miller thing. It doesn’t seem right to him so he asks if Jake’s noticed anything. Aw, ask the big, dumb lummox. Nice try, Al. Capone’s getting jittery and snippy with Jake when Torrio arrives but Torrio’s still trying to regale them with tales of Italy and tells Capone he had an espresso at home then complains about the stink when no one tells him to go on about how great Italy was.
Deanie O’Banion arrives with his skinny goon, Hymie Weiss, and Nelson with his iron case. Torrio’s all “Who’s the giant?” so O’Banion calls Nelson his “muscle.” O’Banion tries to air his grievances but Torrio’s not letting him get a word in edgewise which only gets his dander up. O’Banion starts squeaking about Al and Al barks back so Torrio confuses everyone by saying Pompeii. Okay. He asks O’Banion if he’s ever heard of it and Nelson monotones that it’s a town that was buried in 79 AD.
You said I wasn’t as dumb as I look.
With everyone quiet from all the WTFery, Torrio launches into how the poor suckers in Pompeii didn’t know they were living next to a live volcano until it just blew, killing them all where they stood, including some guy with a hammer. Nelson can’t believe this is what his life’s become but Torrio continues that it was sad that the man with the hammer was more afraid of losing a few “shekels” than his life and thinks it’s ridiculous.
O’Banion just wants to talk to him about Joe Miller. Torrio’s all “See, that’s your mistake,” because he’s got nothing to do with Joe Miller, that’s all on Al. Capone’s smirky when he tells O’Banion that the past is for suckers and Deanie tries to save some face by saying it depends upon what happens in the future. Then they stare at each other trying to figure if it’s more manly to be a tall, wispy guy or a squat little fireplug. History has made that decision and it can be found on Wikipedia.
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