Billie and her blonde friend are drunk and dancing around her apartment. Gil, the guy Billie tested with, is there, too, and they’re having a good time and acting like assholes as drunk people do. He’s pretending to be a sheik named Hooz bin Fartin and I’d like to think comedy has progressed since then, but I’d be lying. Nucky arrives, unannounced and uninvited and gets an eyeful of Billie being a little too playful with Gil for his liking. But the drunks are just celebrating Billie’s successful screen test.
Nucky seems to be okay with everything once it’s explained and even makes some jokes but things start to go wrong when Gil calls Nucky “sir.” Oops. Gil was just offering Nucky a drink but Nucky’s got a bug up his ass and tells “Gilbert” to take his “pig in shit smirk” and the blonde and get out. Gil, for his part, is not intimidated by the skinny, older man and tells him to watch his language, or he’ll wish he had…sir.
Nucky decks Gil and Billie tries to stop it since Gil would be her co-star but once a dick-swinging contest is underway it’s always best to let them work it out. Billie is valiant in her attempts to stop the fight though. Both men get a few good punches in until Nucky gets the upper hand and pounds Gil’s face. Billie finally pulls him off, but not before he’s done some damage.
Gil’s not as tough once he thinks his nose is broken and he threatens to sue Nucky, which does not seem to bother Nucky in the slightest. Billie tells Gil that Nucky will pay for everything and asks her friend to just take him out of there. Billie says she’ll be fine alone with Nucky and finally gets the other two out so Gil can have his nose looked at.
Still not over being Mr. Pink.
Nucky’s just biding his time on the sofa, firing up a cigarette and asks Billie what the movie’s about. Billie’s near tears and tells him it’s about a gangster and a showgirl, which sets Nucky off. He doesn’t like their arrangement where she keeps secrets and he’s not allowed to have her followed or kill her husband so she’s dependent upon him. Although I might have conflated her with Margaret. He says he doesn’t like “the lying” but when Billie says she never lied, Nucky knows all the finer points of lying, dissembling, misdirecting and generally causing confusion, so he lets her know about lies of omission.
Billie rightfully points out that she doesn’t ask him, either, and since he’s got way more to hide she thinks it’s “mighty white of her.” (Her words not mine.) Nucky segues into how he can take care of her and she’ll have nothing to worry about. (Until he gets tired of her like he got tired of Lucy and Margaret.) She says she’s not worried and he thinks that there’s nothing she can count on in show business. Billie takes this to mean Nucky doesn’t think she’s talented but he just thinks she’ll get tossed aside when the next It girl comes along.
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