Down in the lobby some of the NYC gangsters are arriving while Owen and…Mickey???!??!…wait. Out on the boardwalk, Luciano and Lansky come walking up and, there’s no delicate way to put this, but did Meyer actually shrink in the off season? I know he’s wee but he literally looks like a child with old-man face in this scene.
Teddy could totally take Meyer.
Up in the suite, Eddie’s rushing Margaret down the hallway because Nucky wants to see her, and he needs to get to his meeting quickly. As she walks into the bedroom, Rothstein comes out of the elevator like he’s GOB about to do the Final Countdown but Eli shows he’s grown since being in prison and welcomes Rothstein. Then we incongruously shift to the display case with the Revolutionary War uniform to see someone break into it and steal the tricorn hat (Thanks, Google, for correcting my ignorance in the minicap) with a big, meaty hand wearing a big, tacky ring. Oh lordy. Wonder who THAT could be?
Nucky’s slumped in the bathroom when Margaret comes in. He perks up when he sees her and she feels his forehead. He’s running a fever so Margaret gets a cool, damp cloth for his head and Nucky tells her he found it so she needn’t worry. Margaret’s not sure what he’s on about so Nucky hands her Billie’s hummingbird earring. Margaret tells him it belongs to someone else and walks away. Nucky starts to process this as he has one last vision of Billie in the embers as Babette’s explodes and Nucky finally accepts that she’s dead.
Oh man. I suck.
Margaret turns to listen and Nucky says that Billie’s dead and it’s all his fault. He starts to say something about everything he touches, but switches tacks, saying that no matter what Margaret thinks he has no choice. There is no walking away. Either he does it to them or they do it to him. Margaret asks about the men waiting in his office and Nucky says either they’re with him and he goes to war or they’re not and he’s alone and as good as dead.
Then Little Miss Self-Pity Party screws up her amoral nerve and asks Nucky if he can hear her. Does he know who she is? When he calls her Margaret “Schroeder” she corrects him that she’s Margaret Thompson, his wife, then tells him to finish getting dressed and get in there and take care of business because she hasn’t squirreled away nearly enough money to run away, yet. Or maybe I just imagined that last part.
Tommy’s sleeping like the sweet little angel he can be on occasion and Richard comes in to check on him. Instead he finds the girl from The Ringhovering nearby…oh wait. That’s just Gillian, waiting for Richard to come in so she can cast all blame for her shitty guardianship on him. She tells Richard that Tommy wandered onto the girl’s floor and got an eyeful of old-man ass so she had to get him liquored up on warm milk and rum so he could go to sleep. Richard apologizes but Gillian tells him that the damage is already done then, spying Julia’s lipstick on his mask (hehe…aw), tells him she’s sure he had a “stimulating” meeting and walks out. Richard just walks over to the mirror to look at it and wish iPhones had been invented so he could take a picture of it to put in his scrapbook.
I’m never washing my mask again.
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