Before she can restate her judgment Nucky decides they have to talk. The three of them. About what happened. As Margaret and Owen recount all the public places where they boned and when to gauge exactly how many people might have seen and told Nucky, he wants to know about the pony. Owen’s a little relieved but unsure so Nucky repeats himself and Margaret says they didn’t buy one. When Nucky wants to know why (because they were too busy banging in the car) Margaret gets her back up and snots that, as it turns out, they’re living in a hotel and horses, even tiny ones, aren’t allowed. Well smell you, princess.
Nucky gets emotional about not having the pony for that little angel and Margaret realizes he’s not himself and tries to talk him down, saying it’s not their main concern right now. Nucky asks for Owen’s input and he agrees with Margaret. Nucky’s still agitated and demanding they have a party for Emily in the hotel but the ringing starts again. He doesn’t see Billie this time. Just Margaret and Owen. This doesn’t make him feel any better.
But the pony? What about the pony? Will no one think of the pony?
Up in Tabor Heights the new sheriff, Jerry, is giving some local flak for selling booze and not giving him a cut. Sheriff Jerry makes it sound official so they can avoid another Gyp Rosetti situation but the local gets distracted by the convoy of black cars pulling into town. While the local runs off in one direction, Sheriff Jerry runs into his office to call Eli, just like he promised. Unfortunately, the operator was slower than Gyp’s new army of goons, leaving the operator hanging.
Sheriff Jerry tries to make small talk and Gyp teaches us a new piece of bigoted slang from the 20s – finook. While Sheriff Jerry tap dances about how he’s just ready to start doing business again, to get Gyp and his army of goons out of his office, one goon hangs up on the operator so Gyp can club the shit out of Sheriff Jerry. See Margaret? Gyp comes with way worse gifts than Jack Russell Terriers.
Damned if you do, beaten to a pulp if you don’t.
Nucky’s conducting business in his office while Bader, Fleming and Chalky discuss how to spin the explosion. Their voices are muffled and the soundtrack is ringing but Bader suggests blaming an anarchist so maybe it’s better that Nucky can’t hear them. Sound clears up just in time for Eli to mumble about rebuilding. That’s what Chalky wants to talk to Nucky about but the light’s tweaking Nucky, making him even more nervy than usual. Chalky suggests they all talk later, when Nucky’s feeling right, but Nucky gets into it with Chalky asking when he got so…uppity. Oh. No. Before Dunn Pernsley’s mayhem Spidey sense kicks in from the other side of AC, though, Nucky tells Chalky to work on his shoes later. Owen figures out that Nucky’s confused and tells him he’s talking to Chalky.
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