Realizing he needs to be extra crazy to sell it so Chalky doesn’t send Dunn down later, he says
Eskimo “Gas.” Bader and Fleming are confused, but not for the normal reasons, and Fleming thinks Nucky needs some bicarbonate. Heh. No, Nucky’s suggesting they say the explosion was caused by a gas leak. The ringing starts again, and we see Billie’s face in the falling embers, but Nucky gathers himself quickly enough to tell them to say it was a faulty valve.
As Fleming derps that a gas leak makes sense (more sense than an anarchist, anyway) the phone starts ringing and the six healthy men all within reach of the phone sit around looking at it as Nucky wonders if he doesn’t have someone to do that. He does, only Eddie’s not around so Teddy answers it and looks like he’s getting orders from the mothership…or Satan.
If only someone were capable of answering that phone.
Nucky’s regained his bearings and is planning how to spin the explosion for positive publicity. Bader’s going to the hospital with flowers for the victims and he’s taking a photographer. Before his plans can go beyond that, Teddy comes in to tell Nucky that a man’s on the phone for him. The gypsy. Dun dun….DUNNNNN. Bader and Fleming get the hint while Owen shoos Teddy out, telling him everything will be fine.
Gyp’s calling to read Billie’s obit to Nucky because he may be prickly, hypersensitive and henpecked, but he’s also a mean, mean man. Nucky hangs up and tries to get back to business, but he’s fixated on the party. Eli tells him they were talking about the gas leak, but Nucky doesn’t want the kids to find out. Because they always find out. Then he looks at Owen and in his crazy state speaks the truth when he tells Owen that one day you wake up and you realize what’s been going on.
Gyp calls back all butthurt because he didn’t get to finish his spiel needling Nucky about Billie and threatening Nucky that he’s back in Tabor Heights. Nucky hangs up, again, and starts wrecking the office, throwing the phone, his desk organizer even a chair through a window. Eli grabs Nucky and tries to calm him down but Nucky’s wild-eyed and asking Eli who the fuck he thinks he is…then asks Owen and Chalky who Eli is. Eli gets that Eli look while Owen keeps his trap shut and Chalky has to explain that it’s his brother Eli.
Chalky seems to have a calming effect when he tells Nucky to get a hold of himself and the men get back to business. Nucky wants to meet with the major gangsters in New York, and Torrio if he’s available, as soon as possible in AC. He needs them because Joe Masseria is backing Gyp Rosetti and he wants to kill them both. Owen really doesn’t think this is a good idea since Masseria has an army. Nucky tells him that’s why they’ll need help…then tells Eli and Chalky not to look at him that way. What he’s saying makes perfect sense. In Crazyland.
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