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Remus gets arrested in his house. In his garishly opulent foyer, with its slick floors which leads to the most hilarious chase between Remus in his floppy red silk robe and slippers and several federal investigators mincing around trying not to fall. But no one ever taught Remus that you never get away by running in circles so he eventually falls and is converged upon by several agents including Esther’s squeeze, Clifford, who’s still on a cane but didn’t lose any of his imposing nature since he’s also still a blockhead.
Remus is angry and arguing because Remus doesn’t get arrested, not in Remus’ home, because Remus has paid. Remus has receipts. Esther sashays in wearing another sensible suit but looking rather fetching in her straw hat and asks what receipts. The ones Remus got from Jess Smith. Esther says Randolph is interested in seeing them.
Down at the Ritz and Eli and June have brought the brood over to celebrate Emily’s birthday. The children are bored senseless because they’re waiting for Nucky but this:
was worth it. Nucky comes in and doesn’t remember the party. Margaret tries to be patient and tells him he’s the one who ordered it but Nucky thinks she’s accusing him of…something. She tries to defend herself and he tells “Mabel” not to cause a scene in front of the children. Ooh. Nucky lightens up when he sees Emily, even if he calls her “hummingbird,” then asks if she got to ride her birthday pony. Yikes.
Emily gets excited for a moment then Margaret says he meant the pony on the cake. Wah…wah. But Margaret powers on and lights the candles, telling Emily there’s an extra one for good luck, and leadss the family in singing Happy Birthday. They start off slowly, then pick up until Nucky gets manic and starts singing over everyone. Then he shows just a bit too much affection to Emily, slobbering a kiss on her cheek that the girl doesn’t even pretend not to wipe off immediately.
Margaret tries to get Nucky to lie down, but he wants cake because it isn’t a party without cake and he’s going to cut the cake. CAKE! Eddie tries to step in and Nucky calls him “Bismarck” as he’s shooing the valet aside. Nucky asks Emily what she wants, if she wants the gypsy…um, pony? Before Emily can say anything Nucky’s slicing off the top layer of the cake, initially to the delight of the children until the raspberry filling starts oozing all over the place and the children are grossed out while one of Eli’s boys, I’m going with Patrick, says it’s “bleeding.” Hehe.
Emily’s upset and Margaret’s trying to get Nucky to leave, but he tells the little girl it’s okay, the pony isn’t real and no one got hurt because it was a gas leak. Uh… The ringing starts again and we see Billie’s face in the embers before Nucky passes out.