Owen’s sitting in the office holding his party hat, and if you can watch this episode with the closed captioning on, do. They captioned the kids at the party in the background and they actually have an argument about wanting someone else’s toy because it’s so much better. Hehe. We really should have had more of Eli’s family in the first two seasons. I may be confused about where this season’s headed, but Eli’s family has been a bright spot.
Margaret comes in to tell Owen that Nucky’s resting and he offers her a drink. She declines but tells him to go ahead. He declines as well because he’s never really acquired a taste for alcohol. Margaret thinks that’s funny because their whole lives center around it. But she’s not making an ethnic joke, she means the bootlegging. Owen thinks it’s just a business and Margaret asks if business is always meant to be like this. Clearly, she hasn’t heard the cliché about having and eating your cake.
Owen’s not much nicer about it when he tells her to ask the coal miner or the man digging a canal or working in a slaughterhouse. It’s easy not to think about where things come from when you want them, Margaret. Margaret shows an hilarious lack of self-awareness when she asks Owen if that’s HIS peace with it HAHAHAHAHA. Why is she so annoying this week?
I mean, I know I knew he was a criminal when I agreed to be his mistress, and hid his illicit ledger then burned it to protect my position. Oh, and I accepted the deed to the land I knew he planned to use to swindle money from the state. And, of course, this all started because he killed my last husband and probably killed Jimmy Darmody, but how could I know how stifling he’d be?
They start smurfing about running away together and how it has to be far, far away and all Margaret has to do is give Owen the word and they’ll leave. Margaret says he’s only saying it because she won’t go, practically begging him to beg her and he does because these two don’t seem to comprehend what world they live in. Then they “hug” and she walks back into the party wondering if she can slip Emily and Teddy into Eli’s house without him noticing two more kids.
Down at the American Legion Hall the jazz band and lively dancing suggest that Richard’s gotten better at lying since the first season. Outside, Julia drives up to an anxiously waiting Richard with his pretty, peach rosebud wrist corsage. Julia’s flattered and compliments him on knowing her colors and he suavely responds that he let the florist pick it out. Julia still finds this charming then holds her arm out when he suggests they go inside. Unsure at first, Richard quickly figures out that she’s asking for him to offer his arm and they walk off, arm in arm and awkward around each other as ever.
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