Roger’s comfortable with Gillian and gets dreamy as she keeps running the sponge down his arm and bad vibe #4 when it’s so oppressively quiet that the water dripping into the tub echoes. Roger’s napping as the camera follows his face until he wakes up with a start and a syringe in his arm. Roger’s panicked, asking Gillian what the hell she dosed him with. Lovely heroin, and likely enough to cause him to OD.
Roger tries to fight against Gillian and the drug but he’s already overdosed and becomes fuzzy. He slumps into the tub and can barely speak or move. He asks Gillian if he’s talking but she tells him he’s dreaming then shoves him under the water with the sponge over his mouth and nose. He briefly, feebly fights back but he’s just too strung out to put up much of a fight and quickly fades, the last few breaths bubbling up from the water.
That was awful and cruel but she’s not done, yet. Gillian wraps a towel around her waist and goes to a box on the counter. She pulls out Jimmy’s dog tags and slips them on Roger’s neck as she stages his death to look like “Jimmy” killed himself through an overdose. Then she lights up a cigarette and looks at what she hath wrought. I’ve seen a lot of violence and death on this show, but that might be the worst murder so far and at least as bad as watching Angela plead with Manny.
Gyp’s meeting with Masseria, the most interesting man in the world, and Masseria’s reading him to filth for being late and turning in money that he hasn’t even counted, and in coins no less. Gyp tries to make excuses but Masseria’s fed up with him wreaking havoc and drawing attention to himself down in Tabor Heights while his actual turf in New York gets taken over by other gangs.
Gyp promises it won’t happen again, he’s loyal to Masseria yadda yadda, Masseria can’t trust him. He can’t rely on him. And Gyp’s just getting too expensive to keep around. Gyp thinks pleading that it’s Easter will help but Masseria points out that it’s also April Fool’s. (True. Easter was April 1 in 1923…Bless you, Google.)
Gyp asks Masseria what’s the joke, then, but Masseria tells him he’s not joking and starts to walk away as his goons stand up to remind Gyp he’s a penny-ante hood in New York. Gyp swings for the fences and tells Masseria what he’s learned about Nucky, Rothstein and the way they operate. With a minimum of bigotry, Gyp lets Masseria know Luciano’s loyal Rothstein and Meyer, not to Masseria. He can do what he wants with Gyp but he’s getting himself into a war. But if he gives Gyp the backup he needs, he can finish what he started in Tabor Heights, and he’ll “kill them all,” making Masseria “Joe the King.” Masseria’s intrigued and sits back down with Gyp. This would be scary if I didn’t have Wikipedia to see how this ends.
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