This leaves the two brothers to chat, and reminisce about Easter. Eli fondly remembers their mother putting out three red eggs while Nucky has less fond memories of their father keeping the money. Feeling a moment to bond, Eli asks Nucky to have that drink with him now and they head back to the work shed.
Margaret’s watching the children from the kitchen and wondering how June does it, taking care of eight children. June’s in a charming mood so she admits that sometimes she just wants to lock herself away but on days like today it’s all worth it. Then she compliments Margaret on how well behaved Teddy and Emily are. Margaret says they’re just trying to make a good impression and June says all children have a touch of the devil in them. Including her perfect little gentleman son, Willie.
Little Margaret, happy at last.
Margaret doesn’t believe Willie caused trouble but June says he’s done a lot of growing up in the last couple of years. Margaret gets sad and apologizes to June but June says it wasn’t her fault (well…not ALL of it) and besides, Nucky did all he could to help. This steels Margaret, who curtly agrees that she’s sure he did.
The women get to bonding and June admits that Eli didn’t think Margaret would come (Nice callback to their run in last season.) but June insisted because Margaret’s her sister-in-law and they hadn’t even met. Margaret tries to explain but June’s known them both her entire adult life and she knows how they fight but the bond is tight and Eli adores Nucky. Margaret’s a little surprised but June explain how difficult it was growing up with Ethan. Especially since their mother was so fragile, so Nucky kept them together.
Margaret gets melancholy that she never knew any of this about Nucky and June’s not picking up on Margaret’s cues. She just continues on about how Nucky keeps everything inside, but he has a good heart. This breaks Margaret and she just slides into a chair. June asks what’s wrong and Margaret pours her soul out to a woman she just met. She tells June about Billie and how Nucky spends half his time with her. That they barely even speak and he’s involved in things that she cannot bear to think about.
Oh, Margaret’s not finished making it awkward. She tells June that Nucky blames her and she blames Nucky and sometimes it feels like the life is being pressed out of her. June’s so gobsmacked about the sudden turn in their Easter dinner that all she can do is acknowledge the pineapple upside down cake that Margaret brought. You’d think she’d be used to awkward family dinners. Margaret realizes she crossed a line when June goes looking for another cake dish, but June briefly offers a comforting hand on the shoulder because she’s probably well aware of what Nucky’s like. Before Margaret can get too lost in thought, Emily yells out that she found the red egg.
It’s the best I’ve got, Peg.
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