Thankfully even Gillian wants to change the subject and asks where they’ll go with the money from the house. NotJimmy thinks they should go to Cuba so they can order rum punches and see where that takes them. This, like everything else, gets him horny but Gillian has an idea. They should take a bath first because she’s feeling a little bit “greasy.”
Tommy’s on the floor playing with the tin soldiers and making up a story when Paul comes in asking Tommy what he’s doing. Tommy tells Paul that “the cowboys are fighting the Germans” but Paul just grabs him by the back of his neck and picks him up off the ground. Tommy’s screaming and the others come running upstairs. Paul’s wild-eyed with anger and grief, screaming that Tommy was touching Freddie’s stuff. Julia tries to talk him down but Paul’s still belligerent and says Freddie’s stuff matters more than the kid or the “freak” she invited. Even more than her.
What, Daddy-O? I’m just catching a buzz, playing Cowboys and Germans.
Julia gets hurt, telling him he’s drunk and doesn’t know what he’s saying. Paul’s still angry, if not wild-eyed and grief-stricken so Richard steps in, telling Paul to let go of Tommy. Still thinking he’s dealing with the punks from the Legion Hall, Paul gets liquor-brave and asks “Or what?” Richard tells him plainly that he’ll kill him. Clearly, Paul can recognize that look so he lets Tommy go and tells Richard to leave. One last howl about how they’re all strangers then Paul locks himself in Freddie’s room to grieve over his dead son.
The others try to rush out of the house as Julia offers to make them plates to take home. The younger vets are all “Yeah, no…” but the third, older one, Mr. Corbett, kindly offers to help since he’s been there, too. This leave Richard and Tommy. Julia somehow managed to swipe a tin soldier for Tommy but Richard’s agitated and tells her she’s coming with him and Tommy. She’s a little confused but I think she agrees. Those two speak in fits and bursts. They have to be each other’s lobster. Who else can understand them?
You’re more awkward than me. Marry me? Oops, too soon?
Beautiful Dreamer is warbling in the weirdest way. Oh, one of the Thompson daughters is playing it on the handsaw. As you do. Everyone applauds because TV hadn’t been invented yet, and June suggests Eli “do his pirate” for them. Heh. But they do have eight kids, who knows what that could mean. Eli says he’s sitting this one out so Brian suggests Uncle Nucky. The kids start chanting and cheering for him so he “humbly” says it’s been years while preparing to entertain. Then Brian tells him to show some leg. That boy’s a real Thompson.
Nucky stands in front of the family and tells some corny jokes, asking Teddy where he’s from (Nucky’s house) and if he can borrow some of Teddy’s eggs. The spry McTigue must have been in the whole episode because Teddy expresses amusement and Nucky starts his tale. And I’ll let Nucky tell it to you.
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