And just when you think you couldn’t find another reason to love Steve Buscemi, you learn he’s an old vaudevillian at heart and can juggle.
Margaret nearly tears up from how charming Nucky was and June encourages her to go next. She tries to back off, but Nucky affectionately says he’d like to see what she has up her sleeve. They banter briefly and Margaret takes her place. She’s awkward and shy and undersells the song, calling it a bit of nonsense, but it’s a lively Irish folk song and Nucky gets wistful as Margaret’s voice gets tinkly and far off.
Over at the midway, Tommy’s moping around while Richard and Julia hang back. She looks for sympathy from Richard over how awful the dinner was and Richard sweetly tells her that “It didn’t really turn out very well.” She’s thrown by his honesty and tells Richard he’s supposed to say something comforting. This prompts Richard to make a joke and say “In that case, he had a wonderful time,” but Julia shows she’s very much Paul’s daughter when she can’t figure out if he’s teasing her or not and just has a mild freak out instead.
Are you laughing or choking? They sound the same.
She also has no attention span because she gets distracted by the crocodile boy. Richard says they can find out if he’s real for a nickel but she gets scared and starts to say that she’s not afraid to look him at him then has another minor freak out when she remembers who she’s talking to. Richard tells her she can say anything she wants to him so she tells him not to threaten to kill her father because she doesn’t like it. He lies that he was just trying to sound tough.
Julia’s not really looking for any more tough guys and Richard tentatively asks what she is looking for. She starts a thought about looking for a raise but gets distracted, again, when she sees Tommy getting a little too close to a camel. Richard runs after the boy and pulls him away because camels bite but Tommy doesn’t care. Julia cuts through his mood and asks if he’s going to sulk all night because her father’s a dope. Tommy sulks out a “No” then wanders off, again.
Julia thinks the boy needs to go home then says she should, too. Richard tries to ask her something but he calls her “Miss Sagorsky” and Julia corrects him that her name is “Julia.” Richard reintroduces himself as Richard and they shake on calling each other by their first names. Then to hammer the metaphor home, one of the carney hustlers pulls Richard and Julia over so he can take their picture, with Tommy rounding out the “happy family,” for 50 cents.
Happy, loving couples make it look so easy.
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