Back in the basement and the prohies are finally leaving, 24 hours later. Rowland’s tying up his shoes and trying to be tough but Nucky admits he was scared. They all have a little laugh at Owen’s expense then Rowland offers to cook up some bacon and eggs while Nucky says he hopes they left at least one bottle. It’s like the shared experience brought them closer together. Aw, being a gangster isn’t all bad.
Eli’s grimly speeding down some road to get to Tabor Heights. Even though it’s a one-horse town, and he’s about 20 feet away, no one seems to notice that random, extra car parked on the other side of the road. Which is convenient since the deputies meet up with Gyp’s men to lay out exactly how in his pocket they are, since they’re going to help the goons fire on Nucky’s trucks.
Owen gets off the phone with Mickey and tells Nucky that the shipment’s on its way to Rothstein via Tabor Heights. They both accept Mickey’s word that it’s all clear. I guess they have no choice and, besides, there’s the whole Rowland matter. Nucky tells the kid to look around and see that they’re both empty-handed then asks what he’s learned. Find a better hideout. Oh, foolish youth.
Rowland goes in for the hard sell and tries to convince Nucky to let him work Nuck. He thinks he’s smart, knows the area, is cool in a tight spot and since Waxey’s not nearly as smart as Nucky, he’ll never catch Rowland. Ripping him off will be easy peasy. Nucky inscrutably tells him he has a lot of moxie. Rowland flashes his best James Franco smile and asks how else is he supposed to get ahead?
Then, like most cocky little punks, Rowland goes one step too far and takes out his own cigarettes. Nucky’s all “I thought you didn’t smoke,” and Rowland’s all pleased with himself for shining Nucky and Owen on. He smokes, he’s 19 not 15 and he thinks this is impressive. As Nucky offers Rowland one of his fancy cigarettes a car drives up. It’s Eddie. Rowland walks over to Owen to find out who Eddie is and…BLAM. Nucky shot him in the back of the head. Scaring the living shit out of Owen.
Give a guy some warning, here.
Owen’s trembling, half from fear and half from rage, wondering why Nucky would kill the kid since he thought he was letting Rowland go. Nucky was using the kid as a cautionary tale for Owen, letting him identify with the scrappy little pup just to show Owen how easy it is for him to take care of his nuisances. Damn. I guess his takeaway from that conversation with Richard was “If I’m never going to sleep again, may as well keep on killing.”
Somehow Eli’s managed to drive off from his conspicuous parking space in Tabor Heights to meet up with Nucky’s convoy. He’s standing in the middle of the road as the lead truck approaches. Richard’s new ginger friend wonders why Eli’s in the middle of the road but decides to drive through since Mickey ordered him not to stop for anything. Poor Eli is left to run alongside the trucks begging them to stop because it’s an ambush but they drive on without a thought to why Eli was there.
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