Gyp reminds Nucky that there’s one direct route between NYC and Atlantic City and it runs through Tabor Heights. Nucky gives a shout out to the greatest episode of The Sopranos ever (directed by Nucky himself), and says he’ll take the back roads through the Pine Barrens but Gyp doesn’t know where the fuck that is, he just figures it’s way out of the way and he’d resent having to using it. Nucky lies that he learned long ago not to take business personally, except when he’s the one getting screwed. Gyp makes the meatheaded but not entirely incorrect analogy that everyone’s a person so how else are they going to take it.
In the spirit of keeping a revenue stream open, Nucky makes Gyp an offer. He comes down to AC with Nucky, as Nucky’s guest, and Nucky will set him up with a month’s supply of liquor, enough to float him until he finds a new supplier. Gyp tries to squeeze more out of Nucky but Nucky’s not budging so Gyp accepts the deal. Showing he doesn’t take things personally, rather than leave Nucky stands there, waiting and bugging his eyes, for Gyp to shake his hand, which he does reluctantly and only after being scolded by Nucky.
I’m not taking this personally, I’m just trying to teach you manners.
At the Artemis Club, Gillian’s arguing with Luciano about all the repairs that need to be done on the house because it’s big and falling apart and you can’t run a classy brothel with buckets catching rain water from the leaks. Charlie makes a rather vulgar joke about the only leaks he’s worried about and Gillian remembers exactly why she hates humanity. Still, Luciano doesn’t understand why she’s shaking him down for the money since Jimmy’s the one who owns the place (curious…) but Gillian sidesteps that and says Jimmy will sign over the deed once he comes home (curiouser..). Whatever, Charlie just wants to start making a profit.
With one headache unresolved, Charlie goes back to Meyer and Benny. They’re loading Benny up to deliver the heroin and are drilling him on all the different ways he should just walk away from the deal. If they’re short, walk away, they complain, walk away, Charlie’s even speaking Yiddish so you know he’s serious but Benny’s still a dumbass punk so he pulls his gun and starts waving it. Charlie’s all “the fuck?” but Benny thinks he can save the deal. This won’t end tragically.
I trust him.
Charlie sends Benny off with cabfare and the promise to take him out for Chinese if he brings back the change then tells Meyer that Benny’s gonna either get himself killed or kill six people on the way. Meyer foolishly says he’s not worried about Benny (Has he met that freak?) because they’re still dealing with Masseria. Charlie doesn’t understand why they have to cut him in on their business since they operate outside his little territory but Meyer has to explain long game to him, again, because Charlie’s only smarter and less volatile than Benny by slight degrees.
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