Flush with pride that her shakedown abilities are still intact, Margaret heads down to the hospital and “accidentally” meets up with Drs. Landau and
AssholeMason, who’s on his best behavior, but has to excuse himself immediately because he’s a jerk shark and if he stops acting like a dick he’ll die. Margaret sweetly asks Dr. Landau and his wife to join her and Nucky at the St. Gregory awards ceremony and Dr. Landau is narcissistic enough to be flattered by the offer and not consider Margaret’s motives. He briefly patronizes her about the landscaping and that the hospital went with her idea to use hydrangeas. Margaret covertly sasses him by telling him that flowers make everyone cheery. As he walks off with a condescending little smile I almost pity him for being such an easy mark.
Mickey’s down at the warehouse and has a brilliant idea. When one of his smaller customer’s pays the rate he agreed to with Manny, Mickey raises the rate and claims responsibility for killing Manny, saying he’ll do the same to the customer if he keeps arguing. Customer’s all “calm down, asshole, here’s your money,” and Mickey’s so satisfied with himself he threatens some kid who was watching the whole time before loudly telling him to take a case over to Gillian’s and I’m sure that’s not any kind of foreshadowing.
That night at Babette’s the main floor is hopping while Nucky’s up in a private room, drinking a scotch and getting lost in a memory, as we hear him introduce Jimmy to his crooked aldermen.
Aw, remember how he dressed like a street urchin and seemed so young, happy and ambitious? Yeah, Nucky stomped on that right away and tells the assembled that Jimmy will be Patrick Ryan’s right hand man, setting in motion a tragic series of events. Before he can get too far down that rabbit hole, Gyp shows up to spread his sociopathic cheer.
Nucky admits to reminiscing about “the old days” but Gyp thinks that since Nucky’s a sharp-dressed man with a private dining room at the best place in AC the new days are better. Then he tells Nucky he grew up in a cave. To Nucky’s credit he holds off on making the very obvious joke but tells Gyp that while he may not have grown up in a cave, he knows how it feels to be very far from whence you came. Metaphors are lost on Gyp, though, so they acknowledge and move on.
Since Gyp’s getting what he wants, he’s in a good mood and toasts a la nostra buona fortuna. Nucky doesn’t understand so Gyp translates that it means “to our good luck,” since they both deserve it. Babette comes in to take their orders and get sexually harassed by Gyp so he can exposit about how he’s horny because he’s been away from home for a while but he’s got a hankering for Gillian. Nucky tries to hide his full body clench but Gyp picks up on it and assumes Nucky and Gillian had a thing. Oh, if only.
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