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Nucky begs off and says they just go back a while. Gyp wants to take Nucky over to Gillian’s and Nucky’s all “Yeah, no,” then tries to soften it by saying maybe when he’s in Gyp’s “neck of the woods.” Gyp makes a face, likely from acid reflux, which prompts Nucky to catalogue all the ways he could have misinterpreted that comment then lands on the worst possible one, joking that he wasn’t implying Gyp lived in a tree.
This gets Gyp’s dander up and he thinks Nucky’s implying he’s a monkey. Exhausted from trying to read a crazy person, Nucky plainly says “Are we starting with this now?” prompting Gyp to literally grunt at him. That’s new. But Gyp’s just trying to save face so he imitates a monkey and Nucky laughs, because it’s always best to indulge the homicidal maniac.
Speaking of crazy people, Meyer’s walking Benny out and reminding him to just get the money and drop off the drugs. Benny’s peevish because it’s the same instructions every night but he’s barely off the steps when he runs into a couple of Masseria thugs and thinks he can shoot his way out of it. Luckily for Benny, tiny Meyer and his little gun saw all this and takes out one of the thugs. Even though the other thug gets away, Benny still runs after the car, firing indiscriminately and threatening to kill the thugs because he’s not a crazy hothead or anything.
Nelson’s lying in bed and feeling sorry for himself until Sigrid comes back to bed to fill his head with the Stuart Smalleyisms that he repeats to himself. Tonight it’s “Confidence and opportunity, that’s what you must carry in your case.” Sigrid also tells him he should share his troubles with her, which he won’t, so she tells him to smile because he’s charming when he smiles.
Good first effort, Nelson. Keep practicing. But Sigrid knows that a handjob always works at getting a more natural smile out of Nelson and they have sex while she calls him “handsome salesman #1,” and tells him to “sell it to her.” Heh. After Rose and Lucy, plain old dirty sales talk is cute.
The blue Rolls drives up to the Artemis Club while other cars drive away. Business is brisk. Nucky and Gyp stop the car at the door as Gillian escorts a patron out and Gyp gets all swoony over her. Nucky’s trying to avoid eye contact, like she wouldn’t recognize his baby blue Rolls. Gyp attempts an apology for being a psycho and Nucky accepts what he can get because, as Gyp says, “Life’s better with friends.” Gyp gets out of the car and walks up to Gillian, kissing her hand and noticing that she’s not at all pleased to see that he came with Nucky. I’m more concerned that the two most dangerously wacked people on the show have found each other.