Inside, Mickey’s delivery boy is finally bringing that case of
exposition booze. Richard’s stocking the bar and the delivery boy tries to start up a friendly conversation about how great it would be to work in a brothel, even if you can’t get with the women. Then tells Richard, in confidence, that Mickey bragged about killing Manny. He thinks Mickey’s dangerous even if he looks dopey, totally missing Richard’s own dangerous look in his eye. Which, I’ll let you write your own jokes.
Nucky’s still trying to get Billie on the phone when Margaret walks in. Really, Nucky? He’s home so they can all head down to the church for the ceremony together. And he’s having problems sleeping. Margaret could not give less of a shit if Nucky paid her so she tells him to try some warm milk then walks off to bed.
As Nucky grabs his scotch a young woman’s voice is reciting “Dream-Love” by Christina Rossetti (no relation) with all the passion and zeal of a middle schooler while a harpist plucks along. Wow, Gillian really wants her patrons to work for their right to pay women to have sex with them. Gyp’s bored senseless and tells the young woman, Evelyn (?), that he didn’t understand a word of the poem…but it was beautiful.
I think that’s what you call “seller’s remorse.”
Gillian offers Gyp and the goon more entertainment like singing, dancing, “games of chance and skill,” but Gyp gets up and growls that he wants to talk to her alone. Gillian’s bemused and says that’s not what he came for but Gyp takes the classy route and tells her not to sell herself short. In the face of such unbridled flattery, Gillian can only say yes. Sadly, they actually go to the sitting room to talk as Gyp compliments Gillian on the décor but wonders about the upkeep. Gillian tells him he need not worry but he does, because she does. So does her partner, Luciano. Oh yeah, and Nucky. He’s worried.
Gillian covers nicely and the hesitation was barely noticeable when she says she wouldn’t know about that. Gyp pours two more drinks and starts nosing around in what exactly is Gillian’s relationship to Nucky, but all she’ll give up is that she has to pay him off to do business in AC. Feeling a kinship to Gillian, Gyp goes off on a “poor me,” rant but backs off when she turns on her hostess voice.
Does this face give me away?
Instead, Gyp flatters her that she’s smart, gorgeous and a great businesswoman but Nucky treats her like dirt. Gillian drops some hints that she’s not the only one and “she’s heard things,” like Nucky’s own brother, Eli, tried to have him killed. Well, that’s “what they say.” Gyp gets all intense and says when you lose your own flesh and blood, what have you got? Gillian looks like she’s about to shatter but holds it together and tells him you don’t have anything. These two aren’t going to be a problem.
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