As Nucky and Margaret are being walked into the church for the ceremony, Nucky’s whining about being uncomfortable. Margaret, assuming he’s still bitching about having to accept the award, snots at him that he’s made his discomfort abundantly clear. Surprised at having his own petulantly childish behavior thrown back at him, he tells her he was talking about the suit. But now that she mentioned it, does she even remember the last time he was in church. Yes she does. Their wedding day. One last whine about not sleeping and it’s time for them to take their seats.
Mawwiage…that bwessed awwangement.
Nucky and Margaret take their seats in the church and as the choir sings, Nucky hallucinates Dream Baby Jimmy and his bullet hole are one of the singers. The vision spooks him enough to grab Margaret’s hand. She’s none too pleased by this development but doesn’t pull away. As “Enoch Malachai Thompson” takes his place on the altar to receive his award, Margaret has a brief moment of self-satisfaction and Nucky starts hallucinating Dream Baby Jimmy and his bullet hole again. He does manage to keep his shit together long enough to receive the medal from the bishop, though, because appearances matter.
Nelson’s finishing up his lunch at his desk and the other salesmen ask him to join them for a drink after work at some speakeasy. They want to take him out to welcome him to the “brotherhood of bullshit and blarney,” since they successfully hazed him with the pen gag. Nelson looks like he’s having a stroke but musters up his best approximation of a smile and agrees to join them.
Handsome salesman #1
With the ceremony finished, the congregation has gathered in the church hall for refreshments and Nucky’s watching that one singer like a hawk, waiting for him to turn in Dream Baby Jimmy, but he doesn’t. He’s just pocketing as many sweets as he can. Margaret and her only female friend, Cornelia, come up to talk to Nucky but he’s lost in his dream world and babbles some nonsense, cueing Cornelia to leave, again, because Margaret’s menfolk always make things awkward. Margaret notices that Nucky’s not right but he just hightails it out of there, claiming he needs to use the rest room while Margaret gets called to meet the bishop.
Nucky tries (and fails) to reach Billie one more time because there were no “missed call” messages on rotary phones in 1923 so she wouldn’t know he’s stalking her. Back with Margaret and she ever so kindly calls over Dr. Landau to meet the bishop so she can tell the bishop the good news about St. Theresa’s opening a women’s health clinic. HA! As Dr. and Mrs. Landau look queasy the bishop is interested in hearing his plans. Margaret slips in the “pre-natal care” like it’s Dr. Landau’s idea while assuaging the bishop’s concern that they’re not too “modern” in their approach before he leaves them with his blessing. Margaret tells Landau that he’s finally trapped her. She and Nucky will sponsor the clinic, as he wishes. Heh.
Like a boss. In a floral hat.
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