Gillian’s talked enough about Uncle Jun, it’s time to talk about her. She starts blue-skying all her plans to gussy up the Artemis Club but Uncle Jun points out that she’s already spending more than she earns. Gillian tries a couple more times to get out her pitch then she breaks it down. The house is a money pit and she needs a loan to carry them to summer. He’s not convinced.
Is this because I didn’t want to do a BOGO promotion?
She flirts about how the club is more than just a cathouse, it builds a fantasy where everyone’s perfect and no one’s sad. Uncle Jun doesn’t budge so she offers the house as collateral. Yeah, except it’s not hers to offer since it’s in Jimmy’s name. Uncle Jun suggests Gillian start the proceedings to declare Jimmy dead. Record scratch as Gillian desperately grasps at straws about how Jimmy was always adventurous and prone to disappearing for long periods of time. Uncle Jun says without the house she has no collateral which means no credit and no loan. And until she’s willing to accept the truth she’s wasting his time. Gillian’s frightened, deluded face makes me sad until I remember she’s Gillian.
Margaret’s at the house with Cornelia and going over her latest flyer for the women’s clinic. Cornelia says it’s better but thinks “Do you wish for greater knowledge,” is a bit too fruity. Margaret thinks “Come discuss your vagina,” might be a bit too direct so Cornelia suggests a picture of kittens. Was that a pussy joke?
Cats make everything classy.
Owen shows up and Cornelia’s flirty while Margaret wants to know how he got in without Philip announcing him. Nucky used his key. Oh, yeah. Right. Nucky. Margaret excuses herself to speak with Nucky while Cornelia asks Owen if he wishes for greater knowledge. Heh. I like Cornelia. She’s good for Margaret.
Margaret and Nucky discuss why he’s there. He’s just checking on her and the children before he goes out of town. Margaret’s no fool and knows Nucky’s ways so she starts worrying if they’re in danger and will need bodyguards again. Nucky swears she and the children are fine he just wanted to make sure everyone was safe and to drop off presents for Teddy and Emily. Nucky turns to leave but when Owen tries to slip past Margaret she stops him. All he can offer is that Nucky worries some times.
Senator Edge is convening a hearing about corruption in the DOJ. Farmer Hoggett strides in and everyone calls him “Andrew W. Mellon.” Speaking in his best Dudley Smith voice Farmer Hoggett shoots down the Volstead Act as a waste of energy and money to placate an extreme minority. Edge is all “blah, blah, we’re not interested in the prosecution of the law, we just want to nail Daugherty to the wall.” Or something like that. Farmer Hoggett provides only as much information as required to avoid contempt of Congress charges while Edge picks his scab at not being Vice President. Finally, a random Senator opens the door for Farmer Hoggett to deliver one of his bone dry digs about how human nature allows ample room for both incompetence and corruption.
Don’t start tryin’ to do the right thing, boyo. You haven’t the practice.
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