They share a sweetly awkward moment as their friendship starts to take root while they confirm they’ll both be there the next night. A blonde woman walks up as they’re getting ready to leave and Margaret tells her class is over. Mason jumps in and introduces the two women. The blonde is his fiancée Helen Russell. Margaret seems a little thrown but smiles and says her goodbyes.
Owen and Nucky are lollygagging around Nucky’s office but Owen’s twitchy and Nucky wonders what’s up. He doesn’t like having the Rosetti situation out of his control. Nucky thinks it’s best because if it gets fucked they’ll have plausible deniability. Yeah, not so much since you’re dealing with a deranged and homicidal lunatic. Before Owen can point that out, Eddie comes in to announce Billie.
Owen excuses himself and Nucky wonders if rehearsal is over already. Billie gets all sulky saying “You could say that,” because the show’s actually closing at the end of the week. Nucky thinks all the show needs is another male lead and suggests the choreographer. Billie gets sulkier and says he’s no one’s idea of a star…like her. Nucky tries to buck her up by saying he’ll talk to Schubert but Billie says she wanted to vent, not get her sugar daddy to make it all right. And if it’s all right with him, she just wants to sleep.
Up in Tabor Heights and Gyp’s whining to Arnold and Charlie about what really chaps his ass about Nucky. It’s the arrogance. Arnold’s being calm so Gyp finally gets around to apologizing for his florid and creative bigotry on New Years. Arnold’s all “P’shaw. T’weren’t nothing.” Which brings us to their little confab. Gyp’s offering Arnold the exact same deal as Nucky’s only without the insane middle-man stopping the convoy and setting sheriffs on fire.
I only look fey.
Sketchy writing moment #2 happens when a random paper boy comes by to deliver the evening edition. After making the kid crap his pants a little Gyp conveniently tells him to start delivering the paper directly to his room, 207, at the Kinneret Lodge. The camera lingers on Arnold for those who are a little slow on the uptake and didn’t figure out something was afoot. Gyp didn’t read ahead in the script to figure it out, yet, so he tells Arnold and Charlie he has a shipment coming in the next night at midnight. They should come by and get a sample. Then they shake on it so Gyp will feel doubly homicidal if something goes wrong.
Nucky and Cantor are having lunch at Babette’s but Cantor’s just an entertainer so he doesn’t notice Nucky’s hawkish glare as Nucky hands him a bottle of “Passover vodka.” They each take a shot and Cantor toasts “L’chaim!” To life! With that out of the way, Nucky goes in for the soft sell asking Cantor what he thinks the show needs. Cantor thinks some mild racism would do the trick but Nucky says a star. It needs Cantor.
Acceptable family entertainment circa 1923.
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