Not seeing the trap, Cantor says he doesn’t disagree but when Nucky congratulates him on the show Cantor says he already has another commitment. He’s signed the contract and it’s a great show. In New York. Nucky thinks he just needs to sweeten the pot but Cantor’s standing firm and asks Nucky not to do this. Nucky pretends he’s not put out about being told no and jokes that “you can’t blame a guy for trying,” then lies that he’ll be fifth row center when the show opens. They shake and Cantor thinks everything’s good between them. In case we haven’t figured out, yet, that everything isn’t good between them, Cantor conveniently forgets his vodka so Nucky can hand it to him, reminding us that Nucky never gives anything away without getting something in return.
Meyer’s unloading a crate of ceramic Buddha’s and Benny’s filing serial numbers off gun barrels and getting in his own bigotry. Meyer corrects him that Buddhas are a sign of enlightenment then cracks one open like a smack-filled piñata. Benny thinks the drugs will make Arnold happy but Meyer’s more worried about Masseria which sets Benny off. Meyer tries to redirect Benny’s hair-trigger temper and examines his handiwork. Sketchy writing moment #3 happens when Meyer notices some numbers are still visible on the barrel and reprimands Benny for doing such a lousy job.
The man that built Vegas.
Even though it’s late afternoon in the dead of winter, the boardwalk’s jumping and Margaret’s trying to hand out flyers. Unfortunately there’s a barker handing out his own flyers to some show and Margaret’s not getting any traction.
She heads into La Belle Femme to ask Mme. Jeunet to take a small stack to hand out to her customers. Mme. Jeunet is being solicitous as she tries to bum rush Margaret out of the store, allegedly because she’s doing inventory, so Margaret doesn’t get the hint. Before Mme. Jeunet can chuck her out the door, Nucky comes out from a dressing room carrying a dress that’s clearly not a gift for Margaret.
Nucky hems and stutters and tries to explain why he never left AC. Before he can get a word out, Billie comes out from the dressing room complaining that the clothes are all too fancy for her. Nucky starts to introduce them but Margaret remembers Billie from New Year’s. Nucky suggests they discuss it later but Margaret doesn’t see the need. At first she starts to leaves then turns back around to hand Billie a flyer…although she doubts Billie’s free in the evening. Shablam!
Cantor’s packing to head back to NYC when someone knocks on his door. It’s Purnsley, which means nothing good can come of this, but Cantor doesn’t know this. He assumes Purnsley is his cabbie and says he needs about 10 more minutes. Purnsley decides to smarm it up that he ain’t no cabbie which starts to spook Cantor especially when Chalky comes around the corner. Cantor’s clearly nervous but still trying to make jokes to break the tension even after Purnsley says they’re associates of Nucky. Cantor recognizes Chalky, but thinks his name is “Milky,” which puts Chalky out but…is Chalky really that much better?
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