Chalky and Purnsley are there to intimidate Cantor into doing Billie’s show but they choose to go the humiliation route and make Cantor entertain them since they’re normally blocked from seeing his show. Okay. Novel approach. They pull up a couple of chairs and Purnsley wants to see something funny. Cantor starts singing a song about young love or something and it’s going fine until Chalky casually kicks him. Cantor’s anxiety and humiliation is getting the better of him while Chalky and Purnsley just sit and stare and he finally agrees to do Billie’s show.
Jess Smith is sweating it out in the Congressional cloak room when Means comes in to speak in circles. But Smith’s not that bright so he takes everything Means says literally. Since that’s no fun for Means, he gently yanks Smith’s chain by describing everyone’s suits in a very grand manner. Heh. But the upshot is Mellon is stinking rich and not likely to go down with Daugherty’s ship so they need to start on Plan B.
Smith goes pale and Means starts toying with him. It’s not a joke, he just likes watching people squirm. Smith realizes he’s on the hook when shit rolls downhill because Attorneys General don’t go to prison and Daugherty will likely be shoveling. Means suggests that if Edge is investigating why Daugherty hasn’t busted any bootleggers just bust a bootlegger. Easy peasy…except they’re the ones who leave all those envelopes in the fish bowl. Worst corrupt bureaucrat ever. Means explains to him he just needs to settle on a lie and stick with it then shows Smith how it’s done by clutching his pearls and thanking the heavens that Congressional staffer came by to let them out when he did.
Oh, landy. I do declare. Thank you ever so kindly, good sir.
Margaret’s checking her bank ledger when Nucky stops by. To say Margaret’s not pleased would be an understatement. Nucky sits while Margaret seethes at her dressing table but he’s there to apologize for showing “bad form” that afternoon. Bless Margaret, she didn’t nut-punch him and laugh at what a sad old man he is. She can’t believe that all he cares about is how it appeared. They talk about Billie and how she’s capable of taking care of herself and Margaret pegs Nucky when she says he can’t handle someone who isn’t completely dependent upon him.
He says he’s changed (wrong) and Margaret suggests he’s not the only one (right) then turns her back on him. Knowing he’s reached a dead end, Nucky says he’ll check in on the children but Margaret says no. Nucky thinks it’s his right as their stepfather but Margaret doesn’t quite agree. Realizing it would still be “bad form” to argue with the wife who just busted you with your mistress, Nucky consents but suggests Margaret ask herself some “practical questions.” Like how comfortable have she and the children gotten in that big house? What would they live on if he divorced her? How would she pay for Emily’s medical needs?
Don’t fuck with me, Margaret. It’s not my first time at the rodeo.
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