Nelson’s gone down to O’Banion’s flower shop. O’Banion tries to pun about how Nelson sells irons but Nelson’s in even less of a mood to laugh because he needs O’Banion’s help dumping the agent’s body. What he lacks in social graces he makes up for in brevity.
You’re fascinating…like an anthropological study.
Sketchy writing moment #4 as a different kid comes to the Kinneret Lodge to deliver Gyp’s newspaper. Really? You already used the bait-and-switch twice this episode, three times isn’t a hat trick, it’s a hack’s trick. (See what I did there? Don’t do that.) Whatever, even though they work for the craziest person on the Eastern seaboard, Gyp’s goons let the new kid up.
As the kid walks up the stairs we see that Gyp’s moved on to choking himself while boning Ginger. The paper boy gets to Rosetti’s room and it’s Benny who shoots the goon in his forehead. Gyp realizes what’s going on but can’t get the belt off his neck in time or reach his gun so like the gallant and chivalrous Sicilian he is, he uses Ginger as a human shield. Klassy.
Of course, once Benny kills Ginger he fires indiscriminately around the room allowing Gyp to grab his gun setting Van Patten up to
rip off pay homage to the Master, Scorsese, and reimagine the big shootout from Taxi Driver but without Harvey Keitel. Benny shoots his way out of the lodge, killing one more goon and the actual paperboy while injuring the third goon, as Gyp staggers out of the bedroom, naked, bloody, carrying a gun and with a belt tied around his neck. Which would normally a successful Saturday night for him. He fires off a few rounds at Benny’s head, but he’s Bugsy Siegel so he wasn’t getting shot. As Benny gets away, Gyp staggers around, surveying the carnage and plotting to blow up all of New Jersey to make sure Nucky’s good and dead. I’m guessing.
Down at the theater Billie and Vern the choreographer are gawping at how crazy it is that Eddie Cantor’s doing their crappy show while Nucky hovers in the doorway like a ghoul. Billie eases Nucky’s jealousy by telling him Vern has a cute boyfriend then asks what happened. Nucky thinks she’s talking about Margaret but Nucky’s wife isn’t her problem, she’s more concerned about why Cantor’s doing the show. Nucky lies about having anything to do with it and suggests that Schubert’s just protecting his investment. And it doesn’t matter, anyway, because she gets what she wants. (But will she want what she gets?)
Billie gets called to the stage before she can “protest” anymore. She takes her place next to Cantor and tells him he’s a lifesaver and she won’t let him down. He just asks her if she even knows who Lucy Danziger is. Of course not, so Cantor tells her that the next one won’t know a thing about her, either. Damn, Cantor. I didn’t even know you were a bitch.
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