Previously, Nucky was butthurt over Jimmy working with the Commodore so he shit-talked him to Daugherty who was too drunk to care, Van Alden committed murder by baptism in front of the congregation from Shiloh Baptist Church and then got served divorce papers, Charlie showed his junk to Jimmy but it wasn’t the same junk he showed to Gillian, Margaret rediscovered her long-dormant Catholic guilt when Emily got polio, Esther Randolph facilitated a possible Thompson Brother reunion by arresting Eli for Hans Schroeder’s murder and Angela tragically asked Jimmy why he married her.
So leafy, so calm
Fade in on Angela’s voice whispering “Jimmy, Jimmy…” as we see Jimmy and his pillowy lips sleeping. Seriously, in profile those things look literally bee-stung. No wonder he mumbles so much. Angela’s wearing and even older timey dress and still has her long hair as she tells him she has to leave and he sleepily asks if he’s dreaming. It’s all very sweet and the scene keeps fluttering to black, but it’s a flashback, not a dream…because no way does Angela draw such a bad sketch of Jimmy sleeping in a dream sequence. Seriously, that thing looks like it’s out of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. They’re trying to be quiet as someone’s talking outside his door, and he tells Angela that they’re about to be beset by a plague of locusts Gillian’s coming to visit. Angela offers to make herself scarce, but Jimmy says he wants her to meet his mother. NO, JIMMY!
Is that Jimmy or a chupacabra?
Jimmy’s nerdy pal comes by the room to let him know that “Krakauer” came by snooping when she heard Jimmy and Angela but he got rid of her. Angela’s laughing at the friends and Jimmy’s really charming and flirty with her as nerdy pal helps her get out of there unseen. She actually seems to have a personality and a spine when she tells Jimmy that “maybe” he’ll see her that night. The nerdy pal wonders why Jimmy and not him, but Jimmy wasn’t practically dead inside at this point so I’m sure the question’s rhetorical.
Back in 1921 Fallon’s running down Nucky’s case and it sounds surprisingly similar to Mensch’s opinion. Nucky’s not thrilled, so he asks about the judge. Fallon says he’s “signaling” but the judge isn’t taking the bait. When Nucky suggests he signal harder Fallon points out that any harder would make it bribery, so they’re screwed. Randolph’s banking on the Hans Schroeder murder and has Halloran’s testimony that Nucky ordered it. Nucky wonders about Eli and Fallon says he’s not talking. Nucky thinks that means he’s not talking to the Feds but clearly Nucky forgot how brutal he was with Eli at their father’s wake. Nucky feels the need to say he’s innocent and Fallon says he wouldn’t have taken the case otherwise in a manner that sounds like “I couldn’t give less of a shit, either way.”
This leads Fallon to bring up Van Alden’s testimony. Nucky can’t understand why they’d use him since he’s a “bigamist” and Nucky’s not that dumb. He knows bigamy from adultery. Fallon gets into the whole soap opera quality of their one degree of separation but this is all moot because Nucky’s distracted by Harlan, who’s just hovering in the corner, eavesdropping. Showing that he doesn’t just bully around Eddie, Nucky rudely dismisses the porter.
For $80 an hour, you can be King George for all I care.
Nucky’s not happy with any of the news so he wonders just how bad it is. Fallon says a prudent man would want to get his affairs in order. And he’s a better option than Mensch how? No time to care about that, Nucky needs a scotch. As Fallon goes to get some, Nucky wonders (rudely) why Harlan’s just hovering. Harlan starts out sounding like he’s thanking Nucky for keeping him employed during the strike, but quickly segues into how he’s a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, and after a little more rudeness from Nucky, Fallon gets Harlan to spill. The upshot is he was there when Van Alden killed Sebso. D’oh. This is why you don’t act like an asshole to the help, Nucky.
And speaking of Van Alden, here’s Sigrid humming a tune while making him breakfast. He is literally smiling as he speaks to her in civil, even pleasant tones, and asks after Abigail. Who is this giant pod person and where is Nelson? Oh, here he is. Sigrid starts speaking to him in Dutch but he doesn’t understand. She asks if he’s Dutch, because of his name, but he says “No…I’m from upstate New York.” They’re not mutually exclusive, Nelson. Sigrid continues asking questions, wondering if he visits his parents often but he says “They don’t enjoy my company.” Did you try making your Nelson faces, like the stroke one you made while talking to Randolph? That always entertains me.
Sigrid wonders how this is possible, so Nelson gives us his back story. His parents were religious fanatics who followed a minister who preached about the second coming. In preparation for Judgment Day his father gave away all the family’s belongings, including the farm, and they lived in a tent for a year. When it never happened, the father seemed to blame Nelson, who would have been around five or six at the time. And so much about Nelson begins to make sense. Sigrid tries to console him by saying Yay-soos will still come, but Nelson finds that even more worrisome. So Sigrid tells Nelson that he’s a good man and there’s nothing to be frightened of. Nelson smiles, again, and you just know everything going to shit by the end of the episode, right?
The short, happy life of Nelson Van Alden.
Margaret’s at the hospital with Emily, who’s being fitted for her braces. Once they’re secured the doctor tells Emily they want to see how they work. She says she feels “rubbery” which is never a good sign, but they still let her go. As she starts to fall, Margaret and the doctor catch her, but they tell her she was very good because she was able to stand up and the doctor gives her a lollipop for doing so well. Privately, though, the doctor tells Margaret that Emily will need to develop more strength in her arms and torso to find the right balance so she’ll be able to get around. She’ll be tempted to crawl but that Margaret should resist the urge to let her.
When the doctor leaves to discharge Emily, Father Brennan starts talking to Margaret. Margaret mentions that Emily will need to learn to “support herself” in a not at all symbolic way, leading Brennan to tell her a parable about a man who visits both heaven and hell. The man saw torment in hell because while everyone was seated at tables laden with food, they were starving and howling in pain because their spoons were too long to reach their mouths, but in heaven, even though they faced the same obstacles, they were content because they fed each other. So, heaven’s a food orgy?
Margaret’s not sure, either, but Father Brennan tells her that her donation will help build a new parish hall. When he mentions that she gave enough to build the floor and walls but they’re still praying for a roof, she thinks he’s shaking her down and says she can do more. He gets his nose out of joint and says that’s not what he was asking for. Having effectively unleashed all her Catholic guilt, he disappointedly squeezes her arm as he walks off.
If I have to ask it’s extortion.
Over at Jimmy’s, Gillian watches as the bodies are being loaded into an ambulance. A police officer asks after Jimmy and Gillian just wonders why he’s there. The officer says it’s a double homicide, but Gillian just wants to know why Eli isn’t there, since she “specifically asked for him.” As Richard sits quietly in the living room, the officer understates that Eli isn’t available. Gillian says he needs to speak with the sheriff, then. The officer says he’s just “trying to get the facts straight,” and Gillian bitterly runs down that Angela was being intimate with another woman, getting in a “barb” that she highly doubts it was the first time, when an intruder broke in and killed them.
As she walks into the living room, the officer decides to question Richard, asking if he was an associate of Jimmy’s. Gillian’s “Oh shit” face is matched by Richard’s half “Oh shit” face as he rasps out “Yes.” Richard briefly struggles with his inability to lie so Gillian swoops in telling the officer that Richard’s just a “simpleton” that Jimmy is charitable to. And 10,000 tumblr fangirls went down to the local magic shop to buy Gillian voodoo dolls because NO ONE calls Richard a simpleton. Richard’s speechless from the situation, and probably more than a little terrified of Gillian, so he just grunts something which satisfies the officer that he doesn’t know anything and the officer leaves.
Once they’re alone, Gillian grills Richard on whether he was able to reach Jimmy. He says no, but Gillian’s single-minded concern over Jimmy, and lack of grief over Angela, upsets Richard and he excuses himself. He gingerly walks back to the bedroom where the women were killed and looks at the sticky pool of blood they left behind. As he touches the blood his eyebrow furrows and his lip trembles and those 10,000 fangirls screencap and gif the moment because sad Richard makes them feel so many feelings.
Obligatory “sad Richard” screencap
Jimmy’s reading from The White Devil by John Webster, and the scene is between a scoundrel son and his bitch of a mother who rues his birth. Symbolic! The professor, Pearson, asks what the scene was about. The lay-about rich kids don’t really have an answer, so they shuffle through the pages and speak in broad strokes until Jimmy says, not at all continuing the symbolic link to his own life , that everything his mother taught him was useless, and that while all around him are getting rich he’s consumed with his own desire to become rich.
Continuing the symbolism, Pearson assigns The Revenger’s Tragedy for the next class when one student in military uniform says he won’t be available because he’ll be on maneuvers. Jimmy jokes that he just likes the uniform but the student gets snotty about being patriotic. Jimmy answers that the Kaiser never did anything to him, but when another student, Tom, says his brother died on the Lusitania Jimmy becomes contrite. Still, the uniformed jerk continues to snot at Jimmy demanding an apology. Since this is before the war, and Jimmy’s PTSD, he sincerely apologizes and Pearson excuses the class with a “we averted a war.”
As Jimmy and his rather snug cardigan go to leave, Pearson asks him to stay behind to tell him he’ll never beat rich assholes by trying to out-asshole them. Jimmy apologizes, again, saying “where he comes from people come out swinging.” Pearson takes a liking to Jimmy, asking where that is. When Jimmy says “Atlantic City,” Pearson wonders if that’s where Jimmy will go after he graduates. Both men sit to avoid the falling anvil as they discuss Jimmy’s plans for after college and what “Mr. Thompson,” his guardian, expects of him. They talk about how Nucky’s paying for Jimmy’s education “as long as [he] doesn’t screw up,” and Helen Keller could have seen what was coming later. Then Pearson excuses Jimmy by quoting more Webster about being poor and vicious and that he’ll see Jimmy at the mixer later that night.
Young, handsome and free. I’m sure that lasts through the episode.
Over at Mickey’s still, Capone, Lansky and Luciano are discussing how easily they’re moving the hooch and that it’s almost gone. Mickey, contrary to his roachian nature, wonders what they’ll do with Jimmy’s portion, since it’s the only part that remains unsold. Luciano, finally happy not to have a dick-measuring contest, just says “Fuck Jimmy,” because they all think he killed Angela after finding her with Louise. Mickey says Jimmy didn’t do it, and the other young’uns wonder who did. Mickey says Manny like he’s reading the box score from the Yankee game. Luciano still doesn’t think it’s his problem so they’ll just take Jimmy’s hooch and keep the money.
Mickey has decided to uncharacteristically give a shit about someone other than himself and wonders what they’ll do when Jimmy wants his cut so they tell him to pay Jimmy out of his share. Mickey doesn’t quite see the fairness in that so Capone and Luciano act like a couple of goons while Lansky blows smoke rings. He died of lung cancer, by the way. Then Luciano brings up the fairness of how Rothstein has a life insurance policy on Mickey and it’s no skin off their noses if he turns up dead, but they’ll let him live. He accepts those terms, because he’s Mickey Doyle. Then Capone slaps him a couple of times because deep down, he really resents anyone he literally has to look up to.
Mickey Doyle thinks Capone’s an asshole, too.
Nucky and his complete lack of Catholicism is trying to figure out the point of the parable since the sinners in hell could have just held the spoons higher up on the handle. When he says the parable makes no sense, Margaret thinks that’s rich coming from the guy who told her the story of two boats and a lifeguard. Nucky says the difference between those stories is his was about helping yourself. Margaret wonders if he believes in any higher power but Nucky just sasses her back that the federal government comes to mind. Since she’s not Eddie or Harlan, Nucky apologizes for acting like a dick, but says he still doesn’t believe in divine retribution. Margaret asks about “the evidence” and she’s really back-sliding into her Irish Catholic ways. Nuck tells her it’s not “evidence” it’s coincidence, but before he can further explain his secular ways, Emily needs help and Margaret storms out.
Eli’s visited by his attorney, and his stint in jail has done wonders for both his attractiveness and his posing. He wonders what Randolph has on him and his attorney says she has Halloran’s testimony and asks Eli if he wants to read it. Considering how much he struggled with the Dale Carnegie pamphlet he passes when he hears Halloran said he killed Schroeder, calling the accusation “horseshit.” He claims Halloran’s testimony is just out of jealousy for Eli taking back the position of sheriff and then, you know, having those strike breakers beat the shit out of Halloran to shut him up. The attorney wants Eli to take this all a little more seriously, but Eli says he just wants bail. When the attorney tells him he’s a “flight risk” the attorney clearly doesn’t know Eli because he’s as stubborn as he is brutish and he tells the attorney AC is “his town.”
Then the attorney brings up that Randolph’s theory is Nucky ordered Eli to kill Schroeder. Eli still thinks he can swing his own dick around and says he “doesn’t take orders” but the attorney says that if he cooperates and testifies Randolph will spare his life. This finally gets Eli’s attention because, I guess, he never really considered what the punishment was for committing murder. The attorney confirms that if Eli cooperates Randolph won’t argue for the electric chair. Things suddenly got stickier for Nucky.
I never really liked Nucky all that much, anyway.
Back at Princeton, 1917, and Jimmy’s unpacking Gillian’s bag for her. He wants to know what’s up but she just wanted to see him, because he’s changing so quickly. He denies it but she says she stopped by his dormitory and Krakauer told her all about Jimmy’s shady ways. She mentions calls at all hours of the night, but those are from Gillian, then brings up his “kissing underfed waitresses” and that line is rich coming from reedy, willowy Gretchen Mol. Jimmy brings up that Angela’s an artist, too, but Gillian’s too jealous to care and gets off another dig.
Showing just how dysfunctional their relationship is, Jimmy asks about Gillian’s latest, some married guy from Harrisburg, PA. Jimmy tries to cheer her up by saying he didn’t deserve her so Gillian TMI’s that she had her pleasures. Then she tries to get drunk with her son, but he has to write an essay, because he’s only 18 years old…and her son. But he relents because she’s Gillian and it’s easier that way. Once she has her way, she tells Jimmy she can never be too sad because no matter what, she’ll always have him. Then they drink to the anvil that landed on the bed behind them.
As Nelson ponders his divorce papers, Randolph wonders how a widow living in a three-room bungalow managed to move on up to Nucky. Lathrop starts smarming about setting her sights on the big catch but before he can get too obnoxious, Randolph shuts him down. Then Randolph wonders what Van Alden’s opinion is of Margaret and how she managed to move in with Nucky. He says “She left no impression on my one way or the other,” but makes no mention of the leather strap he used. As Randolph decides to bring Margaret in for questioning, Nelson signs his divorce papers.
Even their hair is mocking Van Alden.
Back at Princeton, Jimmy’s happy to see Angela, even if she says it was just to get out of cleaning the stove. They’re cute and sweet together and he gives her a corsage as she asks if his mother went back. Before Jimmy can tell Angela she’s at the party, Gillian swans up in her blue silk dress to mark her territory, but claiming she couldn’t leave without meeting Angela. Without ever giving up her “power” position of standing a couple of steps above Jimmy and Angela, Gillian talks in that Gillian voice that Angela’s dress is “simple, restrained,” and that she likes it. Angela returns the compliment, but Gillian reminds Jimmy about the corsage. When he looks a little too familiar with Angela for Gillian’s comfort, her batshit crazy face briefly appears before she excuses herself.
Once inside the mixer, nerdy pal attaches himself to Angela and Jimmy, and Jimmy’s obvious affection for this nerdy pal helps explain his even more obvious affection for Richard. As nerdy pal makes a ham-handed play for Angela, telling her about his father’s unromantic but extremely profitable tire factory, Jimmy spies his mother flirting with Pearson. He’s none too happy about this development and is lost in thought when Angela whispers that she has something to tell him. She seems happy enough when she tells him she’s pregnant but when he’s speechless and a little twitchy she apologizes. But this is still pre-war Jimmy so he snaps back and tells her it will be swell, and they’ll get a place together. When she says they hardly know each other he gets serious and says he knows she’s a good person. Sadness.
Mr. Right Now
Nucky’s in his office when Margaret comes in to talk, at his request. Eli’s testifying against Nucky to save himself, Margaret wonders what Eli will say, so Nucky tells her enough to put him away, or even put him in the chair if Randolph does her job. What he doesn’t say is anything about Hans. As Nucky explains the situation with his money and holdings and how he wants to take care of Margaret in the worst case scenario, she snaps at him that he’s just doing this in the hopes that he can save himself by doing good for Margaret and the children. Nucky doesn’t process such petulant emotionalism well so he forges on, explaining how he has the voting stock on over 160,000 acres of land and is having it transferred to Margaret. As Nucky continues to explain, she slouches deeper into her chair like she’s 12.
Jimmy’s getting drunk in a breezeway when Angela asks if he’s coming back inside. He gets a dreamy look on his face which, of course, has to be shattered by Gillian spilling out of a room and her dress. She’s disheveled and aggravated so Jimmy walks away from his pregnant girlfriend to help his toxic mother. She claims she thought she was just flirting with someone, and we see Pearson come out of the room. Oh, no.
Still his mother.
Jimmy storms over to Pearson who’s having a smoke, unaware of who Gillian is. Jimmy wants to know what he was doing “with his mother,” but Pearson isn’t quite putting it together. Once he does, though, he forgets that Jimmy tends to fly off the handle and jokes about how “Jacobean” Jimmy’s life is. Jimmy wants to fight Pearson, but Pearson gives him the good advice not to do something stupid but then pisses all over Jimmy by saying he’ll “apologize in a convincingly chivalrous manner” and seriously, dude. Why not literally wave a red flag at a bull. He’s still willing to let Jimmy slide but Jimmy’s too wound up and continues to pound his teacher as Angela looks on, aghast, and Gillian looks on…like Gillian. She’s awful.
Over at Mickey’s still, Van Alden’s looking for “Mixelslaw.” When Mickey corrects him that it’s “Mieczyslaw” Nelson just tells him his note was cryptic. Mickey asks Nelson to sit, but when Nelson refuses he insists because, and I quote, “I don’t like the way you…loom.” HA, and true. The long friendship/working relationship between Shannon and Sparks is so evident in this scene because they hit the notes perfectly.
Mickey’s looking to sell out Capone, Luciano and Lansky in exchange for part of the take. Van Alden wants to know what they’re looking at and Mickey says $300K split in half. As Mickey holds his hand out to shake on it, Nelson just says “I prefer not to.” Mickey’s not getting what that means so he keeps asking and Nelson keeps repeating “I prefer not to.” Then he walks off telling Mickey never to contact him again. Mickey doesn’t understand this whole principles thing, especially since Nelson didn’t really have any a few months ago, and threatens the empty space where Nelson used to be. Because that way Mickey can’t get hurt.
I’d shake, but you have cooties and they haven’t invented Purell.
Jimmy’s dragging Gillian back to her room, wondering how much she had to drink. Just enough to convince people that what she’s about to do she did because she was drunk and not a creepy, creepy woman. She wonders “what’s in the bottle” on her dresser, so Jimmy polishes it off, because he really needs to be drunk off his ass to do what he’s about to do. Gillian sees some blood on his shirt from where he pummeled Pearson and tells him to take off his shirt. She tries to help but he’s a big boy now and he can do it himself.
She asks how badly he beat up Pearson and Jimmy thinks it’s enough to get him expelled. Gillian tells him Nucky will fix it, but Jimmy still wants to know why Gillian’s there. As she takes down her hair, she tells her drunk and shirtless adult son that she’s “the loneliest person in the world” and pleads with him about whether he loves “that skinny girl.” When he’s properly confused over what she wants to hear, Gillian manages to suddenly get a whole lot drunker and is stumbling around again, needing Jimmy to hold her. He’s undressing her for bed and she’s pretending that she doesn’t like him seeing her like that. He tells her she’ll forget it in the morning but she insists she remembers everything and then..ewewewewew. Sorry, they drunkenly stumble into bed. Then, as she seduces her son and he’s too drunk to realize this, a train passes by and…Jimmy, Oedipus complexes are not supposed to be literal.
Morning dawns and Jimmy realizes that he knocked up his girlfriend, beat the shit out of his professor and fucked his mother. With that trifecta under his belt, there’s only one thing left to do: enlist in the Army. Down at the recruiting office, the officer in charge wants to verify that Jimmy’s up to the commitment of serving his country. Jimmy lies his way through the interview claiming he has no next of kin but Angela and that he wants to fight for his brother who died on the Lusitania. Even though he’s already sounding like “practically dead inside” Jimmy, the officer fills out the paperwork.
Margaret’s down in the servants’ quarters working on one of Emily’s braces which is chafing her. Owen offers his help to fix it and Margaret, after some resistance, agrees. Margaret’s still stewing in her guilt so Owen uses it as an opening to ask if she ever thinks of him because he thinks of her. Smooth. I guess it’s better than a note with boxes. She tells him to stop. He continues to flirt and she continues to rebuff until she sees Katie, standing there having heard the whole thing. Oh, I’m sure she won’t say anything since Margaret’s always been such a peach with the girl.
Don’t you wish you weren’t such a bitch to her, now?
Jimmy’s back in the present blind-drunk and listening to Gillian on the phone, ordering him back to Atlantic City. The scene keeps fading in and out of black like the opening scene and Jimmy’s in another fugue, only this isn’t the happy fugue of just getting laid. This is the booze and heroin haze of being royally fucked five ways to Sunday. Jimmy snorts the last traces of the junk and cries.
Van Alden’s walking into work and sees Randolph meeting with Fallon and the deacon who witnessed Sebso’s death by baptism. Nelson registers that his world is about to come crashing down around him but Fallon shows him Sebso’s shoes and gun that he left behind after the drowning. As the deacon quotes some verse, Lathrop starts to arrest Nelson, but once he’s taken the gun Nelson finally loses his shit again and fights Lathrop for it, shooting the chief inspector in the kneecap. Wait, this isn’t Person of Interest. As Randolph runs to Lathrop, calling him Clifford, Van Alden lumbers his way out the back of the Post Office. I’m sure at his size and with his face he’ll be able to blend into any surrounding.
Run, Nelson. RUUUUUUN!
Margaret’s getting shit-faced, alone, and rather than startle Nucky, he makes a little joke and offers to join her. She’s not in the mood because she’s been subpoenaed. Nucky tells her to ignore it but Margaret’s not as familiar with committing felonies and she can’t understand his soigné attitude, since the day before he was sure he was going to prison. But he’s ready to celebrate Van Alden being a bigger freak than he thought and that he’ll figure out a way to manipulate Eli into, I guess, dying for Nucky’s sins. This sets Margaret off. Nucky continues to tell her that Emily’s polio is not connected to Margaret’s failings, but she says she’s stolen, she’s cheated and deceived and she and the ones she loves are being punished. So Nucky and Teddy are in the clear? We-ell…
Nucky only heard “stolen, cheated and deceived,” and wants to know who falls into each category. She’s pretty up front about stealing from her family, former employer and Nucky and says anyone who thinks she’s good was deceived but when he wants to know who she cheated on…well, she falls back on living with Nucky when he had Hans killed and Nucky launches into a righteous rant about how she’s contemplating a misguided martyrdom while he’s breaking his back to provide for her and the children, but she thinks the subpoena is forcing her to account for her sins.
And here is where Margaret learns the limits of Nucky’s largesse. She tries to get away from him but he keeps coming back to her, telling her to punish herself because Emily got sick but he “will not permit” her to testify against him. When she chafes at the word “permit” he says that if she doesn’t think he’s as good as his word, she doesn’t know him at all. And he’s already cut loose and rained down hell on his own brother and the boy he helped raise. Margaret should not take Nucky’s threats lightly.
Remember, I pissed all over my own brother and a boy I raised like my own son.
Jimmy’s back in Atlantic City and Gillian’s planning Angela’s funeral. She’s discussing it like it’s just another dinner party and actually says “It’s important that everything look right,” like Angela wasn’t Tommy’s mother. She keeps talking about the murders like they’re a minor inconvenience and that the “other one” wasn’t local so she’s not their concern, but Tommy is. And Jimmy’s sweating profusely and is glassy-eyed as Gillian figures out what lie to tell Tommy when he wants to know why Mommy isn’t coming back. But when she tells Jimmy that in a month Tommy won’t even remember who Angela was, Jimmy lunges at her and starts strangling her, repeating over and over that he’ll remember. Before he can kill Gillian, the Commodore comes in and gores him in the shoulder with a very long, pointy thing.
They fight and the old man manages to get in an offensive position so it’s more of a fair fight than Jimmy would have expected but Jimmy’s still carrying his knife and ends it quickly enough. The wound isn’t fatal, though, and the men stand there for a moment before Lady MacGillian comes out again, telling Jimmy to “Finish it, goddamn you. Finish it.” Hesitating only briefly, Jimmy plunges the knife into the Commodore’s heart, then stumbles into the hallway to pass out from his own wound. That wasn’t Jacobean, that was straight-up Greek.
Family Fun Time
Another fade out and Jimmy’s awakening from another fugue, bleary-eyed and with his shoulder bandaged. He looks back to the room to see Richard cleaning up, pulling the knife out of the Commodore and cleaning it for Jimmy. When Richard sees Jimmy’s awake he walks to the curtains between the rooms and closes them, so he can finish his work privately. Scene fades out and Angela’s voice over from the top of the episode starts again. The scene fades in on Jimmy in the present day, still at the Commodore’s. He’s more lucid so clearly some time has passed and when he looks to the room where he killed his father, it’s been cleaned. Jimmy walks into the room to see that there are still blood stains on the floor and wall but no Commodore and no Richard.
Gillian comes up behind Jimmy with Tommy. Realizing he doesn’t want to completely break his son before he’s even school-aged, Jimmy tries to hide his injury so he can comfort the boy after he had a bad dream. Tommy’s not comforted, though and asks for “Mama.” Gillian jumps in and says she’s there. Jimmy’s conflicted about Gillian but she says that she knows he didn’t mean what he did, that he never could do that and they never have to speak of it again. She’s talking about him trying to strangle her because she has even less remorse over the Commodore being killed than Angela. She says things will be better now and she hopes he can see it. Then she takes Tommy upstairs, telling Jimmy that one day soon he won’t be a little boy, anymore, and she’s putting him to bed. She finishes with she’ll be upstairs, as well, and is clearly settling into being the lady of Jimmy’s life.
Don’t worry, Pal. Meemaw raised me and look how good I turned out.
So, yeah. That happened. And it shouldn’t be a surprise since they introduced Gillian by having her leap into Jimmy’s arms and straddling him while wearing one of her showgirl costumes. The jokes wrote themselves until it wasn’t a joke anymore. I know there’s at least one more really big shocker, though I haven’t a clue what it is, but again thanks to Jack Huston the season finale does a lot to set up season 3. I just hope they find a way to keep Van Alden around. I’ve grown accustomed to his face.
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