Tuesday, November 30, 2010
TAKE ME TO THE WATER
"So Jimmy's dad must have some serious pull whoever he is. We don't know who it is but my guess would be the Commodore. At least for now. If he is Jimmy might not have a dad for long, because that dude is dying ya'll. Was interesting how he noted that the dog was sick. Maybe there's something or someone in the house poisoning them."
All I have to say is we...
But it still remains to be seen if Gillian was acting alone in poisoning the commodore. One thing was for certain, the maid is in cahoots with her. Did you notice how she doubled back to take the cookies away when Jimmy came to visit? When the Commodore told her to leave them she had a look of panic on her face. I'm wondering though if Nucky is involved as well. He has to kick money to the Commodore each week and maybe he is tired of it and wants to send the old man on his way. I'm sure Nucky knows that the Commodore is not a big fan of his. Commodore went as far as to tell Jimmy that "the wrong man is running this town." Commodore gives Jimmy the Wikipedia upload on how he built Atlantic City up from a swamp and what an amazing man he was, and Jimmy just scoffs saying "you and your giant blue ox right?" He is no Paul Bunyan that's for sure, but he is a straight creep and molester. He had Nucky bring Gillian to him when she was only 13. The Commodore ranks right up there with the Colonel from Boogie Nights. "I'm what time and consequence made me." "You were 54 she was 13.
So the Commodore is crying over Fido in the box and I'm asking myself where did Jimmy get his cold blooded nature from. Answer: his mom Gillian. When Jimmy visits her and informs her that the Commodore made it through another night she is anything but elated. She goes as far as to say that she is surprised. Jimmy confronted her about the arsenic and she didn't exactly shout in protest at Jimmy's insinuations now did she. Her look said it all.
OK moving on...
So we finally met the "Great" Hardeen as he was suspended upside down trying to free himself from a straight jacket. Margaret asked Nucky, "Is it meant to take this long?" Made me think of Animal House when Mandy Pepperidge was giving Greg Marmalard the five knuckle shuffle in his car. "Anything?" "Maybe a little faster...ooh yeah." Couldn't find that clip but this one of him and Babs is just as good.
Nucky was probably wondering what was taking Margaret so long, to conceive his heir that is. We saw that he uncovered the her Lysol morning after cocktail. She doesn't want to have a child by Nucky or any man for that matter. Nucky basically wipes his ass with the suffrage movement when he fired back that it is not her right to decide whether or not to have a baby. Margaret doesn't want to bring a new baby into this life she is surrounded by much like Kay Adams Corleone from the Godfather didn't want to.
Margaret got a little ahead of herself this week I felt. Comments like "I'll do what is required of me," did not jive with Nucky or me. So what if Nucky had your husband killed Margaret? You were living in the 1920's equivalent of a Van Down By The River and the man you were sharing it with was beating you in front of your children. He murdered your unborn child and nearly killed you as well. You knew what kind of man Nucky was when you went to him for help.
Margaret, you live in a town house that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns, sometimes men with half a face. Who else is gonna do it? You? Madame Jeunet? Nucky has a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your dead beat husband, and you curse the bootleggers. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what Nucky knows. That your husband's death, while brutal, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at your Temperance League meetings, you want me running the show. Nucky has neither the time nor the inclination to explain himself to a woman whose children rise and sleep under the blanket of the very lifestyle that he provides, and then questions the manner in which he provides it. He and I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you grab a handful of the Commodore's cookies or stop shoving that Lysol up your cooch and start drinking it instead. Either way, Nucky should not give a damn about what you think you are entitled to.
Margaret should have taken notice of her friend Annabele and how fast your spot can get blown up like hers did when Harry got taken in the original Ponzi Scheme. "Every shell game needs a mark."
Eli finally stood up to Nucky and was spot on when he said that no one cares about Nucky, they only care about what they can get from him. "How do you know? How do you know anything? I got a bullet in my gut from what you don't know." He was again correct when he said Nucky thinks because he takes care of Margaret it absolves him from all the sins on his hands. Thats how Nucky thinks. Van Alden is like Nucky in this way. I think he felt the same way when he "baptized" Sebso. Van Alden is a sinner but by doing "gods work" he is cleansing himself of his sins. I feel bad for Eli, not because he is forced to relinquish his badge, but because we learned he has eight kids. EIGHT! Nucky will keep money coming his way, but that is a grip of screaming mouths. No wonder he has to take his wife out to the tool shed to get anything done. The inmates must be running the asylum at his house.
Nothing gets by Van Alden man. Let's forget about his antisemitic remarks all together. He had Sebso pegged for being on Nuck's payroll and called him out for his new wingtips. "Temptation knows no rank Agent Sebso." It's a good thing Van Alden wasn't working at Shawshank the night Andy Dufresne escaped. "Andy did like he was told, buffed those shoes to a high mirror shine. The guards simply didn't notice. Neither did I... I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes?"
I'm sure it struck many as odd that the congregation of Baptists just sat idly by as Van Alden killed Sebso. Dave Chapelle touched on it once when he said "Well let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherf**kers in them groups. It's true, man. There's no telling what kind of crazy s**t they've done to get them black dudes respect, but I'll tell you they've done some wild s**t." Van Alden didn't even have to take out his gun if you ask me. No one was going to say boo, especially the cat who just came into a pair of new wing tips.
Speaking of saying Boo, how scared must Angela have been when she got home after finding the Dietrichs gone to also find the letter she left for Jimmy on the bed missing? What an intense scene. For the sake of Tommy I don't think Jimmy will hurt her just yet. Instead he will let her live in fear. He isn't going to be an absent father like the Commodore was. He and Tommy going to keep all hours together some day, just the boys.
If the day comes where he needs to be rid of Angela I'm sure my man Richard Harrow will step up to the task. That scene with him and Jimmy talking about getting the D'Alessio brothers to pop their heads out was one of the gnarliest yet. Jimmy doesn't understand why he offers to go to Philly if the brothers are in hiding. "I would kill the mother, the sisters and the dentist." The dentist being the one brother who is not involved in the criminal dealings of his other brothers.
Before Sebso's demise, the Deacon remarked that "Every road leads to a reckoning." In the season finale, we will see this come to fruition as it looked as if it will be an hour chock full of retribution. Margaret has left Nucky, but I can't imagine for long. In the meantime he is lost as we gathered from him walking into the fortune teller's in the final scene of the week. Eli is not going to take his demotion well. A.R. is in deep with the Black Sox and his lawyer advised him to go to Chicago and call on anyone who might owe him some favors. Chicago will be afire when he comes to town with Torrio and Capone still running things.
Other notable quotes:
Gillian- No one deserves to die alone
Harry: I don't give a cun-ts hair u boob!
Annabelle: You're totally broke? You fat worthless fool!
Nucky: What happened to the tears?
Annabelle: Ride me like you used to and I'll soak the pillow through
Nucky: I'll keep that one in my pocket
Nucky: I thought she was your Friend.
Margaret: So you wouldn't fuck her?
That language does not become you.
Nucky: I didnt want to hurt her.
Eli: What the fuck are these for?
Sebso: I just bought these.
Loved Van Alden using both "mortal combat" and "micturate" in the same sentence while talking to Sebso.