Thursday, November 11, 2010
TO THE LOST
This Agent Van Alden is some demented and sadistic cat. His wife Rose is crying about not being able to conceive and lamenting her period flow coming each month and all the guy says is "PLEASE EAT!" We knew since last week that the money Jimmy was sending home wasn't getting there but this week we finally learned it was old Agent 'Silas' who was intercepting them and keeping them in his desk drawer. Lucky for Angela, Van Alden hates his wife more than Jimmy so he ends up sending her the cash. That was some nifty camera work when they showed his wife Rose opening the letter from him making you think you were going to see the wad of cash to pay for her surgery, but then instead it's Angela, Jimmy's girl who finally receives the bank roll that could choke a hippo.
While Angela was getting paid, Eli found himself getting jacked the ski mask way by Vinny Delpino and his crew of Italians. Unlike the Manning brothers, this young Eli can't come close to stepping out from his big brothers shadow. Nucky throws full on blow out parties with pros and gambling while Eli and his handful of friends watch hand cranked p-rno flicks and nearly burn the place down.
Speaking of on fire, Margaret Schroeder KILLED it this week. The scene with her and Lucy was tops. First off I love how confident our Irish flower has become, ordering another round of sweet cakes and really enjoying the whole "ball of wax." She is going to start boozing soon enough I feel. Then she is sitting there in that hat looking all bad ass like the Emperor as Lucy is ushered in by the French store owner who lurked in the background like Vader.
Lucy held her own though, well up until the point where she got the taste slapped out of her mouth.
Lucy- Oh shell help she's very helpful aren't you Mrs macdougal Schroeder Is that Irish for bitch?
Margaret- You're not at your best now and you should leave.
Hey Lucy...what did the five fingers say to the face?
Nucky trusts her above everyone else as he asked her to secure his ledger from his desk. First off, who leaves that smoking gun in an unlocked drawer like that? Scrooge McDuck built a friggin money bin to protect his lucky dime and this guy just leaves the keys to his empire sitting amongst the stamps and envelopes. Not very smooth Nuck. Who do we thing was on the other end when the phone on Nucky's desk rang and Margaret answered? My guess would be Lucy.
Loved how mischievous Margaret was when she opened that lefter, but he face said it all after she saw the figures and numbers. Nucky isn't just rich, he's WEALTHY. Torrio is Rich, but Nucky and guys like A.R., are WEALTHY. There's a difference. Just listen to Chris Rock.
Nucky showed just how much cheddar he can throw around when he secured the Presidential Suite by tipping the hotel manager a few hundos at the Republican Convention. Nucky also backed the right horse when he ditched Senator Edge and jumped into bed with Shooter McGavin a.k.a. Harry Daugherty and swears allegiance to Harding if Shooter will guarantee that the only way Edge will ever see the inside of the White House is "on a guided fukking tour."
Along with Daugherty, President Harding is our latest historical figure we are introduced to. Although himself a man of political talent, it was no surprise to read that he was careless with his associates and rewarded his friends with powerful monetary positions. His administration was known as The Ohio Gang and notoriously consisted of Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty, Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, and Navy Secretary Edwin C. Denb. They were considered to have been responsible for acts of corruption and cronyism. The resulting scandals are considered to have led to the suicide of one associate, Jess Smith, and the jailing of Fall for his involvement in the Teapot Dome Scandal . They were all indicated in acts of bribery and price skimming from bootleggers and drug dealers. Harding's creepy wife's psychic was on her tarot cardfs because Harding would go on to die suddenly while in office in 1923.
Jimmy and Nucky meet face to face again. I was a little dissapointed when Jimmy offered to drive Nucky and his butler back to their hotel. Nucky gave him attitude because he incorrectly thought Jimmy was neglecting his family and all Jimmy does is basically offer to go get his shine box. Nucky should know Jimmy has been away for awhile he don't shine shoes or drive people around no more. He cracks skulls with his boy Richard Harrow who I was psyched to see is sticking around. Looks like he will make the trip back to N.J. too with him. Jimmy realized that Nucky was right when he said because of his Irish blood Jimmy will never be one of Torrio's main guys. We saw this realization while he watched Al and Torrio playing cards. He would never be let into the inner circle. Like my man Henry Hill in Goodfellas explained.
I like how Jimmy always toasts "to the lost." Very appropriate given the holiday this week. I also like how my man A.R. only drinks milk while he is rehearsing his testimony with his lawyer in anticipation of the investigation into the Black Sox scandal.
Jimmy is headed home and he is doing some recon on his Mom's main twist Lucky. Looks like he also is going to put a hurt on the phtographer using the guy's own tripod. Harold also get medievil with the sawed off. Chalky sells out to A.R. and his boys and Lucy turns rat and talks to Van Alden. We learned that Nucky had a son but he died. He stands to lose a lot more though as Atlantic City is Under Siege and Steven Seagal hasn't even been born yet.
A lot to discuss as a lot went down. Looking forward to the comments as always. There may be a few new people joining in but not to worry they share our same enthusiasm for all things good about this show.