Jimmy is a leopard who wants to change his spots, but he needs to crawl before he walks. We saw a couple instances this week of how he still has a lot to learn. He told Mickey Doyle he would be dangerous if he had a brain, but he's the one who throws a lit cigarette butt on the ground in a warehouse of alcohol. Doyle quickly stamped it out. Doyle is a goof, but he also knows where he can let his little quips fly. Jimmy initially endeared himself to the butcher Manny Horvitz, but cracked one joke too many when he mentioned he only had creamsicles in his ice box after Manny had issued him a warning by telling him about the body parts of people who crossed him in his freezer.
He also does not yet have the intuition to know what is going on in people's minds like Nucky does. He admitted to Angela that Richard is a complete enigma to him.
Ah Richard, will you have enough room on your mantle for all the awards you are going to take home this season. His portrait monologue showed us his biggest obstacle to finding love isn’t the hole in his face, but rather the one in his soul. Unlike Forrest Gump, he was unable to get in touch with the emotions necessary to echo the love his own "Jenny" Emma showed him. While this frigidness has made him a skilled killer it leaves him as empty inside as the empty barrels of his shot gun.
Rose Van Alden can't get Nelson to reciprocate her love and he used the same crumpling of paper trick "Peggy" used on bobby Bowden.
Chalky has nothing but love for his family but the man can only take so much disrespect from that Carlton Banks son of his. While Chalky did resemble the drunk dad from Eddie Murphy's RAW while demanding his Hoppin' John and intimidating his daughter's "educated buck," I think he was really venting his anger over the earlier scene where Travis scoffed at his sister for asking their father to help with her homework.
The poor guy courting the daughter had that same helpless look Elvin used to make when Cliff Huxtable would tear into him. Not sure who Nucky was whittling down that stick for, prob his son, but I hope there's enough left when he's done to go after that loud mouth from the neighborhood meeting too.Given he state of temper, Nucky might want to rethink calling Chalky "boy" going forward.
I was shocked we didn't see Sleater take down Katie, but I'm confident by next week she'll have sampled his "blasting jell."
As if being left looking like Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall after his stroke wan't bad enough, Gillian seized the moment to celebrate "Slapsgiving" a few weeks early.
Some other moments I enjoyed were:
In this last shot, Nucky referred to Margaret's kids as "munchkins" a definite reference to the often mentioned Emerald City. Perhaps this was a sign that Nucky feels like he is getting closer to having his empire back.