Oh man Jimmy, you really need to make sure the family is out the house when Uncle Alfonse calls. My heart dropped when you turned around and asked Angela how long she and cherub cheeks were standing there. It wasn't like when Mikey was talking to One Eyed Willie and turned around to find the Goonies standing behind him listening. This is gonna put you in the marital equivalent of the Lighthouse Lounge's basement where the Fratelli's had Sloth chained up.
The convo Jimmy and Ang had outside the house was so intense. I feel like intense sit downs was a theme this week. Angela has leverage now on Jimmy and played her card right away as she went digging for Clams with Louise from San Fran. Miss Louise is actually Louise Bryant. Her real life story is portrayed in the 1981 movie "REDS" with Warren Beatty as her husband. She was a communist and anarchist but apparently passed Angela's "sniff test."We met another historical figure in the stables when Rothstein introduced Meyer and Luciano to Max Hirsch who was one of the most successful trainers in Thoroughbred horse racing history, but i could not find any mention of foul play when it came to his track record.(Pun Intended of Course.)
Rothstein was back in a big way and thankfully so, because I had almost forgotten what a bad ass he was. He owned the screen each time he was on this week, from sniffing out the load of horseshit Meyer and Lucky were trying to shovel his way to his advice to Nucky about waiting until an opportunity presents itself and then betting it all. Otherwise you might have Julius Benedict telling you, "you moved too soon." Like Jules, Arnold Rothstein has no respect for those who have no respect for logic. He is always good for a quote too and this week it had to be "There are cheaper ways to get a tan than picking losers gentlemen." Loved Luciano's response, "my last horse is still runnin'."
Another member of the old school trio, Torrio, was oblivious to Capone's dealings with Jimmy, but why would he think a guy who has no clue who Romulus and Remus are would be capable of weaving his own web of criminal enterprise. Side note: I love the way Capone calls Jimmy "Princeton."Poor little Emily. The doctor is right, there is a bug going around and based on her listlessness and fever she either has TB, Polio or Scarlet Fever. In the scenes from next week we saw Margaret comforting her in what looked to be a hospital bed and Katie burning all her toys and clothes in the yard. Do what you want to the gangsters and thugs, but leave the kids alone. I can take the throat slitting and the head smashing, but hearing that poor little girl moaning in pain as the episode closed out was too much. Some other parts worth noting:
-Gillian:Success has many fathers dear...Failure is an orphan.
-Van Alden crumpling up the check and taking the free meal after all. (Where is he still getting all the cash from BTW? That's as good as money.)
-Nucky is THE worst crier I have ever heard, but I liked how they showed him looking at the baseball mitt earlier which eventually lead to being overcome with grief. The baseball glove was a reference to the story he once told Margaret about when an older boy stole his glove and his father made him fight for it. Eli was right, their father greatly shaped the men they grew up to be.
-Nucky asking Teddy to start calling him Daddy which he does and tells him it's his move. Nucky agrees and takes a spin but we all knew he was thinking about his strategy with Jimmy and his enemies.
-Jimmy wishing Nucky good luck and Nucky returning the gesture.
-How bad was Owen Sleater sweatin when Nucky and he were sat down for a drink and he was asked about his "Irish friend."
-Nucky is going to sell the surplus Tommy Guns to the IRA and get his swagger back.
And to finish a few of my favorite scenes depicted in pictures.