Monday, December 3, 2012

Great Googly Moogly

When Boardwalk Empire Season 3 kicked off, we were introduced to Gyp Rosetti and his brutal ways as he beat the poor motorist to death on the side of the road.
So it was fitting that the finale finished much like the premiere started, as Gyp met his demise not far from where we first saw him spill blood. He came unhinged to say the least as his voice went a few octaves higher calling to mind when Judge Doom revealed to Eddie that he was actually a Toon.  And he did it while carrying a tune and looking like the King of Pop.

 "Margate Sands" brought closure to many of the story lines to which we were treated over the past few months, thanks to an array of twists and turns that made for a thrilling conclusion.

Arnold Rothstein showed Lucky Luciano he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the world of criminal enterprise, but it looked like school will be back in session for Arnold soon enough after falling into the heavily-baited trap Nucky set for him. What a great surprise to see Mr. Means behind Melon's call to Esther Randolph. He was worth every dollar Nucky paid him this season.
Lucky had two of my favorite scenes of the episode. First when didn't rat while getting shaken down by the cops.
And later as he lost his proverbial sh-t when he realized it was Rothstein that sold him out.
With Rothstein most likely out of the picture, look for Lucky and Meyer to resolve their differences and start in again on their aspirations. I wouldn't be surprised to see the two partner up with Nucky at some point, either.

Nucky was worried he would be persona non grata after the smoke cleared... but Eli was right. All they have to do is offer the people something they want and they will be willing to look past certain things. Maybe that will be booze, maybe drugs or even entertainment in the form of Chalky's club.
What a scene that was as Chalky and Capone squared off in the lumber yard and later on as they both got their urge to fight out of their systems by blowing away Masseria's men.
Richard also had an itch to scratch which had everyone celebrating.
He sure made short work of the men that stood between him and Tommy.
The whole time I was like...
He was in the business of killin I-talians and cousin, business was a boomin!
I don't think things will ever be the same between him and Julia, not after he brought his work home with him in the form of a blood-covered face.
Tommy was safe, though, and that was all Richard really cared about. I just hope that doesn't mean he will finish what he tried to do back in the woods.

Margaret faced a tough decision but appeared to have "taken care of it." I'm pretty sure the bleeding we saw was residual.

Nucky was willing to forgive her dalliance with Owen and welcome her and the children home. She turned him down, but I think we'll see her back in Atlantic City by next season ordering up room service.

Eli and Nucky appeared to be back on good terms, but there was that moment of silence which followed as Eli asked Nucky where Margaret and the kids had gone to hide while they worked on the car. Nucky still did not trust his brother completely at that point. By the end I think he did and now wants to go to the mattresses for a spell. He showed that by taking off the carnation in that closing scene.
He wants out of the public eye. Look for Eli's oldest son to get involved in the family business. Heck Eli has so many kids they could be like Frank Lucas and his family only letting blood work for em.

For all the loathsome things Gillian has done, I very much enjoyed seeing how diabolical she was as she masterfully played Gyp. First she tried to appeal to his sense of family.
 But after that didn't work, she went in another direction that almost did.
Perhaps the line of the night was her response to Gyp calling her a pistol.
 "Then why don't you pull my trigger and see what shoots out?"

In her opium-infused state, Gillian traveled back to the night Nucky delivered her to the commodore and did well to remind us that while she is one seriously disturbed woman, there were those who certainly had a hand in her troubled mental state.

And lastly, the long shot of the year, defied all odds and came in.
So are we to believe it was Mickey who let Rothstein know about Owen's plans to kill Masseria at the bath house who in turn told Masseria to help broker their new peace along with the drug deal? We never saw the crooked FBI agent who we had originally pinned it on. It would make sense given how Mickey was able to ring up A.R. from PA.

 All in all it was a tremendous season that left the door open for any number of possible scenarios. The season's MVP has to go to Rosetti, who week in and week out provided the best Boardwalk Empire quotes - and tonight was no exception.
I so have enjoyed yet another season with you all. Until Season 4...


  1. HOLY BLOODY OVERLOAD!!! I have to say, I'm once again disappointed that the Gyp Rosetti tornado swirled out of my life as fast as he came in. Leaving in a similar fashion that he arrived, noose around neck , company of fire headed female, and d-ck in hand.Literally. As Rosetti says, he arrived with nothing so he still has nothing to lose..except his life which he clearly does with a swift stab and gut wrenching twist of a knife. Very fitting that Nucky has Gyp's supposed own perform the actual murder as he sits nearby with his brother to oversee. Also fantastic was the way Gyp went out, mocking the source of his demise. Who's eyes are all googly now bitch? the brothel. I have to first make mention of the fact that little Tommy got to chill in an indoor Teepee.Definitely a forged way to symbolize Gillian's claim of "sheltering" Tommy as much as she could under the roof of smut and scum. Gillian and Gyps final scene together was a real doozy exposing both sickos' desires, insecurities and need for both dominance and subservience.I love how as that dirty slut monkey fades into black, Richard storms the house like a goddamn bat outta hell, red fury everywhere..on the walls, oozing, across the floors, and splattered across his "face". Brilliant distraction move, I didnt quite understand, but works like a charm when Richard tells Tommy to close his eyes reaching back with his empty hand while blasting off his capturer's head, just skimming the 8 yr olds bowl cut cap. Julia, I don't think is going anywhere just yet and as long as Tommy is with her, Richard isn't going anywhere anytime soon either. Needless to say, I'm not getting too attached to her. Richard is the kiss of death when it comes to the ladies, even if its a wet lopsided one. Also, maybe i blinked too long while watching, but there was a car that seemed to creep in the background as Richard walked up the front steps carrying sleeping Tommy in his arms. Again, it could have just been his ride to the house, but if he were trying to hide the fact that he and Tommy were there and that wasn't his mommy dropping him off for a playdate, then hes fucked, or anyone in that house is at least.

    Margaret seems done finally w Nuck's shenanigans. She knows puppet strings are attached to any offerings refusing to accept the solace of money Nucky offers her and calls his bullshit saying otherwise. He definitely sees her limping into her room as she walks away yet hes the one who has never look so defeated up until that point. Blood on her fingers may be the last in her mind of that shed on her own behalf in this Gangster Paradise. As she walks through the valley of the shadow of death,
    she takes a look at her life and realize there's nuttin left..I wouldnt be surprised if Margaret gets involved in Brooklyn somewhere in the realm of women's health clinics using first the husband and wife team who presumably performed her own abortion, maybe even bringing on her Dr. pal from the clinic in Atlantic city who seems more than willing to team up with her elsewhere work related or not.

  2. Nucky now seems to desire an underground state of power. Aiming for low key gangster celebrity status he shows when recognized on the boardwalk in the final scene of the finale. The blood red rose advertisement he wears pinned to his suit jacket I feel is about to fade to a lighter shade as he steps back and lets his Italian stallions be the hands-on boys, as he sits back on the throne silently dictating.
    As they croak I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
    I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
    On my knees in the night
    Sayin prayers in the street light.

    I can't wait to see Chalky's club when it is up and running. I imagine it something like Soul Train meets Night at the Apollo,and a 1920s version of the club scene in Above the Rim , Chalky sitting pretty in a red velvet booth pipe smoke wafting around like Birdie (Tupac)amongst a sea of doting ladies.Regulators..MOUNT UP. You got this Chalk.

    I definitely appreciated the soundtrack to this past season more than any others and feel the final song, "I AINT GOT NOBODY" was prefectly fitting to the end of this season's chapter. Can't wait what's in store for next season. No, literally. I can't.

  3. COrrection: Tommy I believe is 6, i said 8 when referring to his bowl cut. Erroneous tho, my point was that he has a fantastic bowl cut.

  4. L-Digz you were absent most of the season but came on strong at the end like Chalky White did. Well played. Great Above the Rim reference.

  5. I come to this blog hat in hand… so sorry and embarrassed for my delay in posting….in the end I think that I actually may have put this off all this time because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye, wasn’t ready to close this to end…..but alas….peter pan has to grow up, when life gives u lemons, u gotta get wasted or whatever that saying is….so here it is;

    An INCREDIBLE finale to cap off what was an incredible season of boardwalk…so it wouldn’t have made sense if Jel didn’t drop some fire on it to close out! Tks again for an incredible season!....season wouldn’t have been the season without you mydude (ok now im verklempted again)……

    HOW GREAT was it to see AR sipping his coffee as he played out my name sake and Meyer…got thought he got his pimp game OFF until our boy nucky turned around and put the screws to him…you KNOW that we will see a lot of Lucky, Al, meyer etc etc in seasons to come ad that sht is gonna be gnar gnar!!

    Now not to toot my own horn here but DID I OR DID I NOT SAY THAT HARROW WAS GONNA COME OUT OF THIS SEASON LIKE WILLIAM WALLACE (not dying kind)!!!!!!!!! I literally screaming FREEDOM the whole time he was running through the brothel…and when he put that bullet through the my mans eyes from his knee’s.!?!?! (although it didn’t make ANY kind of sense that he didn’t just pull the trigger when he had my man in his sites and his hostage was 4 feet below where he was aimed but..) Not sure I agree on RH and Julia….i think he gonna come back and twist that out…or maybe I just want to see her bucked necked…I dunno….we see..AND THERE IS NO WAY HE GONNA OFF HIMSELF NOW JELL! DON’T U SAY THAT! NOT YOU SEAN, NOT YOU!


    I have to say that I was a little upset that they didn’t address the whole “did chalky end up getting his boom boom room” issue but in the end if that was the worst part of what happens in this episode than we all good yeah? we deal with that sht next season….ANYONE ELSE NOTICE HOW SMOOTH HE WAS WHEN HE PUT UP HIS DUKES?!?!? “I’M NO PUNK BITCH!” respect it….capone “here come masseria’s boys!!!...and there they go” (cue gattling gun)….YES YES YES!!

    I gotta be honest; Eli really won me back at the end of this season….he really seemed to grow up a bit and put down that glass of haterade and do the rt thing…he may have had me at “how are you still alive” to mickey but either way..he got me friend…he got me good…and yes…WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT MOFO WOULD HAVE STILL BEEN WITH US??? WHAT THE HECK….HE’S GONE EP 1 season 4..belee dat….ESPECIALLY if he was the dude who dimed out my man sleater! Cuz you KNOW that sht aint rt!......ALAS (sniffle) it’s the end of a great thing…and I look forward to what u bring us next Jell….incredible effort and when u close some sht out with iron man….well….you….complete me.