Gyp Rosetti is moving in on Nucky Thompson's Atlantic City fiefdom. In fact, Nucky is on the run after Gyp's guys burst into Nucky's suite at the Ritz and shot up the joint in the opening scene of Two Impostors. The Nuckster is bound to be banned from swank hotel life after this. It makes a Keith Moon room trashing look sedate. I suspect the AC Ritz would rather have Led Zeppelin as guests. Should I go on? Nah.
On to a few terse comments about the not so terse turf war, and then I'll tersely order a surf and turf:
Chalky's Back: I've been demanding the return of my favorite illiterate but awesome gangster for weeks now. We've had a few Chalky teasers but he's back in his full blown glory. Why? Nucky runs home to Chalky after Gyp's gang seriously wounds his faithful factotum Eddie. It takes time for Nucky to fully grovel but after Gyp offers Chalky $25K to sell out Nucky, the latter finally gives in.
Chalky's proto-Buppie future son-in-law reappears to doctor Eddie's gut wound. He keeps saying: "I'm only a student" but it looks like he's got a promising future as a mob surgeon. It's unclear as to whether Eddie will make it but, hey, at least Nucky knows he has a family now.
Richard and Jillian finally fall out when the shy sniper catches her perusing his scrapbook. She then informs him that he shouldn't kid himself about his thing with Julia. Lemme get this straight: the Queen of delusion is telling someone else that they need to wake up and smell the coffee? Oy.
After Richard attempts to take Tommy away from the Rosetti horde, Jillian fires his ass. Big mistake, girl. The man has major weaponage and may use it on you.
To be continued.
Unlucky Luciano: Charlie Lucky ignores Meyer Lansky's advice to not take candy from strangers, I mean, sell smack to strangers. My bullshit detector went off when the so-called Sicilian gangster from Buffalo was a mute. Luciano's did not. The dude was a copper, and busted the artist now known as Charlie Unlucky. Listen to the little fella next time, Charlie, he knows his shit.
Capone's Chicago Cavalry: Just when Nucky thinks he's doomed, Eli shows up in the company of Al Capone and a gaggle of henchmen. It was like a scene out of a John Ford movie only without the horses, blue uniforms and the Monument Valley setting. Hmm, I guess it was nothing like a Ford film, after all. Never mind.
We have yet to learn the details of the deal Eli cut with Scarface and the Outfit. One thing for sure: their help will not come cheap. But as the old saying goes, beggars cannot be choosers and Nucky needs all the help he can get. Insert obligatory "deal with the devil" quote here. Me, I'll listen to Beggar's Banquet.
Looking Ahead: The season finale is this Sunday and I'm already experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. Another major character is going to bite the dust but I'm not sure who it will be. My money is on Gyp whose character has "one season arc" written all over it. I hope it's not the case: Gyp has brought joyful gangsterdom to Boardwalk Empire as a counterpoint to Nucky's joyless approach to crime. Nucky may be a good shot but he's a bit short on hoodlum joie de vivre if you catch my drift. And who among us doesn't like a cheerful sociopath like Gyp?
Jillian is another candidate to take the big sleep, at the hands of either Richard or Gyp, but the former will spare her if she lets him take Tommy. The Gypster will give no quarter and show no mercy and that's why-God help me-I love the evil bastard.
I'll let Fred Astaire have the last word this week: