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‘You Kind of Talked Me Into It!!’ Hercules Says Things Get Nuts On Sunday’s Antepenultimate BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!

I am – Hercules!! Last week’s installment ended with the attempt on Nucky’s life. HBO says of tonight’s, titled “The Emerald City”:
Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela (Aleksa Palladino) witnesses Jimmy’s violent side; Capone (Stephen Graham) faces a crossroads; Van Alden (Michael Shannon) grapples with his emotions. Written by Lawrence Konner; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
What HBO refuses to tell you is the spoiler-cloaking text invisible. * The episode begins with Richard Harrow, the half-faced vet on whom much of this episode focuses. If you don’t fall in love with the character this week you will next week. * Somebody tells Al Capone he wears the hat of a boy and lives to tell about it. * Meyer Lansky’s back. So is Chalky. * Angela’s lesbian girlfriend makes a confession. * We get a lot of IRS agent Nelson Van Alden tonight. A LOT. To say this guy has layers is like saying Conan has issues with Jay. “Boardwalk Empire”: 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO. “The Walking Dead”: 10 p.m. Sunday. AMC. “Futurama”: 10 p.m. Sunday. Comedy Central. “The Venture Bros.”: 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Cartoon Network.
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  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I love the slow burn

    by BadMrWonka

    when the big moment hit, they really come out of nowhere. definitely needs a couple more seasons to expand even more.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Antepenultimate Antepenultimate Antepenultimate

    by fanboy71

    I feel so smart now.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to tonight

    by Lucky_Day

    I hope we get to witness more Richard Harrow sniping. Hopefully he gets those gangster wannabes with the life insurance policies.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Kelly MacDonald as Margaret

    by Rebel Scumb

    I might be the only one, but she's the number one reason I keep watching this show. I absolutely adore her.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    And is it just me, or is Michael Pitt...

    by Rebel Scumb

    ...trying to channel Leonardo Dicaprio in this show?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Michael Pitt is Leo Dicaprio & Will Forsythe's lovechild

    by blackmantis

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    So true!

    by Rebel Scumb

    I also still think that Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff and Timothy Olyphant are among Jack Nicholson's many illegitimate children.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb

    by Hercules

    Don't forget Johnny Knoxville.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Here!!! Here!!!

    by Mr Soze

    Give me some more Richard Harrow

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Good News

    by Dancingforever

    If there is a bunch of the Phantom in this episode it will be cool. They are set up for great things next season. Change the opening credits and the show becomes a classic.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    These characters are remarkable.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    And a Harrow/Van Alden-centric episode is like candy to my fat man.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Miles_Teg

    I want Richard Harrow to survive the entire series. Frankly, death would be a relief to him anyways.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Okay, that was pretty fucking great.

    by CatVutt

    I haven't been completely on board, particularly with some of the pacing of the middle eps, but tonight's was the best yet. Jimmy's delivery of the above-captioned line was instant classic.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Show's off to a great start...

    by BurnHollywood

    Kelly McDonald's Margaret is a crafty, intelligent schemer despite her innocent widow appearance, Nucky's a cautious pragmatist on his way to becoming a badass because of the nature of the newborn bootlegging business, the show already has two breakout characters in Graham's Al Capone and Richard Harrow (with Chalky White in reserve), and Jimmy's just fucking amazing...Michael Pitt's finally going to break into the big leagues off this show.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Go Van Alden! GET BUSY!!!!

    by Kwame

    He's gonna have a lot to say when he runs to make church confession! WHOA!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    This site suffers severely from lack of a Dexter talkback

    by TheMcflyFarm

    just because Herc doesn't always have the best taste in shows. Love Boardwalk Empire BTW!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    when will it be the penultimate use of the word penultimate?

    by akiraclass

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Well I wasn't going to but you kinda talked me into it.

    by nopix

    Blam! That was a great scene with Michael Pitt.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Greatest 2 hours of television in history happened this night

    by ndally

    With tonights walking dead and boardwalk empire I feel safe to say that was the finest 2 hours of television I've witnessed in all my years. Janet Jacksons boob move aside because November 21st 2010 between 9pm-11pm is now king. AMC and HBO. Remember this day. It was legend. I was there. Rejoice! for the time of greatness is upon us...for two more weeks.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    need more chalky

    by brabon300

    i really hope that the show doesnt waste the talents of mr williams<p>as it is, hollywood has largely ignored him...which is a fucking shame

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    That scene

    by applescruff

    That whole scene in Chalky's warehouse where Jimmy caps the one kid and Chalky strangles the other one was top fucking notch. I thought the end of the episode where Margaret checks herself out in the mirror was a bit on the nose, but otherwise this was a great episode.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    This is a solid series in my view...

    by WeylandYutani

    The visual detail, character work and pacing reminds me of the best dramas from the UK I used to watch on Master Piece Theatre with my parents as a kid. HBO has just added more sex and violence; which makes it feel even more reel. I hate when TV or even PG movies shy away from the subject matter and refuse to show violence as a fast, but horrible moment. Many of HBOs series do this very well, including B.E. <P> Who would have thought that Marky Mark would go from pop/hip hop artist, to actor, to respected TV producer. I can't say that B.E. is my favourite series, but I look forward to always seeing a well crafted episode.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The German

    by Miles_Teg

    Anyone catch his blubbering and sobbing after Nucky sends him out of the room with Chalky and Jimmy?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Lucy is pure sex.

    by HoboCode

    My god my dick is sore.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Yeah, I think Nucky was obliged to drop her simply because he didn't have enough energy for both her and Atlantic City...

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    two delessio brothers down

    by JaredP

    four to go

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon = Richard Kiel's little brother

    by blackmantis

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah Lucy is indeed quite delicious

    by Rebel Scumb

    I wonder if Buscemi ever thought he'd do a show where he was boning all these hot women?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Where does Nelson go from here?

    by jazzylg

    Seeing that he's now a hypocrite!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Michael Shannon, and no Dexter tb is infuriating

    by Dr Farragammo

    Just wanted to acknowledge this dudes talent since no ones mentioned it in this talkback. Guy is insanely good at playing insane. Major creep on this show and I mean that in the best way. The Runaways was a pretty throwaway film but he saved it with his Kim Fowley role. And I will also concur that the shooting/strangling scene was riveting as hell tonight. Great TV And Dexter is only one of the biggest shows on cable now! What do you have against it Herc? Seriously? While I admit this season is a far cry from last year, it's more than earned it's place as a great show worth discussing! Great acting, check, great since of gallows humor, check, great look, check. A tension that is almost at a fever pitch throughout each episode which makes it beyond riveting, check. It just seems the type of show to get AICN love, not indifference. I know you didn't like the Shield either, which is equally confounding. Curious as to why.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    dexter has been a bit off this season

    by brabon300

    and michael shannon is one of the best character actors of the 21st century<P>here is one guy who will never have to worry about getting a gig...he is scary talented<p>as an aside, went over to imdb...thread after thread of people upset at the graphic sex scenes...not one upset about the graphic violence....america is one fucked up place<P>and i do believe that paz loves being naked, so the producers should oblige her

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Really/ People are bitching about the graphic sex on IMDB? America really is a nation of psychotically putitanical and violent fascists. We're a bunch of self-flagellating, uptight Nelson Van Aldens.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Brabon and Hobo

    by Dr Farragammo

    We are a fucked up nation aren't we? Why is premium cable the only place (besides porn) we see people fuck or act like adults anymore? God I miss the films of the 70's.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Explanation for Nelson's actions...

    by blackmantis

    Either he was so depressed about his failure so far, he decided to thoroughly complete his failure...Or he possibly thinks he can't defeat what he see as evil without understanding it first.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Aldens had the worst case of blue balls

    by Nerd Rage

    THat's all you need to know regarding his motivations.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    You know the pity and annoyance you feel for Alden

    by Nerd Rage

    For his self-righteous crusade to stop adults from having fun? That's exactly how I feel when I hear some cop talk about how weed should stay illegal. Poor misguided sap.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Paz is only 26? She looks 40...

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Being an exhibitionist in real life makes her perfect for being nude in nearly every scene.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Is it just me or...

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Between those horrible maroon suits and his unusual speech impediment, is Mickey Doyle one supervillain codename away from being a member of Dick Tracy's rogues gallery? <br> <br>The Weasel? <br> The False Leprechaun? <br> <br>I adore this show.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Nerd Rage

    by HoboCode

    I think Van Alden is a little more complicated than that. I would hardly characterize his crusade as one against merely "having fun." Nucky is a murdering and corrupt gangster using his political clout to gain more money and power. His gambling and bootlegging are a byproduct of that and an excuse for the Feds to crack down on his broader and more illicit activities.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Believe it or not

    by Rebel Scumb

    I have an exgirlfriend whom I'm still good friends with who has Margrets face and Lucy's body.