Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with some tricky family issues; Van Alden addresses Agent Sebso’s (Eric Weiner) “temptations.” Written by Howard Korder; directed by Allen Coulter.What HBO refuses to tell you is cloaked in the text invisible. * This is a biggest episode yet for Dabney Coleman’s character The Commodore. * This is the biggest episode yet for complicated IRS agent Nelson Van Alden. * We learn a lot about Jimmy’s backstory this week. * The episode kicks off with Houdini’s brother. * We’re reminded why they called what Bernie Madoff did what they called it. * Richard “The Phantom” Harrow demonstrates Jimmy recruited the right vet. * The episode ends with Nucky getting his palm read. "Boardwalk" remains the most-watched series currently running on pay cable, and hit an uptick last Sunday:
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST
we need more bush on this show
Nov. 28, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST
...For a DANCING WITH THE STARS or AMERICAN IDOL Talkback...
Nov. 28, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST
Would much rather watch this then anything else after Walking Dead on a Sunday.
Nov. 28, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST
in the last episode. its a decent show, but doesnt really live up to all the hype HBO put out. Makes me wonder about the fate of Throne of Swords.
Nov. 28, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST
...which makes it immediately watchable. And since it's HBO, that hopefully means we'll see her naked, and often.
Nov. 28, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST
Nov. 28, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST
People who think this show is "slow" should go watch TRANSFORMERS. More happens in just oine episode of B.E. than happened in an entire season of SOPRANOS. Heck, last week even contaioned what shouild become one of TV's most classic momnents. "I wasn't going to, but you kinds talked me into it." But one thing is true...those who suffer from ADD will not enjoy the show.
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST
"you talked me into it" is going to become one of those moments a series is remembered for. Fucking amazing. With this and Walking Dead Sundays are great. I'm done with Dexter. That show jumped a shark and a half
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST
...for tonight's episode of THE WALKING DEAD!!!!
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST
Dexter pretty much rapes Boredwalk Empire this season. Lumen rocks.
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST
well i havent read the books because it looks like somethign id have to invest a lot of time in
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
Too expensive for the lack of audience and especially the lack of critical support as the series has gone on. HBO's nothing but disappointed in it.
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
It was renewed for a second season after the first episode.
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST
Sorry, I met beyond that, and there's a good chance the second season will be abreviated. The series cost something like $70 million a season, and the general consensus at the network (among execs not directly associated with its production) is that it's badly cast and poorly written. A glittering, dull disappointment.
Nov. 28, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST
care to provide a link to your assertion? cuz from what i hear, hbo is very happy with the series
Nov. 28, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
The highest-rated pay cable series and Laserhead thinks HBO is disappointed??? Especially with those current ratings on the upswing too? I guess HBO will also be depressed when the Golden Globe nominations are announced too. Here's a show with good writing, characters with growth, plot developments, grounded in reality (unlike DEXTER, which I also like but is completely disassociated from reality)...it just proves that you can't please everyone. As for me, this will be the very first TV series I'll purchase on BD.
Nov. 28, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST
i'll bet you thought the same of the sopranos or the wire or breaking bad am i right? go watch something that you will really peak your interest like a sleazy reality show and leave our smart shows alone
Nov. 28, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
That is all.
Nov. 28, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST
by Raymond Shaw
Everytime I watch this show it makes me realize how much better "The Godfather" would have been if they had cast Don Knotts as Don Corleone.
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST
badly cast?...that's the one thing that is not an issue with Boardwalk Empire...the cast is pretty much perfect...Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Margaret, Jimmy, the guy with the scarred face etc...the problem with the show is that it's not action packed and is a very slow burn...more character driven...I like it but it does drag
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST
that was hilarious. You win the talkback thus far.
Nov. 28, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST
They alone are worth the effort it takes to make this series. The fact that there are many other impressive facets to this show is pure gravy to me.
Nov. 28, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST
...its true! Just like you have inside knowledge..I AM THE INSIDE MAN! and I'm bringing back Carnivale for a 3rd and final season and doing that Deadwood movie thing... then greenlighting the Rome Movie and rebooting the Wire but this time set in LA. cuz every studio head needs one dumb move...now who won't vote me in? Who?
Nov. 28, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST
Just a lot of basement dwellers and guys who have kids and can't do anything on weekends. AM I RIGHT? Show of hands how many guys here have kids...
Nov. 28, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST
Excellent as always. I was expecting to see Rothstein and further escalation with Capone's plotline considering there's only one episode left, but major things happened tonite. Van Alden's murder by baptism was horrific, I'm eagerly anticipating what, if any, consequences will arise from that. Jimmy's mom always gave off a psychopath vibe, the slow poisoning confirmed it. Granted, being a 13-year old hooker (and Nucky was her pimp!) is bound to scar one's psyche.
Nov. 28, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST
...sour patch HBO haters here. The Walking Dead Talkbacks fill up quickly with masturbatory frenzy while the BE talkbacks sputter along with mostly HBO haters chiming in. Speaks volumes of the maturity range of the fans of this website. A total joke. As for both series- BE and WD both started out with a bang- but from there BE got stronger and stronger while Walking Dead turned into laughable garbage right from the second episode. WD is also a poor follow-up to BE for those who watch both shows. I honestly wanted to give up with 15 minutes left of tonight's WD- I can't see me sticking around for season II. A shame that I don't see AMC getting that third masterpiece show anytime soon. Also- this AshokForgiven moron is too stupid to live. I predict this talkbacker having a short life.
Nov. 28, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST
Boardwalk is certainly the better show, but Walking Dead is good fun. And now that it's veering further and further away from the comics, I can't imagine not watching the 2nd season to see how things play out.
Nov. 29, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST
if you want to see a ton of people who dont understand this show at all<p>this is a show for adults and the educated
Nov. 29, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST
To see how Van Alden explains away Sebso's death.
Nov. 29, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST
Wow, yeah let's throw insults at people who actually recognize that HBO isn't the pinnacle of TV anymore. The good shows are all on FX, SHO, and AMC these days. <br><br> "Take it!!!" -Jordan Chase
Nov. 29, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
but the one minute trailer for Game of Thrones was the best tv on last night and no talkback for it?
Nov. 29, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST
I would prefer more about Capone and Luciano, and less about Jimmy's mother and wife for instance, but the series is solid. I do not, however, think it touches David Simon's Treme.
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
I enjoy it's authenticity and everything. But I hate how they cram the same stupid line "yo this aint the real new orleans" every sentence. Oh wow I get it David Simon, you know a lot about New Orleans and are insulted by the tourism there. Cool. Wish he went back to Crime tv or war. The Corner, The Wire and Generation Kill...all compelling. <p> As for Boardwalk, easily the best show on Sunday night right now. Walking Dead is fun but it veers towards crap a lot every week. Some lame moments every episode. And Dexter...uh lol.
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
it's pretty easy to spot them when they have as shitty taste as you.
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
the whole Van Alden-turns-murderer thing was a little weird though.
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST
It's weird, but I think I like various scenes and confrontations between the character more than I like the show's actual storyline. Annabelle's sugar daddy losing his shit over the original "Ponzi scheme", Nucky and Margaret's break up scene, and Nucky and Eli's shouting match, ending with him pointing out that nobody gives a shit about Houdini's brother.
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST
too bad mongoloids like Ashok were busy wanking off to Lost and Dexter every night.
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST
Holy crap, something big happened in like every second scene. SPOILERS: Breakup of Nucky and Margaret (very interested to see where that goes); firing of Nucky's brother (same thing); poisoning reveal of the Commodore and Jimmy's backstory (interesting!); Jimmy's wife is screwed (what happened there, although I was hoping she would jsut go to Paris and be off the series); and finally Van Alden murder scene! Crazy great episode, and one that had me giving a "holy shit!" grunt of surprise every 5 or 10 minutes. Man this series has jsut cranked it up a notch.<br><br>And, I love Walking Dead too, but last night's episode was shit. It was the complete opposite of BE. Basically nothing happened and the characters were pretty much all more annoying than interesting, which is never a good thing.
Nov. 29, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST
I think that may have been the most amazing thing I've seen on television. <br> <br> That went into way more absurd, crazed, violent and avant territory than anything I've seen on The Sopranos or Mad Men. And no one could have pulled that off like Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden. They need to invent new awards to give this man.
Nov. 29, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST
Did they con Angela or were they just douchebags? I'm confused.
Nov. 29, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST
Someone getting drowned in water was the most amazing thing ever to grace television? Joke post?
Nov. 29, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST
I'm a fan of the show but last night's episode was weak...the next to last episode of the season and no Rothstein, Capone etc?...instead they focus on the Commodore?...this show really needs to rethink their strategy for next season or we may be seeing another HBO series cut short...why the hell didn't any of the people at the 'Baptism' stop Van Alden when he was clearly trying to kill Sebso?...the show sometimes moves too slow for its own good...the trailers they showed before the series started showed a whole bunch of guns, violence etc...talk about misleading...they havn't even shown most of those scenes yet and we are up to the last episode...guess they knew they had to dupe the audience into watching and couldn't just show people talking for the entire trailer (which is what Boardwalk Empire has done for most of Season 1)
Nov. 29, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST
...had more violence and action, I don't think I would love it as much. I enjoy the character driven stuff and the fact that they don't spend too much time on the obvious characters like Capone. The only complaint I had was earlier in the season it seemed that every episode needed to have a overtly long and graphic nude scene for no other reason othen then to show off some skin. I like that the last few episodes have kicked that tradition. As for when action and violence does erupt, my goodness is it portrayed with such shocking realism and it always comes off disturbing and jarring to me. The cast is absolutely great, especial Michael Stuhlbarg as Rothstein (it took me a while to realize this was the same dude from A Serious Man). Another small complaint is that the show's storyline can meander a little too much, which can be easy to do with so many characters. I would like to see the writers tell tighter stories in the future. But all in all, I am head over heels for this series. I hope it has a long run on HBO.
Nov. 29, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST
is the casting of perfect character actors to populate that created universe. Too many to list, but the show has a boatload of standout performances and well-written character arcs..... @Titus05, I too was wondering why no one at the baptism stepped in and stopped Van Alden. I hope it wasn't just sloppy writing
Nov. 29, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST
For these times we live in, I fear it's lost on the young. The actors are great, the sets wonderful, the supporting nuanced characters are terrific etc. The shows problem is it doesn't translate well to the audience of today. It doesn't spoon fed it's audience in ways every other show would. You didn't see a scene where Jimmy explains he found the letter the wife left while figuring she would never see him again. The show doesn't have to explain that a white federal agent can openly commit murder in front of a group of non whites and they won't say shit. The show has no character driven verbal narrative going on constantly to spell everything out. It's the subtle nature of BE that for me is a must see every week. The Phantom quietly talking about how to expose the brothers in hiding was magnificent and exemplified subtle, yet horrifying, in spades.
Nov. 29, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST
Oh I don't know. Maybe because he had a fucking gun? Or maybe because he was the fucking police? Maybe because they were shocked and didn't think he would actually fucking kill him? Maybe because they were fucking pacifistic religous observers? Maybe thye had fucking latent, like-minded anti-Semitism? Or maybe, just maybe, it was because they were fucking powerless early 20th century African-Americans who were scared submissive by 200 years of slavery and injustice into acting out against perceived authority? Maybe?
Nov. 29, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
After slowing next week's trailer down...Nucky, Torrie, and Capone meeting. The Phantom with a sawed off double barrel shotgun over someone firing. The commodore healing, aware that "she" was trying to kill him. I would suspect Jillian frames the maid as acting alone. Luciano firing at someone. Capone firing at someone, short range with his new hat on.
Nov. 29, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
AARGGGHH...talk about killing a joke!!
Nov. 29, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST
Just watched the Game of Thrones trailer. It rocked.
Nov. 29, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST
Agree completely on Brotherhood. I've been yelling and screaming for awhile now to anyone who would listen that Brotherhood was Showtime's greatest show by a landslide. And they jerked it. Shorter order second season, shorter order for the third- then the plug was pulled. Thankfully the makers saw the writing on the wall and gave it a solid ending. Dexter though- over and over same fucking plotline. Is it actually different this fucking season? 'Cause seasons 1 through 4 were all the same. Dexter lets a fellow lunatic in and shares his secrets only to have to kill him or her (Ice Truck, Lila, Manuel, Trinity) by the end of the season. Same fucking exact tripe and asses for brains like Ashok keep falling for it and screaming OMFG like WOW like Dexter's totally my #1 and LOL Boardwalk Empire totally Sucks! Also people like Ashok need shows like Dexter where there's a voiceover from the main character to explain everything and every action- because people like Ashok are mentally challenged and need everything slowly spelled out from them. This doesn't fit Harry's code! Dexter just said so! Wow!
Nov. 29, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST
Harrow is hands down the best thing about this series.
Nov. 29, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST
's mom ... or at least her skanky, slutty older sister ?
Nov. 29, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST
Got quite a jolt when he casually suggested murdering members of the D'Alessio family to draw the remaining gang out, but it put to rest any worries I had that the writers might try to make the character "lovable" after his bonding with Margaret last week.<p> Another great ep, can't wait to see what the finale has in store...
Nov. 30, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST
you spit the truth my brotha. Brotherhood was half the Wire and half Sopranos. It balanced politics and crime so well. And Isaacs was a fucking force to be reckoned with. <p> As for Boardwalk. Yeah it definitely doesn't spoonfeed the answers like Dexter has been doing, which is why so many viewers here are so impatient with the series. Maybe it needs a narration from Richard Harrow every episode lol (badass character by the way)
Nov. 30, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST
Because it was 1920's America and they were probably more afraid that the murder would be blamed on them. Ever read about the pre-civil rights era?
Nov. 30, 2010, 11 a.m. CST
Some of us have indeed read and even experienced the pre-Civil Rights era. Yet believe or not people of color were not sheep in those days, afraid to act with moral decency. Believe it or not, they were not paralyzed by fear to the point of helplessness. So do us a favor and don't act like it's completely out of the realm of fucking reason that maybe somebody in the group could have challenged Van Alden.
Nov. 30, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST
Unless you're actually a 50+ African-American I don't think you've "experienced the pre-Civil Rights era." If, however, you actually are a 50+ African-American, shouldn't you better things to do than be on this dumbass site?<p> No one is saying it is out of the realm that someone would have challenged Van Alden. We're just saying it isn't out of the realm that they wouldn't do anything.
Nov. 30, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
It's a little scary to see so many people here trash this show. It's pure quality. Not perfect, but one of the few decent shows left on TV these days.<br /> <br /> Dexter is really pissing me off with the repetition. The writers need to grow some balls already. I thought they had done that by killing off Rita, but then they went back to the same old shit. This season is just a mis-mash of S2, S3 and S4 and it deserves so much better. Dex should have went off code in S2 when he realized Harry was full of shit. They should be in a manhunt for him by now, or even in the trial phase. This show desperately needs an arc. Or at least a new story.
Nov. 30, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST
Only one other show has ever kept me so involved with its great writing (SPARTACUS). B.E. is easily the best drama on television right now, bar none. But it does require the viewer to actually watch and pay attention.
Nov. 30, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
by Ray Garraty #47
Great observation. I can't believe I didn't notice that. Harrow's performance is certainly evocative of J.E. Haley's, and they both certainly have a "mask." At least their characters' personalities don't match. Harrow is all shades of grey with no black or white - everything he says could surprise you with its tenderness or its brutality. Rorschach is black and white only. No surprises. As for the Deitrichs, I don't think they conned Jimmy's wife; she didn't invest any money in the trip, did she? They built up her dreams and gave her hope but realized after Jimmy's assault that they could still lead a Bohemian lifestyle without the threat of Jimmy, and without her son muddling the picture.
Nov. 30, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST
about when he had a full face.