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‘I Think We’re Gonna Stick Around A While!!’ Herc’s Seen Tonight’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!

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HBO says of “Bone For Tuna”

Disturbed by a recent nightmare and Billie’s absence, Nucky reluctantly joins Margaret to receive a high honor from the Church. Meanwhile, Gyp makes a deal with Nucky for a onetime liquor shipment, though the mobster’s longtime intentions remain very much up in the air. Van Alden regrets trying to socialize with his co-workers; Margaret takes her women’s-clinic pitch to a higher authority; Lucky and Meyer (Anatol Yusef) protect their investments; Richard sets the record straight with Mickey, and with Nucky. Written by Chris Haddock; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

Notes in invisotext:

* No Chalky this week!

* Gillian Darmody is back this week, and we learn who’s bankrolling her whorehouse.

* There’s a surprising sequence that could remind more than a few people of “The Godfather Part II.”

* No Billie Kent nakedness this week, but another recurring actress proves eager to oblige.

* It’s a tough week for Van Alden’s shirt this week. (Don’t these people know they’re dealing with Zod??)

* How does it end? “Well, you’re not alone anymore, are you?”

9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.

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  • Sept. 30, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Kinda miss Jimmy that Mother Fucker

    by Mr Soze

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I'm sure this will be better than last night's Doctor Who...

    by PDepew2181

    ...that episode is going to be my Macho Grande.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Richard sets the record straight with Mickey

    by DrFever

    How are you still alive?

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Yay more Bugsy!

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    If Harrow kills Doyle I'll love him even more.

    by heylookoverthere

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by DukeTogo84

    From the preview, I'm guessing it's one of those two Tabor Heights cops that gets burned alive tonight. As for the actress that gets naked? I'm guessing Gillian. Well see I guess. Love this show and hopefully it gets picked up for a 4th season soon.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    actress thats naked

    by jsfithaca

    please be gillian!

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    No Homeland talkback?

    by Epsilon

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Herc, I think you are mistaken

    by Wax Rhapsodic

    In the invisotext, you mention The Godfather Part II. Having seen the episode early, pretty sure the call back involves papal honors in Part III.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Harrow is this show's Omar

    by Sean

    He's the one man army, the man with no country. The scarred man.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Harrow and Nucky was great TV...

    by mypalfish

    and then to follow that scene with whiny and grating Margaret...ugh.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Gyp is a fucking lunatic

    by Behemoth

    There's no way he makes it through the season. Quite honestly, it's almost too much how nuts he is. Can't imagine how someone could act that way and make it as far as he's apparently made it. Still, "Bone for Tuna" was classic and quite funny. How this guy consistently misinterprets everything is extremely humorous and unsettling at the same time.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Great episode!!!

    by DukeTogo84

    Where is all the talkback? Great fucking epsiode and I'm loving Gyp. Next week looks to be a bloodbath and I'm loving this show.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    every scene with gyp puts me on edge

    by jsfithaca

    love it

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    bone for tuna....greatest line ever

    by walt

    harrow is a killing machine....nucky will not eff with him gyp is a psycho and will not, cannot last the season bugsy siegel made it cuz he was connected and really only lost it when threatened i dont get nucky's obsession with the actress

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Another great one, and best of the season so far

    by Rebel Scumb

    Gyp, while not a replacement for Jimmy was a smart move for the writers, as he is very compelling. The show seems to be running fine Loved how Margaret maneuvered that dick from the hospital into the conversation with the bishop. Nicely played. I wish the 'I got guns! evra-budys got gunz!!' moment hadn't been in all the trailers. I was expecting it in the premiere, now we're 3 in and it still hasn't happened, but every time they go to that gas station I keep waiting for it.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    The problem with Gyp

    by Itchy

    is that his barely contained psychopathic tendencies and his propensity to go from calm to killing in seconds at a perceived slight have already been done. By Pesci. And as for Nucky's obsession with the actress, I think it has to do with the fact she's fucking adorable. I've loved every second of this season. Every scene is worth something so far. Can't wait to see how it builds.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Nuchy's Office Scene...(spoilers)

    by DrFever

    ....with Richard & Doyle was amazing. Before that when Micky was begging for his life I thought for sure he was going to die. BUT NO! Doyle does it again. THE DOYLE DEATH WATCH LIVES! Richard's quote: "Jimmy was a soldier, He fought, he lost." That might be what Nuck needs to hear to get past Jimmy.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The "Pine Barrens" reference tonight was fantastic

    by Itchy

    didn't catch it verbatim, but something like if Nucky wanted to take the backroads to New York , he'd be wandering around lost in the Pine Barrens. Hilarious shout out to the single best Sopranos episode.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Took me so long to finally watch Boardwalk Empire...

    by Dranem

    But after my first few episodes I was hooked and watched the whole first season in one weekend. Season 2 was great, and this one is shaping up very nicely so far. I'd still say Breaking Bad is my favorite, but this and Game of Thrones are 1A and 1B. Dexter is still fun to watch but I hope they kick it up a notch this season. So many good series on right now and they always seem to start up as one ends. I feel very spoiled with so much good TV on.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    @drfever ... (more spoilers)

    by Itchy

    what I loved about that scene was that it showed Harrow's ability to play the long game. He knew Nuckey would eventually find who killed Manny, and if he found out on his own, Harrow would be a target. Instead, he essentially confesses, forces a detente (and perhaps something more) with Nucky, and claims credit for the hit to increase his standing as a badass. Where Harrow goes this season is very interesting ... does he stick with Gillian to watch after Angela's son ? does he spy on Gillian for Nucky ? Is he doing his own thing ? Harrow is the one free agent everyone seems to respect, so he could end up being the most important character in the show.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    "I got guns" line was in Episode 2, Rebel Scum

    by Behemoth

    It was also in the "previously on BE" bit this week. Whatsamattawitchoo?

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    rebel scumb: "Everybody's got guns"

    by Regenhund

    ...was from last week's episode when Owen and Eli are trying to get the booze to New York.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by DexterMorgan

    Steve Buscemi also directed the Pine Barrens episode. Apologies if you already knew that.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Knew that ....

    by Itchy

    the whole mention was funny. Even my wife, who never catches those throwaway references, knew instantly what they were talking about. If they had tossed in a cameo with Vitali Baganov walking around in the background of a scene, it would have knocked the Community 3-episode "Beetlejuice" gag as the best inside joke in modern tv history.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    One thing I don't get

    by heylookoverthere

    They made a point of how the only road from AC to NYC was through Tabor Heights and that one would probably need gas to complete the trip. Gyp leaves for NYC and then later that night Nucky does the same. So how do Nucky/Eddie not come across either Rosetti or the charred remains of the Tabor Heights sheriff on the way to New York?

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    any scene with Margaret kills all the momentum

    by Titus05

    why is the show so obsessed with her?...please give her a few episodes off...unbelievable that Chalky, Capone etc only show up every 2-3 episodes while we have to suffer through Margaret watching airplanes, talking to the Bishop, talking to the doctor every week

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    So many riveting scenes...then there's Margaret

    by mypalfish

    Phantom, Nucky, Gyp were all part of really riveting scenes. Then Margaret and that annoying accent comes on and grinds the show to a halt. I like Jimmy's mom, I liked Jimmy's wife...both were interesting characters and both actresses gave/give strong performances. But MacDonald is just awful in her part, imo. Richard is better without having to take care of the kid, imo.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    Hadn't thought of the Tabor Heights inconsistency... Also, it's true that every Margaret scene is a pure momentum stopper.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Let Boardwalk Empire be Boardwalk Empire

    by 2for2true

    Put Margaret on a short leash, cut Richard Harrow free to deal death from the top of the deck, put Nucky between the sheets with Billie, and let's have an all-out war with Lucky, Lansky, Capone and Gyp. Speaking of which, it looks like Capone plays heavy in next week's episode, and goddammit, I'm so ready for him.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Everyone was rockin'

    by David Duchovny

    and then the filler that is margaret and the catholics shows up. worst filler ever in a show. jesus wept it's bad.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Margret was at her best in the first or second episode of season two

    by heylookoverthere

    When she pretended to be pregnant and stole Nucky's ledger and cash back. That scene where she gave it back to him and encouraged him was great. I was hoping she would end up becoming almost an adviser to Nucky (kept in the dark as much as possible about the violence.) Then the church/polio thing happened. On well. I hope they do something interesting with Teddy at least eventually. In season two when Al Neery is trying to convince Flemming to join in on the plot against Nucky he says that anyone who doesn't go along will be lucky to sweep the boardwalk with a broom and dustpan. I just read that in the season three premier you can see former ward boss Al Boyd working as a boardwalk janitor. Nice touch that I never would have noticed cause he was such a minor character.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Really solid season so far

    by skycrapper

    I'm even interested in Van Alden - Muller.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Something to think about in regards to margret..

    by Dancingforever

    As well written as the show is, and compelling as all the other characters are, and as smartly written as all this is, be patient. Just try to imagine that maybe this is all building to something that will be very satisfying and relevant to the story. The common lust for instantaneous gratification must be checked at the door when this show plays. I wouldn't be surprised to see margret do something shocking this season that trumps all the other characters story lines.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    another great episode from a great show

    by albert comin

    And this guy Gyp is just unbelievable! As Nucky said, a bouquet can insult him! He's a total lunatic. But he's a smart lunatic. And absolutly ruthless. And violent like nobody else. I'm ashamed to admit i only got the "bone for tuna" thing after i watched the show and repeat it in my mind for a time. For those who haven't got it yet, say it but in an italian accent. And yes, again Harrow proves to bge one of the best characters in the show. Jack Huston kills in the show (pardon the pun). Truly the man doesn't shame the legacy of his name, the grandson of John Huston knows his business.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    itchy re: Pesci

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm sure this must be cinema blasphemy, but as one of the only movie fans in the world who doesn't particularly like Goodfellas, I actually think the guy playing Gyp / the BE writing of Gyp do that losing the temper bit a lot better than Pesci in Goodfellas It was actually one of the many things that irritated me in GF, where as I think it's pitch perfect in this show. Everyone may no proceed to throw rotten eggs at me!

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    guns line

    by Rebel Scumb

    was it? Oh jeez I must be losing my marbles these days if I missed that. maybe from having pre-seen it so many times in the previews my brain just cancelled out the memory

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    Well I've said it before, I really enjoy MacDonald and the character I think she grounds the show But I also don't see it as a purely gangster show, just a show about the era, that happens to have a lot of gangsters in it.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    @itchy in regards to Pesci

    by Tim

    Tommy and Nicky, Pesci's two famous insanely tempermental characters, both characters seemed much smarter than Gyp. At least they had respect for certain people. Also, when he wasn't stabbing people in the neck with pens, Pesci's characters seemed like they'd be cool to hang out with as long as you were cool with them. Gyp, on the other hand, would be some of the worst possible company.

  • *I didn't understand a word of that, but it was beautiful.* I'm waiting for the moment til Gyp blows up the little diner in Tabor Heights solely for the offense of serving sub-par spaghetti and meatballs. Either that, or he'll buy the place and turn it into an italian restaurant and use it as his personal base of operations/office like so many cliche mob movies have the don sitting in a booth at their own restaurant.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying Gyp is the same as a Pesci character ...

    by Itchy

    just that that element has been done in mob movies ... a guy who goes to laughing and happy to murderous almost instantaneously and with little provocation. I do agree, though - Gyp is entertaining because his idiocy and his insecurity are so intertwined in his violence, inventing slights to justify his murderous rage.

  • she is representative of the american dream, even if she had to marry into it the dream with all its flaws we also get bits of historical references through her like the institution of prenatal care....which, although taught in med schools, was not instituted in the majority of hospitals and im sure not one of you fucktards knew that you probably thought that med care was just bad because of ignorance the harrow exposing himself to nucky was a bit problematic

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I rather liked Margaret's bits this episode. Not sure about Gyp yet. It's pretty easy to create the sort of character we've seen so far. The trick is in fleshing him out in a way that makes him really believable. The show has a pretty good track record in this regard, but Gyp is going to be a tough one.

  • Yeah. Why don't you add that to the list of shit I don't give a fuck about when I'm watching a show about gangsters.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    pretentious-rr-douchebag its not a show about gangsters

    by walt

    bet you hated the sopranos when there wasnt any whacking or tits

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    How is it "ignorant" to not like the character of Margaret?

    by mypalfish

    Truthfully, I've never thought much about the history of prenatal care, but to have a whining, hectoring nag like Margaret championing it just makes the storyline unbearable. I don't remember hating the character when she was first introduced, but something happened last season that made her incredibly shrill and grating, imo. Maybe it's just the way Macdonald says "prenatal care" with that fake accent, lol...

  • this season prenatal care in the 1920's...earlier it was women voting...polio etc

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    The Tabor Heights inconsistecy

    by untidy

    heylookoverthere and phimseto, I don't really see that as a problem at all. Nucky was a good hour or 2 behind, Gyp would have been long gone and the corpse along with him. Even though Gyp's a complete lunatic, I imagine leaving the corpse of a nobody by the side of a quiet road that no-one could place you at (ep 1) is quite different to leaving the charred corpse of the local sheriff whom you've just burnt alive lying in the middle of main street, with quite a few people knowing that you would have been there around that time.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Margaret absolutely slows the show down to a crawl

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    And Gyp is a great character and actor

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

    is anybody else starting to feel sorry for Van Halden? Sorry, George.

    by albert comin

    The man has a lot of characteristics that i find irritating, even offensive (his religious fundamentalism, his holy-then-thou attitude), but he has been such a victim of humiliations one after the other he's now the resident butt-monkey. And his new wife truly loves him, so she must be seeing something in him we don't. Also, this new episode made me realise that Van Halden's new wife is actually quite an hottie. Her nude scene was a pleasant welcome.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I guess we'll see in the next episode if Gyp left the charred body or not.

    by heylookoverthere

    Gyp's "I think we'll stick around for a while" suggests to me that he was going to remain in Tabor Heights and harass Nucky. When I heard Nucky tell Eddie they were going to New York I thought "oh, maybe he's gonna have a confrontation with Gyp after all." It was probably just a case of bad editing. Was Nucky "indisposed" as Gyp was leaving because he was at the church function? or because he was already supposed to have left for New York?

  • So Nucky was always ahead of Gyp.