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‘As Long As You Understand Now!!’ Herc Freely Endorses Tonight’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!

HBO says of “Blue Bell Boy”:

After tracking down a liquor thief, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and Owen (Charlie Cox) spend a long night hiding out from the feds with the precocious perp. In his boss’ absence, and with Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) fuming over a late delivery, Mickey (Paul Sparks) overrules Eli (Shea Whigham) to make a routing call that will have far-reaching consequences for Nucky and Gyp (Bobby Cannavale). Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) encounters a familiar face while promoting Dr. Mason’s (Patrick Kennedy) classes at the new women’s clinic at St. Theresa’s. In New York, Lucky (Vincent Piazza) haggles with Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi) over heroin splits, while in Chicago, Capone’s (Stephen Graham) feud with O’Banion (Arron Shiver) heats up when one of his collectors gets roughed up on the South Side. Written by David Stenn; directed by Kari Skogland.

More in the text invisible.

* No Van Alden, Chalky, Harrow, Billie, Sigrid, Gillian or Gaston Bullock Means this week.

* Fans of pay-cable nudity will not have to wait long tonight.

* The “liquor thief” is Roland Smith, the fellow discussed in this season’s second scene.

* The face Margaret encounters is familiar to us as well.

* Someone gets the barstool blues tonight!

* How does it end, spoiler boy? “You’re gonna need to hear it.”

9 p.m. Sunday. HBO

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  • Oct. 7, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Harrow is up there with Al Swearingen and Tony Soprano.

    by Mr Soze

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    And Mike

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    The issue with Harrow now...

    by PDepew2181 how they keep using him. It seems he'll never be able to overcome Gillian's influence on Jimmy and Angela's son, and he seems to serve no purpose otherwise right now. Unless......he goes back to work for Nucky. But after their meeting last week, that doesn't seem like it will happen.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Best show on TV

    by DukeTogo84

    From the previews it looks like tonight is going to be a blood bath. Where is all the discussion?

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I thought for sure that Harrow was going to work for Chalky.

    by Pvt. Duke

    It'd be cool seeing Harrow and Dunn Purnsley working as a team. Or Richard could work for Capone, which would give his character some stability considering Capone is pretty much invincible until 1930. And if Van Alden starts working for Capone, and Richard starts working for Capone... bootleggers across the country would be shitting in their knickers hearing stories of Harrow and Mueller, Capone's creepy button men.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Can't wait...

    by Dancingforever

    The best show on TV is getting ready to deliver the goods again. Harrow by the way is a seasoning to the stew folks. He will be here and there, much like Omar, but he isn't and shouldn't be a main focal point of the narrative. That being said his actions can still have that level of implication. Anyone want to bet if Gyp is fornicating with Billie Kent?

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    This has truly been a great season. The birth of organized crime in the United States.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Once again Margaret drags an episode to a crawl

    by FrodoFraggins

    Just kill her off already.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Best scene was Margaret handing out leaflets on the Boardwalk

    by mypalfish

    Prenatal care is riveting TV. As a whole the ep was pretty good, other than the softcore porn opening, which was 100% unnecessary.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    One of the best episodes of the series, if you ask me.

    by Jackie Boy

    Capone was awesome tonight, his son broke my heart. And it's too bad about the kid, Roland Smith-- really wish we could have seen more of him, that actor was riveting and entertaining as all hell.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    capone was great

    by walt

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    and i understand

    by walt

    didnt get why nucky would put himself in such a situation...till the end

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Another home run!

    by Dancingforever

    Capone was awesome, touching, perfect. I really like where Margret's story is going, and how they are showing that despite her best efforts, the good deeds are going unnoticed. It was also heart breaking to see the female pilot crashed and the obvious effect it had on her. As the season goes along, Margret's story is becoming the most compelling part of the narrative. Great stuff from Owen, Lucky, Roland, and the rest.

  • Stuff we take for granted nowdays were actually very hard to achieve. And given that so many of the people who would benefit from those social changes were the poor, mos tof them immigrants themselves or son of immigrants, to whom the more established WASPs had nothing but disdain and were utterly reluctant to help and change, despite how much they professed to be christians. And like many have said before, Boardwalk empire is a slow boiler type show, things pile up until denouncement. The show doesn't do instant gratifications. Previous seasons had things build up until the climax, and there seems to be no difference in approach for this season. I say, keep it up as it is.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST


    by Dancingforever

    You bring up a great observation that there are subtle hints of criticism toward ultra conservatism in religion. Hearing a lot of the "sanitized" terms being unearthed in the discovery phase of the prenatal care unit was amazing. Margaret's narrative perfectly frames the mindset and attitude of the times in ways the other characters couldn't achieve. This has become especially important in the absence of Angela.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    I understand Margaret's role in the show narrative

    by Itchy

    it does not mean I want to watch her. I've been on the fence but after last night's episode (which I really felt was the first misstep of the season), I really could care less about her. Her high point was the episode where she rescued Nucky's ledger and advised him on how to be gangster ... this season it's like none of that existed. Last night's episode leaned heavily on Margaret and Eli, and suffered as a result. Much rather have scenes with Chalky and Harrow. Eli's story arc was interesting though - he'd have had plenty of motivation to shut his mouth and let Mickey Doyle f-up the operation, but he seemed to really care about trying to help his brother. Interesting.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    This show is firing on all cylinders

    by lv_426

    I think this episode might be my favorite of season 3 so far. I am a little bummed that Nucky didn't end up hiring the kid. I thought for sure he was gonna as a way to fill the gap left by Darmody's demise. Then, again I suppose we've already got enough characters to deal with. Adding another one might be too much at this point. As for Van Alden/Mueller, isn't it looking like he would end up going to work for O'Bannion instead of Capone? That is if he ends up working with some gangsters this season.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I don't have a problem with Margaret

    by lv_426

    I do hope that her storyline stays more in the background a bit this season. I'm ready for all out craziness with Nucky, Gyp, Harrow, Chalky, Van Alden, Eli, Capone, and the boys from New York, Luciano and Lansky.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Back when 'pregnant' was apparently a dirty word

    by Rebel Scumb

    I wanted smack that Nun. I agree with those that Margaret's story is really good, and I think adds some balance to the story, so when Nucky kills the kid at the end it feels more shocking than if the show was just wall to wall murders and gangster stuff. And I agree this was among the strongest they've ever done, stuff with nucky, owen and the kid was especially good. Capone to. Everything was really good actually. Plus more naked Katie! I was worried she was just going to be namedropped this season but not appear.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Dancingforever

    Thank you so much for finally updating us with your opinion. Sad to see you don't like it and I don't want to even think about what the repercussions of this revelation will be. To be honest, watching the show last night, I couldn't get the question out of my head....The critics love it, it has millions of viewers, most agree it's the best thing on TV...but what will ashokforgiven think? I thought, until we know that, everything is really up in the air. Well now we know. Just to satisfy the curiosity of my simpleton mind, could you outline how Dexter is better than Boardwalk Empire? If you could, please focus on characters, set design, and narrative. Also, if it wouldn't be to much, could you give specific examples when the "drivel" is at its highest?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    "subtle hints of criticism toward ultra conservatism in religion

    by mypalfish

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    subtle hints of criticism toward ultra conservatism in religion.

    by mypalfish

    IMO, those hints are as subtle as an anvil over the head, which is why the whole storyline is annoying and disrupts the flow of the show. That part of the show is only there for "social commentary" and not because it's good television.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    it's probably a good idea for them to update us every week in the BE talkback, just in case we still aren't sure what they think. I know I grow very concerned whenever there is a TV talkback for a specific show and the people who hate the show don't chime in to confirm this to me every single week. Afterall many of them took time out of their busy lives to watch the show every week even though they hate it, just to make sure their criticisms are well informed and up to date.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, noon CST

    Capone hit it out of the park - Probably his best ep. yet

    by obijuanmartinez

    And Gyp's a pip...the spider in the center of Tabor Heights

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    You'd think Nucky would have more security.

    by heylookoverthere

    Last week Harrow barges into his office with a gun drawn. This week his brother is waiting for him around that corner. It just seems like anyone who wanted him dead wouldn't have to try that hard. Also Game of Thrones fans, word is they've started filming a certain wedding. I was really hoping it wouldn't happen this season. Oh well.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    heylook, re: GoT

    by Rebel Scumb

    It makes sense though to make that the 9th episode since they're dividing book 3 into 2 Need some sort of climax, and so far GoT has always had their 9th episode each year as the big climax, and then the 10th as an epilogue/wrap up Though it would be great to make the event you speak of the 10th episode and end on a huge shocker

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Dexter, smh

    by RedeyeJedi

    Talk about beating a dead "pile of shit." Steady decline since season 3, don't care what you say, ashokforgiven. This was the best episode of the season 3, easily. Love seeing Joe Masseria finally come into Lucky's life, gonna be interesting seeing that play out.

  • Major shows and films are unwise not to have a compelling female lead because without it you turn off fifty percent of the audience. Furthermore, if the show were only about gangsterism, and was unaware of a deeper sense of morality, then it would feel cheap, like a pulp dime back novel made for thrills. I like the gangster stuff as much as anyone, and part of me wishes the show were purely a murderous pulp gang war kinda story. They certainly tease the audience by placing all these legendary gangster characters in opposition and then not letting them loose on one another. Yet Margaret's character allows the writers to show Nucky's simultaneous yearning for and pushing away of a Christian nuclear family morality, as represented by Margaret, while at the same time displaying class relations and the concerns of the progressive age, a rich thematic which demonstrates the development of modern American in much the same way the show has aimed at since the beginning. So even though Margaret's storyline does tend to take attention away from the more compelling action, I forgive the writers as they are aiming at something more clever than the thrills that accompany a good gang war.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    re: GoT wedding

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    are we sure its the red wedding? because i heard the first wedding occurs episode 8, i dont think theres enough time in between for red wedding to occur directly after this episode also i kinda hope rw is pushed to season 4 just so we can get the proper amount of minor characters involved (dacey, smalljon, greatjon (who i heard isnt in season 3))

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    also this was a good episode of BE

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I wont say I dislike Margaret but here scenes tonight shouldve just been in another episode ps: shouldnt eli had parked the car in the MIDDLE of the road if he really wanted to stop them?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    @heylook: GoT SPOILERS of GIGUNDOTUDE...

    by obijuanmartinez

    But if they didn't do the RWed in this coming season, it would be weakened, given the other BIG deaths, etc. that happen in the 2nd half of Storm of Swords (AKA Season 4 of GoT) - e.g. Joffrey's Wedding, The trial of Tyrion (Doran's combat v. The Mountain), and the death of a very important Lion...not to mention Stannis @ the Wall If people thought Ned's beheading was a gut-punch, they have NO idea what's coming this time...

  • Actors are playing these characters you nimrods. You don't here us talking in the Breaking Bad threads about how upset Walter White must be about not getting his 4th Emmy. Stupid viewers: Yet another reason why Breaking Bad kicks this show's ass.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    award to the dumbest comment of the year goes to

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    the character pretentiousrrdouchebag is playing, since ya know, we cant actually award trolls with awards

  • *facepalm*

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    @Mr itchy

    by albert comin

    I think there is something you might be missing out about "Boardwalk Empire". It is not a gangster show. It is a drama show centered around gangsters and the people around them. The emphasis here is on drama. I think you might be seeing this show from the wrong angle, if you pardon me saying.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    @Mr lv_426

    by albert comin

    The thing about the kid is that he proved to be a liar. He talked a good game, but he was a certified liar and con artist. He would had been a true liability to Nucky's operation and most certainly a turncoat at the first oportunity. In a very cold gangster logic, Nucky did the right thing by him. It's still pretty hard heart thing to see, but this is what's the show about. Still, with all that, we can still see that Nucky still has a place for his brother, even if he uses the "let's talk shop" excuse.

  • His son was not total deaf like in the show. But Capone really took great pains to avoid his son getting involved in his illegal activities, and by all acounts, he was an exemplary father. His son grew up to be a law abiding citizen. Fun fact: Capone's brother, which he barely knew, was a federal agent. How about that?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    @Mr dancingforever

    by albert comin

    That was a masterpiece of sarcasm. It must had been so fun writing it. I owe you a drink for that, pal.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    @Mr mypalfish

    by albert comin

    "Boardwalk Empire" does one social comentary thing. 99% of all the other TV shows don't do that. So i don't think you should be too upset about it, considering it's such a minority example. There's a whole sea made of other TV shows that you can be saved from social comentary, if that so displeases you. Everybody wins.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by Dancingforever

    You could also make an argument that after seeing the discord and confused glances that occurred in the warehouse, Nucky had no choice but to kill him. If he were to let a thief go, it would only further tarnish his reputation and show that he is growing further away from being able to make the tough business decisions. What are your thoughts on who will be revealed as Billie Kent's other suitors? Is Gyp to obvious? Is AR a more realistic suspect?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    @Mr dancingforever

    by albert comin

    My money is on Rothstein. The real life dude was a notorious womanizer.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    boardwalk was great tonight

    by Jared Parker

    if there was any question as to whether nucky was totally evil or passively evil, like tony soprano or vic mackey, there was no questioning after last night's conclusion. i figured he would kill the kid

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Harrow works best as a wild card.

    by DougMcKenzie

    I like how he never really explained why he blasted Manny in the face to Nucky. Simply he just shouldn't align with anybody, just keep him as an avenging angel swooping in to hand out justice as he sees it. Truley would be entertaining in a mob world where people try so hard to keep everything and everyong underthumb and in line (Like Nucky, Lucky, Capone, Masseria, Rothstein, Gyp.) Just have an entity existing that can't be reasoned with or bought off.... almost like a supernatural power... that coudl be coming for you with no notice.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by murphworld

    he did explain to Nucky why he killed Manny. retribution for Angela Darmody. also Nucky knows he has nothing to worry about, "you and Mrs. Thompson, the children.. you've been good to me. you have nothing to fear'

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Tabor Heights

    by untidy

    Shouldn't Gyp be copping a bit more heat in Tabor Heights than we're currently seeing? With all the men dribing the trucks, that brings the total to, what.. 10 or more murders/'accidents' there in the last few weeks, all co-inciding perfectly with his arrival? And yeah Harrow told Nucky straight up Manny was for Angela

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    why are people talking about game of thrones?

    by jsfithaca

    love the show but haven't read the books. and don't wanna get spoiled. anyways that ep was amazing. motherfucking capone. i thought he was done, then he breaks out the barstool. i also hoped that kid would work for nucky, he was a good character

  • I bust a gut laughing. Maybe i felt it was just retribution, because the fact guy who got beat up is one of the few really harmless people in this show, he's such a big child. It was kinda nice to see Capone stick by his guys, accepting nobody's fools gladly, and then he has that heartwarming moment with his kid. Well, as if we didn't knew it already, this episode is proof of what a fantastic actor Stephen Graham is.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    My bad

    by DougMcKenzie

    I just rewatched it and I must have spaced out during that moment. I still enjoy the fact he did it on his own, and under nobody's orders.

  • Amazing how many characters are woven into the story at this point...all the same, even with Chalky, Van Alden and Harrow nowhere to be seen, this week's ep still kicked ass.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Nick Robinson as Rowland Smith

    by Henry Fool

    His only recurring role was on Melissa and Joey but this kid has serious star potential. He had a lot of charisma. His smile reminds me of James Franco but his IMDB pics look more like Justin Bieber.<br /> <br /> Either way, the kid proved he's got presence. The part he played wasn't something that required a lot of range. We'll have to wait and see how much depth he has as an actor. But he glided through the episode on pure charisma and shined in the process. It'll be interesting to see what he does next. A lot of Hollwood's elite watch this show and his performance was definitely an eyebrow raiser.