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‘Can I Ask You Something??’ Hercules Loves Tonight’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!

HBO says of “Sunday Best”:

Episode #31:
On Easter Sunday, Eli looks to get back in Nucky’s good graces at a Thompson family reunion. While Richard and Tommy (Brady and Connor Noon) spend the day as guests of the Sagorskys, Gillian stays at home and makes a sacrifice to improve her future. In New York, after dinner and prayers, Gyp heads downtown in search of a blessing – from Joe Masseria. Written by Howard Korder; directed by Allen Coulter.

More in the text invisible.

* Tonight begins with an easter egg and a song made famous by Richie Havens.

* Just in time for Halloween, tonight’s episode deals with how many of the series’ characters deal with Easter dinner.

* Arnold Rothstein does not appear this week. Nor does Meyer, Benny, Nelson, Chalky, Capone, Luciano, Leander, Harry Daugherty, Esther Randolph, Gaston Means, Andrew Mellon or Billie Kent.

* Nucky spends Easter with Margaret and the kids.

* Harrow’s scenes this week are some of his best ever.

* Gillian’s scenes are perhaps the least wholesome, facilitating the episode’s requisite pay-cable nudity.

* Margaret somehow doesn’t spend even a moment this week discussing women’s health issues.

* The scenes depicted in the two clips play better in context.

* Buscemi demonstrates tonight a talent I did not know he possessed.

* Gyp’s trip to church made me laugh aloud.

* How does it end, spoiler boy? Gillian finally achieves some closure.


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  • Oct. 28, 2012, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by NotaGeekbutLovedStarWars

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes you are all my bitches!

    by NotaGeekbutLovedStarWars

    Love the show btw, a gentleman of my years will always be under lead's spell after his turn in reservoir dogs.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    i like this show but it's boring as shit

    by georgecauldron

    i never remember what happens because it all blends together.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Clone

    by DukeTogo84

    Guessing Gillian kills off the Jimmy double and plays it off that it's Jimmy, so the estate goes to his son.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    how many episodes has chalky been in this year?

    by jsfithaca

    like one? ridiculous. also needs more capone, torrio and rothstein. more luciano/lansky/benny is also always great. i thought killing off jimmy angela and the commodore would give these characters more screen time. however now even eli and van alden ave been diminshed! at least it seems like tonight will be a big episode for eli. and duketogo84 that would be crazy

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by Rhuragh

    I'm thinking the same thing as duketogo84. Gillian kills Jimmy's clone with a headshot. Passes the body off as Jimmy. And yeah, there are so many fantastic characters that I want to see more of, yet they don't have time to do that. It's so sad. I want more Billie Kent, dammit! Particularly since the synopses that Herc posted a weekend or two ago made it seem like she wouldn't be around for very long. (And if you think that's a spoiler, you're a jackass. That is CLEARLY the implication of Eddie's comment/insult asking Billie if she knew anything about Lucy Danzinger. "Lucy Danzinger. Ever heard of her? The next one won't know a goddamn thing about you either." That quote, btw, makes it very obvious that Paz de la Huerta probably won't be back on the show either.)

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Has there ever been an episode you didn't love?

    by Coughlins Laws

    You rave about every single episode. Kind of like the boy who cried wolf. Don't believe you anymore.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Last week's felt like a treading water episode

    by I am_NOTREAL

    With the exception of Gillian's incredible fucked-uppedness. The plot did advance, but only incrementally. Just seemed mostly like loitering.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Hope this fookin hurricane doesn't cause a power outage tonite

    by Steve Giunta

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I guess what I mean is

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Last episode felt like about 20 minutes of story stretched out over the better part of an hour. It was not without consequence. But it was one of few times I've considered the "nothing happens in this show" complaint even remotely valid. Could be that the breakneck pace of the season's first four weeks set me up for a letdown.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    thats because every episode of this show is amazing. also i liked last weeks episode. i thought it was margarets best subplot in awhile

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Harrow with the gallows humor.....

    by sauronthepowerful


  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    he hits you???

    by sauronthepowerful

    Wonder what would've happened had she said 'yes.'

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    This is by far the best season

    by professorjack

    If it wasnt for Margaret Schroeder it would be a perfect show.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Easter Sunday at The Artemis Club

    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Gretchen Mol: actress of the year

    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Gillian Dharmody: Wordsmith Extraordinaire

    by sauronthepowerful

    With some serious denial issues

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    The drunk guy was wise to listen.....Harrow...the man

    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Wow.....Buscemi can juggle?

    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Uh....yeah.....alrighty Gillian?

    by sauronthepowerful

    Cathardic way to say goodbye to Jimmy?????

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Gillian got some 'sprainin to do......

    by sauronthepowerful

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    That first clip

    by Steve Lamarre

    ha ha great stuff

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Wow, I love this fucking show.

    by Tim

    Another great one. Best season yet. Can't really think of a show that had THIS many deep, fascinating characters.

  • My girlfriend was shocked when I told her who it was. Googled it to make sure.

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Was that Lloyd Kaufman?!

    by Michael Foulke

    I swear the guy who took the picture of Richard, Tommy and Richard's girl at the carnival was Lloyd Kaufman. Did anyone else notice that?

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST

    I love NOT seeing certain characters each week....

    by DrFever

    ..if there isn't a need for them to be there, don't jam them into the show. While it's a different animal True Blood sometimes suffers from doing just that. They have some many people in so many places you end up getting 4-5 minutes of each character and that's it! Margaret was a real piece of work. She opens up to Eli's wife "oh Nucky cheats on me" after getting more Owen cock last week. It will be interesting to see how Fake Jimmy's death is handled. Richard will know it's not him and word of his death will reach Nucky & Eli. But how many others would really know it wasn't him dead in that tub? I can't wait to see how Micky reacts to Eli being his partner now. ""How the fuck are you still alive?".......Could the Doyle Death Watch be near an end?

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Great episode

    by tye dye mann

    For once my favorite scene was a Margaret one. The scene between her and June, who has been played solidly by that actress in all five minutes of screen time she's had in the show, was wonderful. THAT'S how you get across the plight of the average woman in the twenties without bringing the show to a screeching halt.

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by tye dye mann

    That, plus she now has a body to declare. Money money money!

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Margaret sounds like Maggie from Caddyshack

    by mypalfish

    That's all I need...

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Gyp's getting tiresome, fast.....

    by sauronthepowerful

    I love how they replaced a conflicted, multidimensional, multifaceted, nuanced character study in Jimmy with a cliche, pseudo racist, redundant, caricature in Rosetti.<p> First couple of episodes I was intrigued, now it's becoming readily more apparent that Pitt was unexpectedly written off the show due to his difficult nature.<p> Anyone who thinks Rosetti was a preplanned, natural course of events in some sort of multiseasonal grand storytelling visionary arc envisioned by the writers when watching the show's pilot isn't dealing with reality.<p> Rosetti is the show runners trying to make us all forget about 2 seasons of Jimmy by replacing him with a completely over the top nemesis for Nucky.<p> Still enjoy the show however..........

  • Fucking life.

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    is that james cromwell in next weeks preview?

    by jsfithaca

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    How can this show...

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Be both boring and awesome at the same time? Gyp yelling at Jesus, Richard being humble and baddass, Gillian being all hot and evil, Juggling! Capital!

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    There'«s nothing boring at all about Boardwalk Empire.

    by albert comin

    Any of you who think so, you should schedule a visit to ypour family doctor for urgent treatment of ADD. Hell, even ADD is no justification for being bored about BE.

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    @franky 5 fingers

    by jim

    Don't forget: he'll grow up with the official story of his father's death being a heroin overdose in a bathtub. Despite how much of the truth he may learn, he'll still have to deal with that at least as public perception.

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    You shouldn't wish "Rome"'s fate on any show.

    by Phimseto

    Between that and Deadwood, HBO's early shitcanning of both those shows drove me away from the company. It's why I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop with "Game of Thrones". Rome's first season was spectacular. Rome's second season was fucking maddening because they were just blowing through awesome source material in an effort to put their whole story on the screen. It's too bad. Had Rome had its full three seasons, it would have been one of the best shows ever. Instead, it was just an expensive footnote in HBO's library.