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Hercules Says The Nelson Van Alden Fans Will Love Tonight’s BOARDWALK As Much As He!!

I love Nelson Van Alden in tonight’s episode!

HBO says of “The Pony”:

Episode #32:
Gillian (Gretchen Mol) makes her peace with Jimmy’s death, though not with Nucky (Steve Buscemi), as Gyp (Bobby Cannavale) arrives to play ally. Working off his debt to O’Banion (Arron Shiver), Van Alden (Michael Shannon) attends a meeting with Capone (Stephen Graham) and Torrio (Greg Antonacci); later, after a workplace meltdown, he considers Sigrid’s (Christiane Seidel) case for staying put versus resuming a life on the lam. With help from Gaston Means (Stephen Root), Nucky pays an unscheduled visit to Andrew Mellon (James Cromwell), offering the Treasury Secretary a recommendation and a business proposal. Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) makes a stand on birth control; Nucky and Owen (Charlie Cox) shop for a birthday pony; Billie (Meg Chambers Steedle) eyes a future on the silver screen, to Nucky’s chagrin. Written by Terence Winter and Howard Korder; directed by Tim Van Patten.

More in the text invisible.

* The episode begins with that casket in the promo. Richard Harrow’s first line in the promo is in that first scene.

* Gyp turns up unusually late in the episode. Rothstein even later.

* Chalky sits another episode out. So does Doyle. Lucky’s in, but if memory serves Lucky’s Jewish partners are not.

* Van Alden owes O’Banion thanks to O’Banion’s help disposing of Sigrid’s victim.

* Mrs. Shearer, the miscarriage lady, proves full of surprises.

* Julianne Nicholson’s back as Naked Esther!

* Stephen Root continues to crack me up. The witty Gaston Means, like Gyp Rosetti, remains one of the most enjoyable additions this season.

* Good line: “Things were rather tense last time.”

* Van Alden does not disappoint at his meeting. I love Nelson this week. You will too.

* The action this week does not shift for the first time to California. The filmmakers are in Queens.

* “Then our intercourse is concluded.”

* This is the latest episode to defy those who claim nothing ever happens on this show.

* How does it end, spoiler boy? Memorably, on the Boardwalk.


9 p.m. Sunday.  HBO.

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  • Nov. 4, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Van Alden

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    Looks like payback time in the sales office...

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Wonder how Jimmy would have dealt with Gyp.

    by Mr Soze

    Harrow shotgun to the face.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    What debt does van Alden owe o'bannion?

    by Amfpsych

    I though VA basically saved his life when he stumbled into the flower shop when Capone was there.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    O'Bannion is going to dispose of the dead Treasury Agent for Van Alden. You gotta assume disposing of a dead body is a bigger debt than lying to a couple of hitmen.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Thanks Rob

    by Amfpsych

    Totally forgot about him and the misses killing that guy

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    It woulda been cool to see what Easter is like at the White household

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    As good as the season's been, I admit, I felt last week's episode missed a big opportunity to continue focusing on Chalkie's domestic situation.

  • And, as we saw a couple of episodes ago, Gyp too is quite prosperous in the beef department.

  • he's barely been in any of the episodes since Nucky tried to have him killed...looks like we won't be seeing much of his revenge against them until the final 2 episodes

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I don't understand this sentence

    by heylookoverthere

    The action this week does not shift for the first time to California. The filmmakers are in Queens.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Richard is going to lay waste to the Rosetti gang.

    by Pvt. Duke

    I think it's next week where Rosetti's goons overrun Gillian's joint, presumably to rile Nucky and Lucky. But Rosetti is clearly too dumb to see Richard as any more than some wiry, half-face "caretaker." Advantage: Richard. ****SPOILER**** And the final line in the episode write-up for the penulimate episode (they didn't release the finale description), it simply says "Richard loses his house privileges." I hope that's an understated way of saying "Richard makes it rain."

  • Fuck I can't wait.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    AWESOME season so far...

    by jay2517

    ...the only negative (which its really not) is the *imma gonna keel'em awlll* acting of Gyp. BUT, it is set in the early stages of immigration. i love the Gyp character though :) BTW- WHY (???) do tb'ers obsess over his penis? its....a penis. i have one, and other dudes do too lol. anyway...

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by LordBond

    ...who thinks that the show could completely do away with the character Chalky White and nothing would change. He has added next to nothing to the storyline and certainly doesn't deserve his name in the credits week after week. I can't help thinking that he's there purely because he was so freaking awesome in The Wire. Chalky's a good character, but his every appearance feels crowbarred in.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    jay2517 - to be fair ...

    by Itchy

    most talkbackers haven't seen their penis poking out from under their gunts in 20 or more years.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Hellooo, General Zod

    by BizarroJerry

    Methinks Mr. Mueller is gonna make a fine villain in Man of Steel.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Can't help but feel Owen is BE's Furio

    by Jackie Boy

    I don't see things ending well with the whole Margaret affair.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Esther wasn't naked

    by DukeTogo84

    Overall a great episode. Bye Bye Billie. Blown to tiny bits.

  • unless she's with Nucky.

  • Also, it looks like Al Capone is having thoughts about sending his boss off to an early retirement??

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    lol at Nucky winning a fight - well the guy was drunk so I guess

    by FrodoFraggins

    But Nucky is just an ugly, weasel with zero intimidation factor.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    tritium...that scene with Capone & Torrio

    by PDepew2181

    It foreshadows Torrio's retirement, to be sure. But that retirement doesn't come from Capone.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Van Alden.....channeling his inner zod, gotta love it

    by sauronthepowerful

    When the guy was crying onscreen like a whiny b&tch.....priceless

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    So the overly perky cartoon-like chick is gone.

    by KongMonkey

    Whats wrong, Gus? You're annoying, thats whats wrong. Sweet dreams Miss Crispy.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Ok i love Boardwalk Empire BUT..

    by ndally

    WAY too many characters and not enough time spent with the best. I know Nucky is a main character or THE main character but I don't find him threatening or dangerous AT ALL. Not every character needs to be Tony Soprano but Nucky just isn't interesting enough to carry this show which is why they need all the secondary characters. They could have had a much better TV show if Nucky were played by someone who is intimidating and charismatic. I love Steve busecmi but having him as the lead character was a misstep. I find myself rooting for Gyp and Richard. Gyp is evil but I like his character and want him to succeed. I shouldn't feel that way about an antagonist. Steve Bucsemi is great at certain type of roles but being the man in charge isn't his strong suit. He has about 6 or 7 different modes of expression and acting. When you look at Jon Hamm or James Gandolfini you can sense what's going on behind those eyes because every movement they make informs their characters. With how Nucky is portrayed I don't feel any subtlety what so ever with his character. Al Pacino played Michael Corleone in such a way that you knew he wasn't physically imposing but he had an icy look in his eyes that screamed intimidation. That's what Nucky needs. The main characters are the least interesting and the more I type in this here comment the more I wonder how much I really do love this show since I find so much to complain about.

  • I want to see Gyp live into next season...he is one of the most memorable gangster characters to ever grace the small or big screen...hope they don't feel the need to make him a 1 season villian and have him killed off in the season finale

  • but it ended with a bang!

  • Just basically playing a modern day version of Gyp

  • It feels like it draws many of the most appealing elements from both shows and all 3 are my top 3 shows on tv right now

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Capone and Torrio

    by Itchy

    I read that scene a little differently. To me, it was Torrio essentially handing over his reigns to Capone .... telling him, it's your situation, I trust you do whatever you think is best. One of the great things about Capone in this series is that he shows a real sentimental side, and he loves Torrio.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Billie Kent

    by Itchy

    Seriously - she was one annoying character. However, I can't blame Nucky for being balls deep in that - she's a piece.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    @Mr itchy

    by albert comin

    Capone's portait in this series might just be the most accurate depiction of who really was like in any work of fiction ever. One thignthey got very right is not only his very violent side but also he was a father to his men and he treated those who showed loyalty to him very well. But he had no tolerance for those who betrayed him. Also, remarkable for his time, he accepted people other then italians working for him. He didn't descriminate by etnicity but by loyalty. And by all account he was an examplery and kind father, and he raised his kid to be a kind and law abiding citizen, and he was very sucessful in that. One fun fact i have never seen portaited in a fictional work is that Capone's oldest brother was a federal agent (but they barely knew each other as the older brother left the family when Capone was still very young and they never atempted to rekindle).

  • It was a really close call, and scared him so much he abdicated from all his crime dealings and retired to Sicily to live the rest of his life there, ocasionally showing up as adviser, as consiglierie and to set up meetings between crime organization. Also, he was much younger then depicted in the series, Torrio left the life of crime in his late 30s, if i'm not too mistaken. But i love what they did in Boardwalk Empire, an older actor gives a master-pupil dinamic between Torrio and Capone, which in fact was how it happened. Torrio was also one of the few people that Capone truly loved, he viewed him as a father.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    itchy- touche'!!

    by jay2517

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Billie was a piece..

    by rapscallion86

    now shes in pieces.. BWAHA

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    billies profile..

    by celebritydave

    very minnie mouse with that weird nose. she had a fuckable quality though im with the other dude on here - i fast forward a lot of margerets scenes. i just couldnt give a flying fuck about her plight. mark my words - there will be no pay off for all the boring hsit shes done this year

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    the actress who plays Margaret is pregnant in real life...

    by Titus05

    so most likely her pregnancy will be written into the the payoff to the Women's Health story will be Margaret getting pregnant with either Owen or Nucky's kid...major letdown!

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I second the "Esther Wasn't Naked" vote...what the hell?

    by HapaPapa72

    This episode really made me reconsider flapper dames of the 20s and how they might have actually been more annoying than I originally imagined. I'm kinda digging Van Alden's wife, for some weird reason. Loved George Mueller's "resignation" from work. Every time they made fun of him, I always remembered that ferocious bitch-slap he gave a fellow Fed in Season 1... I can't believe it, but I'm actually excited to see what happens with Van Alden.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Margaret's sublot has made me hate Scottish people

    by David Duchovny

    If there are any of you on here, stay the fuck away from me. Also, William Wallace was a pussy.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    They're Irish, retard.

    by Sardonic

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Kelly Mcdonald is Scottish, if that makes him any less of a retard.

    by heylookoverthere

    I wonder how Van Alden expects to avoid getting arrested for ironing that dude. His wife's plan of "lets sell booze to norweigens" doesn't really address his main problem...

  • Gyp needs to go too, regardless of history. Otherwise we've got an entire series about a dumbass who lets morons overtake him.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by ParagonComplex

    I figured Gyp would kill Ms Kent the moment Gyp started having problems with Nucky, but I never imagined it would be in such spectacular fashion. I marked out for Mueller going ape shit. I loved the slow build up ever since he was shown this season. Great stuff. Probably the best episode of the series yet.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    This is the best show on TV right now.

    by Ryan Dawson

    The rich characters, the attention to historical detail, the labyrinthine plot where violence and treachery lurk around every corner, the cinema level quality, fueled by a unique American gangster style infused with high Shakespearean drama of a very high caliber; I don't know how you do much better than this show. Actually I do, air two hours a week, not one. And never take a break.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    an apt description marvelousd

    by Rebel Scumb

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    As great as this season has been....

    by RockLobster800

    ...and believe me, it's been my favourite so far, they have sign posted a lot of the plot early on. I couldn't second guess season 2 at all, and was genuinely shocked when they killed Jimmy. Didn't think they'd have the balls. But this season...It was really obvious that Rossetti would hook up with Gillian to take down Nucky. You knew from their first meeting, and it was set in stone the second Gyp decided that he would bang the red headed waitress (showing he had a thing for red-heads). You knew the second Gillian met the Jimmy look-a-like that she was going to use him to "fake" Jimmy's death. It was pretty obvious that Bllie wouldn't survive the season, and that Gyp would play a part in it, though I'll sure miss her. The actress is cute as a button and I loved the character. Don't get the hate here for her at all. Though I do love me some manic pixie dream girl, and she was essentially Boardwalk's version of that. And I'd say it's guaranteed that Harrow will take down Rossetti and maybe even Gillian. He already dislikes her for not telling the kid about his real mum, he's clearly pissed that Jimmy's memory is being sullied, his meeting with Gyp seemed to reek of foreshadowing...I'd say Nucky brings him in to take care of business, Harrow takes out Gyp and Gillian, starts a relationship with that broad from last week and then retires off to raise the kid with her, keeping the memory of Jimmy and Angela alive (with a nice paycheque from Nucky probably. Maybe even the guaranteed income thing he gave Billie). Naturally, he might get brought back in for work in season 4 (fingers crossed) which hopefully will be the rise of Capone (featuring loads of Van Alden) and Nucky's downfall (?)

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I agree rocklobster800

    by skycrapper

    a lot to the plot this season has been telegraphed but I'm still into it all. I am very surprised how well they've pulled this season off. The pleasant surprises to me have been Eli's side story and Van Alden - Muller with his crazy awesome wife character.

  • Dare you not to kneel to that Zod

  • I want to hear him yell 'YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE FACE OF YOUR FATHER!'