It’s pretty hard to follow up a fantastic premiere, and Boardwalk Empire seemed to have that exact problem. This week’s episode wasn’t bad by any means, but it just didn’t deliver in the same way the premiere was able to. That being said, the problems are beginning to pile up for Nucky thanks to Gyp Rosetti making his delivery to Al Rothstein impossible.
This week brought us the return of Chalky White, and in a way I never would’ve expected. Chalky doesn’t seem like the type of father who would force his daughter to marry someone but he is dead set on her marrying Samuel, the doctor. I didn’t think too much of Samuel so far, but once he walked past Chalky to help the man who had just sliced his cheek open I immediately had respect for him. I don’t understand why he is so hard on his daughter, but it also makes me wonder if this is all we are going to see with Chalky this season. I don’t know if he is still doing anything for Nucky. He and Don Pursely are running that jazz club but surely they are still doing jobs for Nucky.
Speaking of Nucky, his life seems to be falling apart this week. Billy is seeing other men and who knows what to make of the fish bowl situation. It seems pretty legit, but how does Gaston Means (Stephen Root) know so much about, well, everything? I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of him. Meanwhile Eli is released from prison and I could have sworn that his charges were dropped in the finale of season 2 as soon as Nucky was acquitted, but obviously I was wrong. Eli was in prison for 2 years and he seems pretty upset about the way he is treated once he’s released. I’m glad that he got over that very quick, and even though he’s never been too bright, he seems to be one of the smartest men working for Nucky right behind Owen Slater. I’m really looking forward to he and Nucky’s first meeting and I have no idea what to expect.
So we knew Gyp Rosetti was going to find a way to get back at Nucky for the events that took place at Nucky’s New Years Eve party but who would have thought he would act so quickly, and so cleverly I might add. One thing I don’t really understand though, is how exactly was Gyp able to get the police on his side so quickly? Micky paid the sheriff, did Gyp simply give him more, or did he just threaten him with all his goons he had when the convoy showed up? Either way, I didn’t like the way that information was just completely left out, and who would have thought that phone ringing in Billy’s apartment would be Owen Slater for Nucky. In my opinion that was an awesome way to end the show, and even though not a lot of things happened in this episode, the ending was still really good. I can’t stop thinking about what’s going to happen now that all of the trucks have to return to Atlantic City. Nucky is going to have to find a way around this situation he has found himself in. I guess I will just have to wait until next week to find out what he has in mind.