All In

After last episode saw Nucky Thompson finally agree to the deal proposed by his pal in Florida, he’s on the look out for a partner. Nucky also showed interest in Sally (Patricia Arquette), who I think was the reason for the change of heart. He hasn’t been lucky with women in the past (like his old flame Margaret Schroeder, played by Kelly Macdonald, who is still on parental leave), but perhaps the writers have saw fit to make Sally a keeper. That is, of course, if Nucky is destined to be with Sally. I hope so because I like Patty Arquette. Narcisse is obviously a player, possibly a very big player, and the fact he’s playing puppet-master with Dunn Purnsley, means that Nucky will have to be involved in anything that comes out of a Chalky vs Narcisse scenario. This will be good to see, because we all know who’ll triumph in the end.

Boardwalk Empire
Directed by
Ed Bianchi
Steve Buscemi, Shea Whigham, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, Stephen Graham
Release Date
29 September 2013
Ed’s Grade: A-

It’s also interesting watching how things might play out with Eddie, after his promotion, but I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen this episode yet. Van Alden’s future is unclear too, and it’s apparent he’s not happy doing O’Banion’s bidding, where his skills (such as they are) aren’t being used properly. It is quite amusing watching him struggle with simple dialogue, but what he needs is a humor transplant. Last episode saw some of the old Van Alden, we all knew and loved/hated, after he started to break heads at a rally, and again in this episode, he looks, if only for a moment, back to his old self.

Frank and Al have been out collecting like the good-old-days, after their man is hurt in a fall. This ends up with a “client” being tossed from a window, which was pretty funny. Frank and Al decide to drag Van Alden along with them when they boost a truck filled with liquor, belonging to O’Banion, which leads to them proposing something to Van Alden, and this is after the ex agent, told O’Banion he didn’t want to go near Capone. Perhaps O’Banion should have listened.

Willie Thompson is still pissed at what happened at college, where he was ridiculed by his classmates, but after a pep-talk from Eli, Willie decides some payback is in order. Dad will be proud. J. Edger Hoover is looking to shut down the bootlegging, and with the help of Agent Knox, they decide to go after “the weak link.” I was actually thinking of the wrong person when their eventual target is revealed, but I suppose I’m not really that surprised.

Purnsley is being played by the master, Narcisse, who is preaching about doing good for the black community, while selling heroin to the very people he claims to represent. This is what makes him the ideal foe for Chalky, and by extension Nucky Thompson, but will Dunn Purnsley realise this in time, or will he blindly follow Narcisse? I think the latter will be how it plays out, but we’ll need to wait and see.

Rothstein, accompanied by Meyer Lansky, decides to play cards at Chalky’s club, but he doesn’t appear to be the greatest card player in the world (and is where we get the title “All In”), but this is a game about something other than cash. This game is to show who has real power; real class; the real brains to be able to enable them to go forward with Nucky’s new deal.

TV Review by Ed Blackadder, Lead Entertainment Writer

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