With the Season 3 premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" in the books, HBO has released episode details for the Prohibition gangster drama's next four episodes.
So this post comes with an inherent spoiler alert, but for "Boardwalk" fans who are interested in a vague roadmap for what the early part of the season has in store, these descriptions provide a few details of the conflicts and storylines that lie ahead.
They highlight three separate budding turf wars: Lucky Luciano clashing with Joe Masseria in the New York heroin trade, Al Capone involved in a South Side Vs. North Side Chicago battle against the Irish mob, and Arnold Rothstein and Gyp Roseti feuding over booze in New York. Meanwhile, Nucky Thompson's brother Eli gets released from prison, and Nucky runs into some trouble in Washington, DC.
Check out the episode descriptions below:
Episode #28: “Blue Bell Boy," airs Sun., Oct. 7:
"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."
Episode #29: “You’d Be Surprised," airs Sun., Oct. 14:
"After venting with Nucky about his liquor travails, Rothstein sends Gyp an unequivocal message in Tabor Heights. In Washington, Gaston Means (Stephen Root) sees opportunity in a Senate investigation of Harry Daugherty (Christopher McDonald) and the Justice Department. Billie (Meg Chambers Steedle) gets a new co-star to revive her faltering show; Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and Sigrid (Christiane Seidel) receive an unexpected visitor; Gillian (Gretchen Mol) worries about keeping her business afloat in Jimmy’s absence; Margaret has Awkward moments at the hospital and, later, at Madam Jeunet’s (Anna Katarina)."
Episode #30: “Ging Gang Goolie," airs Sun., Oct. 21
"After being detained in Washington by Daugherty’s henchmen, Nucky approaches Esther Randolph (Julianne Nicholson), his onetime nemesis, and later entertains an intriguing proposition from Gaston Means. In Atlantic City, Margaret copes with Teddy’s (Rory and Declan McTigue) demons, while Owen investigates a suspicious fire; Gillian feuds with Lucky and finds a surrogate for Jimmy; and Richard (Jack Huston) connects with pugilistic vet Paul Sagorsky (Mark Borkowsky) and his daughter Julia (Wrenn Schmidt)."
Episode #31: “Sunday Best," airs Sun., Oct. 28
"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."
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Nucky's taken a step up in the bootlegging business, appointing himself a liquor wholesaler who's selling to Arnold Rothstein and only Arnold Rothstein. Thompson seems emboldened after besting the political coup against him, and more cold-blooded too, casually ordering a thief shot in his first scene of the season. He also now has the new advantage of being freed from the burdens of playing politician, in the traditional sense anyway. Nucky's traded in his job as Atlantic City Treasurer for a public role as an accidental philanthropist. His lackies still control Atlantic City's government, but now Nucky's got the time to focus on being a gangster full time.
Rothstein is now serving as Nucky's chief distributor after maintaining an alliance with him through last season's tumult. He's poised to become the King of New York, which should make his young crew of Luciano & Lanksy plenty of cash, but he may have a big problem brewing in his own backyard.
Well, here's the character "Boardwalk" brought into the story to fill the void left by Darmody's departure and make trouble for Nucky this season. After coming to Atlantic City for New Years only to be told that Nucky won't be selling him booze anymore, Rosetti is pretty pissed. And the guy has demonstrated that he's capable of pretty much anything. Rosetti's played by Bobby Cannavale, who recently co-starred in the Chris Rock play "The Motherfucker With The Hat," and you get the feeling that's a nickname we should probably start calling him.
Harrow is currently living in Gillian Darmody's whorehouse and living out his family scrapbook fantasy by playing "caretaker" of Jimmy's kid. And as we learned when he blasted Manny Horvitz's face off with a shotgun, he's also biding his time, waiting to avenge his friend's death. Is there a chance he could go after Nucky?
Jimmy's mother ... I mean lover ... I mean mother ... appears to have set up a whorehouse in the Commodore's former mansion and named it the Artemis Club. That's gangster. Also, she's brainwashed Jimmy's son into into calling her Mom, and let's face it: she's probably manipulating Harrow in his revenge scheme too.
Young Capone is getting into his own North vs. South turf war in Chicago, against his boss Johnny Torrio's wishes. But let me make a not-at-all bold, entirely historically-based prediction: that's a war Capone will probably win.
As it turns out, Margaret's seemingly bizarre decision to sell Nucky's land to the church wasn't a fit of religious guilt, but instead a calculated move to re-invent herself and her husband as benefactor and philanthropist's wife. She's spearheading their charitable cover, but still doing some good: they built a hospital and she's fighting the Catholic policy of not giving women pre-natal care and basic information about hygiene and women's health.
Working as a door-to-door iron salesman in Chicago after he fled Atlantic City, wouldn't you know that Van Alden backed his way into the feud between Capone the Irish North-siders? It would be quite an awesome character evolution if he went from fervent Prohibition agent to muscle for O'Banion. He also appears to have married his mail-order nanny, which proves there is love after Paz de La Huerta.
Doyle left a warehouse of booze unguarded while he was dropping a deuce, and as tends to happen, it was robbed. Nucky called him an "imbecile," which means that Doyle and his weird laugh probably won't be in Nucky's inner circle much longer. He's already been thrown off a balcony, but you get the feeling something worse is coming his way soon.
The butcher/murderer they called Munya finally got what was coming to him when Richard Harrow gunned him down on his front porch. "Boardwalk's" twisted universe has its own perverse order: the man who killed Jimmy's wife Angela was gunned down in front of his, and the man without a face shot somebody else's face off.
"Boardwalk Empire" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.