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Boardwalk Empire

October 18, 2010 - Brandi Bowers

I've mentioned Boardwalk Empire in previous blogs, but last night's episode truly warrants a whole blog dedicated to the show. The episode titled, "Nights in Ballygran," went as follows. "On the day of the annual St. Patrick's Eve dinner, Nucky deals with his jealous brother's oratory ambitions, as well as a group of disenchanted "Leprechauns." Feeling ignored by Nucky, a frustrated Margaret feeds Van Alden information regarding the whereabouts of a garage filled with barrels of beer. In New York, Arnold Rothstein worries about his involvement in the fixed World Series, while in Chicago, Jimmy copes with the aftermath of a vicious attack orchestrated by Torrio rival Charlie Sheridan."

That's the pretty vague "before" description from HBO. What actually happened was that the show really picked up momentum last night and got interesting. From the beginning, Nucky has had some kind of interest in Margaret. It just seemed like he felt sorry for her and wanted to help her. Well, being as kind as he was to her, made Margaret think of him as a friend (& maybe more), & he wanted no part in that, which he made clear last night. He even told his brother that her life was complicated enough without him in it. And boy is her life complicated, but then again, whose isn't (especially in this show).

So what does a guy do in this situation, pushes the girl away by being mean. She even baked him soda bread (no clue what that is, but it's the thought that counts). So, Margaret, being who she is, of course, pushed right back. She even gave the federal agent enough info on alcohol being distributed to bust up Nucky's St. Patrick's Day dinner party. Plus, she was there with the other women protesting the alcohol, so Nucky knew she was involved.

We see him and her alone at the end, contemplating the things they'd done to each other. Then as you see Margaret lying in bed, thinking, there's a knock at the door. It's Nucky. He says he doesn't have any time for games. Of course, they've been playing one from the beginning. You're not sure what exactly is going to happen at this point. Is he furious? Is she? The passion & tension have just built up so much that he grabs her and kisses her. Now, that's an ending!

I have to admit that this show tends to drag a little. It has a great premise & great actors, but it seems to have taken its time getting started. This was only part of what went on last night, though. The story lines are getting a lot more involved. What did you think of last night's episode? I wonder what Nucky's girlfriend, Lucy, will think. With more stories and interaction like last night, it's definitely a show to keep watching!


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