January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky. Written by
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In the prohibition party scene at the beginning of the episode the ceiling begins to have multitudes of black latex balloons drop from it. Although latex balloons were invented in the early 1800s they were not put into mass production until the 1930s and therefore were unlikely to be available in such abundance if at all in 1920. However, they might have been procured for an extravagant and decadent party such as this one. See more
[Mrs McGarry reads out the following "Owed (sic) to Liquor" at a meeting, also appears on a picture she gives to Nucky
Coward, monster, vicious brute / Friend to thief and prostitute. / Heartless, Godless, hell's delight / Crude by day and lewd by night / Conscience dulled by demon rum / Liquor, thy name is / DELIRIUM!
References The Godfather
Siciliana from Cavalleria Rusticana
Written by Pietro Mascagni
, libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti
and Guido Menasci
Performed by Enrico Caruso See more