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
Did You Know?
The Sophie Tucker
recording of "Some of These Days," which plays over the scene where Jimmy Darmody looks in on the baby incubator store front, would have been nine years old at the time the events in this episode take place (it was recorded in 1911). See more
Knee length flapper dresses and other costumes are from the mid to late 1920s. The pilot occurs in January, 1920, so the wardrobe should be from the late Teens. See more
James 'Jimmy' Darmody
You can't be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.
References The Godfather
Composed by Vincent Rose
Performed by Paul Whiteman
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