Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, Episode 2

The Ivory Tower (26 Sep. 2010)

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The Feds begin to look into Nucky's affairs, his brother Eli looks to buy off Mrs. Schroeder, and Nucky essentially fires Jimmy Darmody as his chauffeur.


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Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden turns up unexpected at Nucky's office. He tells Nucky that he is investigating Saturday night's shooting, because he doesn't believe that Hans Schroeder was the murder. As soon as Nelson has left, Nucky starts cutting off all ties that could connect him to the case. His brother, Sheriff Eli Thompson, visits Mrs. Schroeder at the hospital, where she is laying in a bed, reading "The Ivory Tower" by Henry James. He tries to convince her that her dead husband was involved in bootlegging, and tells her to maintain this explanation, if someone would ask her about it. Jimmy Darmody uses his share of the robbery to buy presents for his family and for his mother, a nightclub performer. When he turns up at Nucky's office, Nucky tells him that he is fired, and that he should pay him 3 grand within 48 hours for the trouble he has caused. To be able to do this, Jimmy steals back the valuable necklace he has given to his mother. Arnold Rothstein phones Nucky, and ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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During the episode, there is a radio broadcast of a horse race featuring a horse named "White Shadow." Timothy Van Patten, the director of this episode, played "Salami" for the entire run of the TV series "The White Shadow" from 1978-1981. See more »


The Irish Sweepstakes began in 1930, ten years after prohibition began and when this episode is set. See more »


Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: What are you doing?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: It's 4:30. I'm clocking in.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Just like that? I'd say our relationship has changed rather significantly in the past few days. Wouldn't you agree?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: You tell me.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Actually, why don't you tell me? You can start with what the fuck happened the other night. How's that?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: All right.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Did I invite you to sit?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: Me and Al, we got to talking about life.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Who's Al?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: Capone. He works for Johnny Torrio.
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References The Mark of Zorro (1920) See more »


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Improvement over the Pilot episode
28 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boardwalk Empire's Pilot was pretty disappointing to me, simply because it felt over-stuffed and moved too rapidly to engage us with it's story lines. However, fortunately, the 2nd episode The Ivory Tower was an improvement.

The episode still had some flaws, it still focuses sometimes way too much on the style of the period without being engaging, but for the most part, the 2nd episode was much more enjoyable, and a much rounder episode as a whole. I think that Michael Pitt's storyline will become more and more engaging, and I think both Stuhlbarg and Shannon are also the best performers. Those three cast members have so far been the most compelling. Kelly Macdonald is a great actress, but her accent is too heavy, but again, she was better in this than the Pilot. Steve Buscemi, the star of the show, is still interesting, but he is becoming overshadowed by Pitt. I think Buscemi is again a great actor, but his portrayal is not compelling enough to warrant me to love this show just yet. However, after this strong episode, the series will become better with time, which is what I predicted for another great new show, Rubicon.

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