Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, Episode 12

A Return to Normalcy (5 Dec. 2010)

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Nucky's organizational skills are put to the test as the election approaches, his judgment's questioned as he handles the Commodore's poisoning, and he reveals his part to Margaret.


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Nucky's flexible organizational skills are tested in the days leading up to election day as his choice for mayor and President prove successful, and he comes to an uneasy truce with Rothstein on getting the World Series indictment quashed. Several question his handling of the Commodore's unsuccessful assassin and Eli is resentful of what he considers his brothers handling of his situation. Nucky makes up with Margaret by revealing his vulnerabilities and Jimmy and Angela do the same. Van Alden struggles with his conscience and future direction. Written by

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Amazing finale
7 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We have finally came to the finale of Boardwalk Empire, and what a journey it has been. The season finale did not disappoint.

Knowing how the elections are nearby, we are bracing ourselves for the worst. The finale managed to be unpredictable and very tense. You never know when it is safe for a character to appear or not to, just because of the times they are in. There was a great moment between Buscemi and McDonald in the middle of the episode, one that cleared the resentment they sort of have towards each other after the last episode, and also learning more about Nucky Thompson. There are also a lot more revelations that will take effect in the next season, but for now, it was an amazing buildup and an amazing last shot.

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