Boardwalk Empire: Season 2, Episode 1

21 (25 Sep. 2011)

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Confidantes of Nucky plot against him, Gillian vies with Angela for control of the house, race relations hit a boiling point, and Van Alden celebrates his 13th anniversary.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Rothstein (credit only)
Lucky Luciano (credit only)
Mickey Doyle (credit only)


Confidantes of Nucky: The Commodore, Jimmy, and Eli plot against him as Nucky senses a conspiracy. He also tries to mollify both sides as racial tensions between local KKK and the city's black minority with Chalky arrested and held for his own safety. Gillian insinuates herself as a disruptive force in the home of newly married Jimmy and Angela. Van Alden tries to keep his secret life with Lucy ensconced in an apartment as his mistress as his wife makes her monthly visit to celebrate their 13th anniversary. Written by

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25 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


As originally conceived, there was to be an elaborate wedding sequence involving Jimmy and Angela, but it was scrapped and not shot. The wedding is only alluded to. See more »


The floating bottles in the opening credits are modern plastic bottles with plastic twist off caps. Probably intentional to avoid adding broken glass to the beach other than the one broken one against the pier. Bottles in the show are glass with smooth necks and corks. See more »


Margaret Schroeder: [after Nucky comes home in the morning] It's nearly 8 a.m.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Considering the night I had, I'm amazed I'm home before 9.
Margaret Schroeder: [sarcastically] I'm sure.
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Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Peter Yarin
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Nucky is Back in the Swing ***/2
25 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nucky is back in full swing. The episode, a good one, has a problem of trying to relate too many intricate details woven into one fabric.

The KKK in N.J. shooting at blacks working in the illegal alcohol business? It's a little too hard to fathom, though believable.

Mrs. Schroeder's child never apparently forgot the fire that Nucky made in the house. Sister Bernice disciplines him when he is caught playing with matches in a school closet. Nothing like old fashioned discipline as the good Sister leads the way, and shows that she is aware of the mother's infidelity with Mr. Johnson.

Jimmy as a family man is a little hard to take and the Buscemi character has to wonder what's going on when he is locked up for election fraud. Election fraud? We can certainly do better than this. Although, they eventually got Capone for tax evasion.

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