Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Under God's Power She Flourishes 

Jimmy's experiences at Princeton are seen in flashback, Margaret tries to deal with her guilt, and Doyle tries unsuccessfully to wheel and deal.



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Arnold Rothstein (credit only)
Lucy Danziger (credit only)
Chalky White (credit only)


A series of flashbacks dramatizes Jimmy's meeting Angela at Princeton and explains his dropping out to fight the Kaiser. Mickey hopes to inveigle Van Alden into a raid, Margaret's new-found sense of sin and God's retribution gets a rise out of Nucky, and Jimmy's mother finds new ways to be destructive. Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | History





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4 December 2011 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The title is an allusion to the Princeton motto: Dei Sub Numine Viget. See more »


The the steam locomotive depicted running past Jimmy's window has diesel horn and engine sound effects. See more »


Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [to Margaret] You listen! If you want to punish yourself because your daughter got sick, that's your business, but I will not permit you to sacrifice me!
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To The Lost
15 February 2017 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

BOARDWALK EMPIRE was a great show for five full seasons, but personally I feel the show lost something it never recovered when Jimmy Darmody met his downfall at the end of season two.

This episode is really an "origins" story that explains in a series of gripping flashbacks the secret guilt that causes Jimmy to disintegrate in the present day story line. We fade in on Jimmy's wife Angela, and that's a shocker because the previous episode (the outstanding "Georgia Peaches") showed the sexy, dark-eyed Italian beauty meet with an unexpected accident while showering with a female friend.

But little by little, we realize that this Angela is not the neglected wife and mother of 1921 but the fresh-faced waitress of 1917, dating a dashing young Princeton man named . . . Jimmy Darmody. And with a flourish of glamour and excitement that comes right out of F. Scott Fitzgerald, we're off to an evening of college romance, college intrigue, and some very dark Oedipal drama.

Jimmy Darmody is such a great character, a dreamer and a killer, a lost child and a vengeful hero, a tragic loner and a loyal son. Michael Pitt gave energized, rock and roll power to every scene, (not surprising since he began his career playing rock legend Kurt Cobain in Gus Van Sant's cult classic LAST DAYS) thereby making BOARDWALK EMPIRE into a glittering supernova of excitement. But ultimately his light was dimmed. And after this episode, you will understand why his downfall was inevitable long before he became a hero in no man's land.

To the lost!

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