Boardwalk Empire: Season 4, Episode 5

Erlkönig (6 Oct. 2013)

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Nucky heads to Philadelphia to deal with the fallout from Willie's liquor fiasco. Eddie Kessler is detained by Agent Knox, who uses physical and psychological tactics to elicit information ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Thompson (credit only)
Elias 'Eli' Thompson (credit only)
Arnold Rothstein (credit only)
Lucky Luciano (credit only)
Chalky White (as Michael Kenneth Williams) (credit only)
Mickey Doyle (credit only)
Richard Harrow (credit only)
Valentin Narcisse (credit only)


Nucky heads to Philadelphia to deal with the fallout from Willie's liquor fiasco. Eddie Kessler is detained by Agent Knox, who uses physical and psychological tactics to elicit information about Nucky's organization. A desperate Gillian turns to an unexpected source to score a fix, and is rebuffed in her attempt to reunite with Tommy. In Cicero, Van Alden is recruited by the Capones to pay an election-day visit to factory workers who are opposed to the Capones' candidate of choice. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | History





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The pen that Eddie Kessler (Anthony Laciura) uses to write the letter at the end of this episode was owned by Louis Kessel, the real life inspiration of Eddie. See more »


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7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's safe to say that I did not want this episode to end. The acting. The acting in this showcase is what some people would define as: remarkable. Everyone plays their part exceptionally in this episode, and it pays off, double time. The scenes with Nucky and his nephew are well played. The two characters have great chemistry, and Nucky shows off his great long arm of power to his "doting" nephew, Willie. Willie makes some major decisions in order to help his own case involving the death of his fellow classmate, even if it means turning in his own friend.

Van Alden is becoming a huge character, and one of my favorites of all time with this show. George, his alter ego, has become entangled with Al Capone and his Brother, Frank. They want workers to vote for their Republican Stool Pigeon so the Capone brothers can run Cicero, Illinois. Al demands that Van Alden show up with some men and rough up some voters so they vote for the right man. Drama ensues, several fights break through, and the climax is nothing short of heartbreaking. Based on real events, the writers took this scene into their own hands and made brilliance.

Eddie Kessler had been brought in by officials at the end of the last episode. This episode is named after an old tragic German fairy tale, Erlkonig, that touches close to Eddie. Eddie finds out that his sons have changed their names because they are ashamed of their "Thief" of a father. Knowing his weak spot, the agents hit even hard by making Eddie feel completely distressed with guilt and regret as he tells the agents exactly what he had been doing with Ralph Capone the night before. "I did what Nucky told me to do." Anthony Laciura (Eddie) hits it out of the park with his is true, and honest acting.

Eddies character had always been more of a comedic background for what was occurring in previous episodes, but with his eagerness to progress in the business, Eddie grew as a character for a short while with the audience along for poignant trip. The last 30 seconds of the episode is very heartrending; and even though it foreshadows the events that are about to take place, I was thrown off guard. Not since the death of Jimmy have I been stricken with such loss of a character. Eddie was subtle, loyal, and sincerely lovable, and will be missed.

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