Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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The Ivory Tower 

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.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

Terence Winter (created by), Terence Winter | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Michael Pitt ... James 'Jimmy' Darmody
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Aleksa Palladino ... Angela Darmody
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Paz de la Huerta ... Lucy Danziger
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White (credit only)
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Dabney Coleman ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
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Storyline

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 {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Gillian Darmody, played by Gretchen Mol. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nelson Van Alden: You're a difficult man to see. I've been waiting since 9 a.m.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Well, there's your mistake right there. I don't keep regular hours.
Nelson Van Alden: That's s little odd for the county treasurer, isn't it?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Both I and the city Atlantic march to their own drummers.
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Connections

References The Mark of Zorro (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Pekin Rag
(uncredited) (aka "Alte Kameraden")
Written by Joe Jordan
Performed by Ehud Asherie
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Improvement over the Pilot episode
28 September 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee 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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