Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Farewell Daddy Blues 

Eli braces for the worst as Agent Knox launches his plan to bring Nucky down. Capone and Torrio reach an agreement in Cicero. Chalky looks to settle scores. Richard steps forward to save Tommy, at Gillian's expense.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano (credit only)
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler (credit only)
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston ... Richard Harrow
Ron Livingston ... Roy Phillips (credit only)
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
Patricia Arquette ... Sally Wheet


Ruthless FBI Agent Knox is relentless in his efforts to bring down Nucky. Narcisse pressures Nucky to give up Chalky to save what his left of his crumbling empire as Knox uses William's precariously vulnerable situation in a murder case to gain valuable information about the workings of the organization. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

24 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie (Single-Camera). See more »


Just before Torrio is shot, the camera cuts to a view of the assassin in the alley walking quickly towards Torrio, with focus on the revolver in his hand. However, upon the first shot at Torrio, the gun has changed to a semi-automatic pistol. See more »


Elias 'Eli' Thompson: [anticipating Nucky shooting him] I'm ready... are you?
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References Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) See more »


Straight Up and Down
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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Season 4: Engagingly tough and violent event-driven season, just not sure where the hearts of the characters are
28 December 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The fourth season of the show comes in with an approach very similar to that of the previous ones, which is that it is very events driven. The upside of this approach is that it tells a good story and has a lot going on, but this does come with a downside which is, for me anyway, the characters are perhaps more defined by their events rather than very well written and telling character moments. To start with the good though, season 4 has done a good job of connecting all the threads of the different characters so it does hang together in a convincing and engaging way with all the characters working well together.

Action is never far away and the intensity of the violence adds weight to the drama – it never feels like we are being given gore or shock for the sake of it, just that it is a real part of this story. Some of the (many) deaths do feel a bit excessive though and in particular the impact of White's daughter being caught up was not something allowed to really soak in (although hopefully in the next season) There is also a certain amount of cleaning house with the characters and this also meant that at times some of their threads felt a bit too tidy. The only one that didn't really work particularly well for me though was Gillian's; not so much the flow as it goes because it is connected, but rather the resolution of it since this felt very unlikely and left me unconvinced of everything before it as a result.

As before, the production standards are very high with everything looking great and directed with great detail and style. The cast continue to be very good with what they have although, as I said, the events driven nature of it doesn't give them too much room for their characters to grow. And this is a downside – although not one that holds it back too much – but the show does lack heart to a certain extent. There is no moral grey area being explored and the sidelining of Margaret means that the Carmela Soprano aspect of the show is missing, there are also very few examples of innocents caught up and consumed – pretty much everyone here is very clear on their morals and there is no floating to be done in that area. Although the plots drive us forward and make this less important, it is an aspect I miss here.

Despite this though, the fourth season is still engagingly tough and violent in a way that adds impact to the plots and events. It is a very well told story with plenty going on and lots of twists and turns to enjoy. I would like it to have had a bit more outside of the events and within the characters, but the gap is not large and the events are engaging enough to do a good job.

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