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Nucky visits Gillian, Luciano and Lansky deal with Narcisse and young Nucky faces a turning point. In Chicago, Capone prepares to face trial and in New York Margaret becomes a stock operator a la Joe Kennedy. Scores are made and settled.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White (credit only)
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle (credit only)
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse
Ben Rosenfield ... Willie Thompson (credit only)
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
Anatol Yusef ... Meyer Lansky
Ian Hart ... Ethan Thompson
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Ralph Capone
Marc Pickering ... Deputy Sheriff Enoch Thompson


In 1931 Nucky and Eli go their separate ways as the Thompsons abandon their rule of Atlantic City. Nucky also says farewell to William, Margaret, and Gillian as the Feds successfully prosecute Capone. Luciano revenges himself on Narcisse, and a new power structure governs organized crime. The origins of the characters are shown as the story flashes back to 1897. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | History


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When young Nucky confronts his father, he throws down his hat and coat. When he picks up the coat later, the hat is gone. See more »


Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [visiting Gillian in the asylum] Let's just get something straight. Whatever you want, whatever you think I will do, that won't be possible, all right? You were very clever. You made a bargain. You saved your own neck, and that's more than other people can say. I'm not someone you should look to for help. I'm leaving here. Starting something new. I won't be back. You'll have your own room inside, that's been arranged. And if you get yourself out, there'll be money in a trust account. But that's ...
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References Scarface (1932) See more »


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Ambitious, admirable, and amazingly crafted
27 October 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

From the get-go, this show had unbelievable hype to live up to, and it seems like to many it didn't. It continued to lose popularity and hype as it went on, which is a shame because I think the show got undeniably stronger after the solid, but unspectacular, first season. At the same time though, I could never fully emotionally connect with it, and I think this is what kept me from ever loving it the way I did other crime dramas of its kind. But it was always incredibly consistent and intriguing, and contrary to how many feel, I enjoyed the last season for what it was. It was always going to be a leg short in terms of fulfillment, but I think it mostly managed it well and the series finale really brought everything I cared about full-circle. Even when I couldn't fully love the series, though, the technical aspects cannot be denied. One of the most gorgeously-shot, most beautifully-constructed, most elegantly directed series I have ever seen. I don't think it ever really hit glaring missteps as far as direction goes, and as far as consistency in these technical aspects, I think from recent series only Mad Men really rivals it.

Overall, I really can't wait to rewatch this from beginning to end. Not always easy to love (hey, neither was The Wire and Deadwood on my first viewings either, and both are now two of my favorite shows ever) but always a show that I respected, certainly for its patience and the trust it had in its audience. And I may prefer Game of Thrones because of its story lines, but I don't think it comes close to achieving the overall technical perfection this show did, certainly not in terms of directing.

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21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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