Though Chalky’s indignant that Dunn nipped a promising business relationship in the bud — “I was gonna make him my friend, inch by inch” — he still calls in the brothers Thompson to help make the whole mess go away. Most of Dunn’s misdeeds are forgiven with a simple bit of humiliation via backwoods burial, leaving Chalky free to go about his business and clearing the way for Nucky to hit on Cantor’s lady friend. She praises the Onyx Girls as “deliciously primitive” like the adorable little racist that she is, but she really screws herself over by speaking ill of Billie during some postcoital chat. Nucky coldly has Eddie kick her out while he gazes at maps of Florida on the deck of his hotel.
Back in the Midwest, Richard Harrow goes on a mysterious killing spree and Al Capone is mightily offended by a journalist’s inability to spell his name. Though we’ll certainly find out more about what Richard had against Old Mission Title & Insurance in later episodes, this one serves to reunite him with his sister Emma, sequestered in a quiet house in the middle of nowhere. Capone, meanwhile, acquires a taste for fame once he realizes how little-known he is relative to top dog Johnny Torio. “No one should know you,” Al’s brothers advise between wrestling matches, but as one terrified reporter can now attest, the man clearly disagrees.
That’s more or less it for characters we know (both Margaret and Van Alden are disappointingly absent this week), leaving this season’s new players. One, supermarket executive Roy Phillips, looks like he’s set to be Gillian Darmody’s knight in shining armor. Addicted to heroin and driven to prostitution, Gillian’s supposedly raising the cash to let her and Tommy live somewhere in peace, but she’s clearly not fit for mothering in her current state. And so Tommy remains with Julia Sigorsky while Gillian offers to be Phillips’ “knowledgeable companion” as he moves into Atlantic City and away from his wife.
Far more interesting is the latest corrupt Prohie on the scene, a sociopath who sets the Thompsons’ typical guy up to get axed via booby trap. He plays dumb throughout most of the episode, but his chilling assurance to his dying boss that he’ll “call it in, sir” whilst sipping some illegal spirits promises crazier things to come. No doubt it’ll spell trouble for Nucky’s operation, but this guy doesn’t seem like the type to take the straightforward path and hand the Thompsons over to the feds. I can’t wait to see him ask Mickey Doyle for a bribe.