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Boardwalk Empire Episode 8 Recap: Atlantic City Gets Explosive

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Last week on episode 7 of Boardwalk Empire, Nucky bumped Eli up the foodchain. But, the showstopper entailed Gillian, who brought her sick scheme to realization, when she faked Jimmy's death in the bathroom of a brothel.

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This week (Episode 8 entitled "The Pony") several plotlines continue to unfold as Richard Harrow is pissed about the way they're handling Jimmy's "death", Nucky confronts Gillian about the fake death, Nucky and Andrew Mellon make a deal, Van Alden goes ape on one of his fellow workers, Torrio and Al make nice with O'Banion (for now), and Gyp Rosetti makes a major move against the powers to be.

Nucky Confronts Gillian about Faking Jimmy's Death

Richard Harrow doesn't appear to see the body of "Jimmy" before it is cremated. "Jimmy deserves better than this" is Richard's response. It's my gut feeling that he knows deep down that Nucky took him out and that Gillian is using this as an opportunity to capitalize by faking the death. Before the end of this season, Richard will knock her off. It's only a matter of time. Also factoring into this is his concern for Jimmy's son Tommy. There is no way in hell he will allow Tommy to be brainwashed by her.

Nucky receives word about Jimmy's death, and you can tell by the look on his face that he knows Gillian is about the scam. He promptly confronts her about the fake death and tells her she only exists because he allows her to. She retorts by accusing him of being the one responsible for his murder. They always say there's three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth. In this case, they both know the truth.

Van Alden Has to Pay Off His Debt to O'Banion

O'Banion teaches Van Alden (George Mueller) the art of bootlegging and makes him set up shop in his apartment. There's only way for him to pay off the debt of getting rid of the body.

His wife then gets a bright idea. How about they start selling the booze themselves? It's a matter of time before Van Alden burns the bridge at his job.

Meanwhile, Torrio and Al smooth things over with Dean O'Banion, following the death of Joe Miller.

Back to Van Alden. He has finally had it with his co-workers, who constantly pick on him and abuse him. When they are doing a presentation with an iron everyone is making a complete fool out of him. I actually thought he was going to bash the guy's head in with the iron. He didn't go that far, but instead took it and burned his face brutally.

Looks like Van Alden will get sucked into the sordid underworld of Chicago even further. He won't be selling irons anymore.

Nucky and Andrew Mellon Make a Deal

Nucky finally gets some time with Andrew Mellon and makes his pitch. Nucky offers to secretly run Mellon's distillery in exchange for delivering George Remus and Harry Daughtery so they can become an example.

Mellon obliges and they agree to the deal on one condition, they have no direct communication.

Gyp Rosetti and Gillian Make Their Move Against Nucky and Rothstein

Gyp meets up with Gillian who tips him off about where Nucky and Rothstein will be hanging out at that evening.

Nucky is enjoying a night out with Rothstein, Lucky, and his new flame Billie Kent. Then suddenly an explosion goes off and Billie becomes an innocent bystander in this assassination attempt.

By far this is the best episode of the season so far. It gets a much-deserving "5" and sets things up nicely for the final leg of the season.

There are so many unanswered questions? When will Richard kill Gillian? How will Rothstein and Nucky get rid of Gyp? What will become of Harry Daughtery?

Show scale:

5 - The Macallan - 12 Year

4 - Glenmorangie

3 - The Glenlivet

2 - Laphroaig

1 - Johnny Walker Black

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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