Boardwalk Empire Review: "A Dangerous Maid"

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Political coups, arrests, shoot-outs... and it all comes to a head over a lobster. 

Sitting through the first thirty minutes of "A Dangerous Maid," I was afraid Boardwalk Empire may have stalled too early in the season. Nucky gave himself over to troubled, lonely musings while around him everything he built fell apart. And then we had that wonderful confrontation at his hotel restaurant.

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It was pretty amusing that the final straw for Nucky was watching the Commodore feast on the very last lobster (which Margaret wanted to order). When he strode over purposefully to his table, things weren't so funny anymore, except when Nucky tossed that lobster right off the table. Nucky finally stood up for himself, putting both Jimmy and the Commodore on notice. The moment really irked Jimmy, especially as he seems to be having some doubts over which of his fathers is the lesser of two evils.

I liked that the episode slowly built to this dramatic conclusion, making it feel all the more shocking and dramatic. For awhile, Nucky's only had Margaret and Damien on his side... and Eddie, of course. Now, with Owen working as his soldier (an apt Jimmy-replacement), he's really positioning himself to make this quiet political coup a little bit dirtier and lot more dangerous. Owen didn't wait long start supporting his new boss and he seems like he'll be a fierce opponent for the Commodore and company.

I'm interested in how Jimmy will fare with this new upheaval. I see a Jimmy and Owen clash coming soon, but Jimmy already looks like he's doubting the man his mother used to call "the lech." Gillian's forgiven the Commodore for her own reasons (opportunity and money most likely) and she encourages Jimmy to do the same. But, Jimmy smartly asks, why not forgive Nucky then? His sins seem more forgivable and yet Jimmy feels more betrayed by Nucky than the Commodore.

Tonight, we also found out about the "arrangement" between Lucy and Van Alden. I've been curious about this since the pilot and while some of my questions were answered, their odd dynamic created even more questions. So he pays her to stay in the apartment and away from people, but are they still romantically linked? He seemed concerned that she didn't think he was "fun," so he bought her a victrola (and in the nick to time, too!). However, we haven't seen them be affectionate with each other at all.

Is he paying for the baby? Will he take it with him since he and his wife are unable to have one of their own? Whatever his plans may have been, I'm sure things won't work out so neatly when that baby is finally born.

Margaret's attempts to reconnect with her past had such a sad ending. Her family thinks of her as dead and it doesn't seem likely that she'll ever have a happy reunion with them in the future. I doubt they'd be please with her current situation.

Also, it was good to see Capone and Jimmy Irish back together. I wonder if they'll ever be working together in the future. Jimmy may need the backup, especially if the Nucky situation gets out of hand.

Were you happy to see Nucky finally fighting back?


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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (33 Votes)

Boardwalk Empire-sad to say but it is a little disappointing. Why? It’s got a great cast; Marty is in the background but Wahlberg may be the reason. It does lack dramatic tension.


I can't believe you idiots giving Molly a hard time. Is it wrong that she demand the author put in the proper amount of time before publishing his article? It's sloppy work. Every decent writer takes the time to edit. You people may be alright with lackluster performance. That's probably why a lot of things are junk these days. As a writer myself, I prefer some semblance of professionalism in my work as it represents me.


Wow, grammar police Molly. Who cares? This is a place for fans to speak about their favorite shows, not condemn others for being as smart as you claim you are. Sheesh. Onto the show. It was sweet! Poor Jimmy, so conflicted in his allegiances. He loves Nucky like a father. He was always speaking about Nucky looking out for him, taking him fishing, scolding him for doing poorly in school. Yet his real father is treating him like he's important. No matter how great of a father figure Nucky has been to Jimmy, the Commodore is his real father, albeit in a messed up way. Jimmy is really going to have to search himself to see the entire situation for what it is. Wow! Who knew Van Alden had a semi-nice guy side. However poor Lucy is going bonkers. Did you see the smile when he was watching her dance? I worry about her safety. He murdered his partner at a baptism. I think he wants that baby. It's his after all. Owen, a nice addition. I really think there is going to be some interesting plots now that Nucky is rebuilding his empire. Who better to help him than a strong Irish fighter? So glad there will be a third season! This show is fantastic!


Molly...! Is this a review or an English essay, if you dont like the style why dont you read a different review that meets your standards. And yes, I do know that "dont" requires an '.


Nucky was super pissed at supper. Good to find out about Nelson's arrangement with Lucy. I like Doyle's laugh. Owen was great. Sad for Margaret. Meyer and Charlie are gonna be mad when they find out Jimmy killed those guys. Jimmy was great.


The conflict with Jimmy which is award winning acting in my opinion is that with Nucky he feels more betrayed because he actually loved Nuch and the commodore was some man that knocked up his mom. I think that will be poking at Jimmy the rest of the season. What interested me was the fight with Harrow and Owen thats the first time I have seen him lose his cool and actually looked scared.Something is going on with Harrow, even the small things like asking about Odette and his little exchange with Capone. Capone really sees Jimmy as a friend and someone he respects on several levels "they are pals". Back to Owen, he is like Jimmy but without the bum leg, a solider and he could spot one in Harrow. Nuck is going on a rampage and its all or nothing and he knows it. I wouldnt be surprised if the two witnesses that want to testify are somehow gonna be found somewhere. Oh and Eli's face when his dad said he was a half wit just told me that he trying to fill shoes he and everyone even a old man with dementia knows.


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Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Say what you want about Nucky; at least he was fun.


Nucky: How's Torrio handling the competition?
Capone: We're killing them.