Boardwalk Empire Review: Bid Adieu to 22

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As Boardwalk Empire Season 3 opened, most of the characters were busy preparing to usher in the new year - but there was just enough time for some last minute blood shed.  

In the first scene of "Resolution" we got our first glimpse of Bobby Cannavale's Gyp Rosetti and his quick temper. For such a well-heeled man, Gyp's skin seemed pretty thin, almost to the point of over doing it.

Nucky did not so much as blink when the aggressive Sicilian beat his chest before storming out of their kitchen nook conference call. Nucky seemed to have taken Jimmy's parting words to heart and showed us he is no half way gangster as he flippantly ordered Manny to put a bullet in Nate the thief's head. Some may argue, though, that unless he actually pulls the trigger, he will forever be a "shook one." 

Margaret and Nucky

Meanwhile, Jimmy's mother appears to have been a busy woman. People cope with empty nest syndrome in a variety of ways, but turning your ex-sugar-daddy's mansion into a brothel, I have a feeling, was a first. Thankfully for young Tommy's sake, Richard has been kept on and seems to have become the boy's attendant. I'm not sure why I was initially shocked when we learned Gillian has been telling Tommy she is his mother, especially after all the creepy mommy dearest stuff from last season.

As Richard ushered in the new year by showing Manny's brains the back door out, I initially figured he was on some sort of vendetta to wipe out those who did Jimmy and Angela in... but part of me wonders if Nucky is somehow pulling his strings now. 

Dean O'Banion might think Al Capone is Torrio's little puppet, but he might want to start setting aside some Calla Lily's for his own wife, so she has something to rest on his casket. The old scene where Al told Jimmy about his son being deaf was one of the most emotional moments in the show's history, so when the Chi-town florist made light of the poor boy's handicap I was shocked to see Al settle down so easily. He is one dog whose bite is certainly worse than his bark, and Van Alden or not, Dean will have his day soon enough. 

The premiere did well to remind us of most of the story lines from last season, be it the political aspect with Shooter McGavin (Harry Daugherty) or Margaret's infidelity with Owen Sleater. Throw on top of all that, this new storyline of Margaret's involvement in the hospital - along with Chalky White - and we have a recipe for amazing. I loved how Margaret didn't throw that young doctor under the bus for telling her about the lack of prenatal care at the hospital. 

Things seemed back to normal for the most part, however. Margaret continues to feel like a trapped bird wanting to fly, Nucky has himself a new mistress and the people of Atlantic City still kneel before his altar of booze and debauchery. I will be there along side them each week as well, as I feel we are in for a great ride this season. 

Let us know your thoughts and don't forget to rate your favorite Boardwalk Empire quotes from tonight. 


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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (54 Votes)

You blink and the seasons over... this cant be the real show its just a commercial...


I waited a year to see what happens, and nothing happens... they skipped over the whole cliff hanger... and since when is a full season 6-8 weeks its suppose to be 6-8 months... their taking advantage of the public feeding us garbage... if your not gonna wrap up a story line then don't start one... half ass story lines i wanna see the actors reactions thats what makes them actors... this is bs... well dont blink the season will be over in a few more episodes... you might miss them skipping over more plots...

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@jameschan Thank you for the heads up. I of course meant "heeled" but sometimes fall victim to the negative side of Spell Check. I went back and fixed it.
By the way...It was Richard who shot Manny, not Jimmy. See how these little mistakes can happen?


I love the opening to Season 3 - question - will Lucy be coming back to the show - it's not like she was kill off - she could be use to showing her face around Margaret - as Nucky gets it on with someone else..Van Owen did he really get married to the Babysitter and who's baby was she holding?


I loved the opener and can't wait to see the storylines play out in Season 3. The only bum note struck was the apparent ease with which Nucky & Margaret transitioned through the off-camera bombshell of Margaret's betrayal with the land deed. Even Nucky's opportunism to repair his damaged PR by becoming a perceived philanthropist or his reluctance to take on single-parenthood of his step-children could not have realistically saved her life after signing away the permanent securement of Nucky's financial and political dynasty. He could have done away with her and still played the big shot and adoring husband by doing charity to honor her. For me, that was the sole "Huh?!" moment of episode 301.


@Rosie..........outraged????? Not does "not surprised" equal outrage??????? And no I haven't forgotten what Margaret did. Two wrongs don't make a right.


continued.....Not THE church ,just a local small parish. Millions and millions of dollars. Nooky's retirement nest egg? What was she thinking? In real life she wouldn't live. But even for the series, she screwed a man who is giving her children the best life they could ever have. Its hitting the lottery. You dont bite the hand that feeds you. Not like that. And now Nook is showing a very evil side killing with no remorse. And that poor guy with half a face is still being treated like garbage, this time by Jimmy's mother, a disgusting creature who has no acting talent and to purpose to have had such a big part in this series. The half faced man should have at least found some sort of girlfriend by now. We waited yrs for it. Its growing old.
In fact, none of the characters in the whole show are likable anymore. Now, the whole relationship between Margaret and Nooky is going to be one gig pretense, as a line was crossed last episode that can never be undone. And we the viewing public have to suffer thru another season or 2 to find out the implications of this action? Give me a break. Best show on TV is really going down hill. (But yeah, I'm stuck watching a couple more episodes to see how Nookie deals with the Chicago and NY gangsters he just told "No more booze.")


This show is atarting to really make me sick. The season opener has Margaret and Nookie really acting like a normal couple, doing the social graces, and I felt touched that Margaret for the first time in the whole series,could really just let go and be happy and be herself. It was a joy to see, as she is such a classy, intelligent woman. But then at the end Nook has to go spoil the whole episode by treating Margaret like dirt simply because the head of a new hospital(Nook and mag donated for him!) felt women should know their place and dismissed Margarets life saving suggestion about having a new thing called "pre-natal care" which he felt offended him and told Nookie so right in front of her. So after all the guests leave he shoves the Dr's rude comment right up Margaret's a$$ by saying "Leave me out of any of your causes from now on, ok?" And continues ranting until she was made to feel worthless. Now on the other hand, Margaret signed away ALL of Nuckys land to a church, not THE church, but "a" church worth more than one church could ever use in 2 lifetimes, and the fruits of Nuckys lifetime of work,and his retirement nest egg! Nuck found out and obviously was seething about it. So both of them IMHO crossed a line, that in real life can not be repaired. Nook gave her children the only chance at a real home and education. What was she thinking? And he showed his "gutter mentality" by treating her like that.


It's well heeled...
Definition of WELL-HEELED
: having plenty of money : well-fixed
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Synonyms: affluent, deep-pocketed, fat, fat-cat, flush, loaded, moneyed (also monied), opulent, silk-stocking, wealthy, well-endowed, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-to-do... I'll second the fact Jimmy shot manny for Angela, every thing in this episode involving him lead to this.


["Definitely wasn't surprised to see Nucky has a new mistress. I can't believe Margaret feels she has to stay with Nucky. She's pretty strong willed, as proven by her giving that land away. Is she only staying because of the money and power? Is she that afraid of Nucky? I don't think I would be of the "pale faced breadstick"."] You're outraged over Nucky's new mistress, when Margaret fucked Owen behind his back, last season? Have you forgotten that?

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Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Certain people you do not steal from .


Untie him, oh but before you do, put a bullet in his fu-king head.