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Boardwalk Empire Review: "Sunday Best"

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Boardwalk Empire is a show about mobsters... some dude was planting Easter eggs in his neighbor's gardens to kick off "Sunday Best?"

Certainly there was a nefarious reason behind it. Right? Little did I know it was Nucky's brother, planting eggs for the kid's Easter egg hunt. It never ceases to amaze me the connection between mobsters and Christianity.

Nucky and Eli

Gillian sexually carousing with a boy who obviously resembled Jimmy was really creepy and wrong on very many levels. They even went so far as to desecrate the Easter dinner table by sexing on it.

Meanwhile, her grandson was hanging out at the house of a real piece of work who, the more I think of it, probably had more to offer than Gillian. It turned out she wasn't just sick, but a cunning murderess. The things people do for money. I know he's dead, but it would be cool if Jimmy really wasn't, and came back now that she killed someone else. Just because payback is a bitch.

I don't know anything about Richard Harrow, but I feel like he has a good heart. Is it only because of his war-ravaged face and the way he treated Tommy and Julia Sagorsky? I don't really care. If he was written properly, I should be able to get at least a little feel for him in one episode. After all the crap talk at the dinner table about Jesus giving up on those who were in the war, when Julia had a plate prepared for Richard in the kitchen so he could eat "without any fuss," it brought a tear to my eye. He prayed before eating.

Yep, Richard is a good guy and if his story finished in this episode, he would have had a happy ending.

Things were certainly a lot more entertaining at the Sagorsky house than at Nucky's brother's place. Paul Sagorsky had all the right things to say in celebration of the rebirth of Christ. His tough guy persona fell to pieces when he found Tommy in his (apparently dead?) son's room playing with his toy soldiers. Before that, he was a one man quoting machine. Check out the Boardwalk Empire quotes for some more like these:

Of all the days on the calendar, this one takes the cake. He dies, comes back to life, disappears for two thousand years, but don't worry! He'll turn up again. Ha. Suckers. | permalink

Over at Eli's house, Margaret made an attempt to share with the sister-in-law she apparently just met that her marriage with Nucky was falling apart. That didn't go over too well with June. She was more interested in the cake Margaret brought than the intimacies of her marriage. Given that June was painted as a teetotaler by Eli, it didn't come as a shock that talking about personal issues was beyond her social capabilities.

So, was Eli in prison for 16 months? It seemed like he just wanted out of everything. Either that, or for Nucky to just finish it off. He even gave him his gun. Funny thing about that was I figured Eli knew damn well Nucky wouldn't shoot him, so he trusts his brother whether he likes him, whether he hates being in business with him and whether he's willing to turn against him and get on Nucky's bad side.

Pretty interesting sibling relationship there. In any event, the conversation worked in Eli's favor.

I obviously didn't get to see much of the Gyp character, but I was really intrigued by his scene in the church. I had wondered where he was going to use his suit if not for Easter dinner, and it was fitting that such an unhappy man (really, who wouldn't be given that badgering family of his?) would take it out on God, and then take from the man he thought was responsible for his lot in life.

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C f ohara

(Previous comment continued) his draw with Masseria, but still was going to get whacked before he offered to kill all the Italian's enemies.
Loved the Nucky/Eli sit down. They finally got everything out on the table. Margaret tried to open up to June and all she could say was "you brought pineapple upside down cake."
Last but not even close to least, what an episode for Richard. Any time we get to see him scrap booking we win. He was dishing out death threats and defending damsels in distress all while asking God to keep him ever mindful of the needs of others. He is the man.

C f ohara

Thanks Carissa for filling in while Sandy and I tangled here in NYC. I finally got to see the episode and logon here to TVF. For those confused, I was without power and Carissa filled in. She doesn't watch the show on a regular basis, but did a commendable job I think. It was interesting to get an "outsider's" point of view on the show without the benefit of having seen prior episodes.
I thought this was one of the best episodes of the season thus far. I had had it with Gillian and her creepy incestuous ways, but she showed she is as cunning as she is twisted when she set up her Jimmy look-a-like so that she could have a body to produce and get the house in her name finally.
I also thought it was interesting to see Gyp in a new light. He was bullied and mocked at home by his mother and sisters. No wonder he is so sensitive to the apparent slights by others. Then he decks the priest and by the "grace of god" scrapes together enough change to make his draw with Masseria, but still was going to get whacked before he offered to kill all the Italian's enemies.
Loved the Nucky/Eli sit down. They finally got everything out on the table. Margaret tried to open up to June and all she could say was "you brought pineapple upside down cake."
Last but not even close to least, what an episode for Richard. Any time we get to see him scrap booking we win. He was dishing out death threats and defending damsels in distress all while asking God to keep him ever mindful of the needs of others. He is the man.

Modwild

@Wes, mobsters are notoriously religious, and yet their actions are as far away from the teachings of the religion they follow as night and day. That was the purpose of the statement. I figured that most people were aware of that connection and the hypocrisy.

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"It never ceases to amaze me the connection between mobsters and Christianity." Really? What an odd statement with no explanation.

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What's with all the filler this season? We had filler storylines with Van Alden and the salesmen, Nucky and Roland Smith, Capone and his fat friend, Chalky and his daughter, everything revolving Billie Kent, etc. I want them to focus on the business between all these mafia men.

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Found it kinda boring. And the Al Capone Dion character hasn't been in 2 straight episodes now

Terrie

I suppose this episode was to garner character development instead of story development. Gillian is just plain nuts and has proven over and over that she will DO ANYTHING to get what she wants. I think what she did will come back to bite her in the ass. Margaret and Nucky just need to end it. I think Margaret has reservations because she has nowhere to go. Gyp is a psychopath.....I still think he will end up dead, but not before trying to kill Nucky.

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Tell me this kid, who the hell are you and why are you at my table?

Sagorsky

Nucky: You'll make a fine politician someday.
Teddy: A girl can't be a polician.
Nucky: Doesn't England have queens?