Elsewhere, Boardwalk Empire was also firing on all smoky cylinders. The unholy alliance of Jimmy, Nucky's weak and jealous brother Eli, and the Commodore continue their work against Nucky. They may be behind, and certainly seek to exploit, the KKK attack on Chalky, which occasioned Nucky's dual speechifying. And they may have been responsible for Nucky's surprise arrest on election-fixing charges at the end of the episode.
Agent Van Alden continues to be one of the most despicable characters in all of television. His pathetic, repressed wife goads him into turning their 13th wedding anniversary into a bust of a restaurant that serves spirits. She later tells him that she finds his policing "thrilling" - as in getting her aroused - but the most appetizing part of the scene was a mention of butterscotch pudding, which sure sounded delicious.
Nucky is as appealing as Van Alden is monstrous. Nuck once again shows he has heart of gold, in the humane, loving way he talks to Margaret's son about not playing with matches in school. In this way, Boardwalk Empire continues the portrayal of the mobster who tries to good to his family, seen so vividly in The Godfather and The Sopranos.
And rounding out the episode, for me, was a shout-out, literally, for what is now the Harlem line on MetroNorth - my usual train - with a mention in the episode of a train leaving Atlantic City heading north to "New York, Mt. Vernon, White Plains, and Pleasantville". I wouldn't mind getting on a train now, at White Plains, traveling back in time and tipping my hat to Nucky and that roaring age.
See also Boardwalk Emipre on HBO ... Boardwalk Empire 1.2: Lines and Centers Power ... Boardwalk Empire 1.10: Arnold Rothstein, Media Theorist ... Season One Finale of Boardwalk Empire