Episode 4.4 is a darker than usual show, in which almost nothing ends up well for the characters on center stage. Murder, humiliation, betrayal, and arrest by the Feds are the fates our characters encounter.
- One major mobster is humiliated in a high-stakes card game.
- Two mobsters are betrayed by underlings or seconds-in-command. One is not quite a full betrayal, but will set in motion betrayals in the future. And, if BE follows real history, this betrayal will eventually lead to the murder of this top mobster - who also happens to be the mobster humiliated in the card game. The second betrayal is more a straight-forward perfidy, and it's not clear what its outcome will be, since the character betrayed has no clear analog in our real history.
- The murder stems from an act of revenge, but the death is not intentional. Also, the perpetrator is not a mobster, and is not Al Capone. Al does throw someone out the window and enjoys it, but it's not clear if the victim is fatally hurt.
- The arrest comes at the end of the episode, and happens to one of my favorite characters on the show.
But not everything is grim in this episode, and in fact we get one of the best scenes in years between Nucky and his brother Eli, which is almost heart-warming.
And I'll be back with more about this in my review after this episode airs on Sunday.
See also Boardwalk Empire 4.1: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: J. Edgar ...Boardwalk Empire 4.3 Sneak Preview Review 4.3: Honey, Sunny ... Boardwalk Empire 4.3: Nucky, Sunshine, and Heroin
And see also Boardwalk Empire 3.1: Happy News Year 1923 ... Boardwalk Empire 3.2: Gasoline and the White Rock Girl ... Boardwalk Empire 3.3: The Showgirl and The Psycho ... Boardwalk Empire 3.5: "10 L'Chaim" ... Boardwalk Empire 3.7: Deadly Gillian ... Boardwalk Empire 3.8: Andrew Mellon ... Boardwalk Empire 3.9: Impaired Nucky
And 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