Monday, November 14, 2011

'BOARDWALK EMPIRE' RECAP: NUCKY TAKES A STEP BACK; JIMMY RISES



"BOARDWALK EMPIRE" RECAP
SEASON TWO, EPISODE EIGHT
"TWO BOATS AND A LIFEGUARD"


THIS WEEK: Written by series creator Terence Winter and directed by 'Empire' and 'The Sopranos' vet Tim Van Patten, "Two Boats and a Lifeguard" explores the theme of the relationship between and father and son.
Some key moments:

• In the wake of a personal loss, Nucky Thompson seeks advice on his political and municipal trouble from Arnold Rothstein and Johnny Torrio.

• Eli -- being Eli -- remains suspicious of brother Nucky's actions and feels that Jimmy may be ill-equipped to take those reins.

• Nucky finds himself in the unfamiliar position of showing gratitude toward a federal agent.

• After eavesdropping on her husband's treachery, Jimmy's wife Angela meets a new 'friend' on the beach.

• G-Man Nelson Van Alden hires a live-in nanny to take care of his little girl Abigail.

• Nucky approaches his right-hand man Owen Sleater with an overseas proposition.

• Jimmy Darmody flexes his muscles at poor Mickey Doyle's expense.

For my full scene-by-scene annotated recap, historical footnotes, episode videos, tunes from the era and other thoughts, visit NJ.com.



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