Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Character actor Bobby Cannavale explodes on the screen as gangster Gyp Moretti.

THIS WEEK:  The more things change, the more they stay the same. Around a year has passed and Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is long gone. Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) — no longer Atlantic County treasurer — keeps busy by playing benefactor and philanthropist by day while supplying the region with plenty of alcohol by night. Written by showrunner/executive producer Terence Winter and directed by 'Empire' veteran Tim Van Patten, the action in this third season premiere flash-forwards to the dawn of 1923 on New Year's Eve.

Here's what went down:

• We meet this season's newest loose cannon: Gyp Rosetti, a Sicilian hothead who wastes no time in becoming a fly-in-the-ointment.

• At his lavish New Year's Eve bash, Nucky declares that he will be no longer supply liquor to the masses and will be selling to only one customer.

• Margaret gets (a little too involved) at St. Theresa’s Hospital where she and Nucky are benefactors and have built a new wing.

• Gillian Darmody embarks on a new business venture while caring for Tommy, her late son Jimmy's orphaned little boy

• In Chicago, Al Capone locks horns with Irish mobster Dean O' Banion

• Stumblebum Nelson Van Alden, now on the lam in Illinois, peddles irons door-to-door by day. But will it be for long?

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


  1. I think every season the writers of the show find a way to create a new focus, with new exciting character twists that keeps everyone interested and surprised along the way. I have every confidence this year will be more of the same. I started watching Boardwalk from the beginning because of the fanfare that preceded it, so I guess advertising CAN be effective. I use my Hopper to record it now and I will be saving all of this season’s episodes, so my Dish coworker can come over and we can watch them again later; the thousand hour capacity make it easy to keep a library of my favorite shows.

  2. Hi Anthony, love your show recaps. Hey, I think his name on the show is Rosetti, though, not Moretti, right?

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