Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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In 1897 Nucky's family tries to help the young Gillian and in 1931 his forces try to resist an ambitious Luciano.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Thompson
Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Al Capone (credit only)
Lucky Luciano
Chalky White (credit only)
Mickey Doyle
Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
Willie Thompson
Gillian Darmody
Meyer Lansky
Deputy Sheriff Enoch Thompson
Sheriff Jacob Lindsay
Commodore Louis Kaestner


Nucky's war with Luciano draws in Willie and Eli as Nucky tries to maintain his control in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Maranzano's tenure as boss is nearing the end; Gillian sends a letter from the hospital; and in 1897, a young Nucky quarrels with Mabel about a runaway from Trenton and does a favor for the Commodore.

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

19 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The book that young Gillian Darmody reads from is "Round the World with Nellie Bly", by Elizabeth Jane Cochran (writing under her pseudonym). The book details Bly's solo 72 day journey around the world, having with her only a single dress, overcoat, a change of underwear and some £200. She completed the journey and it brought her world fame and admiration. This is also the only book young Gillian owns, and may help to shine some light on why when we first meet her, she displays a very fierce, independent attitude. See more »


The sound of a train in the background features an air horn. In the 1930s it would have been a shrill steam whistle. See more »


Benny Siegel: Hey, Talia, I think I left my tongue down there.
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Nobody Cares If I'm Blue
Performed by Gene Austin
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20 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

In the Sopranos, flashback were shown, but they were minimal and showed why Tony is the person he is. In Boardwalk Empire, the flashbacks are a part of the story and young Nucky is a main character, He is a struggling man who wants to help, but he knows for a fact that helping others has its limits. Enoch 'nucky' Thompson has always been shown as someone who plays an act, what you see is not who he really is, and this episode tells you who he was and why he isn't that in a brilliant way that couldn't have been done better. To tell one how and why this episode works, would be to spoil it, and in a stupid way, because, to fully embrace the episode, you would need to be someone who has been with nucky since the beginning.

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