You'd Be Surprised.
I hear my father's voice: always on the move but going nowhere fast." Whaddya know, this episode, "You'd Be Surprised”… surprised me. I did not think that Arnold Rothstein was going to try and whack Gyp Rosetti; I previously thought it impossible to survive an execution attempt whilst tied by the neck to a bedpost; and I had no idea that Van Alden's oops-I-married-the-nanny wife would turn out to be his true, murderous soul mate.
This show, guys. It's a roller coaster. There's all that waiting around and wondering if this is even going to be worth it before you pile in, take off, your stomach drops down and a scream leaves your throat - and then, two minutes later, the good bit's done. You and I both knew something was going to happen at Gyp's hotel as soon as he broadcast his room number to Tabor Heights's only eatery, but I didn't know when, how, or by whom. Even though we saw Benny's face in close-up, twice, I refused to believe Rothstein was behind it until Owen spelled things out. While this episode was in many ways a disjointed mess, bloody Gyp wandered a hall of corpses with his wiener hanging out - let's give credit where it's due.
Eddie Cantor & Chalky White
Eddie, a big star, can't be in Billie's otherwise doomed show, so Chalky and Dunn appear at his door and demand a private audience. It was great. As much as I complain about Boardwalk, who else is going to give me a man in kohl eyeliner literally prancing for his life, the panic growing as he sings lyrics like, "I put her teenie-weenie hand in mine?" Without a threatening word or action from the dapper Mr. White, Eddie's schedule is suddenly free and clear. It's a small revenge when, later, Eddie drops Lucy Danziger's name to Billie. Could Paz de la Who-air-ta be returning to AC? Probably not, but it's fun to imagine. My preferred scenario involves Ms. Paz lowering from the ceiling fully nude except for a feathered headdress, and immediately biting that cute little button nose right off Billie's face.
Nelson Van Alden & Sigrid Mueller
"Please, avert your eyes."
My notes from the scene where Van Alden and Sigrid smother the dissatisfied iron customer read, "This is just fucked up.” The family that kills together, stays together, I suppose. I wonder how O'Banion's going to get rid of that body - was hydrofluoric acid available in the twenties?
"You'd Be Surprised” –
- Sigrid really likes the phrase "hunky dory.” I do, too!
- When Van Alden thinks he's been busted, the camera moves back in a patented "oh shit!” manner that is more befitting of 30 Rock.
- Eddie Cantor accidentally called Chalky "Milky.” Haven't we all? No? Me neither.
- Minus one million points to Rothstein for his rant against New Jersey, the greatest state in the US.
- Don't deliver heroin in Buddhas! Bad form!
Great review! This episode was actually a hot topic for us at the DISH call center where I work, and mostly because of Rosetti. We all thought for sure he would’ve been killed, but seeing him walk away, belt still looped around his throat, made us all a bit more terrified of him. I didn’t realize that Rothstein was the man behind it all since I’m really having a hard time keeping track of all the different henchmen. I’ll have to go back through the special folder I made on my Hopper specifically for this season of Boardwalk Empire, and watch this episode again. I’ve been meaning to do this anyway since I had no idea what was going on with the investigation, and Stephen Root’s character (I didn’t even catch his name).
Well, I like that Margaret's actually doing something in the wake of her and Nucky's failed relationship, rather than getting impregnated by Van Alden and running off into the ether like Lucy. I enjoy her plotline for what it is, rather than any relevance to the story - because you're right, the ladies' clinic is not exactly furthering any of the larger plot. In any case, promos for next week show her holding a shotgun, so fingers crossed that things get a little more exciting.
I disagree about Margaret. F- more like it. Her scenes are the most boring of all and have virtually no relevance to the story at large. Nothing wrong with the actor, just the writing. Make her plot-line more relevant than "oh dear, one less person at my pregnancy seminar today".