Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Episode 4 It feels like we’re being encouraged to roll our eyes at Hoover, who doesn’t get the depth and complexity of the show’s protagonists, who each break the law for their own reasons, in their own ways. Will we see Margaret Schroder Thompson in episode three? Will we learn more about the new Bureau of Investigations agent Knox? And what's going on with Richard with his sister? Nucky gets to know Arnold Rothstein over a card game;
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Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Episode 4 Eddie is detoured after making a delivery; Al and Frank Capone finish a collector's route; Agent Knox vows to exploit Nucky's weakest link; Willie and his roommate take a practical joke too far.Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy (Pearce Bunting). While there, he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy jazz singer, Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham), to perform at the Onyx, and gauges Dunn Purnsley’s allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli’s son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips’ wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma (Katherine Waterston).
We’re about five weeks away from pouring out ‘Boardwalk Empire”s fourth HBO season on September 8, which is sure to drag Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) through the Atlantic City mud for an even more ruthless season than the ones that preceded it. We’ve seen the first trailer for the next round, but what (or whom) does ‘Boardwalk Empire’ season 4 reveal in its latest photos? If nothing else, the new photos give us our first look at Patricia Arquette as a Tampa speakeasy owner, as well as the first appearance all season of Margaret Thompson (Kelly MacDonald), who was last seen throwing Nucky out of her life for good. Meanwhile, the other returning players and new faces are probably up to some crime. Illegal crime. Take that, history.
The new season for Steve Buscemi’s prohibition gangster Nucky Thompson also includes ‘The Killing‘ star Eric Ladin as a young J. Edgar Hoover, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘ star Jeffrey Wright as educated Harlem leader Dr. Narcisse, ‘True Blood‘ star Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston in a new regular role, and HBO vet Domenick Lombardozzi as Chicago mobster Ralph Capone, elder brother to Al Capone (Stephen Graham).
We’ll bring you the latest on ‘Boardwalk Empire’ season 4 up to the September 8 premiere, but check out the first photos below, and tell us what you’re most interested to see from the fourth year!
Following his battle with Gyp Rosetti, Nucky makes a peace offering to Joe Masseria while working the odds with Arnold Rothstein. While Chalky is busy running the Onyx Club on the Boardwalk, the impulsive Dunn Purnsley clashes with a booking agent. Fresh-faced Federal Agent Warren Knox arrives in Atlantic City to learn the ropes from Agent Sawicki. Gillian seeks custody of her grandson, Tommy, while trying to find a “good” man to keep the Artemis Club afloat. Eli's college-age son, Willie, turns to Nucky for career advice. Al Capone enlists his brothers, Frank and Ralph, to help him expand his business in the Chicago suburb of Cicero. Richard Harrow returns to his violent ways.
In one of the early episodes of Boardwalk Empire’s new season, which begins on HBO this Sunday, a young J. Edgar Hoover, while explaining why bootleggers break the law, says, “The moral dimension is missing from a criminal’s make up.” It’s an odd moment: Knowing what we know about the paranoid future leader of the FBI, anything Hoover says about morality is suspect. The actor delivering the line, Eric Ladin, serves it up authoritatively and smugly. He makes it sound pat, a hubristically simple explanation for what lurks in the minds of gangsters.
Except that Hoover is exactly right. The moral dimension is missing from nearly all of Boardwalk Empire’s characters, who murder and maim, if somewhat discriminately. This is what passes for morality on Boardwalk: criminals with enough self-control not to kill everyone they lay eyes on.