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Boardwalk Empire: The Ivory Tower

Investigating a crime which he feels has been pinned on a scapegoat, straight-arrow Agent Nelson Van Alden pays a visit to Nucky and leaves convinced that the Treasurer is "as corrupt as the day is long." Nucky quickly does damage control, enlisting his brother, Sheriff Elias Thompson, to close ranks with their underlings. Nucky discusses the upcoming election with his aging mentor, Commodore Louis Kaestner, with whom he debates the women's vote issue. Later, before heading out for a night on the town, Nucky rebukes an irate Arnold Rothstein over the phone, then meets privately with Margaret Schroeder, who asks him for help in providing for her children. As a long day ends, a traveling salesman named George Baxter, in town for a few days with an unwilling young beauty named Claudia, makes a startling discovery while on the road home to Baltimore.

Source: HBO

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Sunday September 26th, 2010
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

NL (BNN) Dec 12, 2010
UK (sky ATLANTIC) Feb 02, 2011
AU (SBS ONE) Sep 29, 2012

Guest Stars
Danny BursteinDanny Burstein
As Lolly Steinman
Declan McTigueDeclan McTigue
As Teddy Schroeder
Erik WeinerErik Weiner
As Agent Sebso
Frank CrudeleFrank Crudele
As Big Jim Colosimo
Greg AntonacciGreg Antonacci
As Johnny Torrio
Gretchen MolGretchen Mol
As Gillian
Josie GallinaJosie Gallina
As Emily Schroeder
Lucy GallinaLucy Gallina
As Emily Schroeder
Peter McRobbiePeter McRobbie
As Supervisor Elliot
Robert ClohessyRobert Clohessy
As Ward Boss Neary
Rory McTigueRory McTigue
As Teddy Schroeder
Victor VerhaegheVictor Verhaeghe
As Ward Boss Fleming

Co-Guest Stars
Allen Lewis RickmanAllen Lewis Rickman
As George Baxter
Brady NoonBrady Noon
As Tommy Darmody
Connor NoonConnor Noon
As Tommy Darmody
Edward McGintyEdward McGinty
As Ward Boss Boyd
Johnnie MaeJohnnie Mae
As Louanne
Jordan GelberJordan Gelber
As Simon
Joseph RiccobeneJoseph Riccobene
As Frankie Yale
Julian Rozzell Jr.Julian Rozzell Jr.
As Harlan
Nic NovickiNic Novicki
As Carl Heely (as Nick Novicki)
Peter ClaymorePeter Claymore
As Grey-Haired Man
Allison GuinnAllison Guinn
As Capone's Whore
Annie PaulAnnie Paul
As Showgirl #1
Bill BriaBill Bria
As Unknown
Bob EngelBob Engel
As Abe Klein
Brent BatemanBrent Bateman
As Eddie Corrigan
Clem CheungClem Cheung
As Chinese Man
Ellie BravermanEllie Braverman
As Unknown
Katelyn OKatelyn O'friel
As Unknown
Ken FormanKen Forman
As Stage Manager (as Ken Foreman)
Lauren ChamplinLauren Champlin
As Female Patient
Megan FergusonMegan Ferguson
As Claudia
Michael WarnerMichael Warner
As Klan Recruiter
Sam GunclerSam Guncler
As Croupier
Main Cast
Steve BuscemiSteve Buscemi
As Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
Kelly MacDonaldKelly MacDonald
As Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon (1)Michael Shannon (1)
As Nelson Van Alden
Shea WhighamShea Whigham
As Elias "Eli" Thompson
Michael StuhlbargMichael Stuhlbarg
As Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham (1)Stephen Graham (1)
As Al Capone
Vincent PiazzaVincent Piazza
As Charles Luciano
Michael Kenneth WilliamsMichael Kenneth Williams
As Albert "Chalky" White
Anthony LaciuraAnthony Laciura
As Eddie Kessler
Paul SparksPaul Sparks
As Mieczyslaw "Mickey Doyle" Kuzik
Michael PittMichael Pitt
As James "Jimmy" Darmody
Aleksa PalladinoAleksa Palladino
As Angela Darmody
Dabney ColemanDabney Coleman
As Commodore Louis Kaestner
Paz de la HuertaPaz de la Huerta
As Lucy Danziger


A coffin is being carried out of a church in Chicago, and the
journalists are shouting questions. “Ask him who ordered the hit on
Colosimo”, “Mr. Torio, is it true the police questioned you about Big
Jim’s murder?” Torio responds that they were like brothers, and somebody
wisecracks “Like Cain & Abel?” Torio said maybe it was a robbery, and
the reporter answered that the cops say nothing was taken...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorTerence Winter
Executive ProducerMark Wahlberg  |  Martin Scorsese  |  Stephen Levinson  |  Terence Winter  |  Timothy Van Patten
Co-Executive ProducerEugene Kelly (1)  |  Lawrence Konner
Supervising ProducerHoward Korder  |  Margaret Nagle
ProducerRick Yorn  |  Rudd Simmons
Co-ProducerJoseph E. Iberti  |  Steve Turner (1)
Production DesignerBob Shaw (1)
EditorKate Sanford
CastingMeredith Tucker
Unit Production ManagerJoseph E. Iberti
First Assistant DirectorMichele Ziegler
Second Assistant DirectorXanthus Valan
Costume DesignerJohn Dunn
Director of PhotographyJonathan Freeman
Stunt CoordinatorStephen A. Pope
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