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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

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Guest Stars
Danny Burstein
As Lolly Steinman
Declan McTigue
As Teddy Schroeder
Erik Weiner
As Agent Sebso
Frank Crudele
As Big Jim Colosimo
Greg Antonacci
As Johnny Torrio
Gretchen Mol
As Gillian
Josie Gallina
As Emily Schroeder
Lucy Gallina
As Emily Schroeder
Peter McRobbie
As Supervisor Elliot
Robert Clohessy
As Ward Boss Neary
Rory McTigue
As Teddy Schroeder
Victor Verhaeghe
As Ward Boss Fleming

Co-Guest Stars
Allen Lewis Rickman
As George Baxter
Brady Noon
As Tommy Darmody
Connor Noon
As Tommy Darmody
Edward McGinty
As Ward Boss Boyd
Johnnie Mae
As Louanne
Jordan Gelber
As Simon
Joseph Riccobene
As Frankie Yale
Julian Rozzell Jr.
As Harlan
Nic Novicki
As Carl Heely (as Nick Novicki)
Peter Claymore
As Grey-Haired Man
Allison Guinn
As Capone's Whore
Annie Paul
As Showgirl #1
Bill Bria
As Unknown
Bob Engel
As Abe Klein
Brent Bateman
As Eddie Corrigan
Clem Cheung
As Chinese Man
Ellie Braverman
As Unknown
Katelyn O'friel
As Unknown
Ken Forman
As Stage Manager (as Ken Foreman)
Lauren Champlin
As Female Patient
Megan Ferguson
As Claudia
Michael Warner
As Klan Recruiter
Sam Guncler
As Croupier
Main Cast
Steve Buscemi
As Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
Kelly MacDonald
As Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon (1)
As Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham
As Elias "Eli" Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg
As Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham (1)
As Al Capone
Vincent Piazza
As Charles Luciano
Michael K. Williams
As Albert "Chalky" White
Anthony Laciura
As Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks
As Mieczyslaw "Mickey Doyle" Kuzik
Michael Pitt
As James "Jimmy" Darmody
Aleksa Palladino
As Angela Darmody
Dabney Coleman
As Commodore Louis Kaestner
Paz 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
Warning: Boardwalk Empire season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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