The show opened with a beat cop having coffee at Rothstein's cafe, making a phone call to someone and leaving the cafe. The recipient of the call said that the policeman was a credit to his department.
In the woods, old Mr. Thompson, Nucky and Eli's father, fell while trying to feed his house full of cats, breaking his leg and hollering for help. The house was in very filthy condition, over run by the feral cats, unfit for living in.
Jimmy Darmody, a WWI soldier dealing with shell shock and mental issues caused by war time trauma, went to see a doctor for leg pain incurred by a war injury. He complained of aching in the bone and waited for the doctor to return. Whilst waiting he glanced round the room, a fellow soldier sitting on his bed across the room, wearing a face mask which covered extensive damage to his face. The two men stared at one another, then Jimmy nodded and looked away. The doctor soon returned and gave him another doctor's address to see about taking a mental fitness test. Jimmy told the doctor that he worked for Bell Telephone when asked and was told that the company would most likely pay for the test.
Back at the Thompson home, old man Thompson was lifted from the floor by his son, Eli, and some friends, taking him to the hospital for a broken leg. Nucky walked through the filthy house, pronouncing it unfit for his father to continue living in and discussed where his father might live after leaving the hospital. It was decided that old man Thompson would live with Nucky when the time came because there were servants to look after him.
At his own home, Nucky discussed with brother Eli and Nucky's mistress about what should be done with the dirty old home. It was decided that Nucky would pay to have it fixed up and he would give it to a young friend with a growing family. When telling the friend about the house, the friend talked about his five month old preemie daughter and how his wife wouldn't let the baby out of her sight. The friend said that he would like to see the house when possible and a time was arranged to go see it. The work began on the house and when the time was right, Nucky and the friend went to see it. It wasn't finished, but the friend thought that it would be perfect for himself and his family.
In downtown Atlantic City, Mr Chalky White, a black kingpin and a couple of his henchmen were discussing business when a short white man knocked on the door, demanding entrance cockily. He was admitted and began a business spiel to Mr White who listened politely as Michael Burrows claimed he was from Nucky Thompson and could offer him a piece of the liquor action, one thousand cases worth, and extended a hand containing ten thousand dollars, tossing the bundle of money to Mr. White. White looked at it and tossed it back, laughing scornfully, telling Burrows to come back when he could offer more money and turned on his heel, leaving Burrows gaping. Burrows left, shamefaced.
Margaret Schroeder, a young Irish mother and now Nucky's new mistress, sat at her breakfast table with her two young children, Nucky heading up the table, as Nucky recited a poem to the kids' delight. Laughing, the kids left the table as Nucky and Lucy discussed general topics of the day. She told Nucky that he could feel free, confident, to talk to her about his personal life, his childhood, etc., that that was what she wanted to hear from him, if he could bring himself to trust her.
Billy Winslow, a convict, told the prison staff that he wanted to talk to FBI agents about a deal he'd been in on in January and what was in it for him? Nelson Van Alden and his partner listened as Billy confessed that it didn't go down the way he had intended, that five people had been killed during the liquor heist and that the ringleaders had been Jimmy Darmody and Al.
Jimmy Darmody and Richard Harrow, the man with part of his face missing, sat waiting in the hallway in another facility, waiting for the mental test. When their names were called, Jimmy told the nurse that both Darmody and Harrow had just left. When the nurse left the hallway, Jimmy turned to Richard and motioned for both of them to leave. They went to the brothel where Jimmy lived and bellied up to the bar as they watched the women mill around. After tossing back a drink, or in Harrow's case, sipping through a straw, Jimmy called Odette over and introduced her to Harrow. Prostitute and soldier climbed the stairs to her room as Jimmy watched with a wry smile.
Angela Darmody and a young female friend were kissing in Angela's bedroom. half naked in her bed, talking about their men and how they were afraid of being cut off without money if they were discovered to be having a lesbian affair, but that they both felt the risk was worth the taking. Their bodies met in the bed as the scene faded to black.
Once more, Nucky and his young friend and mistress Magaret visited the old Thompson home to see how the renovation was coming along. It was nearly complete and Margaret was admiring the handiwork when she asked Nucky how his childhood had been. He showed her an old burn scar stretching across the palm of one hand, telling her that his father had done that to him to remind him as a nine year old that the father always ate first. Margaret made a painful face as Nucky stalked out of the house and to the car.
Jimmy Darmody walked into Rothstein's cafe to where a minor Italian gangster was sitting having a meal. When the man saw Jimmy, he blanched and made as if to leave, but Jimmy sat down and stopped him. Jimmy began talking about what sort of things he had gone through when serving in France in the Argonne forest fighting the Germans, giving details that made the hood turn white and look sick. Jimmy told the hood that he was not going to kill him and not to worry, but if he ever saw his face again, that he would indeed kill him. The hood said that the two would never cross paths again. Jimmy left the cafe and a shot ended the hood's life as he sat there. Across the street, from a hotel window, sat Richard Harrow, putting away his rifle, just having shot the hood Jimmy had just been chatting with, a grim expression on what was left of his face.
Back at the newly renovated Thompson home, Nucky and his young friend inspected the finished results. Nucky found the very poker that his father had used to burn his hand with and Nucky became enraged. He told his young friend to go out to the car, taking Margaret's young son with him. Nucky tossed gasoline all around the main floor and lit a match, torching the house. As flames and smoke billowed from the windows and doors, Nucky walked out to the car, his young friend asking if he had called the fire department yet. Nucky handed the man a large wad of money and told him to find a better place to live and climbed into his own car and drove off. Share this article with your friends