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Boardwalk Empire: You'd Be Surprised

After venting with Nucky about his liquor travails, Rothstein sends Gyp an unequivocal message in Tabor Heights. In Washington, Gaston Means sees opportunity in a Senate investigation of Harry Daugherty and the Justice Department. Billie gets a new co-star to revive her faltering show; Van Alden and Sigrid receive an unexpected visitor; Gillian worries about keeping her business afloat in Jimmy’s absence; Margaret has Awkward moments at the hospital and, later, at Madam Jeunet’s.

Source: HBO

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 305
Airdate: Sunday October 14th, 2012
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Oct 27, 2012

  • Currently 9.2/10
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Guest Stars
Anatol YusefAnatol Yusef
As Meyer Lansky
Arron ShiverArron Shiver
As Dean O'Banion
Chris CaldovinoChris Caldovino
As Tonino Sandrelli
Dominic ChianeseDominic Chianese
As Leander Cephas Whitlock
Eric LaRay HarveyEric LaRay Harvey
As Dunn Purnsley
Geoff PiersonGeoff Pierson
As Senator Walter Edge
James CromwellJames Cromwell
As Andrew William Mellon
Katy Wright-MeadKaty Wright-Mead
As Roberta
Meg Chambers SteedleMeg Chambers Steedle
As Billie Kent
Patrick KennedyPatrick Kennedy
As Dr. Douglas Mason
Stephen DeRosaStephen DeRosa
As Eddie Cantor
Stephen RootStephen Root
As Gaston Means

Co-Guest Stars
Anna KatarinaAnna Katarina
As Isabelle Jeunet
Christiane SeidelChristiane Seidel
As Sigrid
Ed JewettEd Jewett
As Jess Smith
Emily DorschEmily Dorsch
As Cornelia Predock
John Harrington BlandJohn Harrington Bland
As Scotty Gulliver
Kate LoprestKate Loprest
As Corrine
Matt HobbyMatt Hobby
As Phillip
Michael ZegenMichael Zegen
As Benjamin Siegel
Mike HoustonMike Houston
As Ralph
Nathan Williams (2)Nathan Williams (2)
As Harvey
Noah RaceyNoah Racey
As Dancer
P.J. BrownP.J. Brown
As Agent Emmett L. Coughlin
Rebecca Luker (2)Rebecca Luker (2)
As Sister Agnes
Tracy MiddendorfTracy Middendorf
As Babette
Daniel MarconiDaniel Marconi
As Paper Boy
Eric StretchEric Stretch
As Sterling
Jen PontonJen Ponton
As Student #1
Kathryn BarnhardtKathryn Barnhardt
As Student #2
Matthew F. OMatthew F. O'Connor
As Boardwalk Barker
Megan LewisMegan Lewis
As Prostitute #1
Oona MekasOona Mekas
As Helen Russell
Richard James PorterRichard James Porter
As Impatient Man
Ted PejovichTed Pejovich
As Senator #3
Main Cast
Steve BuscemiSteve Buscemi
As Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
Kelly MacDonaldKelly MacDonald
As Margaret Schroeder
Mike Shannon (1)Mike 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 K. WilliamsMichael K. Williams
As Albert "Chalky" White
Anthony LaciuraAnthony Laciura
As Eddie Kessler
Paul SparksPaul Sparks
As Mieczyslaw "Mickey Doyle" Kuzik
Jack HustonJack Huston
As Richard Harrow
Gretchen MolGretchen Mol
As Gillian Darmody
Bobby CannavaleBobby Cannavale
As Gyp Rosetti
Charlie Cox (2)Charlie Cox (2)
As Owen Slater


The episode begins with Gyp Rosetti engaging in some autoerotic asphyxiation, with a naked woman choking him with a belt while his masturbates. Eli reports to Nucky and Rothstein about the Tabor Heights situation. Gyp has seized control of the thoroughfare between Atlantic City and New York, and it's causing a problem for them. Lucky points out that Gyp reports up to Joe Masseria. Nucky says Gyp is like "a mad dog," and that because he doesn't follow any rules, he's bad for all business Nucky's and Rothstein's. At this, Rothstein tells everyone else to leave. Rothstein and Nucky engage in a heated argument. ..

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