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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

A bustling little city by the seashore, totally dependent upon money spent by tourists, Atlantic City’s popularity rose in the early 20th century and peaked during Prohibition. The resort’s singular purpose of providing a good time to its visitors—whether lawful or not—demanded a single mentality to rule the town. Success of the local economy was the only ideology, and critics and do-gooders weren’t tolerated.

By 1900, a political juggernaut, funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, was firmly entrenched. For the next 70 years, Atlantic City was dominated by a partnership comprised of local politicians and racketeers. This unique alliance reached full bloom in the person of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson—the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Thompson, Louis "the Commodore" Kuehnle, Frank "Hap" Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendor. Author Nelson Johnson traces "AC" from its humble beginnings as Jonathan Pitney’s seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city’s astonishing rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes.

Boardwalk Empire is a colorful, irresistible history of a unique city and culture. Here is proof positive that truth is stranger and more compelling than fiction.
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Episode Info

Next: 5x04 -- Cuanto (Sep/28/2014)

Facing a shared dilemma, Nucky and Margaret find common ground in Atlantic City. Luciano encounters an old adversary while meeting with Capone in Chicago. Sally Wheet makes a payment in Cuba amidst concerns of a grass-roots uprising. In 1884, young Nucky shows young Eli how the other half lives, and takes another step up the Commodore's ladder.

Prev: 5x03 -- What Jesus Said (Sep/21/2014)

Chalky heads in a new direction after assessing his latest partnership. In New York, Margaret finds herself in a quandary as a result of her association with Arnold Rothstein. Nucky hosts a prospective "big fish" partner from Boston. Luciano and Siegel meet with Narcisse in Harlem, promising business as usual, but encounter resistance. In 1884, young Nucky is privy to the passion of a hotel guest, and flirts with a young girl.

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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

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4x12: Farewell Daddy Blues recap: While Nucky is on the phone with Sally, his men outside are surrounded by masked gun men. His body guard is lead in at gun point by Chalky. Nucky says he had nothing to do with it but Chalky asks why he's cutting deals with Narcisse. Chalky wants Narcisse and Nucky says he wants the same thing... read more.

4x11: Havre De Grace recap: Chalky drives with Daughter and as they enter Havre De Grace, he says they are getting close. Two men drive them up to a house and tel them to wait in the car as they go to the door. They are at Oscar Boneau, Chalky's mentor from years ago. They get out of the car and meet Winston, Oscar's nephew... read more.

4x10: White Horse Pike recap: Knox and another agent continue to question Eli. He says that Balinchuk is Torrio's second in command and says they work with more than just Italians. Knox tells him it's difficult to do this but Eli is a good father to help protect his son... read more.

4x9: Marriage and Hunting recap: Van Alden tries to fix his plumbing when his wife needs to use the kitchen to care for the children. He needs to go to work though and she asks if the flower job is that important. She jokes that if he was being paid more for collecting money they would have water in the kitchen... read more.

4x8: The Old Ship of Zion recap: Purnsley walks up to a house and greets the woman who lives there, Mrs. Monroe. She lets him in , where inside people use heroin. He pays the woman off and meets with a man who says he's running low. Purnsley says to dilute it further and the man hands him a stack of cash. Before Purnsley leaves he hands the man a paper from Narcisse who expects everyone to attend a meeting... read more.
Recurring Guests

Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody (24 eps)
Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky (23 eps)
Rory McTigue as Teddy Schroeder (22 eps)
Lucy Gallina as Emily Schroeder (22 eps)
Victor Verhaeghe as Ward Boss Fleming (20 eps)
Robert Clohessy as Ward Boss Neary (17 eps)
Kevin O'Rourke as Edward Bader (17 eps)
Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio (16 eps)
Declan McTigue as Teddy Schroeder (16 eps)
Brady Noon as Tommy Darmody (16 eps)

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Warning: Boardwalk Empire guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Final Season
Network: HBO ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 19, 2010
Episode Order: 8
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