Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Devil You Know 

Chalky comes to an agreement with Narcisse to free Daughter Maitland. Nucky engages in alcoholic depravity. Van Alden and Eli try to steal Capone's ledgers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Thompson (credit only)
Lucky Luciano (credit only)
Willie Thompson (credit only)
Gillian Darmody (credit only)


Chalky runs into Narcisse in Harlem with a plan to set Daughter free. Meanwhile, Nucky mingles with a different crowd when he tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol; and in Chicago, the Feds tap Eli and Nelson to help them neutralize the Capone empire. Also: A young Nucky complains to Mabel about his endorsement of Jim Neary, and teams up with Eli to catch a thief in 1897.

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

12 October 2014 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


This is the first time an episode has started precisely where the previous episode left off. Typically the cliffhangers were stalled by anticipatory parallel stories before getting back to the dramatic place the previous episode ended upon. See more »


When Nucky is trying to catch the little boy he runs over to him and yells "Hey!" when he is far enough for the boy to start running. One of the most classic Hollywood cliches of all times which just doesn't want to die. See more »


References Scarface (1932) See more »


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By The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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All a dream to begin with. Ain't nobody ever been free.
27 May 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode but it wasn't one of my favorites of the show.

This is the second time that I watch the episode, and I can say that both times I had the same opinion about it: I don't like much that two of the most likable characters died in this episode but I think it is necessary to the plot.

I think Nelson's death was fast and let you no time to process everything that's going on, but it was necessary because of his death, D'Angelo gets the ledger to incriminate Capone at least. And Chalky's death was sad but beautiful and a true tribute to his fans, he's death seems a lot like Richard's death and I like that.

Besides that, there aren't much to add to the plot, the flashbacks maybe with the introduction of a young Gillian, but I don't like Nucky's parts, they feel quite odd but I understand that he needed to recover himself after Sally's death and before the war that is to come.

+ Chalky was the best of the episode.

+ I enjoyed, once again, the little moments of Eli and Nelson.

+ Introduction of Gillian in the flashbacks.

+ The future war.

+ A tribute to the fans.

  • No much to add to the plot.

  • Nucky's scenes.

  • Slow and quite asphyxiating.


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