Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Acres of Diamonds 

Former bootlegger associate Bill McCoy talks Nucky into partnering with a local Tampa hood, and Narcisse attempts to come between Nunn and Chalky.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson (credit only)
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson (credit only)
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone (credit only)
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano (credit only)
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler (credit only)
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston ... Richard Harrow
Ron Livingston ... Roy Phillips
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
Patricia Arquette ... Sally Wheet


Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy. While there he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy Jazz singer, Daughter Maitland, to perform at the Onyx and gauges Dunn Purnsley's allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli's son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips' wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

22 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Bill McCoy: When I was caught, I had my ship confiscted. It was his scotch on board.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: How much?
Bill McCoy: Almost 200 grand. He was there waiting for me the day I got out of jail. He was the first thing when my eyes to the sunlight.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: If you needed money, why didn't you ask me?
Bill McCoy: Because I wanted to earn it. I'm not some kind of charity case, am I? He said if I made the intro, got you involved as his partner, he'd forgive the debt.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: I'm supposed to partner with some two-bit fuckin' hillbilly?
Bill McCoy: He's a big man ariund these ...
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Straight Up and Down
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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Love Laughs At Willie Thompson
3 February 2016 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

I thought Season Four of BOARDWALK EMPIRE was off to a strong start, especially with the African American characters taking greater prominence and some very violent and exciting sexual machinations going on behind the scenes at Chalky White's club.

Then came this episode, and all of a sudden BOARDWALK EMPIRE is like an old, really bad, Andy Hardy movie. Lame teenagers getting drunk for no reason. Endless teen whining about dad being mean.

Willie Thompson: "Gee, I've just got to get some booze for the party! I can make out with all the girls if I just have enough booze!"

Instead of moping around the family farm, why can't Richard Harrow come back to town and kill all the whiny teens?

Meanwhile, Chalky's new nemesis Dr. Libya, is like something out of Marvel Comics. "I am the evil Dr. Libya. I am an educated black man who wants to take over the world!" Gee, racist script much? Who wrote this tripe, a repressed, closet racist Catholic from Boston?

No, it was award-winning mystery writer Dennis Lehane!

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