Boardwalk Empire – Season Three – Episode Four – Blue Bell Boy Recap
Apparently, bullying is not just a contemporary problem. Al Capone’s (Stephen Graham III) son was bullied. Al Capone’s son was also disabled with a hearing impairment. Al’s worker was fat and had a perspiration problem that caused him to smell. Al’s worker was bullied for this condition by one of Al’s competitors. Based on this, Al used his best anti-bullying intervention: he beat the living daylights out of him and told him this is what you get when you pick on someone who can’t defend himself. This seemed effective. Not certain that this would be the preferred approach today though.
Margaret (Kelly McDonald) is passing out flyers for the new womens health clinic she fought for after receiving a list of “no-nos” from a nun connected to the project. She meets with mostly resistance and lack of enthusiasm until she talks to the woman who inspired the project when she bled in front of her and lost her child. This woman informs Margaret that she is aware of the clinic and will be attending. Her husband comes out and begs for more time in payment, thinking Margaret is a bill collector from the hospital. She tells him her purpose and he tells his wife and Margaret that they are going to try for another child as soon as his wife is feeling better. His wife looks angry and trapped as they walk away.
Meanwhile, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox) go after what turns out to be a very young man who has been stealing their inventory. They spend most of the episode hiding under the stairs while the place is raided. The young man tries hard to charm Nucky and Sleater but does not succeed. In the end, Nucky ends his life right after the young man asks him for a job.
At the same time, Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks) has been ordered by Nucky not to take the main road to New York for his deliveries as he is concerned that Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Carnivale) will ambush both Nucky’s booze and his men. Nucky’s brother Eli (Shea Whigham) tries to talk Mickey out of his decision to disobey Nucky and take the main highway. Mickey decided to do this because Rothstein put pressure on him over the phone and the back roads are impassable in the winter. Concerned, Eli goes ahead and oversees the plot to ambush the delivery. He stands in the middle of the road and tries to stop the convoy but is unsuccessful. At the end of the episode, despite Nucky informing him earlier that his decision to allow Eli to go to jail instead of killing him is the last chance he will give him, agrees to talk to Eli about “something else.”
In the world of Boardwalk Empire, violence is the answer to violence. Much has changed since 1923, or has it?
Gary Zarchy has been an avid film and theatre fan since childhood. He grew up close to New York City and was exposed to movies and theatre from an early age. His interest in the arts eventually led him to a career in fine arts where he owned an art gallery in SoHo in New York City and an art publishing company in Phoenix, Arizona, his adopted home. Zarchy reinvented himself by channeling his enthusiasm for people into psychotherapy after achieving a masters degree in counseling. Along with this, he thoroughly enjoys his role as a University instructor. Films and theatre continue as his passion to this day.
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