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"A Dangerous Maid" is the third episode of the second season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 15th episode overall. It was written by executive story editor and first time writer Itamar Moses and directed by Susanna White, also marking her debut on the series. It originally aired on 9 October 2011.


Official synopsis[]

With the Commodore using his Coast Guard connections to put the squeeze on Atlantic City's liquor shipments, Nucky reaches out to Washington's new Attorney General, Harry Daugherty, to return a political favor. In an effort to prove his worth, Owen intervenes on a delivery intended for struggling casino operator Lolly Steinman. Two sets of dinner guests clash at Babette's; Margaret sheds her pretense with Katy and the household staff; Lucy chafes at her enforced loneliness. (HBO Publicity)


Main article: A Dangerous Maid recap

A detailed recap of the episode scene by scene.


First Appearances[]

  1. Joe Masseria, crime boss controlling New York City's South Side.
  2. Edward Edwards, Governor of New Jersey.






  1. Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
  2. Michael Pitt as James "Jimmy" Darmody
  3. Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Schroeder
  4. Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden
  5. Shea Whigham as Sheriff Elias "Eli" Thompson
  6. Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
  7. Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
  8. Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  9. Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
  10. Paz de la Huerta as Lucille "Lucy" Danziger
  11. Michael K. Williams as Albert "Chalky" White (credit only)
  12. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  13. Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
  14. Anthony Laciura as Edward "Eddie" Kessler
  15. with Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody
  16. and Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner

Guest starring[]

  1. Charlie Cox as Owen Sleater
  2. Christopher McDonald as Attorney General Harry Daugherty
  3. Tom Aldredge as Ethan Thompson
  4. Wayne Duvall as Governor Edwards
  5. Danny Burstein as Lolly Steinman
  6. Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky
  7. Kevin O'Rourke as Mayor Edward Bader
  8. Victor Verhaeghe as Ward Boss Damien Fleming
  9. Ivo Nandi as Joe "The Boss" Masseria


1. Pearce Bunting as Bill McCoy
2. Peter Claymore as Grey-Haired Man
3. Stephen DeRosa as Eddie Cantor
4. Greg Harvey as Harrow's man
5. Andrew Kober as Waiter
6. Heather Lind as Katy
7. Mike Lubik as Vitrola delivery man

8. Tracy Lynn Middendorf as Babette
9. Brady and Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody
10. Jacqueline Pennewill as Lillian
11. Tracy Sallows as Katheryn Bader
12. Nisi Sturgis as June Thompson
13. Amy Warren as Pauleen


  1. Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra - "Sally" plays as Lolly tells Fleming his casino is suffering from running low on booze.
  2. APM Studio Musician - "Schalwalzer" plays as Capone tells Nucky that Johnny Torrio has found a new supplier.
  3. Stephen DeRosa - "You'd Be Surprised" sung while Eddie Cantor visits Lucy
  4. Stephen Graham - "Fai La Ninna Mio Simone" sung as Jimmy and Richard enter Jimmy's house to find Al Capone visiting.
  5. Belgian Band Organ - "My Old Kentycky Home" plays as Fleming explains to Nucky about Lolly's light take, Nucky gets a call from the new Attorney General.
  6. Wurlitezer 153 - "My Wild Irish Rose" plays as Owen Slater offeris his services to Nucky.
  7. Paul Whiteman - "Sweet Lady" plays as a delivery man demonstrates the new victrola.
  8. Van & Schenck - "All She'd Say Was Umh Hum" plays as Van Alden return and is transfixed by Lucy dancing to the Victrola.
  9. David Mansfield Entcho Tochkov, Robert Moose - "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" plays as Nucky and The Commodore have a confrontation over Lobster Thermidor.
  10. Haydn Quartet - "In the Evening By The Moonlight" plays as Angela Asks Jimmy about dinner with his father.
  11. Regina Spektor accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "My Man(aka Mon Homme)"


The episode drew 2.856 million viewers. It was up a tenth with adults 18-49 in its third week, rising to 1.2 million in the 18-49 rating.[1]

IGN gave the episode a score of 7.5 out of 10, saying that it had "... a very slow burn of a narrative that spends more time filling in backstory of certain female characters than it did pushing the Nucky vs. Commodore conflict forward." [2]

Memorable Quotes[]


External links[]

Season Two
#01 21#07 Peg of Old
#02 Ourselves Alone#08 Two Boats and a Lifeguard
#03 A Dangerous Maid#09 Battle of the Century
#04 What Does the Bee Do?#10 Georgia Peaches
#05 Gimcrack & Bunkum#11 Under God's Power She Flourishes
#06 The Age of Reason#12 To the Lost