"Boardwalk Empire" is the first episode of the first season of Boardwalk Empire, and the series pilot episode. The episode was adapted by Terence Winter from the non-fiction book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson. It was directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese. It originally aired on September 19, 2010.
On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic County Treasurer Nucky Thompson condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is seen by Margaret Schroeder, a pregnant housewife who later comes to him for help in getting her alcoholic husband Hans a job. But Nucky is duplicitous and that same night he privately shares with his ward bosses, his brother Sheriff Eli Thompson and the Mayor of Atlantic City a plan to make huge profits selling bootlegged liquor. At a Countdown to Prohibition party at Babette's Supper Club, Nucky assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet and former protegé of his, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger and better things. Jimmy, however, has higher aspirations - as well as a lack of patience - and ends up making a deal behind Nucky's back that could have dire consequences for the both of them.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Summary[edit | edit source]
Recap[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Boardwalk Empire recap
A detailed recap of the episode scene by scene.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
First appearances[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]
- Davey Murdoch and three more men working for Arnold Rothstein - Shot by Jimmy Darmody and Al Capone.
- Hans Schroeder - Beaten to death by Eli under orders of Nucky Thompson.
- James "Big Jim" Colosimo - Shot by Frankie Yale under orders of Johnny Torrio.
Production[edit | edit source]
Cast[edit | edit source]
Co-starring[edit | edit source]
Music[edit | edit source]
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Straight Up and Down": Intro.
- Seabreeze Park Wurlitzer Band Organ "So Long Oo Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?)" plays as whiskey is loaded onto the boat and during Boardwalk Festivities.
- Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks - "Battle Hymn Of The Republic/Livery Stable Blues/Taps/Tiger Rag" plays as Boardwalk festivities takes place and during the countdown to Prohibition.
- Craig Duncan - "Fascination": plays as Van Alden watches the mobsters; Margaret waits for Nucky.
- Seabreeze Park Wurlitzer Band Organ - "Tenting In The Old Campground" plays as Nucky gives Margaret money.
- Sophie Tucker - "Some Of These Days" plays as Nucky walks by the Baby Incubators storefront.
- Boardwalk Empire String Quartet - "String Quartet No. 5 In F Minor" plays as the mobsters are having dinner.
- Zee Confrey - "By The Waters Of Minnetonka"
- Sophie Tucker - "Good Morning Judge" plays as Hans beats Margaret.
- Flo Bert - "Don't Take Away Those Blues" plays as Nucky hears about Margaret being beaten.
- Oliver Kline - "An Old Fashioned Garden" plays as Nucky visits the Commodore.
- Eddie Cantor - "I Never Knew I Had a Wonderful Wife (Till the Town Went Dry)": Nucky visits Margaret at the hospital, Jimmy plays with Tommy while Angela paints.
- Al Jolson - "Avalon" plays as Capone drives down the highway; Nucky looks inside Lady Jean's.
- W.G. Haenschen and T.T. Schiffer - "Sunset Medley: A Bunch Of Blues/Babes In The Woods" plays as Capone drives to Chicago; Eli grabs Hans; Nucky applies aftershave.
- Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks featuring Stephen De Rosa - "I Never Knew I Had a Wonderful Wife"plays during end Credits.
- Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - "Whispering" plays as Torrio introduces Nucky to Colosimo, Rothstein and Charlie Luciano.
- Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - "The Japanese Sandman" plays as Nucky visits Lolly's Casino.
Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "To those beautiful ignorant bastards!" -- Nucky Thompson (toasting the U.S. Congress)
- "First rule of politics, kiddo: never let the truth get in the way of a good story." -- Nucky Thompson
- "Do you know who dies for their country? Fucking rubes." -- Nucky Thompson
- "We'll take alls we can get up to two thousand crates a month." -- Lucky Luciano
- "You young fellas... no appreciation for the art of conversation." -- Nucky Thompson
- "I would be honored to name my child after you." Margaret Schroeder (To Nucky)
- "Nucky, I'm not the same kid that left. I seen things... I've done things." -- Jimmy Darmody
References[edit | edit source]
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- "Boardwalk Empire" at HBO.com
- "Boardwalk Empire" on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
- "Boardwalk Empire" at TV.com
- "Boardwalk Empire" on Wikipedia
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