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Carl Switzer, played by John Bolton, is a supporting character in Season 2's premiere episode, "21".



Carl Switzer is the head waiter (maître) at Preston's, an upscale restaurant in Atlantic City.

Season 2[]

Carl Switzer serves Nelson and Rose Van Alden when they go to Preston’s Restaurant for their 13th anniversary ("lucky 13th", as he puts it). Switzer asks if they want something to drink, noting that they “can fulfill most requests”. Rose is outraged; she’s convinced that Switzer was offering alcohol and asks Nelson to arrest him. He refuses saying that they are there to dinner, but after seeing an employee carrying an obvious case of liquor to the store he excuses himself saying that he has to go to the washing room.

After they finish their meal, Nelson makes a gift to Rose and then asks Switzer if they have champagne or whiskey for sale. When Switzer says they do, Van Alden punches him and knocks his face against the table. He then announces that the place is being raided by the Bureau of Prohibition as several armed agents burst in. The money in the register and the liquor is confiscated, the restaurant closed down and Switzer arrested for violation of the Volstead Act.

A sidenote: Carl Switzer is the actual name of the child actor who played "Alfalfa" in Our Gang. Was someone on the Boardwalk Empire writing team a fan?


Season two appearances
21 Ourselves Alone A Dangerous Maid What Does the Bee Do?
Gimcrack & Bunkum The Age of Reason Peg of Old Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Battle of the Century Georgia Peaches Under God's Power She Flourishes To the Lost