"Cuanto" is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 52nd episode overall. It was co-written by Executive Producer Howard Korder, Executive Story Editor Cristine Chambers & series creator and Executive Producer Terence Winter and helmed by returning director Jake Paltrow. It first aired on September 28th, 2014



Nucky Thompson is forced to remain in Atlantic City when heavy rain prevents him flying to Cuba. He spends the time reconnecting with his wife, Margaret. Flashbacks to his childhood in 1884 follow him introducing his brother to the wealthy tourist lifestyle he briefly observed while working for the Commodore before his summer job ended. Nucky and Eli are caught trespassing in a room at the Corner Hotel by Sheriff Lindsay. He takes pity on them and brings them home for a meal with his family. While Nucky is out of the country political unrest in Cuba grows and Sally Wheet runs afoul of the military while looking after Nucky's interests.

Al Capone flaunts his notoriety when Charlie Luciano visits Chicago to propose a criminal coalition. Luciano recognises Nelson Van Alden and exposes his identity but Van Alden convinces Capone to spare his life. Luciano's visit frustrates Capone and he brutally murders a subordinate shortly after Luciano leaves, then calls Nucky to warn him that Luciano is a threat.


First AppearancesEdit





  1. Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
  2. Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Thompson
  3. Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden
  4. Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson
  5. Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  6. Vincent Piazza as Salvatore Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
  7. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White (credit only)
  8. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  9. Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
  10. Ben Rosenfield as Willie Thompson (credit only)
  11. Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody (credit only)

Guest StarringEdit

  1. Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet
  2. Ian Hart as Ethan Thompson, 1884
  3. Boris McGiver as Sheriff Peter Lindsay, 1884
  4. Domenick Lombardozzi as Ralph Capone
  5. Matt Letscher as Joseph Kennedy
  6. John Ellison Conlee as Commodore Louis Kaestner, 1884
  7. Erin Dilly as Elenore Thompson, 1884
  8. Travis Tope as Tommy Darmody
  9. Louis Cancelmi as Mike D'Angelo
  10. Paul Calderon as Arquimedes
  11. Michael Countryman as Frank Wilson
  12. Nolan Lyons as Enoch Thompson, 1884
  13. Oakes Fegley as Elias Thompson, 1884
  14. Edward Carnevale as Cenzo


  1. Nicholas Calhoun as Sean
  2. Joe Caniano as Jake Guzik
  3. Matt D'Amico as a Capone entourage member
  4. Christopher J. Domig as the Corner Hotel manager, 1884
  5. Lee Godart as Maxime Ronis
  6. Tristan Laurence as Arris' assistant
  7. Mike Massimino as a Capone entourage member
  8. Rudy Mungaray as the Cuban Captain
  9. Tommy Nelson as Ned Lindsay, 1884
  10. Grace Van Patten as Ruth Lindsay, 1884
  11. Jorge Pupo as the Cuban Bank Manager
  12. Blair Sams as Mrs Lindsay, 1884
  13. Jessy Smith as the dancer at the Old Rumpus
  14. Andrea Sooch as Pauline, the Lindsay's maid, 1884
  15. Sean Stanco as a Bodyguard


Opening creditsEdit

  1. Meredith Tucker - Casting
  2. Bill Groom - Production Designer
  3. Tim Streeto, A.C.E. - Editor
  4. Perri B. Frank - Editor
  5. Bill Coleman - Director of Photography
  6. Dhana Rivera Gilbert - Co-Producer
  7. Pepper O'Brien - Co-Producer
  8. Brad Carpenter - Producer
  9. Rick Yorn - Producer
  10. Allen Coulter - Producer
  11. Joseph E. Iberti - Episodic Producer
  12. Eugene Kelly - Executive Producer
  13. Howard Korder - Executive Producer
  14. Tim Van Patten - Executive Producer
  15. Stephen Levinson - Executive Producer
  16. Mark Wahlberg - Executive Producer
  17. Martin Scorsese - Executive Producer
  18. Terence Winter - Executive Producer
  19. Terence Winter - Creator
  20. Terence Winter - Writer
  21. & Howard Korder - Writer
  22. & Cristine Chambers - Writer
  23. Jake Paltrow - Director

Closing creditsEdit

  1. Chris Place - Stunt Coordinator
  2. Dhana Rivera Gilbert - Unit Production Manager
  3. Joseph E. Iberti - Unit Production Manager
  4. Jude Gorjanc - First Assistant Director (AD)
  5. Ted O'Connor - Second AD
  6. Lesley Robson-Foster - Visual Effects Supervisor
  7. John Flavin - Co-Producer
  8. John Dunn - Costume Designer
  9. Lisa Padovani - Co-Costume Designer
  10. Randall Poster - Music Supervisor
  11. Cristine Chambers - Executive Story Editor
  12. Russ Hammonds - Associate Producer
  13. Pat Birch - Choreographer
  14. Deanna Dys - Assistant Choreographer
  15. David Yazbek - Original Music
  16. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - Recorded Songs
  17. Nelson Johnson - Based on his book Boardwalk Empire



Memorable QuotesEdit


External LinksEdit

Season Five
#01 "Golden Days for Boys and Girls"#05 "King of Norway"
#02 "The Good Listener"#06 "Devil You Know"
#03 "What Jesus Said"#07 "Friendless Child"
#04 "Cuanto"#08 "Eldorado"
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