"Home" is the seventh episode of the first season of Boardwalk Empire, and the seventh episode overall. The episode was written by executive producer Tim Van Patten & freelance writer Paul Simms and directed by Allen Coulter.
Nucky and Eli's father is becoming increasingly frail and losing his independence. Returning to his childhood home causes Nucky to ruminate on his violent, unhappy upbringing. Jimmy attends a veteran's hospital due to increasing pain from his battlefield injury. He meets Richard Harrow, a veteran sniper with a horrific facial injury. Jimmy recruits Richard in a plan to kill the gangster who cut Pearl's face. Lucky Luciano starts a collaboration with the D'Alessio brothers to harm Nucky. Nucky burns his father's house down to finish with the past.
In Chicago, Jimmy consults a doctor about pain in his leg, and agrees to a psychological test administered to many veterans. While waiting for the test, Jimmy meets Richard Harrow, a severely wounded veteran who wears a tin mask over his disfigured face. Harrow, a former sniper, is convinced by Jimmy not to submit to the test. Jimmy brings Harrow back to the brothel and gets him a prostitute. In Atlantic City, Jimmy's estranged fiance, Angela, proves to be having an affair with photographer Robert Dittrich's wife, Mary.
Meyer Lansky offers Chalky White a deal to start a new bootlegging business; Chalky believes Nucky is testing his loyalty and sends Lansky away. Lansky and Luciano then ally with the D'Alessio brothers to set up their new bootlegging operation. Luciano suggests financing the venture by robbing Nucky's casino, with his assistance in return for a one-half share of the money for his boss, Arnold Rothstein.
Nucky and Eli's father has an accident at his home, and Eli takes him in. Nucky agrees to give his father's home to an associate, Damien Flemming, who has an infant child. Lucy confronts Nucky over his relationship with Margaret. Later, at his father's house, Nucky tells Margaret about his childhood abuse by his father.
Van Alden bargains with a potential informant, Billy, who assisted Jimmy in the earlier robbery and murder at one of Rothstein's operations.
Jimmy confronts Liam, the rival mobster who had disfigured his girlfriend Pearl, leading to her homicide. After Jimmy leaves, Harrow kills Liam with a rifle shot from a sniper's perch.
Nucky and his father have an unpleasant encounter as they look over the now-remodeled home. Nucky then sets the house ablaze. When the startled Damien arrives, Nucky gives him a large cash payment to "find a better place to live."
- Main article: Home recap
A detailed recap of the episode scene by scene.
- Richard Harrow, a disfigured sniper that Jimmy befriends at a veterans hospital in Chicago.
- Meyer Lansky, a young pupil of Arnold Rothstein.
- Carl Surran, a doctor in Atlantic City.
- Harry Prince, an AC businessman, friend of Nucky Thompson and boyfriend of Annabelle.
- Odette, a prostitute at the Four Deuces.
- Victor Herbert - "Chanson Triste, Op- 40 No. 2" plays as Capone finds out where Liam is and tells Jimmy.
- James Reese Europe - "Indianola" plays as "Mr. Lewis" plays Chalky a visit.
- Bob Barratt, Edward Elgar, Colin Fretcher - "Salut d'Amour" plays as Nucky chats with Ward Boss Fleming about his family.
- George Wilson - "Birthday Cheer" plays as Nucky offers Fleming the house.
- Martin Price - "Parlour Soung" plays as Annabelle talks to Margaret.
- Alice Green & Harry McDonough - "They Didn't Believe Me" plays as asngela and Mary Dittrich are together.
- Ehud Asherie - "Dat's Ma Honey" plays as Jimmy has a drink with Richard, introduces him to Odette.
- Mark Shane & Catherine Russel - "Crazy Blues" plays as Nucky & Margaret go on a double date.
- Mark Shane - "Harlem Strut" plays as Nucky & Margaret go on a double date.
- Mark Shane & Jim Fryer - "Carolina Shout" plays as Nucky & Margaret go on a double date.
- E. Power Biggs - "Toccata in d minor" plays as Richard snipes Liam; Lucy watches Jekyll & Hyde.
- Marion Harris - "Don't Leave Me Daddy" plays as Ward Boss Fleming pulls up to see his house ablaze and during the end credits.
The episode dropped a bit in total viewers but was steady with adults 18–49. 2.670 million viewers watched the episode.
IGN gave the episode 8 out of 10 calling it "Impressive." They said "The scene in the diner where Pearl's attacker is taken out is near-perfect, blemished only by a directorial choice that draws too much attention to itself. Michael Pitt's delivery of the story about Jimmy shooting a German soldier, while the German tried to make it over barbed-wire fencing, applies the right amount of tension to the scene – moments before the man on the receiving end of the conversation gets a sniper's bullet to the face. A shot Panic Room-ing through the window's bullet hole to reveal Harrow as the shooter clashes with the show's 'less is more' shooting style, (It's the most stylistic flourish since the pilot)."
- "Well, mmm, you use it to kill people...it's very good for that." — Richard Harrow after asking Jimmy what he does with his Colt 1903 handgun.
- "Find a better place to live" - Nucky upon burning down his childhood home.
|#01 Boardwalk Empire||#07 Home|
|#02 The Ivory Tower||#08 Hold Me in Paradise|
|#03 Broadway Limited||#09 Belle Femme|
|#04 Anastasia||#10 The Emerald City|
|#05 Nights in Ballygran||#11 Paris Green|
|#06 Family Limitation||#12 A Return to Normalcy|