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"New York Sour" is the first (season premiere) episode of the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 37th episode overall. It was written by Executive Producer Howard Korder and directed by Executive Producer Tim Van Patten. It first aired on September 8, 2013. The episode drew 2.38 million US viewers.[1]



Having survived his epic battle with Gyp Rosetti, Nucky makes a peace offering to Joe Masseria while working the odds with Arnold Rothstein. Chalky prepares to open the Onyx Club on the Boardwalk.


February 1924. Nucky, preferring to stay in his room up in the Albatross Hotel and away from the boardwalk, comes to a peace agreement with Masseria and Rothstein. Richard, on his way home to reunite with his sister, leaves some corpses in his wake. Gillian, still an addict but desperate to get her grandson back, is resorting to prostitution until a stranger shows up with a better offer. Revenue Agent Sawicki's new partner, Warren Knox, isn't as naive as he acts. Chalky tries to run the Onyx Club quietly but his right-hand man, Dunn Purnsley, gets into a mess of trouble with a booking-agent and his wife.



First Appearances[]

  1. Roy Phillips, executive with the Piggly Wiggly market chain.
  2. Ralph Capone, Al Capone's eldest brother.
  3. Frank Capone, Al Capone's brother.
  4. Warren Knox, agent of Bureau of Investigation.


  1. Agent Stan Sawicki - Shot by a booby trap.
  2. Elmer Borst - Shot by Agent Warren Knox.
  3. Dickie Pastor - Stabbed to death by Dunn Purnsley.
  4. Archie - Throat slit by Richard Harrow.
  5. Bert - Shot by Richard Harrow.
  6. Franklin Werner - Shot by Richard Harrow.




  1. Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
  2. Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Thompson (credit only)
  3. Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden / George Mueller (credit only)
  4. Shea Whigham as Eli Thompson
  5. Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
  6. Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  7. Vincent Piazza as Salvatore Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
  8. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White
  9. Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
  10. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  11. Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
  12. Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips
  13. Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
  14. and Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody

Guest Starring[]

  1. Dominic Chianese as Leander Cephas Whitlock
  2. Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky
  3. Brian Geraghty as Agent Warren Knox
  4. Domenick Lombardozzi as Ralph Capone
  5. Ben Rosenfield as William Thompson
  6. Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
  7. Chris Caldovino as Tonino Sandrelli
  8. Ivo Nandi as Joe Masseria
  9. Wrenn Schmidt as Julia Sagorsky
  10. Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio
  11. Stephen DeRosa as Eddie Cantor
  12. Morgan Spector as Frank Capone


1. Joseph Aniska as Agent Stan Sawicki
2. Jo Armeniox as Alma Pastor
3. Jeremy Bobb as Dickie Pastor
4. Mark Borkowski as Paul Sagorsky
5. Tricia Burns as Cicero Prostitute 1
6. Joseph Anthony Byrd as Sterling
7. Johann Carlo as Teresina Capone
8. Rick Crom as the Sagorsky's attorney
9. DeWitt Fleming, Jr. as Tap dancer 1
10. Annika Franklin as a Cicero Prostitute 2
11. Lola Eve Freidenstine as Anne Thompson
12. Madeline Getty as Nora Thompson
13. Jared Grimes as Tap dancer 2
14. Emma Holzer as Edith Thompson
15. Gene Jones as an Indiana Counter Man
16. Maddie Jo Landers as Pauline

17. Marcella Lentz-Pope as Mae Capone
18. Steve Luker as Gillian's customer
19. Robert Emmet Lunney as a Custody court judge
20. Christopher McLinden as Robert Elwood St. John
21. Wade Mylius as Elmer Borst
22. Tommy Nohilly as Bert
23. Peter Patrikios as Archie
24. Charlie Plummer as Michael Thompson
25. James Riordan as Franklin Werner
26. Andy Schneeflock
27. Nisi Sturgis as June Thompson
28. Mary Vanarsdel as Werner's secretary
29. Craig Waletzko as "Jumping" Joe Klenah
30. Katherine Waterston as Emma Harrow

31. Elizabeth Wright as Cicero prostitute 3
32. Brandon Zumsteg as Brian Thompson
33. Chloe Arnold as Onyx Club Dancer 1
34. Maud Arnold as Onyx Club Dancer 2
35. Brittany Engel-Adams as Onyx Club Dancer 3
36. Karida Griffith as Onyx Club Dancer 4
37. Afra Hines as Onyx Club Dancer 5
38. Nicole J. Johnson as Onyx Club Dancer 6
39. Jennifer Jones as Onyx Club Dancer 7
40. Marla McReynolds as Onyx Club Dancer 8
41. Erin Moore as Onyx Club Dancer 9
42. Jae Ponder as Onyx Club Dancer 10
43. Celestine Rae as Onyx Club Dancer 11
44. Jennifer Rias as Onyx Club Dancer 12


  1. Joseph DiMartino as a Four Deuces Bartender
  2. Steve Garfanti as a Capone bodyguard


Opening credits[]

  1. Meredith Tucker - Casting
  2. Bill Groom - Production Designer
  3. Kate Sanford, A.C.E. - Editor
  4. David Franco - Director of Photography
  5. Rick Yorn - Producer
  6. Joseph E. Iberti - Episodic Producer
  7. Dennis Lehane - Consulting Producer
  8. Eugene Kelly - Co-Executive Producer
  9. Howard Korder - Executive Producer
  10. Tim Van Patten - Executive Producer
  11. Stephen Levinson - Executive Producer
  12. Mark Wahlberg - Executive Producer
  13. Martin Scorcese - Executive Producer
  14. Terence Winter - Executive Producer
  15. Terence Winter - Creator
  16. Howard Korder - Writer
  17. Tim Van Patten - Director

Closing credits[]

  1. Stephen Pope - Stunt Coordinator
  2. Brad Carpenter - Co-Producer
  3. Dhana Rivera Gilbert - Unit Production Manager
  4. Joseph E. Iberti - Unit Production Manager
  5. Julie A. Bloom - First Assistant Director (AD)
  6. Jessica Pollini - Second AD
  7. Pepper O'Brien - Co-Producer
  8. John Dunn - Costume Designer
  9. Lisa Padovani - Co-Costume Designer
  10. Randall Poster - Music Supervisor
  11. Lesley Robson-Foster - Visual Effects Supervisor
  12. David Matthews - Executive Story Editor
  13. Cristine Chambers - Staff Writer
  14. Jennifer Ames - Staff Writer
  15. Steve Turner - Staff Writer
  16. John Flavin - Associate Producer
  17. Russ Hammonds - Associate Producer
  18. Pat Birch - Choreographer
  19. Deanna Dys - Assistant Choreographer
  20. Nelson Johnson - Based on his book Boardwalk Empire


  1. Bennie Krueger and His Orchestra - "How Many Times" plays as Bert & Archie enquire about the distance to Columbus, Ohio.
  2. Peter Yarin - "Mule Walk" plays as Dickie auditions performers for Chalky.
  3. Peter Yarin - "Hard Hearted Harlan" plays as Nucky meets with Masseria and other enemies from New York.
  4. Peter Yarin - "Everybody Loves My Baby" - plays as Rothstein leaves Nucky alone as the showgirls rehearse.
  5. Herb Wiedoft's Cinderella Roof Orchestra - "Everything's Hotsy Totsy Now" - Capone unloads his girls from the truck and ushers them inside.
  6. Lopez & Hamilton's Kings of Harmony -"Bluein' the Blues" plays as Torrio shows Capone a newspaper article with his name misspelled.
  7. Edison Venetian Trio - "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still" plays as Gillian meets a prospective buyer but is just selling herself.
  8. Ben Rosenfield - "Fight Temple Fight" sung by William Thompson at the Thompson family dinner.
  9. Lena Wilson - "Triflin Blues" plays as Purnsley and Alma's rendezvous.
  10. Venetian Instrumental Trio - "Memories of Home" plays as Gillian snorts a bump of heroin and flirts with a real prospective buyer.
  11. Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks - "Everybody Loves My Baby" plays as Nucky & Pauline enjoy the show.
  12. Louis Armstrong & Maggi Jones - "Good Time Flat Blues" (aka Farwell to Storyville) plays as Agent Knox shoots Elmer and leaves Sawicki to die.
  13. Isham Jones - "I'll See You in My Dreams" plays as Nucky gets dressed after sleeping with Pauline.
  14. Matt Keefe - "Everybody Loves My Baby" played during end Credits.


Memorable Quotes[]

...and he borrows coats, what is he an orphan? - Elias "EliThompson


External links[]

Season Four
#01 "New York Sour"#07 "William Wilson"
#02 "Resignation"#08 "The Old Ship of Zion"
#03 "Acres of Diamonds"#09 "Marriage and Hunting"
#04 "All In"#10 "White Horse Pike"
#05 "Erlkonig"#11 "Havre De Grace"
#06 "The North Star"#12 "Farewell Daddy Blues"