"The Old Ship of Zion" is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 44th episode overall. The episode was written by Staff Writer Cristine Chambers and Executive Producer Howard Korder and directed by Executive Producer Tim Van Patten. It first aired on October 27, 2013.



Nucky’s shipment from Florida arrives with some unexpected cargo. Eli is backed into a corner Agent Knox uncovers new dirt on the Thompsons. After talking things over with Nucky, Willie reconsiders his recent life choices. Chalky throws down the gauntlet to Valentin Narcisse, upholding his leadership on the Northside.



Appearances Edit

First Appearances Edit

Deaths Edit

  1. Moses, heroin dealer - Shot by Dunn Purnsley.
  2. Dunn Purnsley - Stabbed in back by Daughter Maitland.




  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 (credit only)
  6. Stephen Graham as Al Capone (credit only)
  7. Vincent Piazza as Salvatore Charlie "Lucky" Luciano (credit only)
  8. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White
  9. Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler (credit only)
  10. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  11. Jack Huston as Richard Harrow (credit only)
  12. Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips (credit only)
  13. Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse
  14. and Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody (credit only)

Guest StarringEdit

  1. Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet
  2. Brian Geraghty as Warren Knox
  3. Ben Rosenfield as Willie Thompson
  4. Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
  5. Kevin O'Rourke as Edward Bader
  6. Ty Michael Robinson as Samuel Crawford


  1. Gregory Abbey
  2. Dionne Audain as Mrs. Tremaine
  3. Margot Bingham as Daughter Maitland
  4. Surya Botofasina
  5. Mike Britt
  6. Narada Campbell
  7. Owen Campbell as Clayton Davies
  8. Justiin Davis as Lester White
  9. Drena De Niro as Negrablanca
  10. Noel Dinneen as Mickey's Warehouse Guard 2
  11. Ananias J. Dixon
  12. Loren Dunn as Ben Hoffman
  13. Venida Evans as Ada Monroe
  14. Lola Eve Freidenstine as Anne Thompson
  15. Madeline Getty as Nora Thompson
  16. Tyson Hall
  17. Emma Holzer as Edith Thompson
  18. Christina Jackson as Maybelle White
  19. Jacob H. Knoll
  20. Aaron Krohn
  21. Irungu Mutu
  22. Marcus Naylor
  23. Charlie Plummer as Michael Thompson
  24. Horace V. Rogers
  25. Nisi Sturgis as June Thompson
  26. Dominique Swift as Adeline White
  27. Natalie Wachen as Lenore White
  28. Jacob A. Ware as Agent Selby
  29. Tommar Wilson as Carter
  30. Brandon Zumsteg as Brian Thompson


  1. Domenic Ambroselli as Dermott Thompson
  2. Unknown as Kathleen Thompson


Opening creditsEdit

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

Closing creditsEdit

  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. Jude Gorjanc - First Assistant Director (AD)
  6. Ted O'Connor - 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. Nelson Johnson - Based on his book Boardwalk Empire



Memorable QuotesEdit


External linksEdit

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"
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