"Two Boats and a Lifeguard" is the eighth episode of Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire, and the 20th episode overall. It was written by executive producer and series creator Terence Winter and was directed by executive producer Tim Van Patten. It aired on 13 November 2011.
Nucky Thompson has problems on multiple fronts. Since his brush with death he is having strange dreams and getting little sleep. Margaret Schroeder is worried about her sick daughter and the safety of Nucky and her family after the shooting. Esther Randolph continues to build the legal case against him. He confirms that Jimmy Darmody is behind the assassination attempt. Finally his father, Ethan Thompson, dies. Nucky takes advice from Johnny Torrio and Arnold Rothstein and decides to feign retirement and go to Ireland to raise funds for a counterattack. He asks Chalky White to orchestrate a strike by African American workers while he is gone.
Jimmy faces mounting frustration with his allies: Manny Horvitz is pressuring him for money; Mickey Doyle continues to irritate him; his wife Angela forces him to be honest with her about his business dealings; and he is deaf to warnings about Nucky from Eli Thompson. He loses control at a victory party after Nucky's retirement and throws Mickey from the balcony onto a table in front of Manny. Angela attends a different party and kisses a new acquaintance, Louise.
- Main article: Two Boats and a Lifeguard recap
A detailed recap of the episode scene by scene.
- Sigrid, Abigail Van Alden's nanny.
- Louise, Angela Darmody's new girlfriend.
- Michael Thompson, one of Eli Thompson's sons.
- Patrick Thompson, another of Eli's sons.
- Guido Diero - "Oh, Those Days" plays as Capone talk to Jimmy on the phone and Torrio tells Capone to keep him out of what he's doing.
- Rae Eleanor Ball - "Venetian Moon" plays as Sigrid comes home to Van Alden for the first time.
- Christiane Seidel - "Trollmors Voggesang" sung by Sigrid while taking care for Abigail.
- Belgian Band Organ - "Yellow Rose of Texas" plays as Nucky is having a meeting with Esther Randolph and Clifford Lathrop.
- Belgian Band Organ - "Onward Christian Soldiers" plays as Nucky is having a meeting with Esther Randolph and Clifford Lathrop.
- Jim Frier - "Trombone Noodling" plays as Louise's is causing disturbance on the beach and Angela pays her fine.
- Glorius Regina Music Box - "Under the Double Eagle" plays as Louise's causing disturbance on the beach and Angela pays her fine.
- Alma Gluck - "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" plays as Margaret and Nucky discuss greed, their future and signs from god.
- Vienna Instrumental Quartet - "In Vienna" plays as Nucky arrives at the armory and the surplus machine guns are unloaded by the Nationa Guard.
- Wurlitzer 157 - "Skater's Waltz" plays as Van alden and Sawicki understand each other.
- Spencer Moses - "Big Bad Bill(Is Sweet William Now)"
- Helen Louis and Frank Ferera - "Hapa Haole Hula Girl" plays as Angela & Louise meet Arther Lash.
- Spencer Moses - "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" plays as Angela & Louise kiss.
- Neapolitan Trio - "Happy Days" plays as Nucky asks Teddy and Emily to call him dad.
- Christiane Seidel - "Trollmors Voggesang" plays as Van Alden comes home and finds Sigrid singing to Abigail, pulls out a pouch of money from his pants.
- Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" plays as Nucky wants Chalky to call a city-wide African-American strike.
- Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "The Sheik of Araby" plays as A large crowd dances to Raucous jazz. Neary reads from the paper as they celebrate their conquer of Atlantic City.
- Leon Redbone accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "The Sheik of Araby" plays as Margaret rocks a feverish, crying Emily, end credits.
- "I make my living, Mr. Thompson, in large part as a gambler. Some days I make 20 bets, some days I make none. There are weeks, sometimes months in fact, when I don't make any bet at all because there is simply no play. So I wait, plan, marshal my resources, and when I finally see my opportunity and there is a bet to make... I bet it all." (Arnold Rothstein)
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