"What Jesus Said" is the third episode of the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 51st episode overall. It was written by Executive Story Editor Cristine Chambers and Executive Producer Howard Korder and helmed by regular director Ed Bianchi. It first aired on September 21st, 2014.



Margaret finds herself in a pickle due to her dealings with the late Arnold Rothstein when his widow starts snooping around his affairs. Meanwhile, Chalky wonders where his latest partnership is going; Nucky talks shop with a prominent businessman from Boston; Luciano and Siegel try to strike a deal with Narcisse in Harlem; and in 1884, a young Nucky works hard at the hotel and catches the eye of a girl who's vacationing with her parents.


First AppearencesEdit


  1. Milton - Killed with hammer by Chalky White.
  2. Narcisse's Brothel doorman - Shot in the head by Red Levine.
  3. Narcisse's prostitutes - Shot by Bugsy Siegel and Red Levine.




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

Guest StarringEdit

  1. Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet
  2. Matt Letscher as Joseph Kennedy
  3. Mary Bacon as Marie
  4. Olivia Nikkanen as Fern
  5. Boris McGiver as Sheriff Peter Lindsay, 1884
  6. John Ellison Conlee as Commodore Louis Kaestner, 1884
  7. Travis Tope as Tommy Darmody
  8. Nolan Lyons as Enoch Thompson, 1884
  9. Michael Zegen as Bugsy Siegel
  10. Paul Calderon as Arquimedes
  11. Shae D'Lyn as Carolyn Rothstein
  12. John C. Vennema as Lawrence Conors


  1. Joel Briel
  2. Carl Burrows
  3. Nicholas Calhoun as Sean
  4. Brian Cali
  5. Byrne Davis, Jr. as Whiskey Whiskers
  6. Christopher J. Domig as the Corner Hotel manager
  7. Caroline Grossman as Mabel
  8. Mark Hamlet
  9. Sara King as the Bartender
  10. John P. Keller as Mr. Beckert
  11. Paul Krasner as a Hobo
  12. David Neal Levin
  13. Georgie Ximenes Lifsher as Kitty
  14. Thomas Lyons
  15. Victoria Mack
  16. Martin Markaj as Red Levine
  17. Warner Miller as Milton
  18. Mary Murphy
  19. R. Alex Murray
  20. Richard Rowan
  21. Richard Saudek
  22. Donna Kendall Stearns
  23. Daniel J. Watts as the Narcisse Brothel doorman
  24. Michael Winther as Conors & Gould attorney
  25. Victoria Finehout-Vigil as a dancer
  26. Colleen Grate as a dancer
  27. Anne Hugus as a dancer
  28. Katherine Roarty as a dancer
  29. Courtney Rottenberger as a dancer
  30. Jessy Smith as a dancer


Opening creditsEdit

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

Closing creditsEdit

  1. Chris Place - Stunt Coordinator
  2. Dhana Rivera Gilbert - Unit Production Manager
  3. Joseph E. Iberti - Unit Production Manager
  4. Julie A. Bloom - First Assistant Director (AD)
  5. Jessica Pollini - 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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