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Boardwalk Empire Final Season Recap – Episode 7 “Friendless Child”

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Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) and Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) recap episode 7 of the final season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, “Friendless Child”.

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Show Notes:kidgun

Directed by: Allen Coulter

Written by: Riccardo DiLoreto, Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder


What did we think of Madeleine Rose Yen performance of young Gillian?

Young Gillian seems to be very bright, is that from reading a lot of books in the orphanage?

Why does Sheriff Lindsay want out of doing the commodores bidding?

Did the commodores mansion seem even more mincing?

Did did you get nervous thinking about what Enoch was going to find out what the Commodore needs help with?

What did we think about Nucky’s & Mabel’s reaction to Gillian running away?

How much of this original sin are we going to see next week?

New York/Atlantic City

Seeing how frustrated Nucky is early on, are we still surprised about his plan of action to strike Lucky and Meyer? Did he seem out of character at that time?

Why are we seeing Joe turning money down again, this time from Maranzano?

What do we make of the phone call with Margaret?

At the moment of the scene, did we feel sorry for Eli?

What did we think of Eli’s reaction to seeing William? “I told myself, ‘If he’s doing’ okay then it’s worth it.’ And here you are. On the right side of the street.” Eli

Michael Zegen was great playing Benny Siegel this week.

Listen to the song he was singing “My Girl’s Pussy,” by Harry Roy

What did we think about the standoff scene between Nucky and Luciano?

Are we sad that Mickey will not be around for that comic relief in the final episode?

Paul Sparks has always been good in the role of Mickey Doyle.

Did Terence Winter have him shot in the voice box to finally shut him up?

Are we surprised that Nucky so quickly was willing to give up everything to save William and his men?

Was this Nucky’s giving up point like Sheriff Lindsay in the flashback?

Eli and his men kill Maranzano. Do we like the way they way the writers mixed history with fiction in the death of Salvatore Maranzano?

Did we like the scene when John Torrio, Lucky, and Lansky are celebrating their victory? Torrio being left behind, while the new gangsters take over. They even mentioned the meeting where Luciano divides the city into five territories.

What will happen now that Nucky no longer has his empire?

Is Luciano and Lansky really done with Nucky and Eli?

Was Joe Harper really just a metaphor for Nucky’s past or is he Tommy Darmody?

What does the future look like for Willie Thompson?

Did we like the handling of Nucky reading Gillian’s letter?

In the letter, why does Gillian revealed that she thinks Nucky helped her in the past?

Will Nucky help Gillian and if so, will he get closure to his past sins?

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  • Tom Oosterbroek

    Good podcast guys!

    Are you guys planning to team up to recap some other show? You have my blessing to do that. I have loved your boardwalk recaps! One last Hurrah next week!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      Thanks Tom. Stay tuned. I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll look at doing True Detective this winter.

      • Tom Oosterbroek

        Awesome. I don’pt have to missJeremiah for too long then! True Detective is an awesome show. Though I don’t see how season 2 could get any better, haha. Mcconaughey and Harrelson were so good. I don;t feel as confident about Farrel or Vaughn.

      • susan appleby

        Please do The Americans. I’m begging you.

  • Matt Campbell

    Were either of you surprised that Nucky fell for the old switcharoo shenanigans with Will/Bugsy? Nucky’s been dealing with people like this for 40+ years now, it just seemed like such a rookie mistake for Nucky to let Bugsy just walk over. Gangster 101 handbook would surely dictate keeping a gun to your captives head until you safely receive your traded person/money/object.

    • Tom Oosterbroek

      I think Luciano had the upper hand whichever way. It’s clear Nucky want primarily protecting his nephew. I don’t think newschool gangster like Luciano would have protecting Bugsy as his first priority.

  • Nats Pug

    Enjoying the podcasts fellas. They’ve really been helping me get more out of the show. You pick up a lot of things I missed.

    I’ve seen the end of last week’s episode twice now and both times it left me with chills. I’m thinking (hoping?) Nucky redeems himself and saves Gillian.