Julia and Richard are having a fire on the beach, and I hope they're talking about going on a multi-state killing spree. Turns out they're discussing former sexual partners, or the 1920s equivalent, which is people they almost married. Julia wants to know if there was anyone waiting for Richard after the war. Jenny Hastings, he says: "We rode horses together. She'd write, knit me a scarf. Married my cousin when I was in France." I know it's probably largely due to necessity, but god love Richard's economy of language. He doesn't even say, "and you?" but just looks at Julia expectantly. She explains that she was 20, and her beau was 32 (she didn't say "beau" but how many chances does one get to use it in 2012?), a widower with three children. She was 20 and about to take on a widower with three kids? God, the '20s sucked. But then her brother Freddy was killed and her father... she doesn't finish that sentence because she doesn't need to. And anyway, her beau married the daughter of the man who ran the telegraph office (growth industry!) and had three more kids. Yeah, you're better off, Julia. "I wish I could kiss you," says Richard, and Julia leans in and they do just that. And then again. You know, I really hope things end happily for Richard, but I certainly have my doubts.
In his office, Nucky is playing a little game with pegs -- I think it's like one I used to have, where the object is to remove pegs by jumping over them until there's one piece left. In the centre, preferably. This is before we had Grand Theft Auto, obviously, but this probably a better metaphor, with Nucky making moves so that he's the last one standing. Eddie arrives to announce Chalky White, who comes in and asks Nucky, "Know who I am tonight?" Nucky doesn't know what that's supposed to mean, and Chalky says Nucky had some trouble with it the other night. Nucky says, "Come off it, Chalky. That had way more to do with you barely even being on the show this season."
Anyway, Nucky -- and EVERYONE -- wants Chalky to get to the point, but Chalky starts sideways, talking about how he's got cash behind him and he'll cut Nucky in proper, and use his connections on the circuit: "A club on the boardwalk where Babette's used to was," says Chalky. Guy, if you came here looking for permission for something like this, you probably shouldn't have busted Nucky's balls over his memory deficiencies after almost dying in the explosion that killed his girlfriend, huh? Not that I think it really would make much difference. Nucky's not interested in a "Negro club," and Chalky assures him it'll be elegant with "tuxedos and chandelabras." We get it! He's uneducated! He puts on the hard sell, saying nobody wants to see the wreck that used to be Babette's, and there's a real opportunity here, but Nucky's not having it: "There's a dividing line. There's a line and you know that," he says. Chucky tries telling him the line can move. Nucky, though, doesn't have the time to bump off Joe Masseria and bring racial harmony to the boardwalk, and he blows Chalky off. Chalky takes an extra-long time to button his jacket as he stands up. "You ain't the only one been thinkin'," he says.