At Rowland's house, Sleater gets off the phone with word that Rothstein's shipment went out, on the road through Tabor Heights. Sleater says that the issue has apparently been cleared up. Nucky's more perturbed at being left out of the loop than anything else. Nobody even asked where they were for the last 24 hours. Sleater then turns his eyes toward Rowland and asks Nucky, "Well?" Nucky just turns away and joins Rowland in the next room. Nucky tries to give Rowland a teachable moment, saying that all the liquor is gone and they're both empty-handed, so what does that tell him? Well it sure as hell doesn't convince him that crime doesn't pay, if that's what Nucky was after.
Rowland is still pretty high on his own abilities; in fact, he suggests that he start working for Nucky. "How would that work?" Nucky asks. Rowland's like, "Put a shotgun in my passenger seat and see if anyone robs me then." This gets a genuinely warm chuckle out of Sleater. Weirdly, Rowland thinks Sleater doesn't like him and tells Nucky so. Nucky can't exactly blame Owen. "Ain't I cool in a tight spot?" Rowland appeals. I like this kid a lot. And clearly we're supposed to realize that Nucky might see this kid as a second chance at getting the Jimmy thing right. He knows the best places to lay low, best places to keep your stash. More importantly: he can steal from Waxey Gordon at will -- won't that help Nucky? Nucky remarks that Rowland sure does have a lot of moxie, which Rowland basically proves by fishing a cigarette out of his pocket. "I thought you didn't smoke," Nucky says. "Did I say that?" Rowland replies. He's also 19, contrary to first impressions. This kid's a dynamo! Nucky offers him one of his own cigarettes. Looks like we have a deal. Sleater can't stop grinning in the background as Nucky lights it for him.
A car pulls up outside, and Sleater goes to look out the window. Rowland turns as well, and that's enough time for Nucky to pull his gun out and shoot Rowland in the back of his head. Well. There goes one supporting character I could have liked. Sleater is shocked as hell -- shocked enough that he spins around with his gun drawn. He totally bought that Nucky wanted to hire the kid. He recovers his smirk soon enough, though, and asks Nucky, "I thought you were letting him go?" Nucky, stone-faced and mean again: "Why would you think that?" So that little murder right there was just to prove to Sleater that he would. Awesome. Awesome people on this show. Sleater says he must have misunderstood. Nucky: "So long as you understand now." We see Rowland's cigarette is still smoking beside his dead body, which is dripping blood through the floorboards into the basement, and HOLY GOD, we get it! Artfully rendered carnage! Calm the fuck down already, would you?