That night, Nucky and Lucy are enjoying some vaudeville (a fey proto-standup comedian is delivering some "my wife is so dumb" jokes that are really slaying the crowd), while Jimmy, Capone, and that blond-headed driver are setting up the ambush that befell the bootleggers at the beginning of the episode. The comic's rimshot-accompanied jokes play as the backdrop to both this criminal setup as well as the shots of Van Alden and his men creeping through the trees on their way to making their bust. So... did Jimmy set up some kind of entrapment deal so the Feds could intercept the whiskey shipment themselves? We work ourselves back up to the moment at the beginning when Capone smashes the one guy's face with the butt of his gun. Clearly, the dynamic here is Jimmy the level-headed soldier and Capone, the hotheaded trigger-man. While the cops trudge through the woods, Caopne thinks he hears something. But faster than you can say "Hey, remember The Silence of the Lambs," we see that the Feds are actually raiding Mickey Doyle's funeral home. What Capone heard soon emerges too, as a deer leaps out from the trees, causing Capone to panic and fire his shotgun into the group of bootleggers. Cue the melee, with shots fired, and one bootlegger fleeing into the trees. Capone chases after him, but he passes right by the guy who's hiding low to the ground. The poor bastard thinks he's made it until a masked man spins the guy around and shoots his entire face off. Hellooooo, pay cable. Of course, the shooter pulls his mask off, and it's Jimmy. Let the Catholic guilt try and fuck with THAT.
From one scene of terrible violence to another, as we longer outside the Schroeder house to hear the sounds of breaking dishes and screaming. Hans storms out the front door, and the camera peers in the window to see Margaret, beaten and bloodied and clutching her pregnant belly in pain. So.
..Wait, wait, hold on, I can find a joke to lighten the mood, just gimmie a second ...
Nucky's at Babette's when he gets a call from Eli about the bootlegger massacre. He heads down to the police station, where the brothers Thompson assess things. Eli is the first to bring up the possibility that someone in their circle pulled off the job, since nobody knew about the shipment but a select few. Nucky doesn't even want to think of Jimmy as a possibility, but Eli's there with stupid logic and sound reasoning: Jimmy sent the Feds onto Mickey's trail and then used that diversion to lift the shipment. Nucky reluctantly says to bring him in. And when Eli comes knocking on the Darmody door, Angela makes it worse. After saying Jimmy's not there, she asks if it "could have something to do with the men that picked him up." Somebody has a long ways to go before becoming an acceptable gangster's moll.