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.
The next day, Nucky's still tortured by the implications that Jimmy could've done this. He understands the "how" of it, but not the "why." Eli is all too eager to supply the latter, saying Jimmy's greedy, and probably jealous too. Eddie, who's been angrily dodging press calls this whole time, leans in and says this time it's Rothstein on the phone. Nucky motions for Eddie to say he's not there, which Eddie reports did not make him happy. Nucky steps out to get some air. He's barely out the door before he's waylaid by Dana Ivey, who has the framed copy of her poem that he so disingenuously asked for earlier. She's in a hurry, though, because she's on her way to the hospital to see Mrs. Schroeder. Nucky perks up at that. She "suffered an injury and lost her baby." Nucky is crestfallen, and when Dana says she's "not at liberty" to say exactly what happened, Nucky puts it together fairly quickly. He stomps off and drops Dana's lovely framed poem in a trashcan as he does.
Nucky's next stop is to see the Commodore, the aforementioned ass Nucky had to kiss before ascending into power. The Commodore is played by Dabney Coleman, though along with many viewers, I completely did not recognize him, despite knowing he was in the cast. He's playing a far distance from 9 to 5-style buffoonery, I guess is the reason. Nucky's come for counsel on the whole mess with the whiskey. The Commodore doesn't know why Nucky even got involved with a guy like Rothstein. "Sure you do!" Nucky retorts defensively. "It was a favor to Chicago. Plus his numbers were right." "Til he buggered you," the 'Dore notes. "Fuckin' Rothstein." In case you were wondering what might be informing the 'Dore's low opinion of Arnold Rothstein, he hands Nucky a book, "by Henry fuckin' Ford." It's of course Ford's infamous Jew-demonizing text, The International Jew (subtitle: "The World's Foremost Problem"). Oh, I don't know, Mr. Ford. I get the International Jew catalog twice a year and I very much enjoy that. Nucky brushes it aside and says he's got bigger problems than "world finance." Whether this indicates a rejection of anti-Semitism or simply a desire to keep his eye on the ball is unclear (though you'd think if he had anti-semitic tendencies, they'd have emerged after the unpleasantness at the casino).