Nucky is meeting with Mayor Hague gross-looking shrimp. Nucky gets right to the road appropriations, saying there's plenty of money to go around if Hague would just be fair about it. Of course, he then not very subtly plays the Senator Edge card. Nucky maintains that edge is bound for the White House, and his coattails will have room for Nucky AND Hague if Hague plays ball with the appropriations. Hague silently considers this. Then he asks Nucky what they're doing after, and Nucky quickly realizes he can't just blow this guy off for plans with Margaret. He asks Hague if he's interested in seeing Hardeen, but Hague doesn't look like he's in the mood for tricks. ...Well, not magic tricks.
Jimmy's reading on the floor of his room when he's spooked by a knock at the door, particularly when no one answers him. He pulls out his gun, but of course it's fucking Al at the door. Tellingly, Jimmy doesn't even drop his gun until he sees what's behind Al's back. It's only steaks, though. This scene really emphasizes the height differential between these two. Enhances Al's overgrown-child persona. So Jimmy invites him in, and Al makes a half-assed apology for "running off at the mouth." But he just as quickly chides Jimmy for saying what he did about Al and the war. "That ain't how you treat a buddy." Jimmy's like, "That's what we are?" He figured more like "accomplices." Al invites him to come round the house sometime to cook the steaks. Then, having mentioned "home," he bluntly tells Jimmy that his son is deaf. Jimmy, obviously, knows. Al laments that Sonny's being punished for shit that Al has done. Jimmy says to take him to a doctor, but Al ignorantly says they can't fix it. "It's in the blood." Mmm hmm. He says he plays the mandolin sometimes and sings, and he puts Sonny's hand to Al's throat, so he can feel it. "But he doesn't know what it is." Jimmy knows he's not of much comfort, but he says anyway to keep at it. "Medicine now ... they're finding new things every day." Al pulls it together enough to tell a moronic joke about how Sheridan and flat beer are the same -- "No head." He came up with that one himself.