Anyway, before they start pawing at each other atop Nucky's desk, Nucky smoothly and deliberately mentions seeing Margaret at his birthday party. At Babette's night club. Amid all those boozers. Obviously, this is meant to scandalize Dana Ivey as to what Margaret's been up to, but since a) Margaret clarifies that she was there on a work errand, and b) Dana Ivey is certain that Nucky's "class of people" only drink in moderation, it doesn't come to much. Though it does make me think that the Temperance movement, like most anti-drug crusades in this country, is more about class conflicts than the public good. Anyway, Nucky assures the women he'll take care of it, but when Margaret thanks him, he makes sure she knows this is not a "personal favor." In other words, don't come around my speakeasy no more.
Chicago. Jimmy is feeding Pearl some soup, but she refuses. "You can't live on laudanum," he says. "Watch me," she slurs. Johnny Torrio comes knocking at the door with a smile for Pearl, whose own smile is both sardonic and opium-drenched. Torrio pulls Jimmy into the hallway, then laments her condition. Jimmy says she's not that bad, but Torrio says, "If she was a filly, they'd shoot her." He says this is a cathouse, not a hotel -- "she don't earn, I don't earn." Jimmy offers to comp her, but Torrio says she's a hundred dollars a day. Jimmy's shocked that that's how much she'd earn. Torrio tells him he's got til Friday to either pay up or get her out. Back inside, Jimmy lies about the nature of Torrio's visit. Pearl's looped, but not so looped she can't tell Jimmy is covering and upset. Wanting to make him feel better, she offers to eat the soup. Wow, a hooker who is sweet and beautiful and with big dreams of California and a drug addiction? Who's to say how this story will end? (And no, I don't want to hear about Richard Gere on any fire escapes.)
Margaret's sleeping in her bed with the kids when she's once again awoken by the clambering of the bootleggers. This time, she wraps herself in a blanket and heads out to complain. The first guy she talks to oafishly explains that this is the beer they'll be dyeing green. When he realizes that this admission might be a problem with a woman who's already come out to complain, he calls his boss, Mr. Neri, over. He and Margaret recognize each other, and he tries to butter her up with talk of her Irish homeland. She's not budging, though. He gives a lip-service-y admonishment to the rest of the workers to keep it down, then, because as you recall, he thinks the Irish are easily placated with booze, he offers to pour Margaret a taste of the old country, but she turns heel back to her house.