But the pins are nothing compared to the overseas booze trade that comes in on the boats every day. "It is watered down, mixed with poisons, and sold illicitly by a growing class of criminals for whom murder is another means of doing business," he says. "Some of the victims are no better than killers themselves. Others are just unlucky. They are shopkeepers, schoolteachers, one was a baker's apprentice. " Margaret asks if he means to be cruel with that dig, but he's just sayin'. "And what of the law that creates the criminal?" Margaret asks, going all Nader on his ass. "That's the law you've just asked me to enforce," Van Alden volleys back at her. "For the safety of your children." Not willing to be outdone by self-righteousness, Margaret declares, "I've been lectured to a great deal today by men who speak boldly and do nothing." Oh HAVE you, Margaret? Hypocrisy is suddenly an issue for you? Sensing a weak spot, Van Alden asks who she's referring to. And he's not letting Sepso open the door for her either, to add a little "Van Alden is a creepy freak" vibe to it. Clearly, he's hoping she'll say Nucky, but when she tells him it's James Neri, who owns the bottlegging garage of which she's speaking, he quickly looks him up and confirms he's the alderman from the 4th ward. If he works for Nucky, that's close enough.
Back in Chicago, Jimmy and Capone are hanging in the speakeasy portion of the brothel, and Al is complaining about the too-little-too-lateness of their frisking policy, mangling the phrase about horses and the barn door in the process. He also wants to retaliate against "those mick bastards" while their defenses are down on St. Paddy's Day. Jimmy quietly asks if that's what Torrio wants, but it's becoming increasingly clear that Capone's not interested in what Torrio wants. Across the room, Pearl wobbles across the threshold, barely conscious from the laudanum and without her bandages. "Which one of you boys wants to buy me a drink?" she asks, while her wicked facial scar freaks everybody out. Jimmy goes to her, as she says she's trying to work. The madam calls to her and says she doesn't have to work today, while Capone more bluntly yells at Jimmy to get her outta here. Typically sensitive comment from the jerkoff whose actions led to her getting slashed up in the first place. As Jimmy walks her back to her room, she can hear laughter in the room behind her. Jimmy says someone must've told a joke. Pearl asks for more of her juice.