Nothing from Chicago this week, so you'll have to wait a bit for the further adventures of George Meuller: Flower Shop Employee. Eli gets released from jail to the indignity of Mickey Doyle's custody, because Nucky is too busy rolling around in the hay with his new showgirl mistress in New York and wondering if there are any other guys she's rolling with. While there, Nucky meets his new go-between for government payoffs, an eccentric weirdo named Gaston Bullock Means. He also meets with Rothstein, and we see the two men continue to have a cautious but respectful business relationship, though they would both like to get to the bottom of who killed Manny Horvitz.
Meanwhile, Gyp Rosetti is skulking around Tabor Heights, acting weird and barely restraining himself from killing everyone. He learns that with the absence of that highway Nucky wanted to build, Tabor Heights is the last place to fill up gas in New Jersey before reaching New York. He uses this to his advantage by buying the services of the local law enforcement and squatting on the filling station. When Mickey, Eli, and Sleater lead Nucky's convoy of liquor towards New York, they find Rosetti won't let them fill up in Tabor Heights. Everybody draws their guns and Bobby Cannavale hams it up real good, but the end result is that Nucky's guys have to turn back, which means Rothstein won't be getting his shipment.
Chalky gets a visit from Samuel, his daughter's suitor, and after an awkward checkup (Samuel's a doctor, or at least aspiring to be), Chalky decides he approves of him. Too bad Maybelle is resisting Samuel's marriage talk because she thinks he's boring. She's holding out for someone "interesting," like her daddy. Of course, later, after a night at the juke joint where Samuel gets his face slashed and Chalky's men beat his attacker into a bloody pulp, Maybelle might reconsider the virtue in "interesting" men like her daddy.
Margaret continues to have awkward, sexually-charged interactions with Owen Sleater, but when she can find the time to do other things, she follows up on the women's health thing at the hospital. After meeting with the woman who miscarried last week, she once again speaks to Dr. Mason, who is snippy as ever with her, as he sees her as nothing more than a rich lady whose urge to help the poor will be fleeting. Margaret tries to put him in his place and prove her resolve, but I have a feeling the proof may be in the follow-through. Also, Margaret and Dr. Mason should hook up.
Previously: Eli went to jail for the Hans Schroeder killing. Nucky's crony in Washington, Harry Daugherty, told him he'd be making his payoffs to a new guy soon. We learned that Nucky has a new mistress, a New York showgirl named Billie. Margaret saw a woman miscarry and got her Sister Suffragette on, this time about women's health. Gyp Rosetti came on the scene and said mean things to a lot of people.
Somewhere in New York City, an unseen man empties out his fishbowl -- goldfish and all -- into the sink, where the water quickly drains, leaving the fish to flop around sadly. If the guy is overly concerned about the welfare of the fish, it's not apparent, as he's moving at a leisurely pace and whistling. But he empties a glass of whiskey into the toilet, fills that glass up with tap water, and puts the fish in there, where there are probably traces of the whiskey still, since he didn't rinse out the glass all that well. And that's all we see if Mr. Goldfish Man, for the moment.
Elsewhere, in New Jersey, a man emerges from prison, in one of those classic scenes where the giant door opens and the paroled inmate walks out into the blinding daylight and just barren land, as far as the eye can see. It's a hell of a metaphor, but I always wonder why they don't let them walk out into the parking lot or something. Anyway, it's Eli, who got the luxury of spending his prison sentence during the hiatus between seasons. He looks skinnier, older, maybe a bit wary of face. A car approaches to pick him up, and to everybody's dismay, it's Mickey Doyle. "He sends you?" Eli asks, incredulous, and also kind of redundantly. Mickey just grins and laughs his wheezy laugh at him. Eli gets in and ignores all of Mickey's dumb attempts at small talk. He does want to know one thing: how the hell is Mickey still alive? Mickey grins and says he brings people together. In hatred of him, yes he does. Eli calls him a "backstabbing shit," almost as an afterthought, but Mickey has the right comeback: "No wonder we get along." Mickey gives Eli the lay of the land: Nucky's a hard guy to get an audience with these days, especially since Horvitz got his face shot off. But Nucky told Mickey to personally pick up his brother, and get him set up. So Eli works for Mickey now, and Eli quite understandably takes in his news and exits the car, prepared to walk home if necessary. Mickey putters after him and reminds him: there's no one else coming for him. This is it. Eli gets back in the car.