Downstairs, Julia is apologetic to the guests as they leave. One of them is very kind to her and says he's been down the same bottle as her dad. "How'd you get out?" she asks. He says that's a story for another day. Nice man. Richard goes to leave, but he tells Julia they're all leaving. Her too. He asks her to go with him, and she accepts.
At the Thompson Jamboree, one of Eli's daughter's (not gonna look it up) is playing "Beautiful Dreamer" on her ... some kind of instrument (not gonna look it up -- there's a bow and kind of a bandsaw? I don't know). I guess this is the part of the Thompson family gatherings where it's kind of a talent show? June wants Eli to do what seems to be his usual pirate impersonation. Much as we'd love to see that, Eli says maybe next time. So all the kids start clamoring for Uncle Nucky to do something. Nucky doesn't put up much of a fight, and it sounds like this is also a performance he's been known to break out at parties. It's really quite endearing, as Nucky enacts what's essentially a vaudeville routine, doing some basic crowdwork and jokes with the kids, all while juggling. The kids are eating it up. He's basically the cool, nice uncle you'd want as a kid. It's tragic, really. Between this and his historical fondness for Eddie Cantor, you wonder if Nucky might have made an even better entertainer than a small-scale crime lord. Margaret certainly looks on with admiration and a fondness for her husband that she hasn't had in quite a long time.
The kids then ask Margaret to perform next, and while she demurs, Nucky says he'd like to see what she's got up her sleeve. "You would, would you?" she asks in a very playful way that makes me just love her. So Margaret gets up an sings a silly little Irish ditty called "Tell Me Ma" (Margaret's version has less of a dance beat) and while she's a pretty modest singer, she gets the kids to clap along with her and really sells it. Now it's Nucky's turn to look at his spouse with fondness.
Richard and Julia are down at the boardwalk amusement park. It's hard to watch this show in the wake of this week's storm, and what happened to the Boardwalk and the amusement park there on the Atlantic City shore. I can imagine there will be more of that as this series goes on, but this scene is the first to really remind me of it. Richard tries to tell her that he had a lovely time, which she doesn't believe (though I think it's true). In truth, she's having a hard time knowing what to say to him at all. When he tells her to just say what she feels, she tells him to please not threaten to kill her father again. "He's a mean drunk and a horse's ass," she says, fighting back tears, "but I don't like it." Richard says he was just trying to sound tough, but obviously Julia's not looking for more of that in her life. She spots Tommy getting too close to the camel attraction, and Richard pulls him away, saying they bite. Tommy pouts that he doesn't care, so Julia calls over to him and asks if he's going to sulk all day just because her father's a dope. This gets Tommy to smile a bit. I'm noticing that Julia kind of resembles Gillian. A kinder, less Oedipal Gillian, to be sure. She says she should be getting home, and he starts to say something, addressing her as "Miss Sagorsky." She tells him to call her Julia, and he introduces himself as Richard. "Nice to meet you," she smiles. A barker hustles them both and Tommy in front of a backdrop and takes their photo, referring to them as father, mother, and son. Not a one of them is related to another, of course. But in a perfect world ...