Jimmy and Gillian are arguing quietly at home, as he defensively asks if she thinks it's his fault that they're in the situation they're in. "Success has many fathers," Gillian says. "Failure just one." Manny Horvitz arrives, with Mickey Doyle in tow. Gillian and Manny flirt for a moment, then she leaves them to their business. Gillian does a very good job of keeping up the front that she's not a prime mover behind Jimmy's business decisions. Too bad she keeps undermining it with all the mouth-kissing. Manny looks around the opulent surroundings at the Commodore's house. There's an underlying tension, not only because of Jimmy's failure, but also because he still owes Manny that five grand. And Manny, while officially letting Jimmy slide on it for now, is not letting him forget the debt is there. Especially when he's living in such a house. Jimmy stresses that it's his father's house, not his. Manny also seems perturbed that Jimmy tried to off Nucky, although he broaches that subject obliquely. He gets up and looks at the stuffed bear in the corner. He tells a story of a man who came into his shop with a deer he'd just shot, wanting Manny to cut off the head for him. Manny offered to butcher the whole animal, but "this piece of shit" wasn't interested in the meat. He just wanted the head to mount on his wall (his friend did the shooting, even). "For this alone, you kill?" Manny asks with disdain. "To brag to your friends that you killed this beautiful animal?" Manny clearly regards this man as less than dirt, and in doing so, he's intentionally tarring men like the Commodore with the same brush. And Jimmy, for attempting to do the same with Nucky. Jimmy knows exactly what Manny means and sticks up for himself. "I've eaten venison, if that's what you're getting at" he says. "And you hid behind Papa when he pulled the trigger," Manny replies. Uh-oh! Time for the patented Michael Pitt Pouty Face!
That night, Nucky and Margaret reconvene at home. She takes his hand and says she's sorry about his father. "People die," is Nucky's response. Margaret is surprised that's all he has to say. "I pretend all day," Nucky sighs. "Must I pretend with you too?" Margaret changes the subject to the prosecutor, and Nucky tells her that Esther knows about the two of them, and about all his various dealings. Margaret is worried that Nucky will go to jail, but he assures her nothing will happen to them. "Is this all worth it?" she asks. Nucky says he can't let "those greedy bastards" win. Margaret counters that it might be greedy to risk one's life in order to hold on to a fiefdom. Nucky tells Margaret a story about a drowning man who is confident that his faith in God will save him. A lifeguard offers to help, but the man turns him down, saying God will save him. Ditto when a rowboat and then a steam ship come by -- God will save him. Then, when the man dies, he asks God in heaven why he didn't save him. God says he sent him a lifeguard, a rowboat, and a steam ship -- what did he expect? It's a decent joke, although it felt more applicable when The West Wing did it. It draws not even a smile from Margaret. He assures her they will both get through this.