Word of Angela Darmody's Sapphic demise trickles out into Atlantic City, but Jimmy has yet to return home. In his absence, we get flashbacks to his days at Princeton, where his Michael Pitt Hair is able to flop around freely, and he's sneaking off for secret trysts with a weirdly dressed Angela. Enter Gillian, who comes to campus for the weekend, flirts with -- and later gets groped by -- Jimmy's professor, leading to a fight, and finally, when Jimmy drunkenly puts her to bed, they carry out the incestuous act we all really hoped we wouldn't end up seeing. The next morning, Jimmy signs up for the army to get away.
Back in the present, Gillian (with Richard's assistance) is trying to hold down the fort, and keep the rest of Atlantic City from believing that Jimmy caught his wife in bed with a lady and killed them both. That's what Lucky, Lansky, and Capone, think, until Mickey sets them straight. Mickey doesn't have the best week, as he gets bullied by the aforementioned three criminals, and then when he tries to make another deal with Van Alden, to blow them in for a percentage of the money the Feds would confiscate, Van Alden turns him down flat.
Van Alden is ALSO having a terrible week. He's become a key part of Esther Randolph's case against Nucky for the murder of Hans Schroeder. But after Nucky's black servant pipes up with an anecdote about this wild-eyed IRS agent drowning his partner in the river next year, Nucky's attorney takes the accusation to Randolph, and when the Feds try to arrest him, Van Alden escapes and is now on the run.
Margaret continues to tie herself in knots of guilt and Catholicism over poor Emily's condition. She drifts further from Nucky, and in a confrontation near the end of the episode, she reveals that her desire to clear her conscience is so intense, she might even testify against Nucky.
Jimmy finally returns to A.C., though he's still a mess. When he gets fed up with Gillian's blithe plan-making for Angela's funeral, he begins to choke her out. From behind him, The Commodore attacks, leading to a struggle during which Jimmy sticks his knife into his father's gut. At Gillian's twisted urging, Jimmy finishes him off. And maybe finishes himself off in the process.
Jimmy is in bed and awakened by an amorous Angela. "Jimmy ... I have to leave," she says. "I'm sorry." The dreamlike quality of the moment makes us think this is all in Jimmy's head. And it is, in a way, only it's a memory. They're back at Princeton, in the dorms, trying to avoid getting caught. The Poindexter-like Cal rushes in, and they both usher Angela out. This is Jimmy before the war, before the coup, before everything that happened that grew him up and made him hard. Angela steals one more kiss and she's out the door.
Back in the present, Nucky meets with Fallon about his case. Fallon says he's been sending out subtle "signals" to the judge -- at least as far as he can go without being cited for tampering. He says Randolph is pursuing the capital murder case hardest of all. Halloran's going to roll over on him, saying Nucky gave the order to kill Hans Schroeder. And Eli's not talking to anyone, so there's no assurance he won't roll over as well. "They're also going to put the Prohi on the stand," Fallon says. "Van Alden?" Nucky squeaks. At this, Harlan, Nucky's servant, who has been invisibly tidying up around the room all this time, perks up. "You need to dust under my eyelids?" Nucky asks him, agitated. Harlan goes back to his business, but Nucky just wants him to leave. Fallon advises Nucky to get his finances in order, and Nucky asks him to pour him a scotch. Harlan is taking his time leaving, and Nucky is getting annoyed. What is it? Harlan thanks Nucky for keeping him working through these last few strike weeks; he starts to mention the Baptist church he belongs to, but Nucky's like, "I don't need your prayers, thank youuuuuu...." So Harlan goes to leave again. It's Fallon who sees there's clearly something on the man's mind and tells him to spill. About a year ago, Harlan says, the deacon at his church held an outdoor revival out by the river. Van Alden showed up one afternoon with another lawman. "He drowned that fella, in front of us all." Fallon and Nucky are agog at each other. Fallon reaches out: "Harlan, is it?"
Speak of the devil, Van Alden is at home, having surprisingly lively conversation with Sigrid. She says "How are you?" to him in Dutch, but he doesn't understand it. He's from upstate New York, not Holland. (Well, maybe Holland, New York, I guess. Don't bother me with this.) She asks if he goes back to visit his parents ever, but he says his parents don't care to see him. They were followers of an apocalyptic cult, see, and Papa Van Alden gave away their farm in anticipation of Judgment Day. They lived in a tent for a year, and the family never got over it. Now, Nelson is a living reminder of his father's terrible decision. Sigrid assures him that "Yesus" will still come. "Doesn't that worry you?" Van Alden asks her. Obviously these matters are still on his mind. Sigrid assures him he's a good man and that there's nothing to be frightened of.