Boardwalk Empire
You'd Be Surprised

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You'd Be Surprised

At the theater, Eddie brusquely walks past Billie and Choreographer Vern, who both marvel at how crazy it is that the show is going on. Vern exits and we see Nucky has been watching with those judgy eyes. Billie assures him that Vern has a very cute boyfriend, but Nucky sure doesn't think Vern comes across that way. Anyway, Billie wants to talk about what's gone on. Nucky apologizes on Margaret's behalf and says they had a talk about it and it won't be a problem anymore. Billie wasn't talking about that -- she's talking about how the show was closing one minute and now it's not. She knows he did something to change Shubert's mind, though he insists he didn't. "What would it matter," he says, "if you get what you want." He assures her that her father didn't know what he was talking about. Boy, Margaret was wrong when she said Nucky wouldn't know how to deal with a woman who doesn't need saving. A lady with domineering-dad issues is all he needs.

Billie heads to the stage for rehearsals and stands next to her pal Eddie, who's not her pal anymore. Nucky took that away from the both of them. She very sweetly and honestly thanks him and tells him whatever he's doing there, she promises she won't let him down. Eddie turns to her with dead eyes and asks if she knows who Lucy Danziger is. WHOA. Billie obviously doesn't. Eddie turns away. "The next one won't know a goddamn thing about you either." It's such a shame nobody else will ever hear that line, because it's the greatest zinger Eddie will ever deliver. They take the stage and, professional as ever, start rehearsing their number, "You'd Be Surprised." Nucky looks on from the seats; you wonder if he's thinking about friendships destroyed and what it all was for. Sleater approaches with word from Mr. Rothstein: "Four fatalities, none of them Gyp Rosetti." Bummer, huh?

Joe R wonders when all this bootlegging business is gonna start getting fun. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at joseph.reid21@gmail.com.

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