Edith Day steps up to perform on the stage as Nucky walks Margaret towards the dressing rooms. He apologizes for the ... festive atmosphere: "Old habits die hard." "If they die at all," Margaret says, though without much judgment in her voice. She certainly seems more engaged in suffrage talk than in advocacy for temperance. Maybe for her it really is just a political tool. Nucky compliments her on taking such a "practical" view of it all, and in a most awkward segue, he asks her practical self to dance. It's very sweet, and improbably, Margaret looks like she fits right in with Nucky's world.
After the dance, Margaret thanks him and heads off for the dressing rooms. Babbette then calls for the lights and brings out the surprise. Yes, it's a giant birthday cake, and yes there's a girl jumping out of it, and yes, it's Lucy. The classics are classic because 90 years ago there were no such things as clichÃ©s because they hadn't been done so often yet. Lucy starts dancing all hoochie-coochie-like, and Nucky smiles at this and appears to be enjoying the moment. From off in the distance, Margaret looks on at this and reads it as confirmation that however sweet Nucky was, and however right things felt while they were dancing, this den of decadence is still decidedly not her scene. And if Nucky wants a woman who will jump out of a cake for him, she's not his girl.
Sheridan's Irish associates approach the madam at the flophouse where Jimmy's staying. They ask around for Al, then Jimmy. "We don't cater to poofs, fellas," the madam replies. WELL I NEVER! Sheridan's #1 goon then lies that Jimmy told him about a girl he could meet here. The madam, thinking she's making expedient business, says he must be talking about Pearl. She points them in Pearl's direction, and they definitely recognize her. Gulp.