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"Acres of Diamonds" is the third episode of the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, and the 39th episode overall. The episode was written by Executive Producer and series creator Terence Winter and helmed by returning director Allen Coulter. It first aired on September 22, 2013.

Nucky Thompson is disappointed with the business opportunity Bill McCoy offers him in Florida - the land is surrounded by new development bringing too much risk and McCoy only pitched the deal to clear a debt. Nucky bonds with speak-easy owner Sally Wheet and reconsiders his refusal. The change of heart comes too late for McCoy, who has already killed his irate creditor in self defence. Willie Thompson uses his experience of bootlegging to secure booze for a college party. Doctor Valentin Narcisse installs new entertainments in the Onyx Club; jazz singer Daughter Maitland and heroin supplied by Arnold Rothstein. He recruits Dunn Purnsley as his distributor, capitalising on Chalky White's ire. Gillian Darmody's drug use continues while she poses as the wife of Roy Phillips. Richard Harrow's life of violence follows him to his family home, causing a rift with his sister.


Official SynopsisEdit

Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy (Pearce Bunting). While there, he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy Jazz singer, Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham), to perform at the Onyx, and gauges Dunn Purnsley's allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli's son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips' wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma (Katherine Waterston).



Appearances Edit

First Appearances Edit

  1. Sally Wheet, Tampa speak-easy owner.
  2. Daughter Maitland, Jazz and Blues singer working for Dr. Valentin Narcisse.
  3. Owney Madden, New York gangster and owner of the Cotton Club.

Deaths Edit

  1. Fitzy - Knifed by Richard Harrow.
  2. Carl Billings - Shot by Emma Harrow.
  3. August Tucker - Macheted by Bill McCoy.




  1. Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
  2. Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Thompson (credit only)
  3. Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden / George Mueller (credit only)
  4. Shea Whigham as Eli Thompson (credit only)
  5. Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
  6. Stephen Graham as Al Capone (credit only)
  7. Vincent Piazza as Salvatore Charlie "Lucky" Luciano (credit only)
  8. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White
  9. Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler (credit only)
  10. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  11. Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
  12. Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips
  13. Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse
  14. and Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody

Guest StarringEdit

  1. Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet
  2. Ben Rosenfield as William Thompson
  3. Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
  4. Andrew Howard as August Tucker
  5. Fredric Lehne as Owney Madden
  6. Sean Cullen as Carl Billings


1. Herbert A. Bennett as Mickey's warehouse guard 1
2. Margot Bingham as Daughter Maitland
3. Pearce Bunting as Bill McCoy
4. Owen Campbell as Clayton
5. Josh Caras as Henry
6. Jake Woodbury Davis as Tip
7. Noel Dinneen as Mickey's warehouse guard 2
8. Kayla Ferguson as Doris
9. Rae Gray as Claudia
10. Roe Hartrampf as Skeeter Walsh

11. Tyler Jones as a Temple Student
12. Warren Kelley as David Hewson
13. Elizabeth Ward Land as Helen Hewson
14. Lakisha May as Narcisse's secretary
15. David McElwee as Roger's friend
16. Shane Nepveu as Flitch
17. Glenn Quentin as a Bellhop
18. James Michael Reilly as a realtor
19. Sebastian Tillinger as Hugh McCready
20. Katherine Waterston as Emma Harrow


  1. Corey Parker Robinson as a UNIA member
  2. Bob Roseman as Fitzy


Opening creditsEdit

  1. Meredith Tucker - Casting
  2. Bill Groom - Production Designer
  3. Kate Sanford, A.C.E. - Editor
  4. David Franco - Director of Photography
  5. Rick Yorn - Producer
  6. Joseph E. Iberti - Episodic Producer
  7. Dennis Lehane - Consulting Producer
  8. Eugene Kelly - Co-Executive Producer
  9. Howard Korder - Executive Producer
  10. Tim Van Patten - Executive Producer
  11. Stephen Levinson - Executive Producer
  12. Mark Wahlberg - Executive Producer
  13. Martin Scorcese - Executive Producer
  14. Terence Winter - Executive Producer
  15. Terence Winter - Creator
  16. Terence Winter - Writer
  17. Allen Coulter - Director

Closing creditsEdit

  1. Stephen Pope - Stunt Coordinator
  2. Brad Carpenter - Co-Producer
  3. Dhana Rivera Gilbert - Unit Production Manager
  4. Joseph E. Iberti - Unit Production Manager
  5. Julie A. Bloom - First Assistant Director (AD)
  6. Jessica Pollini - Second AD
  7. Pepper O'Brien - Co-Producer
  8. John Dunn - Costume Designer
  9. Lisa Padovani - Co-Costume Designer
  10. Randall Poster - Music Supervisor
  11. Lesley Robson-Foster - Visual Effects Supervisor
  12. David Matthews - Executive Story Editor
  13. Cristine Chambers - Staff Writer
  14. Jennifer Ames - Staff Writer
  15. & Steve Turner - Staff Writer
  16. John Flavin - Associate Producer
  17. Russ Hammonds - Associate Producer
  18. Pat Birch - Choreographer
  19. Deanna Dys - Assistant Choreographer
  20. Nelson Johnson - Based on his book Boardwalk Empire


  • Pixinguinha - "Desprezado" plays as Nucky arrives in Florida.
  • Peter Yarin - "Tues Olhos...O Outono" plays as Skeeter explains the Florida real estate market to Nucky.
  • Peter Yarin and Jon Erik-Kelso - "If I Let Lose, Let Me Loose" plays as Daughter Maitland makes her entrance at the Onyx Club.
  • George McLennon's Jazz Devils - "Nerw Orleans Wiggle" plays as Nucky meets with McCoy and August Tucker.
  • Margot Bingham accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "Somebody Loves Me" plays as Gillian pretends to be Roy's wife for the Hewsons.
  • Margot Bingham accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "I'm Going South" plays as Gillian pretends to be Roy's wife for the Hewsons.
  • Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "Copenhagen" plays as Doris picks Willy over Henry.
  • Studio Musician - "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" plays as Roger's friend approaches Gillian and Roy.
  • Paul Whiteman - "Just a Little Silver Song" plays as Roger's friend approaches Gillian and Roy.
  • Carousel Band Organ - "Sidewalks of New York" plays as Roger's friend approaches Gillian and Roy.
  • Sara Martin - "Eagle Rock Me Papa" plays as Nucky befriends Sally.
  • Peter Yarin - "Pete's Blues Two" plays as Narcisse recruits Purnsley.
  • Pixinguinha - "Carinhoso" plays as August comes to collect from McCoy.
  • Studio Musician - "I Fell in Love with Susie" plays as Nucky calls McCoy to announce that he has changed his mind.
  • Stephen DeRosa accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks - "Florida" plays over the end credits.


Memorable QuotesEdit


External linksEdit

Season Four
#01 "New York Sour"#07 "William Wilson"
#02 "Resignation"#08 "The Old Ship of Zion"
#03 "Acres of Diamonds"#09 "Marriage and Hunting"
#04 "All In"#10 "White Horse Pike"
#05 "Erlkonig"#11 "Havre De Grace"
#06 "The North Star"#12 "Farewell Daddy Blues"

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