|Season 1, Episode 4|
|Air date||October 10, 2010|
|Written by||Lawrence Konner & Margaret Nagle|
|Directed by||Jeremy Podeswa|
"Nights in Ballygran"
"Anastasia" is the fourth episode of the first season of Boardwalk Empire, and the fourth episode overall. It was written by co-executive producer Lawrence Konner and supervising producer Margaret Nagle and directed by Jeremy Podeswa. It premiered on October 10, 2010.
The episode centres around Nucky celebrating his birthday and Jimmy getting settled into his new home, Chicago.
Jimmy Darmody now works for Al Capone's Chicago boss, Johnny Torrio, and lives in a brothel Torrio runs. Capone and Darmody attempt to strongarm a bar owner manager to buy his liquor from Torrio; when he is uncooperative, Capone beats him. They meet with Torrio's rival, Sheridan, and compromise on business arrangements. Torrio is more impressed by Darmody's negotiation than by Capone's brutality. One of Sheridan's men retaliates, attacking and disfiguring Jimmy's current girlfriend Pearl, a prostitute in Torrio's brothel.
In Atlantic City, as Nucky plans his "surprise" birthday party, he worries about the political impact of the murder of Chalky White's driver. Eli delivers the leader of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan to White, who tortures him until he is satisfied that the Klan was not involved in the killing. At Nucky's party, Senator Edge tells Nucky he will not receive expected roadbuilding funds needed to complete Atlantic City's development, which will go instead to Frank Hague.
Lucky Luciano finds Darmody's mother at his house and tells her he is looking for "James". She sees through his cover story and throws him out. Luciano follows her around for several days; she spots him, and initiates a physical relationship.
Margaret then goes to work and is directed to deliver a dress to Lucy at Nucky's party, where Nucky asks her to dance, elating her. After returning to the shop, she sees Nucky and Lucy heading for a night on the town. Upset, she then steals a dress from "Belle Femme" and goes home.
- Main article: Anastasia recap
A detailed recap of the episode scene by scene.
First Appearances Edit
- Pearl, a young prostitute at the Four Deuces.
- Frank Hague, Mayor of Jersey City.
- Walter Edge, US Senator for the State of New Jersey.
- Matteo D'Alessio, third of the D'Alessio brothers by age.
- Charlie Sheridan, an Irish-American mobster in Chicago.
- Liam, one of Sheridan's thugs.
- Regina, resident Madam at the Four Deuces.
- Scozione, bouncer at the Four Deuces.
- Joseph Earl Dinler, Great Cyclops of the Atlantic County and Cape May branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
- Michael Pitt as James "Jimmy" Darmody
- Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Schroeder
- Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
- Shea Whigham as Sheriff Elias "Eli" Thompson
- Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein (credit only)
- Stephen Graham as Al Capone
- Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
- Paz de la Huerta as Lucille "Lucy" Danziger
- Michael K. Williams as Chalky White
- Anthony Laciura as Edward "Eddie" Kessler
- Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
- Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner
- Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody
- Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio
- Edoardo Ballerini as Ignacious D'Alessio
- Max Casella as Leo D'Alessio
- Chris Mulkey as Frank Hague
- Geoff Pierson as Senator Walter Edge
- Emily Meade as Pearl
- Dhemosthenes Chrysan (sic) as George Anastos
- Robert Clohessy as Ward Boss Jim Neary
- Cat Davis as Commodore's whore
- Lucy and Josie Gallina as Emily Schroeder
- William Hill as Ward Boss George O'Neill
- Jimmie James as Klansman
- Anna Katarina as Isabelle Jeunet
- Nikolas Kontomanolis as Chicago Patron
- John Lantz as Tailor
- Al Linea as Matteo D'Alessio
- Edward McGinty as Ward Boss Boyd
- Erin McGrath as Edith Day
- Declan and Rory McTigue as Teddy Schroeder
- Tracy Lynn Middendorf as Babette
- Derek Milhem as Attendant
- Adam Mucci as Deputy Halloran
- Brady and Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody
- John Rue as Mayor Harry Bacharach
- Frank Shattuck as Charlie Sheridan
- Scott Sowers as Joseph Earl Dinler
- Barbra Tirrell (sic) as Edith Mauer
- Susan Varon as Madam Regina
- Victor Verhaeghe as Ward Boss Damien Fleming
- Sean Weil as Liam
- Nathan Williams as Edge's aide
- Jeffrey C. Wolf as Babette's Dancer 01
- Simone Assboeck as Babette's Dancer 02
- Jennifer Bowles as Babette's Dancer 03
- Tyler Ingram as Babette's Dancer 04
- Mark Manley as Babette's Dancer 05
- Dieter Riesle as Babette's Dancer 06
- Frank Root as Babette's Dancer 07
- Alison Solomon as Babette's Dancer 08
- William Ward as Babette's Dancer 09
- Meredith Riley Stewart as Babette's Dancer 10
- Felicity Stiverson as Babette's Dancer 11
- Jessica Swesey as Babette's Dancer 12
- Opening title: "Straight Up & Down" — The Brian Jonestown Massacre
- Capone scares Jimmy and Pearl: "I'll See You in C-U-B-A" — Billy Murray
- Nucky goes over his guest list: "Under The Double Edge" — Gypsy Queen
- Jimmy and Pearl get personal: "Whippoorwhill Dance" — Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
- Lucky Luciano goes looking for Jimmy: "K-k-k-katy" —Billy Murray
- Lucky watches Gillian: "By the Pyramids" — The Happy Six
- Margaret is told to deliver a gown to Lucy: "Waltz No. 12 in F Minor" —Dubravka Tomsic
- Nucky and friends talk about the women's vote: "Love Song Orientale" —Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
- Jimmy and Capone get fitted for suits: "Clarinet Marmalade Blues" —Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
- Margaret delivers the suit to Nucky's party: "The Wild Rose When Sixteen" — Victor Herbert
- Nucky and Margaret dance: "In My Sweet Little Alice Blue Gown" —Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks featuring Amber Edwards
- Pearl gets her face slashed: "Take Your Time" —Ehud Asherie
- Eli tells Nucky about Chalky torturing the Cyclops: "My Wild Irish Rose" — "Katy Lou" Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ
- Jimmy tries to visit Pearl: "Whippoorwhill Dance" — Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
- Gillian offers herself to Lucky: "Danse Exotique (from the Bal Masque)" —Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
- Margaret steals lingerie from La Belle Femme: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" — Dave Arch
- Closing credits: Pretty Kitty Kelly — Charles Harrison
- "Not while the peaches are still in season." — Gillian Darmody
The episode dropped to a 1.1 adults 18–49 rating this week from a 1.4 the week before, and lost over 800,000 average viewers from the week before.
The episode received positive reviews from critics. IGN gave the episode their highest rating up to that point with an 8.5 and said "It's amazing that the writers found a way to commit so much good storytelling into one hour of television." They also said ""Anastasia", Boardwalk's fourth episode, is so far its best, turning its criminals into sympathetic characters despite their vices and secrets, and doing so without resorting to forced or saccharine ways." TV Fanatic gave the episode 4.5/5.0 and enjoyed the transformation of Margaret. "My favorite moment of the night was Margaret's brilliant transformation into a well-spoken and intelligent character. Her change from a quiet wallflower with small ambitions came at the best time, during Nucky's party. As the Commodore repeated his enraging "test" of female intelligence and political acumen on Lucy ("You're assuming they have minds at all"), Margaret voices an informed opinion about Women's Suffrage by stating, "In most civilized countries, women are afforded that privilege."
- "Anastasia" at HBO.com
- "Anastasia" on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
- "Anastasia" at TV.com
- "Anastasia" at Wikipedia
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|#02 The Ivory Tower||#08 Hold Me in Paradise|
|#03 Broadway Limited||#09 Belle Femme|
|#04 Anastasia||#10The Emerald City|
|#05 Nights in Ballygran||#11 Paris Green|
|#06 Family Limitation||#12 A Return to Normalcy|
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