Gaston Means (played by Stephen Root) is a recurring character in the third and fourth season of Boardwalk Empire. He is a special investigator for the Department of Justice who acts as the middleman in Attorney General Harry Daugherty's protection racket for organized crime. He is based on the historical figure of the same name.
Means books into the Hotel Astor in New York City. He is there to act as the collections man for Attorney General Harry Daugherty's protection racket. Means drills a peep hole in the door to his adjoining room and empties the goldfish bowl he has brought with him into the sink. As an afterthought he retrieves the fish and puts it in a glass of water.
Nucky is in New York to make his payoff to Daugherty. He heads to the Hotel Astor but is perturbed when he finds himself in an empty room with a goldfish bowl of money. Means calls through the door to put the money in the bowl but Nucky refuses. Means lets him into his room and reluctantly introduces himself. Nucky presses him for information about Daugherty's troubles but he refuses to be bought so soon after meeting Nucky. Means says that he admires Nucky as someone who makes opportunities out of trouble and believes that he has the same quality. Means lets Nucky watch as George Remus drops his money off and then asks him to leave surreptitiously. ("Spaghetti and Coffee")
- Harry Daugherty: Attorney General, boss
- Jess Smith: Department of Justice colleague (deceased)
- Nucky Thompson: Client
- George Remus: Client (arrested)
- Arnold Rothstein: Client (deceased)
"Your shoelace is in a state of deshabille."
"The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior."
"Who has sent you grim-visaged thugees? Secretary Mellon, the Attorney General, that unweaned welp Hoover?
|Season three appearances|
|"Resolution"||"Spaghetti and Coffee"||"Bone for Tuna"||"Blue Bell Boy"|
|"You'd Be Surprised"||"Ging Gang Goolie"||"Sunday Best"||"The Pony"|
|"The Milkmaid's Lot"||"A Man, A Plan..."||"Two Imposters"||"Margate Sands"|
|Season four appearances|
|"New York Sour"||"Resignation"||"Acres of Diamonds"||"All In"|
|"Erlkonig"||"The North Star"||"William Wilson"||"The Old Ship of Zion"|
|"Marriage and Hunting"||"White Horse Pike"||"Havre De Grace"||"Farewell Daddy Blues"|