Boardwalk Empire (season 2)
|Boardwalk Empire (season 2)|
Season 2 DVD cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||September 25– December 11, 2011|
The second season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 25, 2011 and concluded on December 11, 2011, consisting of 12 episodes. The series was created by Terence Winter and based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era, the series stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. The second season takes place between February and August 1921. The second season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on August 28, 2012.
- Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
- Michael Pitt as James "Jimmy" Darmody
- Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
- Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden
- Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson
- Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
- Stephen Graham as Al Capone
- Vincent Piazza as Charlie Luciano
- Paz de la Huerta as Lucy Danziger
- Michael Kenneth Williams as Albert "Chalky" White
- Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
- Paul Sparks as Michael "Mickey Doyle" Kozik
- Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
- Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody
- Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner
- Charlie Cox as Owen Sleater
- Josie and Lucy Gallina as Emily Schroeder
- Heather Lind as Katy
- Declan and Rory McTigue as Theodore "Teddy" Schroeder
- Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky
- Robert Clohessy as Alderman Jim Neary
- Kevin O'Rourke as Edward L. Bader
- Brady and Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody
- Dominic Chianese as Leander Whitlock
- Joseph Aniska as Agent Stan Sawicki
- William Forsythe as Munya "Manny" Horvitz
- Julianne Nicholson as Esther Randolph
- Glenn Fleshler as George Remus
- Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
- Adam Mucci as Deputy Halloran
- Christiane Seidel as Sigrid
- Brandon Zumsteg as Brian Thompson
- David Aaron Baker as Bill Fallon
- Matthew Broadley as Patrick Thompson
- Pearce Bunting as Bill McCoy
- William Hill as Alderman George O'Neill
- Christopher McDonald as Harry Daugherty
- Natalie Wachen as Lenore White
- Tom Aldredge as Ethan Thompson
- Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio
- Ed Jewett as Jess Smith
- Charlie Plummer as Michael Thompson
- Ted Rooney as John McGarrigle
- Michael Zegen as Bugsy Siegel
- Stephen DeRosa as Eddie Cantor
- Christina Jackson as Maybelle White
- Peter McRobbie as Supervisor Frederick Elliot
- Geoff Pierson as Walter Edge
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|13||1||"21"||Tim Van Patten||Terence Winter||September 25, 2011||2.91|
|January 1921. Nucky's power is put to the test by the alliance of Jimmy, Eli and the Commodore, who manipulate the Ku Klux Klan into attacking Chalky's bootlegging warehouse. Van Alden welcomes his wife to Atlantic City and puts on a show for her, while at the same time providing for Lucy, heavily pregnant with his child. Nucky is arrested for election fraud.|
|14||2||"Ourselves Alone"||David Petrarca||Howard Korder||October 2, 2011||2.59|
|Nucky is released from jail, and becomes aware of the defection of several key allies to the Commodore. Margaret takes an active role in helping Nucky's business and falls back on her old behaviors to retrieve incriminating pieces of evidence from his office. Jimmy visits New York to discuss new business proposals with Rothstein, Luciano and Lansky, and takes out his frustrations on a pair of well-connected Mafia hoods. Chalky, still in jail, exerts his authority on a mouthy cellmate from out of town.|
|15||3||"A Dangerous Maid"||Susanna White||Itamar Moses||October 9, 2011||2.86|
|Nucky reaches out to various sources for help in fighting the legal charges against him, and confronts Jimmy and the Commodore with an open declaration of war. Van Alden deals with an increasingly stir-crazy Lucy, and Margaret attempts to find more information about her estranged family. Capone visits Atlantic City to end Torrio's bootlegging arrangements with Nucky, while Rothstein smooths over a local Mafia don's dispute with Luciano and Lansky.|
|16||4||"What Does the Bee Do?"||Ed Bianchi||Steve Kornacki||October 16, 2011||2.55|
|Nucky looks to both Rothstein and Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox) as allies to fortify his position against the Commodore, who - unbeknownst to Nucky - has suffered a massive stroke, forcing Jimmy to take control. Chalky is released from jail, but finds himself uncomfortable in both his business and family life. Richard sits for a portrait and finds a sympathetic ear in Angela, while Van Alden's men meet with explosive consequences for investigating their superior.|
|17||5||"Gimcrack & Bunkum"||Tim Van Patten||Howard Korder||October 23, 2011||2.69|
|Nucky uses the Memorial Day celebrations as a chance to court the assistance of U.S. Attorney General Harry Daugherty (Christopher McDonald) in his election fraud case. Richard takes a trip into the woods and comes to a final decision, which is interrupted by a stray dog. Eli fails to switch sides back to his brother, and resorts to brutal means to keep the news of the Commodore's incapacitation quiet. Insulted by one of his wealthy backers, Jimmy takes Gillian's advice and recruits Richard to return the favor.|
|18||6||"The Age of Reason"||Jeremy Podeswa||Bathsheba Doran||October 30, 2011||2.63|
|Nucky helps reassure Margaret's son Teddy about his first confession, while Margaret grapples with just how honest to be in her own. Jimmy takes the advice of the Commodore's lawyer and strikes a bargain with Luciano and Lansky, following an attempted hijacking of Nucky's new liquor line. Lucy is forced to give birth herself while Van Alden faces Agent Clarkson in the hospital, and the birth has a surprise visitor. Senator Walter Edge (Geoff Pierson) forces Daugherty to appoint a more zealous prosecutor against Nucky.|
|19||7||"Peg of Old"||Allen Coulter||Howard Korder & Steve Kornacki & Bathsheba Doran||November 6, 2011||2.74|
|Nucky's life is in danger when Jimmy is pushed to a violent decision by Eli, Luciano, Lansky and Capone. Margaret reconnects with her family in Brooklyn, but not everyone is happy to see their long-lost sister. Van Alden finds himself making difficult decisions after the arrival of new prosecutor Esther Randolph (Julianne Nicholson) and Lucy's final decision in the wake of their daughter's birth. Owen finds the opportunity to perform a service, both for the IRA and for Margaret.|
|20||8||"Two Boats and a Lifeguard"||Tim Van Patten||Terence Winter||November 13, 2011||2.54|
|Nucky deals with his father's death in the wake of his own attempted murder, and comes to a surprise decision after consulting with Rothstein and Torrio. Angela rediscovers her free-spirited side thanks to a chance beach meeting, and has an honest conversation with Jimmy about their marriage and his business. Van Alden hires a nanny for his daughter Abigail, and Randolph begins interrogations for her federal case against Nucky.|
|21||9||"Battle of the Century"||Brad Anderson||Steve Kornacki||November 20, 2011||2.55|
|Nucky travels to Ireland, looking to make a deal with the IRA leadership: surplus Army weapons for Irish whiskey. Back home, Margaret's daughter Emily is stricken with polio, and Esther Randolph puts the pressure on Deputy Halloran. As the Battle of the Century approaches, Jimmy decides to take a hard line with Philadelphia gangster Manny Horvitz (William Forsythe). Chalky tells a former enemy, now his underling, to launch a strike by the Negro workers in Atlantic City.|
|22||10||"Georgia Peaches"||Jeremy Podeswa||Dave Flebotte||November 27, 2011||2.73|
|Nucky floods Atlantic City with Irish whiskey to cripple his enemies, and hires Rothstein's attorney Bill Fallon to defend him in the election fraud case. Jimmy faces internal dissent from his partners and pressure from his backers to end the workers' strike, but balks at Chalky's demands. Eli's effort to keep Deputy Halloran quiet leads to Esther Randolph pushing a murder charge on him, while Margaret turns to the church for help with Emily. Manny Horvitz's revenge against Jimmy takes a sudden, tragic turn.|
|23||11||"Under God's Power She Flourishes"||Allen Coulter||Howard Korder||December 4, 2011||2.97|
|Nucky and Fallon begin planning his defense strategy, aided by a discovery that brings an end to Van Alden's career. Blaming herself for Emily's polio, Margaret contemplates purging her sins in court. Jimmy travels to Princeton and, in a heroin-induced haze, recalls his school days there, from the start of his relationship with Angela to the fateful night his mother visited. Upon returning to Atlantic City, he confronts Gillian and settles family business with the Commodore.|
|24||12||"To the Lost"||Tim Van Patten||Terence Winter||December 11, 2011||3.01|
|Nucky takes steps to undermine Esther Randolph's case, proposing marriage to Margaret and accepting Jimmy's offer to silence a key witness. Chalky's conditions for ending the workers' strike are met, Van Alden flees to the Midwest with his daughter and nanny, and Luciano and Lansky bring their heroin deal to Rothstein. In the shadow of the Atlantic City War Memorial, Nucky and Jimmy's relationship comes to an end when their meeting is set to settle things.|
The second season of Boardwalk Empire received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the second season scored 81/100 based on 14 reviews. Another aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, reported 85% of critics gave the second season a "Certified Fresh" rating, based on 13 reviews with an average score of 8/10, with the site consensus stating "Boardwalk Empire delves deeper into both its intriguing supporting players and its rich tapestry of moral ambiguity."
Awards and nominations
The second season received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and won 4 altogether. The series received its second consecutive nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, while Steve Buscemi was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The series won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series for "21", and Outstanding Special Visual Effects Television Miniseries, Movie, or Special for "Georgia Peaches" at the 64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Tim Van Patten won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "To the Lost".
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