Family Limitation

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"Family Limitation"
Boardwalk Empire episode
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Jimmy takes his revenge on Sheridan
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 6
Directed by Tim Van Patten
Written by Howard Korder
Original air date October 24, 2010 (2010-10-24)
Running time 60 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"Family Limitation" is the sixth episode of the first season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, which premiered October 24, 2010. It was written by supervising producer Howard Korder and directed by executive producer Tim Van Patten.

Plot[edit]

Two of the D'Alessio brothers rob one of Nucky's bagmen on the Boardwalk in broad daylight. Because the thieves are perceived to be Italian, Nucky suspects Lucky is behind it. Margaret asks Mrs. McGarry, one of her fellow activists from the Temperance League, for advice on a "financial, domestic, sexual" offer she’s received from a man, meaning Nucky. Mrs. McGarry advises her to do as she sees fit and gives her a copy of Margaret Sanger's pamphlet Family Limitation. Lucky, who is sleeping with Gillian, confides in her his problem with impotence. He is informed by Rothstein that Gillian is not Jimmy's wife, but rather his mother.

In Chicago, Jimmy talks to Torrio about the truce he is contemplating with Sheridan. He tells him that if they call a truce, they'll look weak. While meeting with Sheridan and his men, Jimmy and Capone ambush and kill them all with guns that are hidden with their coats. Back at Torrio's hotel, Jimmy is effused with praise from Torrio, which angers Capone and leads him and Jimmy to trade recriminations. Capone later visits Jimmy in his room and tells him his son is deaf, politely explaining that he didn't appreciate Jimmy making fun of him.

Margaret accepts Nucky's offer of a new house and quits her job after an argument with Lucy. However, she later realizes that the offer isn't at all what she expected after Nucky stands her up. Eli brings in Lucky, who tells Nucky he doesn't know about the theft. Nucky doesn't believe him and sends him away. Meanwhile, Van Alden discovers a picture of a 16-year-old Margaret in her immigration records. He then performs self-mortification with his belt.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

IGN gave the episode a score of 8.5 enjoying the relationship between Al and Jimmy: "Another highlight is the relationship between Al and Jimmy, as they rise up the ranks of the Torrio crime family. The two debate the difference between 'buddy' and 'accomplice' as Jimmy plans how to take out Sheridan. During this time, Jimmy, a war veteran, calls out Al on his bullshit war record, which in turn makes Al look like he is overcompensating for being nothing more than a thug in a nice suit. These exchanges prove that Al and Jimmy may have been friends once, but are on a path to being something much worse as their underworld careers advance."[1]

The A.V. Club gave it a B+ rating.[2]

Ratings[edit]

"Family Limitation" slipped back to a 1.2 adults 18–49 rating after last week's 1.3 rating. The episode had a total of 2.812 million viewers. [3]

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