History Series / BoardwalkEmpire

4th Mar '17 11:42:58 AM nombretomado
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* GutturalGrowler: Richard Harrow, presumably as a result of injuries inflicted during the war (check the scar on his throat). Serves to emphasize his both dangerous and shy nature. Actor Jack Huston came up with the voice by [[DoingItForTheArt stuffing his mouth with cotton balls]], not unlike MarlonBrando did for ''Film/TheGodfather''.

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* GutturalGrowler: Richard Harrow, presumably as a result of injuries inflicted during the war (check the scar on his throat). Serves to emphasize his both dangerous and shy nature. Actor Jack Huston came up with the voice by [[DoingItForTheArt stuffing his mouth with cotton balls]], not unlike MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando did for ''Film/TheGodfather''.
3rd Mar '17 12:57:08 PM Xtifr
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* AnalogyBackfire: Maranzano likes to compare himself with Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. Nucky quickly points out that Caesar was backstabbed. [[spoiler:Maranzano is betrayed by Nucky, and killed by a bunch of guys with daggers.]]

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* AnalogyBackfire: Maranzano likes to compare himself with Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Nucky quickly points out that Caesar was backstabbed. [[spoiler:Maranzano is betrayed by Nucky, and killed by a bunch of guys with daggers.]]
24th Feb '17 3:25:01 PM jormis29
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* DyingDream: The last scene of Season 4 finale "Farewell Daddy Blues", played as a ShoutOut to TropeMaker "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge". [[spoiler:Richard Harrow, after a botched hit on Dr. Narcisse leaves him mortally wounded, escapes the city and travels to the country to reunite with all his loved ones. Then [[DyingAsYourself his disfigured face suddenly looks normal again]] and we see his corpse beneath the Atlantic City boardwalk.]]

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* DyingDream: The last scene of Season 4 finale "Farewell Daddy Blues", played as a ShoutOut to TropeMaker "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge"."Literature/AnOccurrenceAtOwlCreekBridge". [[spoiler:Richard Harrow, after a botched hit on Dr. Narcisse leaves him mortally wounded, escapes the city and travels to the country to reunite with all his loved ones. Then [[DyingAsYourself his disfigured face suddenly looks normal again]] and we see his corpse beneath the Atlantic City boardwalk.]]
15th Feb '17 12:30:04 PM MBI
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* ConfessToALesserCrime: Eli and Van Alden are caught trying to steal Capone's ledgers to give to the FBI; the only plausible cover they can come up with is that they were trying to steal Capone's money. (This is still a "lesser" crime but not by much; Capone eventually sees through the lie but it's questionable whether they would have survived even if he hadn't.)
11th Jan '17 4:47:55 PM dmcreif
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** While Nucky is the boss of Atlantic City, the police department is glorified muscle for his criminal empire, with his brother as the Police Captain.

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** While Nucky is the boss of Atlantic City, the police department is glorified muscle for his criminal empire, with his brother as the Police Captain. Sheriff.



---> '''Jimmy:''' I think you'd agree that Greek Town belongs to us now.

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---> '''Jimmy:''' I think you'd agree that Greek Town belongs to us now. ''[shoots Charlie in the head]''



---> '''Lucien:''' (''While Jimmy is loading his gun.'') Oh, oh fuckin' tough guy. [[YouWouldntShootMe Are you gonna shoot me for mouthin' off]]?
---> '''Jimmy:''' I wasn't going to, but you kinda talked me into it. (BANG)
** Owen's got one in "Peg of Old":

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---> '''Lucien:''' '''Lucien D'Alessio:''' (''While Jimmy is loading his gun.'') Oh, oh fuckin' tough guy. [[YouWouldntShootMe Are you gonna shoot me for mouthin' off]]?
---> '''Jimmy:''' I wasn't going to, but you kinda talked me into it. (BANG)
''[shoots Lucien in the head]''
** Owen's got one in "Peg of Old":Old" after garroting a traitor to death:



--->'''Jimmy''': It's not a confession.
--->'''Richard''': It's a suicide note.

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--->'''James Neary:''' Nice fellas. Fuckin' confession signed at gunpoint.
--->'''Jimmy''': It's not just a confession.
--->'''Richard''': It's a suicide note. ''[shoots Neary in the mouth]''



* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Generally averted. However, in one scene Richard gives a man a MoeGreeneSpecial from across the street, and at first the rest of the cafe's patrons only notice because the bullet shatters a water jug in passing. The victim remains sat at his table, with his head slumped back and blood running from his nose and a dainty new red birthmark under one eye.[[

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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Generally averted. However, in one scene his first on-screen kill, Richard Harrow gives a man the guy who disfigured Pearl a MoeGreeneSpecial from across the street, and at first the rest of the cafe's patrons only notice because the bullet shatters a water jug in passing. The victim remains sat seated at his table, with his head slumped back and blood running from his nose and a dainty new red birthmark under one eye.[[



** This may be an explanation for the appearance of Harrow's facial prosthetic. They looked much more true to the wearer's face in reality than what's seen on the show.
** This also applies to his wounds themselves. You might think nobody could survive that with the medicine of the time, but men actually survived ''a lot worse'' types of facial injuries.

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** This may be an explanation for the appearance of Richard Harrow's facial prosthetic. They looked much more true to the wearer's face in reality than what's seen on the show.
** This also applies to his wounds themselves. You might think nobody could survive that with the medicine of the time, but men actually there are people who have survived ''a lot worse'' types of facial injuries.



* RelativeButton: Tolliver knows [[spoiler:Eli's family means more to him than anything, that's how he coerced him into cooperating in the first place.]] Yet he still taunts him with [[spoiler:his son's impending PrisonRape before he's got him in cuffs. Tolliver only proved his partners were right when they said he had a death wish, as it provokes Eli into beating him to death.]]

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* RelativeButton: James Tolliver knows [[spoiler:Eli's family means more to him than anything, that's how he coerced him into cooperating in the first place.]] Yet he still taunts him with [[spoiler:his son's impending PrisonRape before he's got him in cuffs. Tolliver only proved his partners were right when they said he had a death wish, as it provokes Eli into beating him to death.]]



** After Frank Capone is gunned down by Chicago police officers, Al starts murdering random cops in broad daylight and makes plans to kill O'Bannion, who he suspects is responsible for Frank's death.

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** After Frank Capone is gunned down by Chicago police officers, Al starts murdering random cops in broad daylight and makes plans to kill O'Bannion, O'Banion, who he suspects is responsible for Frank's death.



* SandNecktie: Gyp buries a mouthy underling up to his neck in sand with the tide coming in. When the guy's cousin pleads with him not to leave him there, he obligingly smashes his head in with a shovel instead.

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* SandNecktie: Gyp buries a mouthy underling up to his neck in sand with the tide coming in. When Tonino, who is the guy's cousin cousin, pleads with him not to leave him there, he obligingly smashes his head in with a shovel instead.
19th Dec '16 5:45:07 PM Greystone101
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** In addition, [[spoiler: after entire seasons of pretending to be someone else, using a different name, and denying what was always his true calling, Van Alden goes out in a suicidal attack on Al Capone, roaring his true name and true identity in the mobster's face. A DyingMomentOfAwesome if ever there was one]]
13th Dec '16 2:44:22 PM dmcreif
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* BondOneLiner: A truly groanworthy one courtesy of Chalky White, following a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Dunn B. Purnsley.

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* BondOneLiner: A BondOneLiner:
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truly groanworthy one courtesy of Chalky White, following a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Dunn B. Purnsley.


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** The assassination attempt on Manny Horvitz in season 2 has a visual one. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xzr7P9ZmIQ After Manny kills the assassin]] by sinking a meat cleaver into his head, the camera pans to show a sign behind Manny reading "FRESH KILLED MEAT".
12th Dec '16 8:38:30 PM dmcreif
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-->'''Nucky''': I am not angry. Untie him.
-->'''Thief''': Oh, thank you Nucky. Thank you so much.
-->'''Nucky''': But first, put a bullet in his head.

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-->'''Nucky''': I am not angry. ''[to Manny; regarding a thief]'' Untie him.
-->'''Thief''':
him. ''[Nate starts to relax]'' Oh, thank but before you Nucky. Thank you so much.
-->'''Nucky''': But first,
do, put a bullet in his fucking head.



** Nucky grabs it firmly in the first half of the third season in the form of [[LoveMakesYouStupid Billie Kent]] and A.R. calls him out on it. Thompson's business take a nosedive in the process. In Season 4 he recognizes Chalky going down the same road and obliquely cautions him about it.

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** Nucky grabs it firmly in the first half of the third season in the form of [[LoveMakesYouStupid Billie Kent]] and A.R. calls him out on it. Thompson's Nucky's business take a nosedive in the process. In Season 4 he recognizes Chalky going down the same road and obliquely cautions him about it.



* IHaveAFamily: Invoked by [[spoiler:Angela]] when facing a loaded gun. It starts to work until she offers money, which hardens her attacker back up.

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* IHaveAFamily: Invoked by [[spoiler:Angela]] when facing a loaded gun. It starts to work until she offers money, which hardens her attacker Manny back up.



* TheInfiltration: In Season 5, Treasury Agent Mike D'Angelo has infiltrated Al Capone's inner circle.
* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: "Bone for Tuna," after a farewell note that Nucky gives Gyp Rosetti. He's trying to say "Buona Fortuna", Italian for "Good luck". In-universe the intended courteous deference becomes a ComplimentBackfire, since it enrages Gyp on his way out of Tabor Heights.

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* TheInfiltration: In Season 5, Treasury Agent Mike D'Angelo Malone has infiltrated Al Capone's inner circle.
circle as Mike D'Angelo.
* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: "Bone for Tuna," after a farewell note that Nucky gives Gyp Rosetti. He's trying to say "Buona Fortuna", Italian for "Good luck". In-universe the The intended courteous deference becomes a ComplimentBackfire, since it enrages Gyp on his way out of Tabor Heights.



** In "Bone for Tuna", Mickey is getting ready to enjoy a blowjob from a hooker when a shotgun-toting Richard Harrow breaks into his apartment. Mickey doesn't even have time to pull his pants up before Richard hustles him out.

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** In "Bone for Tuna", Mickey is getting ready to enjoy a blowjob from a hooker when a shotgun-toting only for the lights to come on, revealing Richard Harrow breaks into his apartment.is pointing a gun at him. Mickey doesn't even have time to pull his pants up before Richard hustles him out.



** Van Alden [[spoiler:drowning Agent Sebso]] during a baptism in front of a church full of witnesses.

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** Van Alden [[spoiler:drowning [[DeadlyEuphemism baptizing Agent Sebso]] during a baptism by drowning him in front of a church full of witnesses.



* TheKlan: The Klan are a problem for Nucky Thompson because he gets a lot of his political support from the black community and the black gangster Chalky White is one of Nucky's main associates. In season one when one of Chalky's people is lynched, Nucky allows him to torture a Klan leader for information. In season two, the Klan has its revenge when they attack Chalky's liquor warehouse and kill four of Chalky's men. When Chalky kills one of the Klansmen in self defense, Nucky has to pull a lot of strings so Chalky is not tried and executed for murder. However, the Klan has little power in Atlantic City so they are never too serious a problem for Nucky.

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* TheKlan: The Klan are a problem for Nucky Thompson because he gets a lot of his political support from the black community and the black gangster Chalky White is one of Nucky's main associates. In season one one, when one of Chalky's people is lynched, Nucky allows him to torture a Klan leader for information. In season two, the Klan has its revenge when they attack Chalky's liquor warehouse and kill four of Chalky's men. When Chalky kills one of the Klansmen in self defense, Nucky has to pull a lot of strings so Chalky is not tried and executed for murder. However, the Klan has little power in Atlantic City so they are never too serious a problem for Nucky.



** Liam, the {{Mook}} that [[spoiler: slashed Pearl's face]] is [[spoiler: shot in the face by a facially disfigured veteran]].

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** Liam, the {{Mook}} that [[spoiler: slashed Pearl's face]] is [[spoiler: shot in the face by a facially disfigured veteran]].Richard Harrow]].



** In "Blue Bell Boy," a young thief plays this role to the hilt in an attempt to charm Nucky and Owen into not killing him. Nucky seems to admire the kid, but Owen has his doubts. Ultimately [[spoiler:Owen warms up to the kid, but Nucky guns him down without warning. He was never going to spare him]].

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** In "Blue Bell Boy," a young thief Roland Smith plays this role to the hilt in an attempt to charm Nucky and Owen into not killing him. Nucky seems to admire the kid, but Owen has his doubts. Ultimately [[spoiler:Owen warms up to the kid, but Nucky guns him down without warning. He was never going to spare him]].



** Gyp Rosetti in season 3, [[FullFrontalAssault fending off an assassination attempt]] [[CoitusEnsues that interrupted his play time with a waitress]].

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** Gyp Rosetti in season 3, [[FullFrontalAssault fending off an assassination attempt]] [[CoitusEnsues [[InterruptedIntimacy that interrupted his play time with a waitress]].



** Considering Terence Winter's [[AuthorAppeal love of all things]] ''Film/TheGodfather'', it's unsurprising that this trope pops up a number of times. The preeminent example is probably Jim Colosimo's death in the pilot - shot through the eye so that the blood spatters the camera.

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** Considering Terence Winter's [[AuthorAppeal love of all things]] ''Film/TheGodfather'', it's unsurprising that this trope pops up a number of times. The preeminent example is probably Jim Colosimo's death in the pilot - shot through the eye so that the blood spatters the camera. The assassination attempt on Torrio is shot similarly to the attempt on Vito Corleone's life.
14th Nov '16 9:06:44 AM dmcreif
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** Gyp Rosetti talks his way out of his own [[YouHaveFailedMe permanent retirement]] by successfully convincing Masseria that killing Arnold Rothstein and Nucky Thompson instead is the most sensible and economic decision in these uneasy times. Played with in that Masseria is initially skeptical about Thompson and Gyp makes a point about encroachment, but fails to deliver.

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** Gyp Rosetti talks his way out of his own [[YouHaveFailedMe permanent retirement]] by successfully convincing Masseria that killing Arnold Rothstein and Nucky Thompson instead is the most sensible and economic decision in these uneasy times. Played with in that While Masseria is initially skeptical about Thompson Nucky and Gyp makes a point about encroachment, but when Gyp fails to deliver.deliver, it doesn't take long for Masseria to get rid of him.



* MysteriousPast: We don't know the specific reason for Kessler's unparalleled loyalty to Nucky other than that Nucky "stuck up for him" as a German immigrant during the war. We don't really know ''anything'' about Kessler, and neither does Nucky, as he realises when [[spoiler:the guy takes a bullet protecting him. We learn a bit more about him in season four -- he fled his family in Germany after being caught extorting money.]]

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* MysteriousPast: We don't know the specific reason for Eddie Kessler's unparalleled loyalty to Nucky other than that Nucky "stuck up for him" as a German immigrant during the war. We don't really know ''anything'' about Kessler, and neither does Nucky, as he realises realizes when [[spoiler:the guy takes a bullet [[spoiler:Eddie gets shot while protecting him. We learn a bit more about him in season four -- he fled his family in Germany after being caught extorting money.]]



** Nucky's German butler is as [[GermanicEfficiency meticulous and precise]] as you'd expect a German to be.

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** Eddie Kessler, Nucky's German butler butler, is as [[GermanicEfficiency meticulous and precise]] as you'd expect a German to be.



** A minor plot point in the first season has Nucky struggling to recruit little people to play Leprechauns and get green beer for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration. In a later episode, Irishman Owen Sleater jokes that all Irish people will clean your shoes if you leave them by your door, referencing the American perception that they're all servants.
** Lansky and Rothstein are calm, cultured cerebral Jews who care about business first. On the other hand, there are complete opposites in Benny Siegel and Manny Horvitz.
** Italians Luciano, Capone, and Rosetti are impulsive, violent and loudmouthed but they are contrasted with Torrio and Masseria.

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** A minor plot point in the first season has Nucky struggling to recruit little people to play Leprechauns and get green beer for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration. In a later episode, the Irishman Owen Sleater jokes that all Irish people will clean your shoes if you leave them by your door, referencing the American perception stereotypes of the time that they're all servants.
** Lansky and Rothstein are calm, cultured cerebral Jews who care about business first. On the other hand, And there are complete opposites in Benny Siegel and Manny Horvitz.
** Italians Salvatore Luciano, Al Capone, and Gyp Rosetti are impulsive, violent and loudmouthed but they are contrasted with Johnny Torrio and Joe Masseria.



** The finale [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr5jSg58Hf4 features one]] with [[spoiler:Eli crushing Knox's skull with a vase]].

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** The season 4 finale [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr5jSg58Hf4 features one]] with [[spoiler:Eli crushing Knox's skull with a vase]].



** After Nucky is arrested, Margaret goes to his office pretending to be a poor, pregnant woman who needs Mr Thompson's help and is utterly confused by the fact that he is not there. The state policemen searching his office are completely fooled by the act and take pity on her. She uses the opportunity to retrieve incriminating evidence.

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** After Nucky is arrested, Margaret goes to his office pretending to be a poor, pregnant woman who needs Mr Thompson's Nucky's help and is utterly confused by the fact that he is not there. The state policemen police searching his office are completely fooled by the act and take pity on her. She uses the opportunity to retrieve incriminating evidence.



* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", Nucky takes Owen aside to demand to know what Owen was doing during a time he was supposed to be on duty and when Owen gives the excuse he was visiting an old friend, Nucky pointedly asks if that friend was from Ireland. Owen has an OhCrap reaction, as while he did visit with (and kill) an acquaintance from Ireland that day, he also [[spoiler: had sex with Margaret later and thinks Nucky knows about it]]. Luckily for Owen, Nucky was referring to the assassination and Owen gives a sigh of relief when Nucky brings up approaching the IRA for a business deal.

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", Nucky takes Owen aside to demand to know what Owen was doing during a time he was supposed to be on duty and when Owen gives the excuse he was visiting an old friend, Nucky pointedly asks if that friend was from Ireland. Owen has an OhCrap reaction, as while he did visit with (and kill) an acquaintance from Ireland that day, he also [[spoiler: had sex with Margaret later and thinks Nucky knows Nucky's found out about it]].that]]. Luckily for Owen, Nucky was referring to the assassination and Owen gives a sigh of relief when Nucky brings up approaching the IRA for a business deal.



** Hoover forcing Remus to drop his [[ThirdPersonPerson third person shtick]] for the first time ever shows that this young agent is hardass and means business.

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** Hoover forcing George Remus to drop his [[ThirdPersonPerson third person shtick]] for the first time ever shows that this young agent is hardass and means business.



** Samuel, a medical student still two years from graduating, is forced to treat a gunshot wound. He states himself that he has no idea what to do, but manages to get his way through it.

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** Samuel, a medical student still two years from graduating, is forced to treat a Eddie Kessler's gunshot wound. He states himself that he has no idea what to do, but manages to get his way through it.
13th Nov '16 12:38:41 AM Random888
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** In "Anastasia," Margaret reads newspaper accounts of pretender Anna Anderson's claim to be Anastasia Romanov a good two years before those claims actually became public.

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** In "Anastasia," Margaret reads newspaper accounts of [[DidAnastasiaSurvive pretender Anna Anderson's claim to be Anastasia Romanov Romanov]] a good two years before those claims actually became public.
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