Okay so the show opens with this sort of creepy scene of this mystery guy emptying out a fishbowl and putting the goldfish in a smaller glass. We don't see who it is, but the way it was shot was really kind of...eery.
Until he decides to work for that Mickey guy. See, Mickey tells him that he works for Mickey now, not Nucky. Initially Eli is like "The hell I am!" and resists. But eventually he shows up and helps load the trucks with booze and ends up being the lead driver of this little illegal caravan. Owen Slater, Nucky's number one runner, trusts him and shows him some respect too. And then we start thinking maybe Eli isn't totally down on his luck yet.
In Nucky and Margaret land, things are pretty tumultuous. They don't speak and he doesn't ever come home. While Margaret is facing more and more resistance towards her women's health education platform, Nucky's been getting his jollies off at that actress Billie Kent's apartment. He wines and dines her and her friends, and has a moment where he realizes he's hanging out with dumb girls and dumb people. We also learn that Billie is a tennant of Arnold Rothstein, Nucky's business partner. The two have a cat and mouse game of words over who's delivering what shipment of booze, which is nothing new.
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The clincher of this episode is the ending. This whole time, we've seen Gyp Rosetti has been hanging out in Tabor Heights, New Jersey. He's been asking the locals questions about maps and gas and other stuff that seems pretty innocuous. At one point, Gyp's at the local diner asking what's good to eat. The waitress recommends the spaghetti. Gyp starts hassling her about getting some wine with his meal, but is deterred by the local cops (who we know are in Nucky's pocket). He orders the episode title, "Spaghetti and Coffee" instead.
Then, as we come back to Eli and his caravan of booze from Nucky to Rothstein with love, we see that Gyp, after eating his spaghetti and coffee, has bought the local cops. They stop the caravan and force them to turn around and go home. Owen and Eli know how bad this is, and I'm pretty sure they're the only ones who understand the gravity of what's just happened. And they're scared shitless to go home with cars full of booze.
So, questions for next week?
How are Rothstein and Nucky gonna respond to this?
What's Gyp's next move?
Will somebody please help Margaret further women's health education?
We didn't see Richard Harrow in this episode--but is he on the path of avenging Jimmy's death? Or was it just Horvitz he wanted taken out?