'Boardwalk Empire' Season 1 Episodes
Boardwalk Empire - Season 1
Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. HBO presents Season One of this epic new drama series that follows the birth and rise of organized crime in 'the world's playground' at the dawn of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi stars.
“Making Boardwalk Empire”
On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City’s Treasurer, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), condemns alcohol at a Women’s Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans (Joe Sikora) a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette’s Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as “Man Friday” to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan (Samuel Taylor), will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky.
“The Ivory Tower”
Investigating a crime which he feels has been pinned on a scapegoat, straight-arrow Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) pays a visit to Nucky and leaves convinced that the Treasurer is “as corrupt as the day is long.” Nucky quickly does damage control, enlisting his brother, Sheriff Elias Thompson (Shea Whigham), to close ranks with their underlings. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Al Capone (Stephen Graham) shows a local reporter what he thinks about accusations that Johnny Torrio (Greg Antonacci) was involved in the slaying of local mobster “Big Jim” Colosimo (Frank Crudele). Back in Atlantic City, Nucky discusses the upcoming election with his aging mentor, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman), with whom he debates the women’s vote issue. Later, before heading out for a night on the town, Nucky rebukes an irate Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) over the phone, then meets privately with Margaret Schroeder, who asks him for help in providing for her children. As a long day ends, a traveling salesman named George Baxter (Allen Lewis Rickman), in town for a few days with an unwilling young beauty named Claudia (Megan Ferguson), makes a startling discovery while on the road home to Baltimore.
Jimmy’s (Michael Pitt) future is clouded by an unlikely witness to the woods massacre; Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) takes a new job; Chalky’s (Michael Kenneth Williams) team pays a big price for his success.
Jimmy forges new relationships in Chicago; Nucky (Steve Buscemi) fetes a U.S. Senator; Chalky fingers a lynching suspect; Margaret and Lucy (Paz de la Huerta) clash.
“Nights in Ballygran”
Nucky’s attempts to usher in a joyous St. Patrick’s Day are undermined by Eli (Shea Whigham), Margaret and Van Alden (Michael Shannon).
Nucky investigates a boardwalk theft; Jimmy scores points with Johnny Torrio (Greg Antonacci) in Chicago; Margaret stands up to Lucy.
Nucky purges some bad childhood memories; Jimmy forges a new alliance with a fellow veteran; Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and a friend cut a deal with the D’Alessio brothers.
“Hold Me in Paradise”
While visiting Chicago during the Republican National Convention, Nucky gets some alarming news from Atlantic City.
Nucky braces for war with a rival faction; Jimmy (Michael Pitt) stands by his alibi; Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) helps out Madame Jeunet (Anna Katarina).
“The Emerald City”
Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela (Aleksa Palladino) witnesses Jimmy’s violent side; Capone (Stephen Graham) faces a crossroads; Van Alden (Michael Shannon) grapples with his emotions.
Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with some tricky family issues; Van Alden addresses Agent Sebso’s (Eric Weiner) “temptations.”
“A Return to Normalcy”
Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and Atlantic City brace for change on Election Day; Torrio (Greg Antonacci) brokers a deal between two nemeses, with far-reaching consequences; Jimmy (Michael Pitt) ponders his future, as do Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and Eli (Shea Whigham).