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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 5: Police Chief Turns Police Chump & Heads Roll

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 24th 2011 1:35PM
On 'Boardwalk Empire,' the dominoes have started to fall in the aftermath of the Commodore's stroke. Having blindly followed the old man over the precipice, his co-conspirators are squirming and getting desperate now that he's incapacitated. In this week's 'Gimcrack and Bunkum,' they scrambled to save their hides, and the desperation manifested itself in the form of two brutal, head-mutilating murders.

Meanwhile, Jimmy continued to prove that he may be the only one with the smarts and toughness to make it on his own, while the women of 'Boardwalk' showed they can be just as violent and conniving as the men.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our weekly 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

Stock down: Eli Thompson
Atlantic City's police chief spiraled out of control, lashing out violently in all directions after the Commodore's stroke. He tearfully apologized to Nucky but refused to kiss his feet, instead getting into a wrestling match with his brother and almost pulling his gun on him. Later he took out his rage out on his co-conspirator Ward Boss O'Neill, bashing his face in with a wrench and burying his body in the woods. How long will it be before he gets taken out?

Stock up: Margaret Schroeder
Broke up the Thompson v. Thompson brother's brawl by pointing a shotgun at Eli's head just as he was reaching for his pistol. So what if it wasn't loaded? And yes, Margaret, this is to be your life now.

Stock up: Jimmy Darmody
Improvised a rousing speech for the WWI veterans after being called out at the Memorial Day dedication, offering hope that maybe his political ambitions aren't dead after all. Lest you think he's gone white collar, he reclaimed his gangster cred by scalping one of the Commodore's cronies, Jackson Parkhurst, after the not-quite Indian War veteran whacked him with his cane. Commodore & Co. may still owe the old men $70,000 for liquor lost in the distillery explosion, but at least now they'll ask for it respectfully.

Stock up: Gillian Darmody
Increasingly, she's exerting a tremendous amount of subtle motherly influence on Jimmy. She basically pushed him into killing Parkhurst, feeding her son's ego and nudging him towards brutal retribution. The Rockefellers scalped all their enemies, right?

Stock up: Richard Harrow
He contemplated suicide in the woods, but before pulling the trigger, a dog stole his mask and led him toward some squirrel-roasting forest-dwellers who gave him some much-needed companionship. After Jimmy assures him he'll fight for him "to the last bullet," he rejoins the bootlegging team, just in time for a late-night scalping session. Is there any chance he adopted that stray forest dog? Harrow could use a puppy.

Stock up: Nucky Thompson
His scheme to make the election fraud charges against him disappear by turning them federal may actually work, though Attorney General Daugherty curiously couldn't make any promises. He did however, give the case to a young federal prosecutor named Charles "Chip" Thorogood, who plans to dismiss it after spending an evening drinking champagne with Nucky's whores. In other good news, Nucky learned about the Commodore's stroke from Eli, survived a wrestling match with his armed and crazy brother, and played some headgames with Jimmy during the Memorial Day ceremony.

Holding steady: Owen Sleater
He was away on business when Eli dropped by and almost killed his boss, although something tells us he may soon be involved in settling that particular score. On the positive side of the ledger, he's now sleeping with Katie, Nucky's lady servant. After Sleater exacts some revenge on Eli, perhaps the new couple will go on a double-date with Nucky and Margaret.

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Holding steady: Owen Sleater


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