Boardwalk Empire recap: 'Cuanto'

September 29, 2014 2:00 AM

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It's pretty much a given that loyalty will end up a major theme in any mob-related narrative. In the case of Boardwalk Empire, the concept extends beyond the characters into the minds of its audience. The HBO drama has not made it easy for fans to remain faithful for all four and a half seasons, given its tendency to kill off favorite characters (Jimmy Darmody, Richard Harrow, Eddie Kessler) and muddle its story lines with tiresome plots concerning whiny, talent-free showgirls or whiny, insecure college kids. However, series creator Terence Winter rewarded those who have stuck by the Atlantic City gangsters since season 1 with "Cuanto," an episode that brought us the return of OG "partners in crime" Nucky Thompson and Margaret Rohan-Schroeder-Thompson, as well as the unraveling of Nelson Van Alden's decade-long evasion from the feds.

Praise must be given to Winter and fellow episode writers Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder for streamlining the focus back onto a handful of characters (namely Nucky, Margaret, Van Alden, Al Capone, and Charlie Luciano). Although, if given the choice between more 1884 flashbacks and a check-in wi...

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