Boardwalk Empire - Season 5, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Good Listener



Critic Consensus: "The Good Listener" aptly picks up the pace after the gradual setup of "Golden Days for Boys and Girls," purposefully advancing what is becoming an exciting arc for the final season.

Episode Info

Nucky visits Johnny Torrio in New York City to discuss his close call in Cuba and find out if new Mafia boss Salvatore Maranzano had anything to do with it. Meanwhile, law-school graduate Willie has a job interview; Eli and Nelson's liquor stash is raided by Eliot Ness in Chicago; and Joseph Kennedy listens to Nucky's pitch for post-Prohibition prosperity. Also: A young Nucky and his family mourn the loss of his sister, Susan, in 1884.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Jeffrey Wright
as Valentin Narcisse
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Ben Rosenfield (II)
as Willie Thompson
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Chris Caldovino
as Tonino Sandrelli
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Ian Hart
as Ethan Thompson
John Ellison Conlee
as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner
Boris McGiver
as Sheriff, Sheriff Lindsay
Giampiero Judica
as Salvatore Maranzano
Matt Letscher
as Joseph Kennedy
Louis Cancelmi
as Mike D'Angelo
Jim True-Frost
as Eliot Ness
Nolan Lyons
as Young Nucky
Oakes Fegley
as Young Eli
Onata Aprile
as Susan Thompson
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
Paul Calderon
as Arquimedes
Erin Dilly
as Eleanor Thompson
Reg Rogers
as Robert Hodge
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Critic reviews for The Good Listener

Apparently it's never too late to give Nucky a new friend -- and by bringing in Joe Kennedy, we know that at least one person will survive the show. Whether we want him to or not.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

In Episode 2, Nucky Thompson is scrambling to do what, in a sense, he has always mastered: bridge the gap between the crooked world and the legitimate one, fighting for survival in both.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While Boardwalk has proven that you can never trust anyone, it sure seems way more fun to be part of a team.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There was a lot more good than bad this week, and things were far less fragmentary. Most scenes felt like they had an overall purpose, and weren't just there for shock value or exposition.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

"The Good Listener" started to sew together a lot of the vague elements from the season premiere, weaving a clearer picture of what this final season will hold.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

In episode two there's a palpable desperation in Nucky that goes beyond his typically irritated-by-everything persona to dig deep into what he wants.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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