The Good Listener

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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.

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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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite making him perfectly qualified to undertake his new venture, Nucky learned his illegal enterprises might be too much for some men to overlook. Especially the kind of men he needs to help fund his plan.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Though the six-year jump is still jarring, and mentions of those who slipped through the cracks still have the feeling of loose ends, this season is both telling a story and settling accounts.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's a neat little mob morality tale, a one-and-done storyline studded with real-life icons that wraps up the arc of a memorable supporting character and reveals new wrinkles to Nucky's shrewd ruthlessness.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The show has always been about Nucky's story, right or wrong, and "The Good Listener" plays interestingly off of the ways that this show's main character has become such a minor supporting player in the big action happening in Chicago and New York.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…