Boardwalk Empire - Season 5, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

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Critic Consensus: Boardwalk Empire continues to explore Nucky's past with satisfying results, though an extended hostage subplot feels a bit superfluous this late in the game.

Episode Info

Margaret finds herself in a pickle due to her dealings with the late Arnold Rothstein when his widow starts snooping around his covert affairs. Meanwhile, Chalky wonders where his latest partnership is going; Nucky talks shop with a prominent businessman from Boston; Luciano and Siegel try to strike a deal with Narcisse in Harlem; and in 1884, a young Nucky works hard at the hotel and catches the eye of a girl who's vacationing with her parents.


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
Ben Rosenfield (II)
as Willie Thompson
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Patricia Arquette
as Sally Wheet
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Matt Letscher
as Joseph Kennedy
Nolan Lyons
as Young Nucky
Warner Miller
as Buck, Milton
John Ellison Conlee
as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner
Boris McGiver
as Sheriff, Sheriff Lindsay
Shae D'Lyn
as Carolyn Rothstein
Paul Calderon
as Arquimedes
John C. Vennema
as Lawrence Conors
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Critic reviews for What Jesus Said

Another memorable outing, if not quite as memorable as the first two episodes of the fifth and final.

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

A nicely subtle exploration of the American dream through the prism of two men, Joe Kennedy and Chalky White, who seemed to have ended up on its opposite sides.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

With only 5 episodes left, Nucky courts THAT patriarch from Nantucket, once again proving 'Empire' can weave real-life historical figures and fiction with aplomb.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

I really hope Boardwalk Empire isn't going to keep on this devout Christian kick, because it's starting to creep me out.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

My favorite familiar face though was Mickey Doyle. Against all odds he has made it through to the final season. A character who should be dead five times over, he never fails to deliver some laughs.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It seemed inevitable that this season would be tighter than the ones before it, but somehow that's not the case.

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

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