Can’t Stop Watching: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Chalky White Gets Played, ‘Best Man’ Opens Big & More

Louis Gossett Jr. as Oscar Boneau in "Boardwalk Empire." (Photo: HBO)


I called it again it seems. A month ago, I wrote that “this thing between Chalky White and Daughter Maitland will probably cause him more grief than pleasure.” And just when we thought Daughter was a true ride-or-die chick, sticking with Chalky through his beef with Dr. Valentin Narcisse, last night’s “Boardwalk Empire” episode, the season’s penultimate, proved that she has a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome (See why here). Chalky and Daughter narrowly evaded danger when two Sheriff’s deputies attempted to kill him under the guise of safely getting them out of Atlantic City. After killing the deputies, they sought shelter in Delaware with Chalky’s mentor Oscar Boneau–played wonderfully by Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr.–who advises his younger protégé to cut Daughter loose. I thought Oscar’s suggestion was a bit harsh but it seems maturity does breed better insight. Chalky planned to run off with her in the middle of the night only to awaken and find she’d already bounced. Maybe she took a moonlit stroll? I didn’t think so either. He finds Oscar, who’s basically blind, sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair with a shotgun in hand because he senses something’s off. The older gent was right and Narcisse’s men came out of the woods, guns blazing.  Chalky and Oscar’s crew, including a nephew he down-talked, took care of returned the gunfire, killing Narcisse’s men. Unfortunately Oscar was fatally shot in the chest. And Daughter? Still nowhere to be found. Yep, it looks like Chalky got played. And you were going to leave your lovely, devoted wife and family — something I never thought Chalky would do– for what? You really have to weigh your options and see what’s really worth the risks.

Oh, Gillian Darmody. The way the scene faded when she left her grandson Tommy signaled to me that a pivotal transition was coming for her. I just didn’t know it would lead her to jail and hell. While her end was climatic– we learned her lover turned fake fiancé Roy Phillips is an investigator hired to get a damning confession out of her resulting in her being hulled off to prison–I have very little sympathy for her. It’s been weaning since season 2, when she told her daughter-in-law Angela that she used to kiss her son’s “winkie” when he was a baby (Angela’s expression was priceless). Our suspicions about her relationship with her son Jimmy were confirmed when we learned she initiated sex with him, freaking him out and causing him to drop out of Princeton University and enlist in the Army, leading him to fight in World War I.  That threw his life off after and eventually led to his demise. I also was turned off by Gillian trying to supplant Angela as Tommy’s mother after both of his parents’ death instead of helping him to remember them fondly. Oh, and she murdered that Jimmy look-a-like, an act that led to her incarceration. Early on I had a sneaking suspicion that Roy would betray. I just didn’t think he’d incorporate a fake proposal and staged murder to get a confession out of her. Before learning that Roy was a hired PI, I thought, well she does get to start over and maybe have a “normal” life. Nope. My friend, with whom I watched the episode, noted that Gillian will probably have a breakdown and spend the rest of her life in a comatose state.

Nucky Thompson forgave his younger brother Eli for plotting against him a few seasons ago but now that he suspects that he may talking to the Feds, this season may signal the end for the latter, too. Your brother has eyes and ears everywhere, Eli. When will you learn? “Boardwalk Empire” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on HBO. Catch up here.

Here’s what else is happening ….

I went to see “The Best Man Holiday” this weekend and I see why it was No. 2 at the box office, earning $30.6 million behind “Thor: The Dark World’s” second-week earnings of $38.5 million. The theater was so packed that my friend and I had to go to another location. It was a good movie. I enjoyed watching those characters in “The Best Man” 14 years ago so it felt like catching up with old friends. I really don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to watch so all I’ll say is that it’s a tearjerker and that there will likely be a part three. Read more here. You know what else would bring your to tears? “Saturday Night Live” guest host Lady Gaga’s performance with R. Kelly. Yeah, that was funny. They performed “Do What U Want” and it looked more like an “SNL” parody than a true performance. They both seemed to fumble about clumsily. Even her sequined white jumpsuit and wild blond wig was more disco Halloween costume than– oh, wait, this is Gaga we’re talking about, so never mind that. They both sounded good, though. And there was humping and booty smacking. Yeah … Watch it here. In cased you missed it, be sure to check out Bill Cosby making the “greatest entrance” ever on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last week. Mr. Cosby still has it. Read more here.

Bill Cosby surprises Jay Leno
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On my watchlist tonight? What I'm tuning in to see and what I'll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Almost Human”: I missed part one of the two-part premiere so I’ll watch that and then the second episode tonight. It airs at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. [Watch here]
“Sleepy Hollow”:  Fox is making Monday’s hot (kind of like the Melrose Place days back in the ’90s). Will definitely catch this after “Almost Human.” It airs at 9 p.m. EST on Fox. [Watch here]
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley”: I saw a screening of this and will definitely watch again. You should catch it too! It airs at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: India.Arie’s “Break the Shell” video (What a poetess!).
NOT: Former South African President Nelson Mandela remaining quite ill and can’t speak (I know he’s 95 and we all go in our own time but this still seems too soon).

HOT: Lauryn Hill having concert dates scheduled over the next few weeks (I’ve been down with L. Boogie since the “Nappy Heads” Remix debuted in ’94. Pulling for her!)
NOT: Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Palmer dressing up in blackface and inmate stripes for Halloween (So much could be said…)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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