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A Man, a Plan... 

Nucky plans to whack Joe Masseria and Gyp Rosetti, Richard stands up to Julia's abusive father, and Owen and Margaret plan to run off together.


Jeremy Podeswa


Terence Winter (created by), David Flebotte (as Dave Flebotte) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston ... Richard Harrow
Charlie Cox ... Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale ... Gyp Rosetti
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody (credit only)
Stephen Root ... Gaston Means


Nucky doubles down on his war with Gyp and Joe, sending emissaries to Chicago to enlist Torrio's help and dispatching Owen to murder Joe at a Turkish bath. The bishop disbands Mason and Margaret's classes; Mason suggests they continue the classes at a store front, Margaret says good-bye. Robert faces down Julia's father and then spends a night with her under the boardwalk. Gyp gets a lesson in rogue waves, and a few cases of whiskey wash up on the Jersey shore. Nucky rejects an idea of Chalky's. Back in Chicago, Nelson's wife distills aquavit and Nelson peddles it to Norwegians. It's only a matter of time before he runs afoul of someone. And what of Margaret's affair with Owen? Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | History


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English | Italian

Release Date:

18 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The title comes from the phrase "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama", a well-known palindrome (a phrase that reads the same forwards or backwards.) It refers to the many plans in this episode that "move backwards" and go awry (Nucky's plan to stage a hit on Joe Masseria, Margaret's plan to run away with Owen, Van Alden's plan to sell alcohol on the side). See more »


The characters talk about Tabor Heights as a village on the beachfront. Google Maps has a place of that name well inland. See more »


Chalky White: Know who I am tonight?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: What's that supposed to mean?
Chalky White: Had some trouble last time.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: What do you want, Chalky?
Chalky White: Got cash behind me. I'm gonna cut you proper. Connections in the circuit: New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City. I bring the acts in. I guarantee it.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: I don't know what you're talking about.
Chalky White: A club. On the Boardwalk where Babette's used to was.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: A Negro club?
Chalky White: Black on stage, white in the house. They doin' it in Harlem. Packin' 'em in till the small hours.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: This isn't Harlem.
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Surveying Carnage
Written by Peter Jarvis
Performed by Peter Jarvis
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Ratchet up the tension to excruciating.
20 November 2012 | by zippyflynn2See all my reviews

Prepare to get your heart broke, prepare to get really ticked off and prepare to look forward to the next episodes. If you haven't seen it yet: do so as soon as possible. This is tension creating at its best. If you have seen it: you know what I'm talking about, it's painful yet like a horrific car wreck you can't help but look and be terribly haunted and disturbed by what you see. This is the episode, filled with many shocking and decidedly unpleasant twists, that finally pushed this series into the "great" category (one I reserve for very few). I can now forgive its sometime contrived moments in the past. Enjoy, this is turning into a real barn burner.

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