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Season 3 premiere. Nucky makes a New Year's resolution; Margaret eyes a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden calls a gangster's bluff.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


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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 (credit only)
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White (credit only)
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston ... Richard Harrow
Charlie Cox ... Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale ... Gyp Rosetti
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
William Forsythe ... Manny Horvitz




Nucky and Margaret host a lavish New Year's Eve party. He announces to all his associates that he will only be selling liquor to Arnold Rothstein and anyone who wants to buy alcohol will have to deal through him. This angers the vicious Gyp Rosetti, and he alienates everyone involved. Gilliam, who now operates a brothel, wants Tommy to think of her as his mother and requests that Richard not refer to the now dead Angela. Margaret becomes involved in women's health issues in her position in the local hospital. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | History


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Fort Tilden Park, the duned beach standing in for Cape May in the last scene regarding aviatrix Carrie Duncan, was totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, he biplane was not real. It was a CGI effect. See more »


Throughout the Season 3 Season Premiere, the events take place on and around December 31. The characters continually refer to events as "Holiday Luncheon" and repeat "Happy Holidays". This appears to be a modern day conceit of HBO. No one in the 1920s would have referred to the season as "the holiday season" rather they would have used terms such as "Christmas luncheon, Christmas party or Christmas Season." They most certainly would have wished each other "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays". In many instances, give the influx of immigrants from the United Kingdom, the proper term would have actually "Happy Christmas". Similarly, a doctor talks to Margaret Thompson about raw milk and E.coli. A look into the history of 1922-24 reveals that E.coli was not a widely known term or widely publicized issue. Most certainly a doctor would not discuss this with Margaret Thompson, then known as a philanthropist as she and Nucky had a hospital wing named for them due to their donations. See more »


Harry Daugherty: [changing the subject as he looks at the headline] What do you think of the lady flier?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: She should spread her legs and leave spreading her wings to her husband.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns
Performed by OC
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Release Date:

16 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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