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The North Star 

With new partner Meyer Lansky for his Tampa operation, Nucky reacquaints himself with Sally Wheet, Eddie's death causes Knox to fall out with Hoover, and Sagorsky gets a grim diagnosis.


Allen Coulter


Terence Winter (created by), Eric Ellis Overmyer (as Eric Overmyer) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein (credit only)
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone (credit only)
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler (credit only)
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston ... Richard Harrow
Ron Livingston ... Roy Phillips (credit only)
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody (credit only)
Patricia Arquette ... Sally Wheet


After a cautious reunion with Margaret in New York City, Nucky heads to Tampa to work out details of his land deal with Bill McCoy and reconnects with Sally Wheet. Richard Harrow returns to Atlantic City and makes a confession to an ailing Paul Sagorsky, who encourages him to get over the past and return to Julia and Tommy. Having lost J. Edgar Hoover's confidence, Agent Knox finds a new way to gain Eli's trust. Meyer Lansky decides to go it alone on the Tampa land deal when Lucky Luciano gets spooked by Vincenzo Petrucelli, an investor with ties to Joe Masseria in New York. Chalky takes out his frustrations on Daughter Maitland. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

13 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Margaret's first appearance in Season 4. See more »


Bill McCoy: Here's the man you want to know.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Mr. Pierce
Vincenzo Petrucelli: Mr. Thompson. Welcome to the land of possibilities.
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Straight Up and Down
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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I need a lucky strike and three fingers of rum
29 November 2015 | by davidgnowakSee all my reviews

This show is mind blowing in every aspect of production. Lighting, sets, wardrobe, acting, direction...I bet the catering was gourmet. I have to review this specific episode because it was towards the end of the runtime I was like, damn, I really need a lucky strike and three fingers of rum. For some reason I took a long hiatus between seasons 3 and 4, but I have to say I am really enjoying this entire fourth season. Especially the Chicago storyline and the introduction of Dr. Narcisse, and any scene Meyer Lansky rocks. This episode stands out for the release of sexual tensions between not one but two couples that the show invested a refreshing amount of backstory and build up so that the payoff was quite rewarding.

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