Boardwalk Empire

The Pony

Series 3 - Episode 8 The Pony



We take it for granted, but the production design on this series is staggering. Look at the New York gentlemen’s club where Nucky does a kind of Dragons’ Den pitch to gruff plutocrat Andrew Mellon. Or there’s Gillian’s high-ceilinged brothel with its peeling wallpaper. In one scene tonight an entire Scandinavian street party is re-created for a single shot — the budgets must be astronomical.

But hang on, we don’t watch for the sets! We watch for the lurching melodrama, and that has been in short supply lately. Not tonight. Tonight, it all kicks off beautifully.


With help from Gaston Means, Nucky pays an unscheduled visit to treasury secretary Andrew Mellon and puts a business proposal to him. Later, he shops for a birthday pony and is unhappy to hear that his mistress Billie aims to make the transition from stage to screen. In Chicago, Van Alden attends a meeting with Al Capone and Johnny Torrio and later considers Sigrid's case for staying in town rather than spending a life on the run.

Cast & Crew

Nucky Thompson Steve Buscemi
Margaret Thompson Kelly Macdonald
Nelson Van Alden Michael Shannon
Eli Thompson Shea Whigham
Chalky White Michael Kenneth Williams
Richard Harrow Jack Huston
Mickey Doyle Paul Sparks
Arnold Rothstein Michael Stuhlbarg
Al Capone Stephen Graham
Lucky Luciano Vincent Piazza
Gillian Darmody Gretchen Mol
Meyer Lansky Anatol Yusef
Gyp Rosetti Bobby Cannavale
Billie Kent Meg Steedle
Johnny Torrio Greg Antonacci
Andrew Mellon James Cromwell
Sigrid Mueller Christiane Seidel
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