8. “Blue Bell Boy” on “Boardwalk Empire”
The central part of this episode, named after a nursery rhyme, was a play for three characters, as Nucky, Owen, and an ambitious 19-year-old named Rowland hid in a basement and listened to a raid through the floorboards. You think the guys are forming a lifelong bond, and wonder if Rowland could become Nucky’s new Jimmy. But Nucky is bent on showing no weakness, and, shockingly, he shoots the kid. Meanwhile, Al Capone vents his rage over the fact that his deaf son gets bullied at school, by beating a guy to death; then goes home to soothe his son. The episode, like the gangsters it portrays, toggles between violence and tenderness.