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'Boardwalk Empire' recap: Nucky bites on Tampa land deal; Emma saves Richard

'Boardwalk Empire' recap: Nucky bites on Tampa land deal; Emma saves Richard

Seeking to expand his ill-gotten wealth, gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) gravitates to sunny/rainy Florida like a moth to a flame in “Acres of Diamonds,” Episode 39 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”   First Nucky endures coconut drinks and a syrupy sales pitch from transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy (Pearce Bunting), the middleman in a Tampa real estate deal. Then Bill introduces Nucky to August Tucker (Andrew Howard), a redneck land baron who runs the local rackets. Turns out Bill owes August big bucks for a Scotch shipment seized by the authorities, but all is forgiven if Nucky invests in the questionable land scheme. “Sorry, boys....

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