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'Boardwalk Empire' recap, 'Spaghetti and Coffee'

'Boardwalk Empire' recap, 'Spaghetti and Coffee'

"Ordinary men avoid trouble, extraordinary men turn it to their advantage." - Gaston Means

Nucky Thompson has ever been the disciplined emperor with an attention to detail, but this week we found him forgetting what day it was, blowing off the Pope, pontificating on semi-retirement and indisposed when his latest liquor shipment hit a monumental snag.

All this happened while he was crafting his hobo-inspired recipes in a crappy apartment with a heating problem. And people say this show doesn't have enough action.

The aforementioned snag, of course, is Gyp Rosetti. The terrifying New York gangster is enjoying bed and breakfast life in Tabor Heights,...