This episode flew by for me. It felt 10 minutes long, despite the fact there was less "action" than in the pilot. Maybe it's because the relationships and connections were being fleshed out? We get a glimpse into the scope of Nucky's empire ("He lives like a pharoah!") through the revenuer, Van Alden (super straight G-man who steals and sniffs ladies' hair ribbons). We see Nucky exerting his authority over New York, and his callously gambling away the extra (stolen) 3 grand he made Jimmy cough up.
Jimmy's mom must have been 13 when she gave birth to him. What a greeting she gives him: jumping into his arms, wrapping her legs around him, and kissing him full on the mouth. What's that about??? How did this woman manage to send her son to Princeton? And who was her baby daddy?
Jimmy's ruthlessness (so necessary for an aspiring gangster) is emphasized by his coldly stealing back the necklace he gave his mother. Murder is one thing, but stealing from your mom? That necklace seems to have some mystical significance in his life. When he was shopping for it, I assumed it was for his wife. But no, he gave her a bracelet and an electric sweeper. His character is becoming more complex and mysterious.
And Nucky is being recognized as the AC kingpin by the Feds. Things can only get more intersting from here on.