The Ivory Tower episode two of BOARDWALK EMPIRE saw the first confrontation between Nucky and Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) while Jimmy meets his mother for the first time since he got back from the war and Margaret returns home from the hospital.
Agent Van Alden confronted Nucky about the death of Margaret Schroeder's husband Nucky's own role in Atlantic City as the former sheriff, brother of the current sheriff. This is before Agent Van Alden tells a chilling monologue about billiard balls and a trickster.
Michael Shannon as Agent Van Alden is the creepiest villain I've seen in a long time. A Bible thumping FBI agent, the letter he wrote to his wife was filled with such quiet menace, not to mention the awesome billiard scene that preceded it.
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