On last night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire, “Home,” we finally see what Angela’s been hiding from Jimmy. Up to this point, it appeared she had a secret and was quite friendly with the photographer and his wife, Mary, but it was hard to know what exactly was going on. On Boardwalk Empire, everyone seems to have a secret side life.
About half way into the episode, we see Angela in a revealing robe, putting on a record. She picks up a glass of wine as she walks into a bedroom, and brings it to who is in the bed — it’s Mary. Angela hands Mary, who is naked except for a bedsheet, the glass seductively. They begin to kiss and I’m jealous of how they both have perfect bed-tussled, curly long hair.
“What are we gonna do Mary?” Angela asks. She’s worried Nucky knows about them, but Mary’s convinced it’s fine. “It’s not like he saw us together.”
Mary wraps her arms around Angela. “The look on his face, he knows something’s amiss,” Angela says. “He could stop giving me money.” She stops complaining for a second to enjoy Mary’s kisses and to say, “You’re so good.” They are speaking so softly, it’s the most romantic and erotic way to complain I’ve ever seen. (Brief and toward the very end of this video.)
“What about Jimmy?” Mary asks, but Angela says she hasn’t received anything from her estranged common-law husband. He hasn’t even sent anything for their son, Tommy.
“You just might have to get a job, my sweet,” Mary says with a laugh. She pushes Angela down onto the bed. And then she has a surprise: Her husband’s got a friend coming to town. He works at a gallery in Greenwich Village in New York and he’s agreed to assess Angela’s paintings.
Angela must like this idea because now she’s let her robe come completely open and Mary is working her way south.
Later in the episode, we see Jimmy is sending Angela and Tommy some cash. He’s working illegally hard in Chicago, and even has a new girlfriend, but he’s still thinking of his family back home.
Meanwhile, does Nucky know about Angela and Mary? Even if he has an idea, he has bigger fish to fry for the time being.
Although the scene with Mary and Angela is somewhat brief this week, there are a lot of things going on in Atlantic City and Chicago, so we’ll have to wait until next week. And this isn’t just some sweeps week B.S. storyline — it sounds as if it’s going to be something of actual merit. Aleksa Palladino plays Angela, and told Fancast.com that she was told about her character being interested in women early on.
So what does it mean for Angela’s sexuality?
She also explains it’s not just for show — there is going to be some push-and-pull with how Angela feels for Mary and how she feels for Jimmy.
And, of course, they asked about the sex scenes.
So what can we expect for Angela the rest of this season?
I have a lot of faith in this storyline, which it seems has been thought of since the show’s inception. It doesn’t hurt that Aleksa seems very sure of what her character is going through.