Originally Posted by Gandu
She already did. There are two cribs in the house, one for Lucy's baby and one for theirs together. The subtle differences in Van Alden's smile as the sequence progresses is genius. After all Nucky has seen and done, I am not understanding his lovestruck schoolboy act now, seems wildly out of character
Good catch. I went back and rewatched this season's scenes with Van Alden and his new wife. In the scene with them in their apartment after the iron company had shafted Van Alden on his bonus, the wife is holding their child,a baby boy, and Van Alden looks in one of the baby beds and asks whether Abigail's cold is better. I also caught sight of the second crib in season 3's third episode in which the new wife uses a tried and true technique to get Van Alden to smile and mean it.
Originally Posted by raaj
Nucky is terribly depressed at having killed Jimmy, who was like a son to him. That is why he is also getting nightmares of harming his own son too. He cannot forgive "the betrayal" of Margaret, who he thought was "his rock" in the turbulent times around him. He is sticking to Billie like a love-sick puppy.
I agree that Nucky's emotional problems associated with his murder of his surrogate son, Jimmy, have had an impact on Nucky's obsessive behavior over not being able to reach Billie. I think part of that, though, is that Nucky has never had a mistress as charismatic and independent as Billie and he is not handling it well. Lucy was a clinging pain in the fanny but Billie seems not to care all that much about Nucky and certainly doesn't let her relationship with him inhibit her social life.