Episode 2.2 tommy
Season 2, Episode 2
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Air date October 9, 2014
Written by Steven Knight
Directed by Colm McCarthy
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"Episode 2.2" is the second episode of Series 2 of Peaky Blinders and the eighth episode overall. It aired on October 9th, 2014.

Summary Edit

Ep 2 2 Alfie

Alfie Solomons

Ada has been abducted by Sabini's men, but the Blinders had been following her, so they take down her assailants. Campbell visits Thomas in hospital, aware that he killed Eamonn Duggan, a fact he intends to hold over him in order to use him as his spy. Thomas discharges himself from the hospital. After treating his considerable injuries with horse oil, he takes a long trip on a slow barge to London. In Camden Town, he meets Alfie Solomons, the leader of the Jewish gangsters, and offers to join forces with him against Sabini.

Thomas announces that he bought Ada a house in London as a means of laundering money. Soon after, he brings Aunt Polly to another house in Birmingham, which he purchased for her as a birthday present.


Chester Campbell

Thomas writes a letter to Campbell's handler Winston Churchill, asking for an export licence in return for going along with Campbell's plan for an assassination. In the letter he makes references to his time in the war, and the honors and medals he earned for valor. He and Churchill had both served in the war; however Campbell had not. Thomas is also able to discover what happened to Polly's children. The girl died of spring fever, but he locates the boy, Michael.

Meanwhile, an increasingly unhinged Arthur continues to struggle with war trauma, when he inadvertently beats an opponent to death in the boxing ring. Thomas also gets a letter from Grace, who is now married to a rich banker and living in Poughkeepsie, but he burns her letter unopened.


Polly Shelby

When Thomas tells Polly that her son must choose to contact her if he wants, she fires her gun at the ceiling in impotent rage before heading out on an emotional bender at the newly re-opened Garrison Pub, culminating in a drunken one night stand. However upon going home the next day she meets her son, Michael Gray, who has arrived in Birmingham to see her.

Music Edit

"Broken Harp" by PJ Harvey (Recap)
"When Under Ether" by PJ Harvey (Thomas's barge trip)
"If You Were There, Beware" by Arctic Monkeys (Arthur heading to The Garrison Pub)

Quotes Edit

"From this moment forward, you belong to me… so get well quickly." – Major Campbell to Thomas Shelby.
"I’ve read very bad, bad, bad, bad things about you Birmingham people." – Alfie Solomons endears himself to his new partner.
Inspector Campbell: "Sir... with the greatest respect... Thomas Shelby is a murdering, cutthroat, mongrel, gangster."
Winston Churchill: "And yet, the tunnels were dug beneath our feet to silence the guns pointed at our heads."