|Season 2, Episode 3|
|Air date||October 16, 2014|
|Written by||Steven Knight|
|Directed by||Colm McCarthy|
|Episode 2.2||Episode 2.4|
The Irish factions continue to fight amongst each other in Birmingham.
Polly and her estranged son, Michael, catch up after about twelve years apart. Always the maternal figure, Polly finally has her real son by birth in her life. Later, Michael is heading over to The Garrison Pub to call his adoptive mother to let her know where he is, when Thomas intervenes and urges him to tell her he’s coming home. But, Michael wants to stay in Birmingham, and get to know Polly and his Blinder cousins better. Despite Polly’s dreams of respectability, Michael dreams of being a bad boy. Thomas replies, “Yup, you’re Polly’s son all right”.
Thomas and his new recruits head to Camden Town to get to work with Alfie Solomons and his new army of bootleg distillers posing as bakers. Orientation doesn’t go so well though for one guy who ends up getting his teeth knocked out, so that Alfie can make it clear that he is the boss.
Meanwhile, Arthur is confronted by the mother of the boy he killed in a boxing match. She pulls a gun on him but it misfires and shoots the mirror behind the bar. Arthur lunges toward her, but then empties the gun of bullets, and tells her that she’ll be compensated financially. Broken and furious, she flips over the table and screams, “Somebody has to stop you people!"
Thomas meets up with Major Campbell, pointing out that the Birmingham police have amusingly put him up in a hostel run by a semi-retired prostitute and brothel owner, indicating that they know of Campbell's secret activities.
Sabini decides to send a message to Thomas, and has his men kill one of the Shelby gang currently in jail for illegal bookmaking, the Digbeth Kid - in reality the chap is just a naïve lad obsessed with Billy the Kid who dreams of being a gangster.
Thomas calls a family meeting and swears revenge. He also announces that they plan to buy a race horse, thus giving them a credible reason to infiltrate the race courses dominated by Sabini's men. Polly's son Michael comes with them to the auction, despite Polly's protests. At the auction they meet May Carleton, an attractive well-to-do horse trainer, who enjoys the company of bad boys. Needless to say, Thomas’s interest is piqued.
As they are about to leave the auctions, Thomas and his gang are ambushed but they kill the assailants. In another episode of blind rage, Arthur beats the man practically to death. Michael, who has watched it all calmly, makes it clear that he wants to stay with his new family.
Red Right Hand by Nick Cave covered by PJ Harvey (Recap)
Red Right Hand by Nick Cave covered by The Artic Monkeys (The Blinders arriving in Camden)
Loverman by Nick Cave (Close)
"I recommend the Daily Mail, it will broaden your mind" Chester Campbell to one of his officers. Just allow yourself a moment to chortle.
"This is a respectable fucking neighbourhood." Aunt Polly showing her concern for the neighbours by yelling out the window.
"In my village, there’s this little wishing well. It’s made of white bricks, right in the middle of the village green. Everybody says how pretty it is. But I swear to God, if I spend another day in that village, I’m going to blow it up with dynamite. Probably blow my hands off with it, but it will be worth it. Just to see all those pretty white bricks spread over the pretty green village." Michael Gray, Aunt Polly's son after all
"It's like having a fucking job." Charlie Shelby shows his disgust at having to ship legally purchased goods.
"We need to diversify the portfolio." Thomas Shelby … gangster… illegal bookmaker … murderer … property developer.