Series Premiere. January, 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's duplicitous Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, then privately tells his Ward Bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown to midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he flirts with Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant wife looking for help getting her abusive husband Hans a job, and assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, who has higher aspirations, ends up befriending Al Capone, a young Chicago thug in town with boss Arnold Rothstein, who's setting up bootleg deals with Nucky. Privy to inside information about a truck shipment leaving town that night, the pair engineers a rogue heist that turns deadly--sending Nucky looking for scapegoats to take the blame.