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Luciano and Lansky Warn Masseria That Nucky Has Put a Hit on Him (Season Three, Episode Ten)

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What better way to avoid getting bumped off than to owe a huge debt to one of the most dangerous gangsters in New York? This is the tactic taken by up-and-coming mobsters Charles "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky, who persuade Joe Masseria to purchase a large quantity of heroin (that they will sell) in exchange for the heads up that Nucky is planning to assassinate the Italian mob boss. The repercussions of their decision are far-reaching though, as Nucky's hit man, Owen Sleater, is killed during the botched murder attempt. When a crate carrying Owen's dead body is delivered to the Ritz-Carlton, Nucky doesn't just receive a message to watch his back: Margaret's shattered reaction reveals that she and Owen had been carrying on an affair. Owen's death summarily quashed Margaret's plan to escape her wretched marriage – pushing her farther down a hellhole of her own making, as she's pregnant with her lover's child. 

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