What was the deal with that spy character?
The royal family and the East India Company are not the only shadowy institutions creating headaches for Delaney in this episode. Like last week, Delaney spends much of his screen-time intimidating people, growling, and making vague threats. (He's like the Young Pope, without that little button beneath his desk.) In addition to run-ins with a mysterious teenager, a dude with a compass tattooed on his head, and weary sex-worker Helga, Hardy also makes contact with an American spy played by Michael Kelly from House of Cards.
That's right: This is a spy show too! After establishing his espionage bona fides by telling Kelly that he has a splinter in his left shoulder, Delaney demands to have a conference with the president of the United States, which was James Madison at the time. His plan doesn't exactly go smoothly: The spy pulls a gun on Delaney and tells him to get lost. "You're mad to have even come here," says the spy. "We are an angry nation."
"I'm counting on it," says Delaney, and then he twirls his mustache and tips his hat a bunch of times while doing a dastardly little dance and blowing magic dust in the spy's smug, bespectacled American face. OK, actually, none of that happens except for the part where Delaney says, "I'm counting on it," which, like many things in Taboo, is either too cheesy or just cheesy enough depending on how cool you think Tom Hardy is.