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An aging Mafia don is ordered by his higher-ups to retire. Ness then tries to get the man to provide him with information against the Mafia but it could be a hard sell.
March 31, 1933. On a quiet Sunday afternoon in his house on the South Side of Chicago, Mafia capo Joe Bucco is relaxing with his family when a woman named Vittorini begins shouting from the sidewalk accusing him of killing her husband. The husband is a cousin of Bucco's wife. He swears to his wife that he didn't have her cousin killed. Most likely he's laying out dead drunk somewhere...Read the full recap
This episode marked the only time that the word "Mafia" was ever used in the series.
Henry Silva would return as Little Charlie Sebastino in the Season Two episode Mark of Cain.
This episode was the third one of the series to be filmed but didn't air until the middle of the show's first season. It was postponed because of the Appalachin raid where the FBI nabbed several leading Mafia figures at a conference in upstate New York.
Rico does not appear in this episode.
Bucco: I'm somebody, I am. I'm Joe Bucco.
Ness: I have a Federal warrant to search the place for liquor.
Mrs. Vittorini: Liquor! What's that? I hear we have Prohibition.
Mrs. Vittorini: Did you know my husband?
Mrs. Vittorini: Then don't call him Arturo.
Georgina: I never done any Federal offense. Not yet anyway.
Bucco: You know, Mr. Ness, you're smart but you're ignorant.
The character played by Joi Lansing is billed as Georgina Jones in the ending credits although Joe Bucco refers to her as "Francie" in the dialogue.
This is one of the few episodes with an open ending where the Untouchables do not get their man. J. Carroll Naish is memorable as an aging Mafia don but the episode drags in spots. Middle of the pack Season One entry.