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Mob kingpin Augie Viale blackmails recent parolee Frank O'Dean into working in his slot machine racket. Ness, an old acquaintance of O'Dean's, tries to set him straight and bring down Viale as well.
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In February of 1932, Augie Viale is the new power in Chicago mob circles. His newest racket is slot machines nicknamed "One-Armed Bandits." Ness and the Untouchables are onto Viale though and manage to get Youngfellow undercover as a waiter at one of his swank parties...Read the full recap
In this episode we learn that Martin Flaherty has been transferred to head the Cleveland department of the Prohibition Bureau.
This marks the only episode where the viewers get to see the inside of Eliot Ness's house.
John Beradino had appeared previously as Augie Viale in The Jake Lingle Killing.
Harry Guardino would return in The Nick Moses Story and The Contract.
Larry Gates would return in The Larry Fay Story which aired in Season Two.
O'Dean: I thought you got outta that business.
Ness: Some people are still in business. As long as they are, I am.
Ness: (to O'Dean) I'm trying to get Viale. I'd hate to have to get you again too.
O'Dean: (to Ness) You're the only copper I'd ride with if I was gonna ride with a copper.
O'Dean: (to Viale's hoods) They just locked me up. They didn't cut off my ears.
1930's radio commentator Floyd Gibbons is mentioned by name in this episode. The character of Gibbons would later appear on the show in Season Four's The Floyd Gibbons Story.
Watchable but not memorable would be my final words on this episode. Larry Gates wins the acting honors with an excellent turn as an alcoholic, disbarred attorney.