In August of 1932 Detroit's blood-stained Purple Gang had developed their own version of the snatch racket. They kidnap fellow underworld members and hold them for ransom. This way their victims can't or won't go to the police for help. They have successfully kidnapped 9 people for a total of 100 grand in ransom money. The leader of the Purple Gang is the volatile and unpredicatable Eddie Fletcher, a former bank robber suspected of numerous murders. Next on the Purple Gang's snatch list is one Jan Tornek, a small-time gambler on the firnges of the rackets who owns a novelty shop along with his brother-in-law Eric Vajda. Vajda is a recent immigrant to America having arrived from Europe seven months ago. ..Read the full recap
Bruce Gordon returned from the dead as Frank Nitti in this episode.
The character of Nick Tomassi would be called Pete Konitz in three subsequent appearances in order to appease Italian-American groups protesting the show's use of Italian surnames for its villains.
Joe Turkel would play a member of the Purple Gang again in Season Four's An Eye for an Eye.
Steve Cochran and Steven Geray would return in the Season Two finale The 90 Proof Dame.
DeLong: What about Tornek?
Fletcher: Ness wants him, okay, he's got him.
Garver: Ness! What's this--a Federal rap? I tell ya, I was framed. I had nothing to do with it.
Tomassi: (about Vajda) He says he ain't well.
Ness: Who killed Jan Tornek?
Wiles: Buffalo Bill.
Ness: Who shot Mrs. Tornek?
WIles: Florence Nightingale.
NItti: (grabs Fletcher) I oughta cut your heart out.
Loman: (about Tomassi) If we kill this character, they'll kill DeLong.
Fletcher: Who cares?
Nitti: (to Tomassi) You talk. If I say anything I might kill him.