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In the latter part of 1932, Arnie Seegar and St. Louis mob boss Joe Kulak plan to form a new nationwide crime syndicate. Ness tries to put an end to this new crime menace before it can get itself off the ground.
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In November of 1932, Al Capone was locked up in prison. Frank Nitti was holding the Organization together but there were other lions out there hunting for prey. One of the biggest was Joe Kulak from St. Louis. Kulak was nicknamed "the Teacher" because he had given so many top mobsters their starts. Kulak arrives in Chicago and, tailed by the Untouchables, heads for the Westside Athletic Club. This gym is a front for crime boss Arnie Seegar, a protege of Kulak...Read the full recap
This marks the first appearance of mob kingpin Joe Kulak. In this episode it is stated in the dialogue that he is from St. Louis but in future episodes he would hail from New York City.
Richard Conte would return in Season Four's The Chess Game.
Milton Selzer, perhaps the ultimate Untouchables milquetoast, would return in The Matt Bass Scheme, Downfall, and Cooker in the Sky.
Roxie Plummer definitely ranks as the coldest-hearted moll of the series. This female grinch has a heart about three sizes too small.
Ness: (to Kulak) I pull the right strings and you're on the next train back to St. Louis.
Kulak: I don't like no arguments.
Kurtz: How are you, Maxie?
Maxie: How am I? I got a lousy prison suit on my back and five lousy prison bucks in my pocket. I'm fine.
Rico: Kurtz is workin' late too.
Ness: Kurtz is dead.
Seegar: I always say you gotta roll with the punch. You lose a friend, you gain a friend.
At the end of the episode it's stated that Joe Kulak was executed in early 1933 but in several subsequent appearances he would be alive and well after that date.
An incredibly hokey ending lowers this one in my book. The scene where Ness shoots Seegar is really needless and was probably inserted by producers who felt that not enough people had been killed in the episode.