In February of 1933, the Capone Mob's supply of narcotics is running low. Frank Nitti and his lieutenant/torpedo Pete Konitz decide to pay a surprise visit to their supplier, New Orleans importer Emile Bouchard. One shipment of narcotics has been hijacked already but Bouchard swears that no one has tried to peddle the stuff. A second shipment is supposedly on its way to the Big Easy. Nitti, who hates to travel, decides to fly back to Chicago. He leaves Konitz in New Orleans to keep an eye on things. ..Read the full recap
Pete Konitz commits perhaps the vilest act by a character in show history--he smokes on an elevator.
The show setting would return to New Orleans once more in Season Four's The Jazz Man.
This episode was originally entitled Bird Under Glass.
Emile Bouchard's plea to Eliot Ness in the climactic scene demanding protection from Frank Nitt's gunmen would be essentially repeated by Arnold Justin in Season Three's Tunnel of Horrors.
Unlike a few earlier Season Two appearances, Frank Nitti is in this episode for the duration instead of just a scene or two.
Locations: Chicago, New Orleans
Konitz: You're late!
Bouchard: On Bourbon Street we don't count time.
Haller: What if he don't bring the shipment?
Nitti: Then, like I promised, you get to bump him off.
Haller: Suppose he does bring it?
NItti: Same thing.
Rico: Konitz looks like he lost his mother.
Hobson: Mother! They found him under a rock.
Bouchard: (hands gun to Haller) Here, you take this. Somehow it suits you better.
Konitz: (to Ness) You hang around here too long and Nitti will have Chicago in his back pocket.
Bouchard: I didn't hear you knock.
Konitz: We didn't knock.
Konitz: (to Bouchard) I hope your friends got dark suits for a funeral.
Konitz: Maybe I ain't lookin' for nothin'. Maybe I just came down for the Mardi Gras.
Ness: Forget it. You're not the type.
Konitz: (to Haller after slicing a shoe with a knife) It don't make no difference to a shoe.
Haller: I just killed a man.
Bouchard: Two. You killed two.
This episode has one of the highest scum quotients of the series. You have ruthless Frank Nitti, nasty Pete Konitz, arrogant Emile Bouchard, and shifty Gil Haller. Plus there's a lot of twists and turns as the Untouchables do battle with Frank Nitti and his minions in the Big Easy. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of Napoleon brandy, and spend Mardi Gras with the Untouchables.