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The Untouchables: Murder Under Glass

Facing an acute shortage of heroin in Chicago, Frank Nitti and his boys head to New Orleans to confront their supplier, Emile Bouchard, who informs them that two shipments of the stuff have been hijacked. In reality, it's Bouchard who has the shipments. He's pulling a squeeze play to jack up the price. Ness and the Untouchables are on the scene too hoping to intercept the two shipments before Nitti gets his hands on them.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x22
Airdate: Thursday March 23rd, 1961

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Harry Kronman


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Special Guest Stars
Luther AdlerLuther Adler
As Emile Bouchard
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Carl MilletaireCarl Milletaire
As Pete Konitz
Recurring
Paul BirchPaul Birch
As Lt. Willard
Recurring
Craig DuncanCraig Duncan
As Gordo
Recurring
Eugene IglesiasEugene Iglesias
As Mendez
Recurring
Richard ReevesRichard Reeves
As Hugger Davis
Recurring
Dennis PatrickDennis Patrick
As Gil Haller
James ThayneJames Thayne
As Monte
Francis McDonaldFrancis McDonald
As Sully McIver
Evelyn ScottEvelyn Scott
As Mrs. Davis

Uncredited
George SelkGeorge Selk
As Elevator Operator
Recurring
Joseph V. PerryJoseph V. Perry
As Junkie
Recurring
Larry BreitmanLarry Breitman
As Benny Crowe
Recurring
Norman LeavittNorman Leavitt
As Custom Records Clerk
Recurring
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

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. ..

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Episode Notes
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



Episode Quotes
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.



Episode Goofs
Eugene Iglesias is billed in the ending credits as Captain Mendez but does not appear in the episode. His scenes appear to have been edited out due to time constraints.



Analysis
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.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerAlan A. Armer
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  William Glasgow
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorWayne Fury
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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