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After Al Capone is imprisoned for income tax evasions, his organization deadlocks between the Nitti and Guzik factions. Seeking to break this deadlock, Capone decides to import Asian narcotics czar Kafka to serve as a tie-breaking vote in Mob council decisions. Ness learns of this situation and races to Canada to prevent Kafka from entering the country.
In April of 1932, Al Capone is sitting in the Cook County Jail after being convicted in the fall of 1931 for income tax evasion. His criminal empire is in a state of flux. Breweries are being smashed by rival gangs and alky trucks are being hijacked. No action has been taken because of a deadlock on Capone's council between the factions of Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti and Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik. Nitti wants to blast those responsible for the raids. Three council members agree with him. Guzik votes no. The remaining three vote with him. Tie vote, no action taken. ..Read the full recap
This episode marks the second appearance by Nehemiah Persoff as Jake Guzik. Persoff would return as the character one final time in Season Four's Doublecross but that appearance would be sans Frank Nitti unlike this episode and The Empty Chair.
The character of mob lawyer Archie Devlin had appeared previously in part 1 of The Big Train.
Jake Guzik's idea about giving a free fix to every junkie who brings along a new customer would be repeated by Georgianna Drake in Season Three's Man Killer.
Locations: Chicago, Canada
Devlin: (to Nitti and Guzik) Looks like you two boys are gonna have to work together.
Nitti: (to Stavro) If your price goes up one more time, you're dead. And so's your punk with the chopper.
Guzik: (after the sniper fails to kill him) You missed, Frank. Now you're gonna have to start lookin' over your shoulder.
Nitti: Where's the Organization? Everybody's askin'. And the answer is without Al sittin' in that chair there is no organization.
Guzik: We're the Organization. We decide what's gonna be done by a vote not by hysteria.
NItti: (to Guzik) If you don't vote action, I'll take action.
Nitti: How we gonna stop 'em if we don't kill 'em?
Guzik: We don't stop 'em.
Nitti: Ah, Ness don't bother me.
Guzik: No, you're bigger than Al. He got Al so he bothers me.
Archie Devlin: So Kafka will be your seventh vote. He'll break the deadlock. He'll also break anything else if he has to.