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Big time bookmaker Nick Acropolis has all sorts of problems: Frank Nitti wants 50% of his operation, his brother-in-law is stealing from him, one of his lieutenants wants him out of the way so he can takeover the operation, and Eliot Ness wants to nail him for income tax evasion. But at least Nick's loyal wife, Stella, stands by her man.
In the summer of 1931, Nick Acropolis is the new bookmaking power in Chicago. His territory is Illinois and the six surrounding states. Nick's operation covers bets on everything and he's taking in nearly $2 million per month. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are on the case. Rico has set up a wiretap in one of Nick's betting parlors which is being run by Sully Hinds. ..Read the full recap
In this episode it's revealed that Frank Nitti lived in Brooklyn as a young man before arriving in Chicago.
This episode was originally entitled The Nick Metropoulous Story.
Lee Marvin would return in Element of Danger and A Fist of Five.
NIck: What's your name, punk?
Konitz: Pete Konitz.
Nick: Let me tell you something, Pete Konitz, I don't like your manners.
Nick: (to Ness) What is this--Grand Central Station?
Nitti: 50% of the operation is standard.
Nick: But we're old friends, Frank.
NIck: (to Louis) Smart bookies don't make no side bets with my money.
Rico: (about Sully) My pigeon has just been pumped full of holes.
Nitti: The word is you're pullin' down a couple of million a month.
Nick: It's a living.