In 1932, the citizens of Chicago are lapping up the booze like thirsty dogs. Much of it is rotgut but 1% is the finest Canadian whiskey. Several roadhouses just across the Cook County line have been serving this fine hooch and it's been pulling the money trade away from Frank Nitti's speakeasies. Needless to say, Nitti isn't happy about this so he sends a couple of hoods out to a club called the Blue Lion. They begin shooting up the place but the Blue Lion employees are armed and shoot back. The casualty list: 2 dead, 3 seriously wounded...Read the full recap
Rusty Miller has to rank as the toughest character in show history. He manages to survive a plane crash, kidnapping, shooting, and a brutal beating from Nitt's hoods.
John Kellogg would return a few episodes later in The Maggie Storm Story where he would also appear as a character named Lucky.
Nitti: A lotta smart operators have tried to buck the organization and failed.
Surigao: There's always a first time.
Nitti: And a last. If I was you I'd remember that.
Lucky: I thought farm folks were supposed to be more friendly. Can't count on nothing these days.
Urcel: Frank, I think we oughta discuss this quietly.
Nitti: All right, we'll discuss it, and when we're through discussin', we'll hit.
Ness: Your men with machine guns, you were just protecting yourselves?
Grayson: Sure, we were just protecting our interests.
Nitti: Lucky! They call you Lucky! What is that name--for laughs?
Ness: Nitti never could sit in Big Al's chair anyway.
Nitti: Why you......(slugs Ness)
Nitti: Surigao? What kinda country we runnin' here? Everytime you turn around, some lousy foreigner's tryin' to muscle in.
This one has the feel of an old-time Saturday Matinee serial. You have plane crashes, kidnappings, gun battles, and three Eliot Ness/Frank Nitti confrontations. Another great episode of a great series.