November 1931. The diverse gypsy neighborhood of Chicago is being flooded with rotgut whiskey distributed by a renegade gypsy named Janos Colescu. The rotgut leads to a knife fight in which a gypsy gets killed. This leads the Gypsy Senate, headed by Victor Bartok, to convene a meeting. Present at this meeting is Eliot Ness. He wants their help in ending the influx of bootleg booze. The Senate declines saying they will handle things themselves. That night, they set one of Colescu's booze trucks on fire and give his two henchmen, Alex and Benno, a warning: they don't want Colescu there...Read the full recap
Ness: You owe it to your people.
Victor Bartok: You ask a great deal, Mr. Ness. We are not like other people. For eight hundred years we have walked the earth, and every man's hand has been against us. We have learned a lesson. We have no friends. Only each other.
Victor Bartok: We have no friends. We have only each other.
Ness: In this country, you have friends.
Narrator: Suddenly, the gypsies had lost their thirst. It was as if the plague had it. For one man, it had. For Janos Colescu.
Colescu: Some things the dough don't pay for.
Benno: I need a drink.
Colescu: So go to a speak.
Colescu: (to Ness and Magda after seizing control of the Senate) My name is Colescu. Something you want?
Benno: (about Magda): Ness is watchin' her like a hawk night and day.
Colescu: The Feds gotta quit sometime. I can wait.
Alex: (after shooting Victor) Getting kinda chilly.
Rossman: (upon entering the warehouse) Well, looks like we're the first ones to the party.
This eerie, atmospheric episode plays out much like one of those old Universal Horror flicks from the 1940s. Especially with the gypsy neighborhood and a grim, sinister, and tight-lipped villain who's seemingly always lurking in the shadows ready to pounce.