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The North Side beer wars are on. Charlie Zenko appears to emerge as the winner when he has competitors Woody O'Meara and Franz Koenig blown up and arrested respectively. But an unexpected source sent by the New York syndicate comes to Koenig's rescue---it's Zenko's own son, Larry.
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In October of 1932, the North Side beer wars are ready to begin. There are three competitors who own breweries that produce non-alcoholic or "near beer." The three competitors are: Woody O'Meara, Charlie Zenko, and Franz Koenig. O'Meara fires the first shot when he gets his girlfriend, Ann Gratzner, to blow the whistle on her boss who happens to be Koenig. ..Read the full recap
John Banner appears to be preparing for his role as Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes as witnessed by his courtroom scene in this episode.
The set for Charlie Zenko's speakeasy in this episode would be used again in the following episode The Stryker Brothers.
Collin Wilcox would return in Pressure.
Ness: Strange place to store a fully loaded truck, Mr. Koenig.
Koenig: I'm a brewmaster not a hoodlum!
Zenko: I like to drink to the health of my enemies. That way they don't come back.
Ann: I won't be bought, Mr. Zenko.
The car bombing of Woody O'Meara in this episode by Charlie Zenko is mentioned again in Season Four's A Taste for Pineapple.
Great cast of guest stars here with the likes of Luther Adler, Robert Loggia, John Banner, Collin Wilcox, and Leonard Nimoy. So how come the episode itself limps along like a three-legged llama much of the way? Sometimes even a great guest cast can't pull an episode out of the doldrums completely.