In November of 1933, the slot machines made their triumphant return to Chicago. Nearly two years before, in January of 1932, Eliot Ness had smashed the slot machine racket then run by Augie Viale. Now former Capone lieutenant Joe Bowmar is running things. One night Bowmar sends Moose Tobin and three other hoods over to a gambling joint owned by William "Porker" Davis. Tobin tells Davis that Bowmar wants to teach him a lesson so the hoods bust up the joint and begins tossing slot machines out the window. They also toss one of Porker's employees out the window for good measure. Now Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are after the slot machines again...Read the full recap
Gavin MacLeod makes his fourth and final appearance on The Untouchables in this episode. His characters always seemed to have bad luck. They were killed twice and got life imprisonment twice.
Julie Liemer ranks as the dumbest female character in show history. She's not only dumb, she's mean and manipulative too.
Bomar: (about Julie) She ain't the canary in that family.
Porker: It's a lousy shame, Mr. Ness. This town's goin' to the dogs.
Ness: What pack are you running with, Porker?
Benji: Joe, I don't know how to say this to you.
Bomar: Well try English.
Bomar: Back up, Porker. You move a little too fast.
Bomar: (to Porker about the weights) Whadda you call these--peanuts?
Man in the Middle is notable for having the dumbest female character in show history (played by Cloris Leachman) and little else. It also illustrates the dangers of bringing back a guest star who was brilliant in a previous role. He might not do it the second time around. Such is the case with Martin Balsam.. He was brilliant in Tunnel of Horrors, not so brilliant here.