On February 4, 1934, a cheap hoodlum named Smiley Barris is run to ground by the Untouchables and the NYPD. Smiley surrenders to them with the aid of some tear gas but as he is being led out of a building a sniper from a nearby rooftop fires. Smiley is unhit but a cop standing next to him isn't so lucky. Ness fires and kills the sniper who is identified as Marco Robles, a torpedo for New York rackets boss Joe Kulak...Read the full recap
Frank Sutton and John Larkin would appear together once more in Season Four's Butcher's Boy.
The writer of this episode must have been a country music fan because the Federal agent in charge of the Los Angeles office is named Porter Wagner.
Abel Fernandez is absent from this episodes as well as the following three of the show's third season. For some reason or another, Fernandez was absent from 12 Season Three episodes out of 28 total.
Location: New York City, Los Angeles
Quist: There's a couple of people in this town who wouldn't mind seeing me dead.
Ness: You know something, Quist, there's more than just a couple.
Narrator: As for Johnny Templar, he had gotten his wish. He was out of the rackets.
Ness: (about Smiley) Remember, we can't kill him.
Captain: This proves one thing. Kulak means business.
Ness: When doesn't he?
Kulak: What's the matter, Quist, don't you like a challenge?
Quist: Marco blew the Smiley contract?
Kulak: Into a million pieces.
Ness: (regarding Smiley's importance) Kulak told us when he tried to gun you down.
Smiley: Joe Kulak wouldn't do a thing like that.
Captain: You're right, Smiley. He got Marco Robles to do it for him.
Hobson: (after pulling Smiley off Quist) Looks like we got here just in time.
Ness: Maybe we should have been a couple of minutes late.
Johnny: (to Smiley) Boy, when you dig a hole, you really dig it deep.
Some Untouchables fans seem to dislike this episode mainly because they find the ending grim and unsatisfying. Yes, it's true that the ending of The Contract is not exactly uplifting for any of the characters involved but we must remember that it was a grim and unsatisfying world in which the Untouchables themselves resided. Things did not always turn out for the better and even good people didn't always survive.