Chicago in the summer of 1932. It's the height of the Great Depression. 12 million are unemployed and they are spending a lot less money. With less money to spend, the price of booze goes down. And it keeps going down. The Whiskey Syndicate, headed by Vincent "the Moor" Tunis holds a meeting. To make a point, Tunis asks underling Charlie Grach for a toothpick. Charlie hasn't got one. Tunis roughs him up and points a gun at his head. Charlie still can't give Tunis a toothpick because he hasn't got one. "Neither can the speak operators," points out Tunis. The speakeasy owners can't give the Syndicate extra money for booze because they don't have the money. It's a simple matter of economics. Tunis then says that the Syndicate will fight economics with economics. They'll dry up the market and this will send the price of booze back up where it belongs...Read the full recap
The Untouchables don't appear until approximately 13 minutes into this episode.
The show had some unusual names for villains after agreeing not to use Italian surnames unless it was a real life gangster. Vince "the Moor" Tunis ranks as one of the most unusual.
Malachi Throne would appear in two more Season Four episodes: Doublecross and Globe of Death.
Locations: Chicago, Washington DC
Eliot: Sarro, who did this to you.
Eliot: Some accident. You took your hand, jammed it in between the blades, and turned the power on.
Narrator: The strategy of Vince "The Moor" Tunis was based on the fact that Tunis, like the rest of us, was a terrific critic of government policies.
Tunis: (after discovering that the whiskey is missing) Bring me Charlie Grach!!!
Narrator: (about the economy) Things were so bad even the bootleggers went hungry. Hungry for profits.
Grach: Mr. Barnett, I only did what I was told.
Barnett: All right, Charlie. Everybody knows you only do what you're told. So now I'm telling you--shut up!
Tunis: You don't manipulate prices with an eye-dropper
Narrator: Chicago didn't know it but the city was about to dry up.
Narrator: In 1932 a week's pay carried more weight with the unemployed than a lifetime of ethics.