October 1930. Jackson Emmett Parker is a small-time bootlegger with a tiny still for making whiskey and one employee--the mildly retarded Benny Angel. Parker's territory is a college campus where Benny makes the rounds doing bottle by bottle sales of booze. Though it's a small-time operation, Parker has big plans. He's managed to wrangle a meeting with Frank Nitti himself. Though he gets through the door, Parker's meeting with Nitti doesn't last long. Nitti doesn't go for his idea of selling booze on college campuses and has Parker shown the door...Read the full recap
Nitti: First the Feds bust up the plant and now those college punks. I tell ya, boys, I've had better mornings.
Nitti: (to Parker) Kid, one more like that and the ice is gonna crack right out from under you.
Parker: (to Benny) You're right on time and, of course, so am I.
Parker: (to Benny) I suppose I know just about everything better than you.
Nitti: (to Harry about Parker) Send him in. We could use a few laughs.
Parker: (to Benny) Anybody else in this town would have thrown you out with the rest of the trash.
Parker: I have a proposition for you and your men.
Nitti: Whadda you want? Half? It's yours.
Nitti: (to Parker) Kid, you got some nerve walkin' in here unless you don't care about walkin' out again.
Future movie superstar Robert Redford's character in this episode ranks as the most rotten in show history. Jackson Emmett Parker is so rotten that he makes Frank Nitti look noble by comparison. This time Nitti gets to be the good guy of sorts when he saves Ness the trouble and bumps off Parker. Well worth watching and one of the better episodes of Season Four.