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Frank Nitti hides a huge shipment of heroin inside a hollowed out globe of the world and stores it inside the vault of a mob-owned bank. While Ness and the Untouchables search for the heroin, a joker appears in the deck when Nitti's greedy lieutenant, Larry Bass, decides to break into the vault and steal the heroin for himself.
Tuesday February 05th, 1963
Special Guest StarsGuest StarsUncredited
In 1933 Prohibition is about to be repealed but Frank Nitti and the boys have moved onto other illicit activities. The most lucrative being narcotics. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are hard at work and by September of 1933 they had found and destroyed every major source of narcotics in the city of Chicago. This causes the price of a bindle of heroin to jump from $20 to $50. It's a seller's market and Nitti wants to take advantage of this fact...Read the full recap
This episode marked the swan song of Bruce Gordon as Frank Nitti. All in all, Gordon appeared on 27 episodes of the show.
Cliff Osmond, as Nitti henchman Augie, commits one of the vilest acts of uncouthness in show history when he runs his finger across a cake and eats the icing.
Locations: Chicago, San Francisco
Nitti: Two million bucks! There ain't been that much dough on this table since we bought the South Side.
Konig: My customers are climbing the wall.
Nitti: Let 'em climb. The exercise will do 'em good.
Nitti: You bums don't know when you're well off. Insteada bellyachin' we oughta be givin' Ness a medal.
Whitey: I hear you're a big man in Chicago now. I hear Nitti don't make a move without you.
Bass: I'm about to make one without him.
Yang: I'm sorry to have been an inconvenience, Mr. Ness. You have been very thorough.
Ness: So have you.
This episode briefly mentions some of the events which happened in Season Three's Element of Danger. Both episodes were penned by John Mantley.
The rarity of rarities: a great Season Four episode. Also Bruce Gordon's swan song as Frank Nitti. When we last see "the Enforcer" he is being led away into custody but we learn from the narration that he beats the rap. You can't keep a good gangster down.