In 1931 on the South Side of Chicago one of the nastiest mobsters is Victor Salazar who uses a junkyard as his front. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables have turned their big guns on Salazar. They keep intercepting his booze convoys so his underboss, Barney Howe, pushes him into narcotics saying that this will put Chicago in his hip pocket. Later, they geta call from a man named Kierson who's carrying a briefcase containing information about the time and route of a $2 million dollar shipment of morphine crystals to a medical research center. Kierson says he will meet Salazar and Howe on a street corner in ten minutes. He never makes it because a hood named Steve Ballard guns him down and takes the briefcase...Read the full recap
This episode might also have been a pilot for a possible spin-off series featuring Pat Hingle as undercover man Barney Retzik.
Edward Binns would return in A Taste for Pineapple.
Monette: (to Ballard and Retzik) Looks like Victor should have been looking in his own backyard.
Salazar: (to Monette and the others) You crumbs don't buy from me, you don't buy!
Salazar: (to Santos): Be like Steve here. He does what he's told.
Pegler: Where are you finding that much raw material?
Ballard: What difference does that make?
Frivol: (about Rosie) That girl's been around here too long.
Frivol: You tell Victor something. I don't buy unless it's from him.
Retzik: He'll like that, Max, and you got no choice.
Salazar: (to Ness) Take a look out this window, Ness. It's the only junk you'll find around here.
The highlight of this episode is the performance of Edward Binns as Steve Ballard who's one of the more interesting villains to come out of Season Four. Ballard is a brutal thug yet Binns manages to endow him with some humanity. All he really wants to do is quit the rackets and get help for his junkie girlfriend. His fatal flaw is that the law of the jungle is all he knows and it ends up destroying him.