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Phillip Hedden is a former war hero who's now in the rackets. He heads up a protective association known as the Master Butcher's Alliance. Hedden's chief aide is his former World War I comrade Davy McCain. Unbeknownst to Hedden, Davy has secretly hated him for years and is plotting to takeover the Alliance.
Mobster Gus Ducek is slated to be bumped off but when the car carrying the hitmen drives towards him two of his boys fire back with choppers. One of the hitmen buys the farm but the other, Boley Davis, escapes. Watching the botched hit are Phillip Hedden and Davey McCain. The two later head over to a reunion of their old World War I army unit. Hedden, who was the unit's lieutenant, tells them how he won the Croix de Guerre and proposes a toast to Davey who was the unit's 1st sergeant...Read the full recap
John Larkin and Frank Sutton had previously appeared on the show together in The Contract.
Boley: (about Ducek) Phil, he's tough.
Hedden: (slaps Boley) You're tougher.
Hedden: (to his driver) What are you waiting for--a chicken dinner?
Ducek: (to his boys) First rule is don't kill a customer.
Shouldn't Hedden's married sister have had a different last name on the box delivering his belongings to her?
Frank Sutton gives a multi-faceted performance here as one of the more complex and interesting villains to emerge from the quagmire that was Season Four. Sutton's performance alone raises Butcher's Boy from average to pretty good.