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When Belle Alpine refuses to identify John "the Cropper" Cropsie as the man who shot and killed her husband, Ness suspects that she is harboring some ulterior motives.
Tuesday April 02nd, 1963
On the night of February 1, 1933, John "the Cropper" Cropsie, enforcer for Jules Flack, boss of the West Side Combine, shot and killed David Alpine, a key booze supplier for the combine who was also providing booze to the competition. The following night, Eliot Ness has Cropsie re-enact the crime in front of an eyewitness to the shooting: Belle Alpine, David Alpine's widow. After the re-enactment, Ness asks Belle if she can identify Cropsie as the man who shot her husband. She walks up to Cropsie, slaps the crap out of him, and then says she's never seen him before in her life. Ness knows she's lying but for now there's nothing he can do...Read the full recap
This episode marks the fifth and final appearance of Johnny Seven on the show. Seven also sets a series record in this episode as his character is killed off for the fifth time.
Cropsie: Mr. Ness, why don't you give me a gun with some bullets in it and you stand up here where Dave Alpine stood?
Ness: Mrs. Alpine, is this the man who killed your husband?
Belle: (slaps Cropsie) I don't recognize him.
Flack: You ain't got any head for business.
Cropsie: I got a head for anything I put my mind to.
Flack: (to Cropsie) In a month, you'll be killing off your customers.
Murray: We been lookin' all over for you.
Belle: I bet.
Jules Flack really made a stupid move when he decided to shoot it out with the Untouchables. At the most, he was an accessory after the fact to the theft of the alcohol and probably would have gotten a light sentence. Instead, Rico cuts him down with a chopper.
This episode marked the final appearance on the show for two outstanding character actors: Don Gordon and Harold J. Stone. Both always played their roles to the hilt whenever they appeared. And Jeanne Cooper looks great in that showgirl's outfit too.