April 3, 1931. Vic's Diner near the Chicago railroad yards is the front for Victor Kurtz, bootleg czar for Chicago's South Side. Kurtz and his enforcer, Holly Kester, are having a meeting with Monk Lyselle, bootleg czar of the North Side, and his enforcer, Carl Danzig. Kurtz uses a knife to draw a line bisecting a map of Chicago. "Cross that line," he says to Lyselle, "and you get cut down." Kurtz then jams the knife through the map and into the table. He's made his point. For now, peace reigns in Chicago...Read the full recap
Kurtz: It's nice to have things quiet again.
Lyselle: Yeah, you can put your enforcer out to pasture now.
Rita: There's nothing in this world I respect more than a man with maturity.
Hobson: I've got a feeling the truce just exploded.
Rico: Pretty quiet explosion. No fireworks.
Hobson: Give it time, Rico. You'll get your fireworks.
Kurtz: Feels good to be back in action, huh?
Kester: Just like old times.
Ness: Shellshocked, Holly?
Hobson: How does it feel to be a target instead of a torpedo?
Kurtz: (about Lyselle) I'm gonna level him right into the ground.
Kurtz: (to Kester) Everybody's getting the drop on you these days.
Not a bad effort here although I feel that some fans of the show tend to give this episode higher ratings than it actually deserves. Charles McGraw, making his fourth and final appearance on the show, wins the acting honors as the world weary torpedo who's finally lost his nerve.