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Ganglord Danny Mundt, whose operation is being hit hard by Eliot Ness, imports hired killer Elroy Dahlgren to bump off the ace Federal officer. Dahlgren doesn't kill Ness but manages to blind him with an exploding hand grenade. This is satisfactory for Mundt but not the psychotic Dahlgren. He wants to finish the job.
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May 14, 1931. The top underworld bosses of Chicago are leaving town. This tells Eliot Ness and the Untouchables one thing: there's going to be a hit of some prominence. That they know. What they don't know is that Ness himself is the target of the hit. Racketeer Danny Mundt has imported Elroy Dahlgren, a World War I vet who was an expert at lobbing hand grenades, to do the job. Mundt is paying Dahlgren ten grand to do the job as soon as he leaves town too...Read the full recap
The psychotic Vietnam vet was a staple of almost every cop show in the 70's and 80's. In A Taste for Pineapple we have The Untouchables beating everyone to the punch with an episode featuring a psychotic World War I vet.
This episode was filmed during the middle of Season Four but got shelved and didn't air until the season (and series) finale.
Narrator: Al Gross, killer par excellence in his own right, found Elroy Dahlgren. He never found anyone else again.
Dahlgren: Little things make you feel real good.
Dahlgren: (to Mundt) For ten grand, I'll go after Al Smith.
Mundt: (to Dahlgren) Eliot Ness is not just another job!
Mundt: (to Dahlgren) For ten grand you better pitch a shutout.
Fuse Man: You guys roust me like a common hoodlum.
Hobson: There's nothing common about you.
Ness' wife is mentioned by name in this episode as Betty only it's the wrong wife. His first wife during the time in which the series is set was named Edna. Ness's third wife and widow was named Betty.
The car bombing of Woody O'Meara by Charlie Zenko in Season Three's Takeover is mentioned in this episode.
This is one of the few episodes in which we get to see a vulnerable Eliot Ness when he's psychosomatically blinded by an exploding grenade. Reportedly, the studio executives hated this episode, which was filmed halfway through Season Four, and shelved it until the season finale (which turned out to be the series finale as well).