A gang attempts to extort money from Mother. When she refuses to pay, the gang dynamites her club and critically injures its owner. When the police investigation into the bombing moves too ...
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A gang attempts to extort money from Mother. When she refuses to pay, the gang dynamites her club and critically injures its owner. When the police investigation into the bombing moves too slowly for Gunn, the detective goes hunting for the man he holds responsible. Written by
Hallmarks of the groundbreaking series are present in this initial entrythe bang-up hook, the cool jazz scene at Mother's, clever banter with Edie and Jacoby, plus noirish light and shadow, and last but not least, exotic characters like gender-bending Mother. The episode itself is spottier than usual with gaps in the narrative as though editing was looser than usual. For example, head gangster, Fallon (a top-billed Mac Leod), hardly appears at all. (Did he drop out of production for some reason. That might explain problems with continuity.) Nonetheless, that explosion had me under the chair. It's the entry's centerpiece and a real lulu. Anyway, an old- time racketeer is gunned down and his successor is squeezing Mother for money. Naturally, Pete takes a dim view of this and goes after the big guy through one of his nervous underlings (Weston). All in all, it's a sub-standard episode but with the clear promise of better things to come.
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