The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Empty Chair 

With Capone in prison, Frank Nitti tries to grab the open top spot in the empire. But Capone's bookkeeper is giving him a run for his money.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Eliot Ness
Brandy La France
Martin Flaherty
William Youngfellow
Gus Raddi
Herman Rudin ...
Tony Volpe
'Fur' Sammons
Phil D'Andrea
Beecher Asbury
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After 18 months of hard work by Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion and sent to prison. It's only the start however for the law enforcement officers as Capone has left a fully functioning mob empire intact. Soon however, Capone's top enforcer, Frank Nitti, is eliminating some of his competition for control of that empire. In the process of fighting Nitti, Ness recruits a new member of the squad, one-time barber Enrico Rossi who had volunteered to testify against the crime boss after witnessing a shooting. Nitti's main competitor for Al Capone's empty chair is the mob's bookkeeper, Jake Guzik. Ness' plan is to create a rift between the two by focusing on Nitti's personal holdings and leaving the others alone. Guzik proves to be a far more intelligent opponent than Ness may have given him credit for so he tries to get a dead mobsters wife, Guzik's niece, to inform on the bookkeeper. Written by garykmcd

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15 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Agent Enrico Rossi: Mr. Ness... I want to do more than testify.
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The story of a smart mobster.
7 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is the first regular episode of "The Untouchables" and picks up right after the two-part pilot--with Al Capone being sent to prison. Now, with the big boss-man out of the way, there's a power vacuum. Surprisingly, although Frank Nitti was the nasty muscle-man, Jake Guzik (Nehemiah Persoff) sets himself up as THE power. Instead of trying to bully the others, he worked by getting everyone to cooperate as well as using his brilliance as a bookkeeper to hide the mob's wealth. So most of the show consists of Ness trying to separate Guzik from the mob. First, he tries to ONLY hit Nitti's locations--hoping to drive a wedge between the six mobsters in charge. When that doesn't work, she approaches Brandy La France-- the widow of the little guy ice picked to death in the pilot. What's next? See the show.

This episode was a great follow-up for the series and did a good job of getting the ball rolling. Well written, exciting and worth seeing.

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