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Tony is more than thrilled that both Janice and Richie are out of his hair and plots to soon get Livia out of the way as well. After a plate of bad food, Tony begins having hallucinations of sex with Dr. Melfi and one of Pussy as a fish, which convinces him that Pussy has gone to the Feds.
Ratings: 9 million viewers
This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Deaths: Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero (killed by Tony, Silvio, and Paulie for informing to the FBI)
David Proval (Richie Aprile) and Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) have been removed from the opening credits.
Entertainment Weekly named this episode #5 on their list of the top 10 Sopranos episodes.
Time Magazine named this episode #9 on their list of the top 10 Sopranos episodes.
|Artist||Song Title||Played When|
|Ain't Too Proud to Beg||The Temptations|| |
|Frank Sinatra||Baubles, Bangles and Beads|| |
|Joan Baez||Diamonds and Rust|| |
|Pierre Henry||Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir|| |
|The Rolling Stones||Thru and Thru|| |
|Tom Petty||Free Fallin'|| |
Dr. Melfi: After two years treating you I've learned things. And I pick up sorrow coming from you.
Tony: It's fuckin' graduation day, so I might as well take this opprotunity to say I'm proposing you to get your button.
Christopher: I fucking deserve it. Got no spleen, Gene!
(During a therapy sesson)
Tony: I had a dream I fucked your brains out. Right on that desk, and you loved it.
Dr. Melfi: (Surprised) Well, you threw that at me like a rock.
The episode contains several instances of foreshadowing of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero's murder. While dreaming, Tony sees Pussy as a fish, a hint that he would soon be "sleeping with the fishes" as he does after Tony, Silvio, and Paulie toss him into the ocean. Throughout the episode, a creaking sound can be heard every time Tony dreams. This same sound is later heard on the boat when Tony, Silvio, and Paulie murder Pussy.