The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood 

The FBI has trouble finding a new informant, so they attempt to bug the Soprano home. Meanwhile, Anthony continues to get into trouble at school.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
Carmela Soprano
Christopher Moltisanti
Junior Soprano (credit only)
Silvio Dante
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
A.J. Soprano
Meadow Soprano
Adriana La Cerva
Janice Soprano (credit only)
Furio Giunta
Caitlin Rucker


With Big Pussy Bonpensiero no longer available to wear a wire, the FBI is desperate to get Tony on tape. They decide that bugging his house - specifically the basement where he would sometimes have conversations with Big Pussy. They obtain a warrant that will allow then to break into the house twice: once to determine where in the basement would be the best place to place the bug and then a second time to plant it. The whole exercise turns into a major operation when they assign teams to each of the occupants - Tony, Carmela, Meadow, Anthony Jr. and the cleaning lady Lilliana - to follow then and ensure they don't return unexpectedly. They decide to rebuild an old desk lamp but their first attempt to plant the bug goes wrong when most of the family members return to deal with a crisis. Meanwhile, Tony is hearing rumors about Patsy Parisi who is still grieving for his dead twin and may be out for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, when Tony's looking at the front-page story in his local Star-Ledger newspaper, it's one written by "Bob Shaw." That's actually the name of The Sopranos (1999) longtime production designer. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Tony Soprano: [to Gigi, refering to his user name on his labtop computer] Log off, that cookies shit makes me nervous.
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References Peter Gunn (1958) See more »


Every Breath You Take/Theme from Peter Gunn (Mr. Ruggerio's Remix)
Written by Sting and Henry Mancini
Remixed by Kathryn Dayak
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Pissing in the wind
28 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

A comic episode. The FBI decides to bug "the sausage factory," otherwise known as the Soprano homestead. This proves difficult, with people coming in and out at all times of the day and night. Tony meanwhile must deal with Patsy, who knows Tony killed Patsy's brother. Soon enough, Patsy is standing in Tony's backyard, with a pistol aimed squarely at Tony's head, who is inside and highly visible through a window. The FBI boys are just yards away, in a panic over what to do. The episode with Artie pointing a rifle at Tony was dark and serious, while this episode is played strictly for laughs (although there is that one moment when you're not sure what's going to happen with Patsy). It's a Keystone Kops delight. To add to the merriment, Carm takes Adriana with her to tennis lessons, only to find her hunky instructor is leaving and a female instructor with eyes only for Adriana is taking over. Plus Tony's water heater blows up. Can't this guy ever catch a break?

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