The Sopranos: Season 4, Episode 5

Pie-o-My (13 Oct. 2002)

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Ralph buys a racehorse, but Tony ends up more attached to it than Ralphie is. Carmela starts trying to invest in her future.

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Adriana is increasingly worried about Christopher. He and others are conducting more and more of their business at the club and sometimes, she can't even get in to use her office. Christopher's heroin habit seems to be getting worse. Then of course she has the FBI on her back for more information. They're calling her to meetings and tell her a few home truths. They also want her to get more information on Tony. Janice decides that widower Bobby Bacala needs taking care of and she pushes her way into his house and his family. Bobby is inconsolable however and is still blaming himself for his wife's death. There's a bit of chill in the air when Tony refuses to set up an insurance trust that Carmela's cousin Brian recommends. Tony is far more interested in Ralph's investment, a racehorse by the name of Pie-O-My, especially after the horse wins a race at 8-1. At his trial, Uncle Junior is upset over the courtroom artist's rendition of him. Written by garykmcd

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The horse that Pie-O-My defeats in the race is named "Zucker's Mother", a reference to Charlotte Zucker, whose sons David and Jerry Zucker insert a cameo appearance in all of their projects. See more »

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Ralph Cifaretto: [to Pie-o-My's trainer] And tell that midget jockey not to be shy with the whip!
Hesh: [about Ralph] If only his mother had followed that advice.
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

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My Rifle, My Pony and Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson
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The one with the freaking horse
7 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Remember how Seinfeld is often described as "the show about nothing", with episodes revolving around frozen yogurt, ponies or parking spaces? Well, Pie-o-My could be considered an almost Seinfeldian moment in the history of The Sopranos, since a large part of the story is centered around... a horse.

The animal in question, which gives the episode its title, is a race horse Ralph has bought on Hesh's suggestion to make some extra money. Tony is introduced to the creature one day and unexpectedly finds himself attached to Pie-o-My, whereas Ralphie coldly resorts to violence to make her run faster. On the home front, Carmela's worries for the future increase, leading her to ask Tony to sign a life insurance policy.

At first sight, one could classify this episode as irrelevant, and you couldn't blame anyone for doing so: nothing substantial happens, apart from Ralph and Tony's differences emerging clearer and clearer as the story progresses. With hindsight, though, Pie-o-My is as superb as other episodes because it sets the suspense for the second half of the season, which will see some characters hit new lows in their life.

Plus, a horse: reminds of the Godfather, doesn't it?


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