The Sopranos: Season 3, Episode 11

Pine Barrens (6 May 2001)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama
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While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death.

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Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
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Christopher and Paulie are out making collections but things get out of hand and they soon have a body to dispose of. They decide to dispose of it in Pine Barrens in South Jersey. They get to the woods only to find that their victim is still alive. He manages to run off on them and in the pursuit, Christopher and Paulie get themselves lost. As darkness falls, the cold takes over, and it's particularly hard on Paulie who has lost one of his shoes. They take refuge in an abandoned truck but have no choice but to call Tony and ask him to rescue them. Tony is still seeing Gloria Trillo, usually at lunch time. He decides to come clean and tell Dr. Melfi that he's seeing another of her patients. Gloria is something of a Jekyll and Hyde however with wide mood swings. Melfi asks Tony if Gloria's behavior reminds him of anyone. When Jackie Jr. fails to call her, Meadow is certain he is cheating on her. She sets out to find out what he's up to. Written by garykmcd

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The snow in the woods was not written in the script. It was originally planned that Christopher and Paulie were suffering through the cold temperature. A blizzard occurred right before filming. The light snowfall when they first enter the woods was the last of the blizzard. See more »

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When Chris and Paulie open the trunk with the Russian inside, Chris mentions that he chewed through the tape. Why would they put tape on his mouth if they thought they had killed him. When they are walking through the woods with the Russian at gun point you can see that the Russian is wearing snow boots. Why would he be sitting in his own home in pajamas with boots on. Obviously the actor put the boots on so he could comfortably walk through the snow. See more »

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Christopher Moltisanti: We shoulda stopped at Roy Rogers.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Yeah and I shoulda fucked Dale Evans but I didn't.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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15 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the episode that got me hooked into this show and made me realize its excellence. I saw the premiere pilot episode back when it first aired in early 1999, but this is the one that made me watch regularly. Steve Buscemi is an excellent director and his directorial style is definitely what this series needed. There's a bittersweet quirkiness to this episode that makes you laugh and yet it sucks you into the drama that these characters are experiencing. Paulie and Christopher are stuck in the woods with a crazy Russian on the loose who should have been dead. Tony begins to see the type of person Gloria really is. Meadow also realizes what a mistake she's made in having a relationship with Jackie Jr. This is absolutely one of the best episodes ever done in the series, and I believe that this could have made a great movie in itself, if it were extended by another 45 minutes or so. I only wish that they could have filmed the scenes where Chrissy and Paulie were stuck in the woods in the REAL Pine Barrens of southern Jersey, because it doesn't seem as authentic with the mountainous terrain which doesn't exist at all in that part of the state. Definitely a classic.


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