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The Happy Wanderer 

Tony's old school friend digs himself into trouble with his gambling, while Tony's family problems only continue to grow.

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An old high school friend of Tony's, David Scatino, talks him into letting him play in a high stakes poker game. David's on a streak of bad luck and he's also in debt to Richie Aprile, who has banned him from his games until he catches up a bit. When Richie sees David at Tony's game there's trouble. David's problems grow when he can't pay Tony back and has no way out but to give him his son's four wheel drive as partial payment. It puts Meadow in an awkward situation. Richie continues to be a problem for Tony who sees him, Janice and his mother together at a family funeral. Janice eggs Richie on adding to the tension with her brother. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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20 February 2000 (USA)  »

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This episode features a very earnest appearance as Himself by Frank Sinatra Jr'. His sister Nancy Sinatra would also courageously play Herself as a close mob acquaintance in a final-season episode of the series eight years later (Season 6, Episode 16, "Chasing It".) See more »

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David should've left the executive game after he won the big pot. He confirms this goof later on when he says to Tony "I should've quit then." See more »

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Meadow Soprano: Eric, come on! Let's talk. You're gonna leave me here?
Eric Scatino: [crying] I thought you were my friend!
Meadow Soprano: I am! I can't stop my dad from selling it.
Eric Scatino: Yeah, well your dad's a fucking asshole! You know that? He's a real low-life, fucking asshole!
Meadow Soprano: [crying] And I suppose yours is innocent in all this? For your information, he gave it to my dad. It's not like my dad stole it!
Eric Scatino: You know what, Meadow? Fuck you, fuck your gangster father, and fuck this!
[storms off]
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References Hazel (1961) See more »

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Tequila Sunrise
Written by Glenn Frey & Don Henley
Performed by Eagles
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The Happy Wanderer (#2.6)
6 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Tony's old high school friend David Scatino wants to participate in a poker game Tony holds. Tony warns him that the game is not for him but he insists. Turns out David wants to be part of it because he already owes money to Richie from a game. This time he has bad luck as well. And Tony doesn't let their friendship stand in the way of getting money back. Which may as well have ruined the friendship of Meadow and David's son.

The episode is especially good for small moments. Such as Silvio's anger over the cleaning of peanut shells, Tony telling Dr. Melfi how he wants to hit her cause he is angry and the first encounters of Tony and his mother (even though nothing has been said yet).

And my favorite when Tony finds out from Junior that he has another uncle who was "slow". His line "My mother always used to yell at my dad about his feeble minded brother, but I thought she meant you" and Junior's reaction were perfection.


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