Christmas is coming and it all proves to a stressful time for Tony who has another panic attack. Tony keeps thinking about his old friend Pussy - he usually played Santa at the Christmas party - and recalls a past meeting Pussy missed, perhaps to meet with the FBI. He also begins to wonder about one particular Christmas where Pussy was not himself and thinks he may have been wearing a wire. Janice wants to host Christmas dinner but Carmela ends up doing most of the work because of a sore wrist from her encounter with the Russians. Which reminds Tony of another chore he has to take care of. When Tony sees Jackie Jr. getting a lap dance at a strip club he teaches him a lesson and begins to doubt Jackie Jr.'s reliability. On Christmas day Tony isn't quite prepared for the gift he receives from Meadow. Written by
Did You Know?
The very brief cameo-like role of the Russian-mob accountant Argon is played by Alik Sakharov
, one of only two men who served as directors of cinematography (DP) for all The Sopranos
(1999) episodes. Alik was DP on 38 episodes, but this is the only one he also acted in. Born in Tashkent, he, like his character, is also of Russian heritage. See more
The morning after his night out, Tony sets a jug of apple juice on the counter. Between shots, the jug goes from being capless, to having a cap, to being capless again, to completely disappearing, and then back to being capless. See more
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
[to Bobby Baccalieri
The Boss of this Family told you you were going to be Santa Claus. You're Santa Claus, so shut up about it!
Features It's a Wonderful Life
Written by Joan Javits
, Philip Springer
and Tony Springer
Performed by Eartha Kitt See more