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
About thirty-eight minutes into the (unedited) program, "Bacala" comes into the back room of the Bada-Bing, after having played Santa Claus earlier, and he and Tony and Paulie sit around and have some drinks along with some other people. If you look closely at Paulie Walnuts early in the scene, his gray/white side hair is completely uniformly brown with the rest of the hair on his head. Later in the scene, he has his "tail fins" back in place. 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!
References The Godfather: Part II
Written and Performed by Virgos Merlot See more