Ralph's callous behavior finally steps over the line, while Chris gets deeper into his heroin habit.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
Meadow Soprano (credit only)
Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)


After Uncle Junior falls on the courthouse steps, he's admitted to the hospital and Tony thinks they have the basis of a mistrial on the basis of diminished capacity. They set him up with home care and rehearse him with the questions government doctors will likely ask him. Ralphie thinks he's figured out who told Johnny Sack of the joke he made at his wife's expense and sets out to even the score. Things turn deadly serious when his son Justin is seriously hurt playing with a friend. Tony brings Carmela to the stables to see Pie-O-My for the first time. Tony is devastated however when he learns that the horse was badly injured in a fire at the stables and had to be put down. He suspects Ralphie had the fire set so he could collect on insurance and they get into a fight. Tony needs Christopher's help to clean up the results but soon realizes he's high on drugs. Written by garykmcd

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10 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Tony and Chris watch the 1954 movie The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) on TV, it marks the second time Tony is shown watching a film starring Donna Reed. The previous time was some 12 shows earlier in Season 3, Episode 10 when he was in his bedroom and happened to turn with annoyance, to see yet another re-run around Xmas time of It's a Wonderful Life (1946). See more »


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When I Need You
Music by Albert Hammond
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Leo Sayer
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24 May 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few episodes (if not the only one) with an indisputable error in its storytelling. While handling the Ralphie situation Christopher states that he has heard about Pie-O-My's death in the fire accident. This is an important detail because in this context it is quite obvious that Christopher knows from the beginning that Tony is the one who must have killed Ralphie. There is however no way Chris could have heard about the accident. Who should have told him and when? By the time he is torn out of his delirium by Tony's call nobody else was informed. Tony knows that - which makes it even worse! Hearing Christopher talk about Pie- O-My's death could therefore only lead Tony to the conclusion that Chris himself has set the fire. Given the impressively elaborate writing process as told by the writers themselves on the DVD I really wonder none of them realized the problem there. The story just doesn't work that way. Unnecessary to add that I'm a huge fan of the Sopranos. Otherwise, I certainly wouldn't care.

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