This is the first of two consecutive shows in which Rick Aiello plays fellow mobster Ray-Ray D'Abaldo. Aiello's brother, the late Danny Aiello III worked as a stuntman in one earlier "Sopranos" episode. Both are the sons of veteran actor Danny Aiello.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
In the safehouse, a cardboard cut-out of Silvio can be seen in the background. The writers wanted Silvio to have a presence in the scene even though he was in the hospital. They made the cut-out appear to be a Bada Bing promotional item being stored at the safehouse.