The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Nobody Knows Anything 

Following the arrest of two of his men, Tony suspects a traitor. Efforts to discover who, however, are stymied.

Director:

Henry Bronchtein (as Henry J. Bronchtein)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Frank Renzulli
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
John Heard ... Det. Vin Makazian
Karen Sillas ... Debbie
Al Sapienza ... Mikey Palmice
Joseph Badalucco Jr. Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Jimmy Altieri (as Joe Badalucco Jr.)
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Storyline

Tony is thrown for a loop when the crooked cop on his payroll, Vin Makazian, tells him that Big Pussy has made a deal with the Feds and is wearing a wire. Pussy, Jimmy Altieri and others were recently arrested and Tony knows how much Pussy worries about money and the cost of his son's college education. Tony confides in Paulie but tells him to do nothing until they have absolute proof. A good thing since someone else is the rat. Livia meanwhile continues to moan about Tony's treatment of her and manipulates Junior into thinking Tony is conspiring against him. He tells her he has no choice but to eliminate him and Livia tells him she has no objections. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the episode is said twice, by 2 different characters. Paulie says it to Tony "..then again, when it comes to (back problems), nobody knows anything." Then later, when Big Pussy is missing in action, Tony says it to Paulie and Silvio about Big Pussy's whereabouts ("I can't find Pussy anywhere! Nobody knows anything!.") See more »

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When Tony tells Dr. Melfi he feels as though a safe might fall on his head, she replies, "a feeling of pending doom." A woman of her intellect and education should know the proper word is "impending". "Pending" means something awaiting a conclusion. "Impending" means about to occur. See more »

Quotes

Meadow Soprano: This country's light-years behind the rest of the world. Most civilized countries have legalized prostitution.
Tony Soprano: Don't you got somewhere to be?
Meadow Soprano: I mean, it's a joke. Look what they're putting the President through.
Carmela Soprano: He deserved what he got.
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: He got Monica Kaczynski and the broad with the long nose.
Meadow Soprano: I just don't think sex should be a punishable offense.
Tony Soprano: You know honey, that's where I agree with you. I don't think sex should be a punishable offense either. But I do think talking about sex at the ...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Mickey's Monkey
Composed by Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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Paranoia time
29 February 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

"Never rat on your friends, and always, always keep your mouth shut." This line, spoken by Robert De Niro in Goodfellas, sums up the work ethics of organized crime. Fans of The Sopranos got a taste of it in the fifth episode, where Tony killed an informant with his bare hands; and now history is about to repeat itself.

It all starts with two of Tony's men being arrested in such a way that it can only have happened because someone talked to the cops. The suspicion is seemingly confirmed when the boss's guy inside the force, Vin Makazian (John Heard) claims to have evidence implicating Pussy Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore), one of Tony's oldest and closest friends. Unfortunately, Makazian kills himself before the evidence can be retrieved, and so Tony has to resort to other techniques if he wants to clear Pussy's name. Meanwhile, Uncle Junior, still convinced his nephew might have told family secrets to the wrong people, gives Mikey Palmice (Al Sapienza) the green light to clip Tony.

While previous shows were suspenseful because one could never tell if the wise-guys would whack unknown associates, the tension in Nobody Knows Anything is almost impossible to bear since the designated victim is a man audiences have come to like (odd, given he is a foul-mouthed murderer) over the course of ten episodes. The paranoid mood is sustained prominently by smart dialogue, which lets the viewer interpret the signs, and a moving performance from Pastore, who reveals a lot about his complex role without actually saying anything explicitly: the look on Pussy's face when Paulie invites him to a bathhouse (that way the latter can check if he is wearing a wire) conveys a truckload of fear and torment that set events in motion for the spectacular season finale. A revelatory turn in one of the first series' most memorable episodes.


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