The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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The Happy Wanderer 

Tony's old school friend digs himself into trouble with his gambling, while Tony's family problems only continue to grow.

Director:

John Patterson

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
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
David Proval ... Richie Aprile
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
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Storyline

An old high school friend of Tony's, David Scatino, talks him into letting him play in a high stakes poker game. David's on a streak of bad luck and he's also in debt to Richie Aprile, who has banned him from his games until he catches up a bit. When Richie sees David at Tony's game there's trouble. David's problems grow when he can't pay Tony back and has no way out but to give him his son's four wheel drive as partial payment. It puts Meadow in an awkward situation. Richie continues to be a problem for Tony who sees him, Janice and his mother together at a family funeral. Janice eggs Richie on adding to the tension with her brother. Written by garykmcd

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gangster | See All (1) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy Wanderer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There is little or no interaction whatsoever ,between the characters furio and Richie aprile, in any of the episodes in which they are playing together. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Furio talks with the motel manager, the second hand on the clock behind the manager doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [Rolling down his window after having been pulled over] What'd ya hear what'd ya say
Cop: License and registration please
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [Pulls out a gun] how about I give you one of these instead?
Cop: I'm wearing a vest
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Oh yeah, if I shoot, it's going into your bragiole
[laughs]
Cop: You're a real sick fuck, you know that?
[laughs]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: How's your family?
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Not bad, I had to move my father to another old folk's home...
[...]
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Connections

Spoofs The Honeymooners: Funny Money (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Love is Strange
Written by Mickey Baker, Sylvia Robinson and Ethel Smith
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
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Gamblers synonymous
5 August 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

Robert (X-FILES) Patrick plays a friend of Tony's who gets into debt at a poker game run by Richie Aprile, and then tries to get the money he owes Richie by playing in an executive poker game Tony has taken over from Junior. He ends up far deeper in the hole to Tony, and Tony and Richie have a set-to over who's gong to get their money first. Junior tells Tony about a mentally challenged uncle Tony never knew. Tony gets Meadow riled up. So what else is new? Patrick is great as the feverish, cowardly gambler, but Steven Van Zandt steals the show as Silvio, who cannot stand interruptions while he is playing poker. When he gets interrupted once too often, watch out. His mouth proves as deadly as his gun. Chris has a funny bit as he purchases refreshments for the game. A strange episode, set mostly in a cramped motel room, but then many SOPRANOS episodes are strange. And it is a mark of the continuing excellence of this show.


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