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The Ride 

Paulie finds public opinion turned against him after an amusement ride accident, while Chris tries to start a new life as a husband and father.

Director:

Alan Taylor

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Terence Winter
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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 (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Ray Abruzzo ... Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi
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It's time for the annual church fête and as usual Paulie is responsible for the 5 day affair. It's always been a money maker for Paulie - Tony's father, Johnny Soprano, had control of it before him - but a new parish priest thinks that the $10,000 Paulie contributes as the church's share is too low and thinks $50,000 would be more appropriate. Paulie balks at the figure, at least in part he says because his own costs have been rising. One thing he does to save money is to hire second-rate carnival rides, something that comes back to haunt him when one of the rides breaks down and people are injured. Paulie is also under a great deal of stress after his doctor doesn't like the results of his PSA test and schedules a biopsy. When Christopher's girlfriend Kelly tells him she's pregnant, he asks her to marry him. He's still fighting his addiction however and falls off the wagon. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The polka played on accordion by Myron Floren on The Lawrence Welk Show during Paulie's visit to Nucci is the Norwegian children's song "Hompetitten" (presented as "Johnny Oslo Schottische"). See more »

Goofs

When Bobby demands money from Paulie as compensation for his wife and daughter getting hurt from riding one of the rides in the festival, Paulie responds by saying "fuck her too". Since Bobby is married to the boss's sister, Paulie would've been reprimanded for his comment. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [after a near-death experience] Every day's a gift.
[pause]
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: It's just... does it have to be a pair of socks?
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Features Saw II (2005) See more »

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All Right Now
Written by Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser
Performed by Free
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Quite a ride!
24 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Poor Paulie Gualtieri, this just doesn't seem to be the right season for him. First he learns his aunt was actually his mother, and now this... Ay, madon'!

The premise of the episode is that Paulie always organizes a St. Elzear parade every year, given Italians are quite proud of their traditions, only this year he has a disagreement with the local church over how much money the clergymen are gonna get. Consequently, he is banned from using St. Elzear's hat during the parade. In addition, an amusement park ride malfunctions almost fatally, leading to a heated confrontation with Bobby Baccala, and on top of that Paulie is told he might have prostate cancer. What a week!

On the brighter side, Christopher decides to marry his new sweetheart Kelli the moment she tells him she's pregnant. Of course, he could have avoided doing drugs at the bachelor party, and having Adriana's mother accusing him of killing his former fiancée doesn't help much either.

One life striving for improvement, the other going towards the toilet: that's the structure of The Ride, going up and down as it pleases. Paulie's personal tragedies lend the character more humanity than ever, and the fight with Bobby is as fun a piece of writing as the show has ever delivered. The best, and saddest, scene, however, has nothing to do with him: it's a poignant flashback that depicts when Chris told Tony about Adriana's work for the FBI and the boss sanctioned her assassination. The sequence was meant to appear in Long Term Parking, the episode where Adriana died, but was cut to keep her demise an unexpected shock. Playing it now works much better: seeing Christopher get on with his life and witnessing how far he went in saving Tony's ass before Ade's makes for some of the program's most intriguing drama. It also serves as a reminder of what a strong presence Drea de Matteo was in the series. Not that the show suffered from her departure: much like Chrissy, it moved on and got better.


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