The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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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.


Alan Taylor


David Chase (created by), Terence Winter




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


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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Release Date:

7 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher calls Tony "The Bad Lieutenant". The film of that name is a 1992 Abel Ferrara tale full of religious undertones and Catholic iconography similar to this episode. In the film, the unnamed Lieutenant sees a vision of Christ just as Paulie sees a vision of the Virgin Mary at the Bada Bing. See more »


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 »


[Father Jose calmly extorts Paulie over the usage of a statue's solid gold hat]
Father Jose: Given the tenor of this conversation, I sense there's a possible criminal element in this neighborhood that could endanger this precious piece of local history.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: But for 50 grand... you wouldn't have that sense!
Father Jose: It would demonstrate to me that you take this feast as seriously as the people who began it.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Okay Father. Nice meeting you.
[Paulie walks up to the statue and yells at it, as if to hurt its feelings]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Forget the...
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31 July 2019 | by maxfeldmanSee all my reviews

Focuses on development of Paulie. He's depicted in this episode as having feelings of remorse, especially towards his "mother". Character development between Chris and Tony is good as well, as they bond together.

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