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"The Sopranos" Cold Cuts (TV Episode 2004) Poster

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(2004)

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Of Johnny Sack's belief that Tony Blundetto killed "Joey Peeps," Silvio comments that Sack should be "out looking for the real killers, instead of spending all his time on the golf course." This line is a not-so-subtle jab at O. J. Simpson, who in the years after his acquittal on murder charges claimed to be seeking "the real killers" while he was often criticized for spending much of his free time playing golf.
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The woman Tony sleeps with was previously encountered in "Irregular Around the Margins" as an employee of the dermatologist's office where his cancerous mole was removed.
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Christopher, as in episodes before, once again mistakenly calls Emil Kolar a Czechoslovakian when, in fact, he was a Czech-American. Paulie Walnuts once confused Chechens with Czechoslovakians in "Pine Barrens."
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The song played during the end credits is a live version of "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", by The Kinks.
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On the drive to Kinderhook, Tony B confides to Christopher: "that 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' cartoon used to scare the piss out of me", and adds that "very sorry people" used to call Tony B Ichabod Crane. According to a notation by Washington Irving, the character of Ichabod Crane was based on a schoolteacher whom Irving befriended in Kinderhook, New York, in 1809.
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Frank Albanese, who plays Uncle Pat Blundetto, also played the mob lawyer, who defended young Henry Hill in an early scene in Goodfellas.
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In the audio commentary, the episode's director, Mike Figgis, points out how the scene where Christopher and Tony Blundetto dig up the skeletal remains of a man Christopher knew (and killed) symbolically referenced the famous Yorick scene in Hamlet.
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Christopher and Tony Blundetto dig up and dispose of Emil Kolar's skeleton, moving his body for the second time. Christopher shot and killed Emil in the Pilot episode. Then, he and Pussy Bonpensiero unsuccessfully tried to put Emil's body into a dumpster. Later, they buried the body under a bridge somewhere. But, the burial was giving Christopher nightmares. So, Christopher and Georgie later dug up the body and relocated it in "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti."
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The title episode is a reference to a few different things. Tony tells Dr. Melfi that "revenge is like serving cold cuts" (inadvertently mangling the adage "Revenge is a dish best served cold"). Johnny Sack continues to interfere with Soprano business in retribution for the murder of "Joey Peeps." In a scene at Uncle Pat's farm, Christopher, Pat, and Tony B eat cold cut sandwiches for lunch. The title may also refer to the dead bodies Tony B and Christopher are looking for in this episode. Meat, specifically cold cuts, is a prominent symbol in the series that refers to Tony's past and anger issues. The title may also refer to the joking and taunting and insults that Tony, Tony B and Christopher exchange and who affect Christopher the most. Tony uses cold maleficent provocations (cuts) to break Janice's anger management and force her into a tantrum.
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In the season one episode "Deniel Anger Acceptance", Tony and Dr Melfi discuss the painting of the "rotted out" tree and red barn that is hanging in the waiting area. In this episode, while Tony B and Christopher are at Uncle Pats farm, there are a few different scene locations that have a red barn that resemble the painting.
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