Chase 'n' the Russian

Of course, there were other subplots in the episode.

BUSCEMI: Most people remember the episode for the guys being lost, but there was also Meadow catching Jackie Jr. coming out of an apartment with a different girl. And there was Tony and his new girlfriend, Gloria Trillo,who you're starting to figure out is a little crazy. He winds up having to leave her to go get the guys and she throws a steak at him.That was actually me who threw it. Annabella Sciorra couldn't get it right.The prop guy was trying it, finally I was like, ''Let me try.'' Jimmy [Gandolfini] claims I was dying to do it.

And then there was Bobby Bacala, enlisted to help rescue Christopher and Paulie, who reports for duty in full Elmer Fudd–like hunting regalia.

STEVE SCHIRRIPA, BOBBY: We shot that scene at about seven in the morning and Jim had already seen my outfit. So I was thinking, How in the world am I going to make Jim laugh here? Nothing is funny at 7 A.M. So I went to the prop guy, Anthony, and I got him to give me an assortment of dildos and a dreadlock wig.When they were doing Jim's reaction shot — I was off-camera — I came out with this wig on my head and a two-and-a-half-foot dildo swinging out of my pants. Jim almost fell over. If you look, you can see Dominic [Chianese] almost smile, but he doesn't break character. Of course, I never asked why props had all these dicks lying around.

Perhaps the biggest legacy of ''Pine Barrens'' is what you don't see, i.e., what becomes of the Russian. It has become one of the most tantalizing mysteries in The Sopranos history.

WINTER: That's the question I get asked more than any other. It drives people crazy: ''Where's the Russian? What happened to the Russian?'' We could say, ''Well, he got out and there's a big mob war with the Russians,'' or ''He crawled off and died.'' But we wanted to keep it ambiguous. You know, not everything gets answered in life.

CHASE: They shot a guy.Who knows where he went? Who cares about some Russian? This is what Hollywood has done to America. Do you have to have closure on every little thing? Isn't there any mystery in the world? It's a murky world out there. It's a murky life these guys lead. And by the way, I do know where the Russian is. But I'll never say because so many people got so pissy about it.


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