Continuing the frequent pattern of "Sopranos" cast members having relatives also show up in the series, Tony Sirico (Paulie)'s real-life older brother 'Carmine Sirico' appears as the nameless "Dealer" in this episode's first poker-game scene spouting a few words, all of them off-camera. It stands as the one and only TV or film credit of Carmine's acting career.
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The episode title 'The Happy Wanderer' is also the name of the album by Jonny Lang that Meadow has a poster of in her bedroom in the scene where she is practicing her music.
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This episode features a very earnest appearance as Himself by Frank Sinatra Jr'. His sister Nancy Sinatra would also courageously play Herself as a close mob acquaintance in a final-season episode of the series eight years later (Season 6, Episode 16, "Chasing It".)
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In the car ride home Richie Aprile tells Janice Soprano that Tony Soprano had given Richie $50,000 to "put on the street". Janice tells Richie that 30 years earlier Tony and Janice's father, Johnny Soprano, had given another made man $50,000 when he was released from prison. Janice tells Richie "That would be like half a million today." In reality it would be closer to $225,000.
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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.
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In this episode which runs 50 minutes, the word "balls" is used nearly 10 times, or once every 5 minutes.
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The song played during the ending credits is "The Happy Wanderer", by Frankie Yankovic.
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At 25:32 in David says he has a flush as he shows his hand. The actual cards are 9 clubs, 10 hearts, 5 hearts, Ace clubs, 9 hearts, Jack hearts, & Queen clubs. A flush consists of 5 cards of the same suit.
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