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Paulie's ringtone is "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel.
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The song played during the ending credits is "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke.
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Observing guys being photographed after the showing of "Cleaver", Tony makes a wisecrack about "the family of early man", a reference to the book "The Family of Man", which is a 1955 exhibit of photographs at The Museum of Modern Art. The physical installation and layout of the Family of Man exhibition aimed to enable the visitor to read this as a photo-essay, about human development and cycles of life affirming a common human identity and destiny against the contemporary Cold War threats of nuclear war.
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The title coud refer to: after being told that his cancer has advanced to stage IV, Johnny Sack correctly guesses there is no stage V. It could also refer to the fifth stage of grief (acceptance), as Johnny Sack accepts his fate after the doctor gives him his diagnosis and prognosis. The title could also refer to the stages used in studio productions, like the one Christopher has just completed.
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Series writer Matthew Weiner appears for the second time in the series as Mafia expert/author Manny Safier, this time on Geraldo Rivera's show.
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At the country club, Little Carmine changes his drink order from iced tea to an "Arnold Palmer", a beverage made with half iced tea, half lemonade, named after golfer Arnold Palmer.
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The creepy figurine is the same as the gift Furio brought from Italy for AJ in season 4 episode 10
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Johnny Sack dies of cancer in this episode, comforted by his wife Ginny, played by Denise Borino-Quinn. In real life, Denise also died of cancer three years after this episode, at age 46... barely seven months after her own husband had died.
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When toasting the memory of Johnny Sack, Paulie says, "Ride the painted pony, let the spinning wheel glide," which is a misquote of a line from the Blood, Sweat & Tears song, "Spinning Wheel."
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