Pine Barrens” is the 37th episode chris pine sex scene the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 11th of the show’s third season. Its teleplay was written by Terence Winter from a story idea by Winter and Tim Van Patten. Pine Barrens” is regarded by some as one of the show’s best episodes.
Dominic Chianese as Corrado Soprano, Jr. Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr. Jason Cerbone as Jackie Aprile, Jr. In the woods, Paulie and Chris open the trunk to find that Valery is still alive and has chewed through the duct tape. They lift him out of the car, present him with a shovel, and force him to dig his own grave.
When the pair are distracted, Valery assaults them with the shovel before fleeing. Paulie and Chris give chase, but are amazed when Valery survives a shot to the head and runs into the woods. Tony learns from Valery’s boss, Slava, that he is a deadly ex-special forces operative. However, the poor phone signal causes Paulie to misunderstand Tony’s message. As the night draws nearer, the pair become more desperate to find their way to food and warmth. When Tony fails to show up on time for dinner with Gloria, another heated argument ensues.
Meadow has a cold and spends time with Jackie at her college dorm. Jackie leaves early after she declines to have sex with him. Later, he calls and gives a poor excuse not to come to Meadow’s place and fails to call when promised. Paulie and Chris manage to find an abandoned van, where they spend the rest of the night. Paulie rips up the van’s carpet for warmth and shares packets of frozen ketchup and relish with Chris.
When Chris blames Paulie for the predicament and accuses him of trying to save himself at Chris’ expense, the two have an angry confrontation. Tony asks Bobby, a skilled outdoorsman, to help him find Paulie and Chris. They arrive at the Pine Barrens and find that Paulie’s car is missing. Tony and Bobby wait until dawn to look for Paulie and Chris, who have left the van and continue to struggle some distance away. Paulie’s makeshift shoe falls off and he shoots it in a fit of crazed frustration.
Melfi, Tony confesses he is seeing Gloria and tells her of his problems with her. Melfi tries to connect the dots and tells him that his new mistress is not the only one who was “impossible to please”, “difficult”, and “depressive”. She then asks, “Does this remind you of any other woman in your life? One of the most speculated-upon topics by fans and reviewers alike has to do with the fate of the Russian gangster Valery. Shortly after his escape from Paulie and Christopher in the Pine Barrens, Paulie manages to hit Valery with a bullet at the very last moment of their pursuit, seemingly in the head. That’s the question I get asked more than any other. It drives people crazy: “Where’s 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. 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. Some Boy Scouts found the Russian, who had the telephone number to his boss, Slava, in his pocket.
They called Slava, who took him to the hospital where he had brain surgery. Then Slava sent him back to Russia. And they got in touch with hissomehow he was carrying a piece of I. He was put in a hospital, and, ummmyou know, like he was completely, is, massive brain trauma.
And he was sent back to Russia. Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico discussed the episode in a June 10, 2007 New York Times article titled “One Final Whack at That HBO Mob”. That episode was like a little one-act play,” Mr. Like a different version of Waiting for Godot. Ever since, viewers have been waiting for the mobster to return, ready for revenge. This show was never what people expected,” Mr. Sirico said a tease had been in the works.
We had a scene this season when Chris and I are talking in the bar about whatever happened to that Russian guy. And in the script we were supposed to go outside and there he was standing on the corner. But when we went to shoot it, they took it out. I think David didn’t like it.