The Sopranos

Season 1 Episode 11

Nobody Knows Anything

5
Aired Unknown Mar 21, 1999 on HBO
9.2
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Tony is shocked to learn that his old friend, Big Pussy, may be a rat. He sends Paulie to investigate when Pussy acts suspiciously. Junior reaches the breaking point when he learns that Tony has been working behind his back. He and Livia begin conspiring to take action against Tony.moreless

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  • Paranoia at its best.

    9.1
    Really surprising to see how family deals with each other especially this family. Livia anger towards Tony seems to reach a boiling point and what she says enrages Uncle Junior as well. Suspicions dictate a lot of Tony's actions towards Puss. The dialogue once again is written superbly. The conversation in the kitchen is great. You really get the sense of the old family values that Tony clings on to. The way he says 1990 out side the house and in this house is 1954. Its that old school thinking that usually drives a child away from home the first chance they get. It's a good thing for Meadow she is off to college soon.moreless
  • Review

    8.6
    Its once again only the filler type scenes that begin to drag an episode down and the rating for the episode as a whole simply cannot recover from the big loss. This time around it was the drama with Tonys mother and Juniors scenes that really made the episode pretty slow and boring. The death of the cop that was working with Tony was pretty shocking, I half expected Big ***** to bite the dust in this episode simply by the way everything was coming together. The cop dying was a nice twist in terms of the writing, but the filler scenes are really beginning to draw this series down. Put Tony Soprano is 95% of the scenes and call it a day, enough of Junior, Christopher, and Tonys kids all ready. They never finish a plot line anyway so I don’t see the point. Meadow in college? His son in trouble in school? Junior and his 16-year love? All those storylines have gone away…so I don’t see that point of including them. The end of the episode with Michael telling Debbie of his plan to kill Tony Soproano was another decent scene as well…still count make up for the overall subpar episodemoreless
Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Tony Sirico

Tony Sirico

Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri

Karen Sillas

Karen Sillas

Debbie

Guest Star

Giancarlo "John" Giunta

Giancarlo "John" Giunta

Kevin Bonpensiero

Guest Star

Sal Ruffino

Sal Ruffino

Chucky Signore

Guest Star

John Heard

John Heard

Vin Makazian

Recurring Role

Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Mikey Palmice

Recurring Role

Joe Badalucco

Joe Badalucco

Jimmy Altieri

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Debbie: (about Makazian) I won't lie, he's dead. He didn't have a good thing to say about anyone. He did feel he could trust you, Tony. He said it a lot that at least with Tony Soprano, you knew where you stand.

    • Tony: I won't hurt a man I love because of some cop gossip from a degenerate fucking gambler with a badge.
      Makazian: You know, you got an amazing ability to sum up a man's whole life in a single sentence. Degenerate gambler with a badge, huh? You're a pisser. You're a real pisser.

    • Altieri: Come on, it's a friendly card game.
      FBI Agent: Relax, Jimmy. If I wanted to bust up card games, I'd have a doughnut in my mouth.

    • Mikey: I may be getting bumped up a notch or two. Tony Soprano's on his way out, and I mean as in forever.
      Jojo: Oh, my God. He's going to jail?
      Mikey: No, the other forever…

    • Tony: (about Vin) What did he come here for, therapy?
      Debbie: You could say that.
      Tony: Instead of a couch you use a bed. It's not a bad idea.
      Debbie: Hey, who wouldn't want to sleep with their shrink?
      Tony: What does that mean?
      Debbie: You'd be amazed how much easier it is to open up, when you're naked and in the arms of some who cares for you.

    • Tony: (joking with Big Pussy about his son) He's a good lookin' kid. Are you sure he's yours?

    • Tony: Listen I want you to keep your eye on Pussy. There's something wrong with him. He's not himself.
      Christopher: You're tellin' me. You know he hasn't even done his rounds in a week. He's startin' to look like an easy mark.
      Paulie: I told him, someone owes you money, even if you gotta crawl, you get it.

    • Meadow: I don't think sex should be a punishable offense.
      Tony: You know honey, that's where I agree with you. I don't think sex should be a punishable offense either. But I do think talking about sex at the breakfast table is a punishable offense. So no more sex talk, okay.
      Meadow: It's the 90s. Parents are supposed to discuss sex with their children.
      Tony: Yeah, but that's where you're wrong. You see out there it's the 1990s but in this house it's 1954. 1990s. 1954. So now and forever I don't want to hear any more sex talk.

    • Tony: So, your father tells me you're taking up astronomy in college.
      Kevin: No, business.
      Tony: Well how come he keeps sayin' you're takin' up space in school?

    • Vice Cop: Look at this; a doctor, a madam, a wiseguy, and a cop. That's what I call a vice superfecta.

    • Reporter: I don't what's more embarrassing-to be caught in a bordello or to be caught with the wiseguy.

    • Junior: We don't run, it's embarrassing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Wer ist die Ratte?", meaning "Who's the Rat?".

    • Music in this episode:
      "It's Bad You Know" by R.L. Burnside; "Lick It Up" by J. Evans Quartet & Carla Helmbrecht; "Manifold de Amour" by The Latin Playboys; "Mickey's Monkey" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; "My Heart's Hanging Heavy" by Johnny Adams; "Slide Slide" by The Hotheads; "The Highs Are Too High" by Johnette Napolitano; "Walking On a Tightrope" by Johnny Adams

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