The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 11

Pine Barrens

4
Aired Unknown May 06, 2001 on HBO
9.6
out of 10
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283 votes
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While on a collection errand, Paulie and Christopher find themselves thrust into a deadly chase with a Russian in the frigid woods of South Jersey. Tony is caught between business, family obligations, and Gloria's temper when he must deal with the crisis. Meadow's relationship with Jackie, Jr. takes a bad turn when she discovers him with another girl.moreless

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  • My favorite from season three.

    10
    What can I say about the "Pine Barrens" episode of the Sopranos? One thing that definitely comes to mind is that the episode is one of my favorite episodes from the third season of the show, thanks to comic relief of Paulie and Christopher's storyline.



    What I liked about the episode was how reluctant Paulie reacted to having to make one of Silvio's collections, especially after finding out that the business "associate" was of Russian descent. It was pretty funny the way he was complaining to Christopher about the Cuban Missile Crisis and how he started the fight with the Russian guy over his universal remote control.



    Some other things that I liked about the episode was how Christopher and Paulie interacted with one another while they were lost in the Pine Barrens, especially after Paulie started blaming Christopher for getting him their current situation, when it was really he who started insulting the Russian guy to start the fight. It was also priceless the way Paulie misunderstood Tony's call about their Russian "friend" being an interior decorator that killed 16 Czechoslovakians while serving in Russia's Special Forces. I also liked how Tony told Paulie that he'd have to deal with the Russian guy and explain to Tony's contact if the Russian guy comes back to town.



    While I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, there was one part that I didn't like that much: Meadow finding out that Jackie Jr. was cheating on her. I know that she was going to find out at some point, but I don't like how it was written in the episode. In all, this was an awesome episode.moreless
  • Now when "The Sopranos" is over,i desided to review all the episodes... the problem is, i don´t remember every, so untill i get the season boxes i will review the episodes that i remember the best, episodes that have touched me.moreless

    10
    One of my favorite episodes of all time, it´s got suspense, action, and of cource a lot of humor. Pine Barrens is by no doubt one of the most hilarious episodes of "The Sopranos". I love how Christopher and Paulie is stuck in the forrest and slowly getting crazy in that van. They have to live on Ketchup. Paulie looses his shoe, and is freezing to death. And desperatly they try to get out of there. Steve Buscemi, who later allso acted in the show, diected this wonderful episode that i probably will never forget. You can realy feel what it´s like there in the cold, and you realy want them to get out of there. Season 3 was a good season overall, but this episode lifts it up to become one of the best seasons.moreless
  • Review

    9.7
    Tops of the season for The Sopranos right here. I find it funny that The Sopranos has a way of making the episodes close to the finale the best of the season and the final falls just a little bit behind. Isabella in season one was without the doubt the best, just as the episode where Richie was killed in the second season was the best in that season. A lot of things are being brought to the forefront right now and I think this is going to cause a lot to be happening in the last two episodes. With Paulie leaving this Russian man clearly alive, I see something happening in the finale in terms of possibly setting up a long term rivalry in season four between the Russians and Tonys gang. Terrific acting by both Paulie and Christopher throughout this entire episode, by way way. Tony having to deal with problems in both families was interesting to watch in this episode. He was upset with both situations and how they were unfolding. Overall, I think this was the best episode up to this point in the season and I hope the follow up to this episode doesnt dissapoint.moreless
  • Silvio is sick from a flu. Christopher and Paulie are with a Russian in the woods. Things get messy. Tony is responsible...

    9.3
    When you think of this episode, you think of funny. I mean, come on, what isn't funny about this episode. Everything went wrong. Instead of collecting money from Valery, the Russian, Paulie decides to mock him and break his Universal Remote. They kill him, not really, put him in the trunk but he's still alive (WOW!). Chase...Chasing in the woods. Paulie clips him but he still runs off. This does not seem Sopranos at all, this seems like a Looney Tunes episode or something. But the greatest thing about this episode is you don't expect this to happen to our beloved characters, but it does, and weirdly enough, it kind've fits in the Soprano World. I mean, who knows, this could've happened to Henry Hill or real guys in the Mob, so it's funny to laugh it what might happen in that situation. In my opinion, this is the best episode of the third season. Hands down.moreless
  • Paulie & chris alone in the woods!

    10
    The other reviewers pretty much nailed it! This episode rocks, probably one of the best of the series. It's no coincidence that this hilarious episode was directed by Steve Buscemi. Sopranos has always been a great drama but there is always going to be room for comedy relief given the theme & characters of the show. Paulie & Chris find themselves screwed when a simple task of collecting money turns into a botched burial of a crazy Russian who used to be in the special forces. It's non stop laughs when they have to spend a night in the woods inside an abandoned van. You don't have to be a Sopranos fan to watch this episode.moreless
Steve Schirripa

Steve Schirripa

Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri

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

Anya Shetler

Anya Shetler

Ilana

Guest Star

Deepa Purohit

Deepa Purohit

Ambujam

Guest Star

Dayna Gizzo

Dayna Gizzo

Rita

Guest Star

Suzanne Shepherd

Suzanne Shepherd

Mary DeAngelis

Recurring Role

Tom Aldredge

Tom Aldredge

Hugh DeAngelis

Recurring Role

Jason Cerbone

Jason Cerbone

Jackie Aprile, Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Christopher: I think he's dyin'.
      Paulie: Must've cracked his windpipe. That's it for him.
      Christopher: What, are you a fuckin' doctor now? What're we gonna do?

    • Tony: (on the phone) He was with the Interior Ministry. Guy's like a Russian green beret. He can not come back and tell this story. You understand?
      Paulie: I hear you.
      (hangs up phone)
      Paulie: You're not gonna believe this. He killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. Guy was an interior decorator.
      Christopher: Interior decorator? His apartment looked like shit.

    • Gloria: (to Tony) If I wanted to be treated like shit, I'd get married.

    • Christopher: Don't give me that 'captain shit' now, Paulie. Right now we're just two assholes lost in the woods.

    • Christopher: Russians, they're not all bad.
      Paulie: How about the Cuban Missile Crisis? Cocksuckers moved nuclear warheads into Cuba, pointed them right at us.
      Christopher: That was real? I saw that movie. I thought it was bullshit.

    • Dr. Melfi: Do you think lying to Carmela in therapy is the best thing for your panic attacks?
      Tony: Things are good between me and Carm, you said so yourself.
      Dr. Melfi: It's all predicated on a lie.
      Tony: It's all predicated on my ass. What's the difference?

    • Gloria: If you're trying to be honest, then why did you lie?
      Tony: Cause I don't want to piss you off.
      Gloria: So it's really about you then?
      Tony: What are you talking about? I didn't want to hurt your feelings.
      Gloria: No, what you said was you didn't want to piss me off which implies that you'd have to deal with me, which was more about sparing you than my fucking feelings.

    • Paulie: (on Russians) I don't even know why we deal with these people.
      Tony: Wanna guess?
      Paulie: They make us money.
      Tony: Thank you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In conjunction with the 2008 Emmy awards, Tony and Paulie's phone conversatio, was in the list of the Most Memorable Drama TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.

    • The German episode title is "Verschollen im Schnee", meaning "Missing in the Snow".

    • Music in this episode: "Gloria" by Van Morrison; "Coffee and TV" by Blur
      Sposa so disprezzata by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Cecilia Bartoli

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