The Sopranos

Season 4 Episode 9

Whoever Did This

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 2002 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Junior uses an injury at the courthouse as an opportunity to introduce a new defense at his trial. Ralphie begins to ponder the state of his life when his son is badly hurt in an archery accident. A fire at the stables results in the death of Tony's favorite horse, and he suspects Ralphie may be the cause.moreless

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  • The Ballad of Tony and Ralph

    I have to tell you that as much as I love this episode, I don't quite understand the motivation as to why Tony was so quick to exterminate Ralph. Granted, they didn't hit it off in the beginning and there was always some kind of arm's length camaraderie between them. Ralphie was a great earner and even included Tony in Pie's winnings when he wasn't expected to...and then of course from that time forward he WAS expected to. Ralph did it begrudgingly, but he always seemed to respect and admire Tony and continue to prove how good and loyal he was. And then we have the emotional scene with Tony and Ralph over Ralph's son almost being killed by an arrow to the lung. We actually felt Tony giving of himself to Ralph. And even in his pain, he still brought in the money. So, when Ralph answered honestly that he had nothing to do with Pie's death, I was confused to Tony's reaction as being so violent. Was this a latent hostility that took what Tony felt was the death of an innocent for him to realize? I guess I could see Tony beating the crap out of Ralph to an inch of his life, but to knowingly strangle him to death didn't ring true. If Ralph died in the heat of the argument in which he is suddenly killed would make sense. But for Tony to seemingly be so methodical was not the dramatic choice I would have preferred. I will say that the drama that followed was series classic. So if any good came out of that scene, it was everything between T and Christopher that followed.moreless
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    Spoiler free review

    \"Whoever did this.\" is one of the best episodes of the season, a season that got lots of crap from people, in fact it\'s one of the best episodes out of the entire show. Usually the best episodes out of any show come at the very end and near end, but this episode of the sopranos delivered the unexpected and the intense. For starters there\'s a lot of focus on Ralph, and it must be his finest hour ever on the show. Pantiliano was exceptional, no he\'s at his best ever. This was a big surprise, especially because it was the 3rd disc in the set, and you just don\'t see these things coming.

    Spoiler included review

    What a giant surprise, seeing how I saw it on the 3rd disc of the DVD set and you usually don\'t get these kind of episodes until the last disc. Like mentioned before this episode is mostly on the focus of Ralph, and his final hour couldn’t be better. He nearly looses his son which was something else we never really knew. He breaks down and he is completely unbelievable. This leads to a small mystery when the stables are burned down. A heart broken Ralph and Tony’s dead and favorite winning horse leads to each other releasing their angers on each other. Season 4 may have been lesser on the mob hits but they were more personal. This is big surprise and it leads to even more story plots that could follow Ralph\'s murder. I guess one thing I didn’t enjoy wasn’t from this episode but the way Ralph\'s friends besides from the crew feel. Such as what will happen to his kid, when does he find out.moreless
  • Junior falls down a couple of steps at the courthouse and gets knocked out, Tony's horse gets killed in an arson, Ralph's son gets shot in the chest with a bow and arrow set and gets on life support, Ralph tries to re-examine his life then Tony stranglesmoreless

    Finally, after eight episodes, The Sopranos has returned to the beautiful quality it was since the very first season. First of all, a lot of interesting events happened in this episode, most of which is going to have a profound affect on the four last episodes of the season. First of all, Ralph’s son, Justin (whom we never knew existed) gets hospitalized for taking a archery arrow in the chest, when he was fooling around with his friend. Ralph is a mess about it, and his kid may not live. But, even before that, to get back at Paulie for telling Johnny Sack he made fun of “shamu’s fat ass”, Ralph makes a call to Paulie’s mother at green grove, posing to be a police detective, and tells her they found her son sucking a boy scout’s d*ck, and they also found a gerbil in his rectum. The funniest scene ever created on The Sopranos - Period! Paulie’s mom is so upset they have to put her on pills to sleep. Paulie gets so furious, he asks Tony’s permission to whack Ralph, Tony doesn’t give Paulie permission seeing as though Ralph’s a good earner. I found Junior faking Alzheimer’s for a government psychiatrist, so they think he’s certifiably insane, was hilarious. But just when everything is going good for Tony, he gets a call about Pie-O-My being burned to in a fire, thinking it was Ralph, he goes over to his house and confronts him. They get in a huge entertaining fight including eggs, a frying pan, raid, and a butcher knife, that ends with Tony choking the life out of Ralph. Later, he calls Christopher to help dispose of the body. They cut Ralph’s body into pieces, and put his severed head in a bowling bag. You also find out Ralph wears a toupee. On top of it all, Tony confronts Chris about his problem. It all ends with Tony waking up in the Bada Bing after disposing of Ralph, and looking for Christopher. But where is he? Getting high is my guess. Although not the best episode ever, it was definitely the most mind-blowing, rip-roaring and racy episode ever in Sopranos history. Joe Pantoliano needs an Emmy and Golden Globe for his astounding and haunting performance and Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess (the writers) are geniuses. Grade: A+

    Ranking in season: # 1 / 13

    Ranking in series: # 6 / 65

Marissa Matrone

Marissa Matrone

Ronnie Capozza

Guest Star

Debargo Sanyal

Debargo Sanyal


Guest Star

Ava-Maria Carnevale

Ava-Maria Carnevale

Dr. Donna Dechristafaro

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Father Phil Intintola

Recurring Role

Leslie Bega

Leslie Bega

Valentina la Paz

Recurring Role

Sharon Angela

Sharon Angela

Rosalie Aprile

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After being severely beaten to death, Ralph's toupee is firmly in place. When Christopher goes to grab the dead mobster by the hair, however, the piece comes off with little effort.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Uncle Junior: I lived my whole life with dignity. Now I gotta pretend to be a fuckin' drooling idiot.

    • Paulie: (on Ralphie) I don't care if he's got a hundred kids in the ICU with arrows in their heads; he's a piece of shit. You know it, and I know it.

    • Ralphie: Mrs. Marianucci Gualtieiri?
      Nucci: Yes?
      Ralphie: Hi, this is Detective Mike Hunt, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania police department. Do you have a son Peter Paul?
      Nucci: Oh, my God! What happened?
      Ralphie: He's all right, ma'am, but I'm afraid he's in a little trouble. We found him in a public men's room in Lafayette Park. I don't know how to put this delicately: he was sucking a cub scout's dick.
      Nucci: What? No, it's a mistake.
      Ralphie: Ma'am, I wish that was all, but, uh, we also had to have emergency surgery performed upon arrival at headquarters, after discovery of a small rodent in the rectal passage.
      Nucci: OH, MY GOD!
      Ralphie: A gerbil, ma'am. Now, the county does not cover injuries deemed caused by criminal sexual activity. We'll need an insurance number.
      Nucci: Oh, Madonn'! I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Is that all right?

    • Christopher: (shocked at Ralphie's wig) Whoa!! I had no idea. Did you?
      Tony: Of course I did. You're so high on skag you wouldn't know if he had your mother's muff on his head.

    • Ralphie: (to Tony) What are you, a vegetarian? You eat beef and sausage by the carload!

    • Tony: (to Junior) You can't not know your name. Then they know that you're fucking with them.

    • Tony: (to Paulie) If you can quote the rules you can fucking obey them.

    • Rosalie: (hugging Ralphie) Justin's gonna be fine.
      (scene switches)
      Rosalie: (to Carmela) He's gonna be a vegetable.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Täter unbekannt", meaning "Culprit Unknown".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Sincerely" by The Moonglows; "The Man With the Marmonica" by Apollo 440; "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer

    • After this episode aired, two teenagers in Orange County, California were arrested and charged with the murder of their mother. They claimed that this episode was their inspiration for the deed.


    • When Ralph Cifaretto goes to see Father Phil Intintola to discuss his hospitalized son, Ralph says that Jesus' suffering was nothing compared to his son's pain. Father Intintola replies, "Were you there when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and pain?" This is a reference to the lyric "And I was 'round when Jesus Christ had His moment of doubt and pain" from "Sympathy For The Devil" by The Rolling Stones.