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    Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto)

    Character profile from HBO.com
    "All this over some whore?"

    If the mafia gave out a Mr. Congeniality Award, Ralph Cifaretto would never be in contention for it. A "Mr. Obnoxious" trophy, however, would be his in a walk. Sarcastic, belligerent and misogynistic - even by wise guy standards - Ralph is easily Tony's least favorite business associate. Despite being a very smart man (albeit one who dropped out of school in the eleventh grade), Ralph is prone to making grossly inappropriate comments at the worst possible moment. When a young associate was in a coma, Ralph commented to the guy's brother, "Look at the bright side - he wasn't that smart to begin with."

    One night, Ralph's lesser qualities coalesced in a particularly gruesome way, with consequences for the entire Soprano crew. In the parking lot of the Bada Bing, a coked-up Ralph beat to death a young dancer who was pregnant with his baby. When confronted by Tony, Ralph made the mistake of being flip about it: "She tripped...is it my fault she's a klutz?" Tony responded by punching Ralph, something that a made man never does to another made man. The situation was eventually resolved, however: after being made to grovel awhile, Ralph was installed as the captain of Gigi's crew. Ralph was pleased; the captaincy was something had wanted for a long time. Tony warned him to "be careful what you wish for," but hey, what does he know?

    Plenty, it turns out. Ralph hadn't been captain for long when he was faced with his first major crisis. Jackie Aprile, Jr. robbed a card game, killing the dealer and shooting Furio in the leg. Once a made man had been shot, Jackie's fate was sealed; but Tony told Ralph that, as captain of the crew that had been hit, the final decision was his. For once, Ralph - who was dating Jackie's mother, Rosalie, and had developed a relationship with Jackie as well - didn't have anything funny to say. He ordered the hit on Jackie, and then took Rosalie to his funeral. Maybe being capo isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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    He probably is not going to be around much longer.
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    It was funny, he just wrote a new book, and he was on Good Day Live the other day (with Jillian Barberie, aooga!). She said "The rumor going around is that you get whacked this season", and Joe says "Geez, I just bought a new house, too!"

    I thought that was hilarious!

    I think he's probably near the top of the list, but if I had to vote who was gonna get whacked this season, it's Paulie Walnuts. Sorry, Paulie!

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    Did you know this is the guy that played Guido the Killer Pimp in Risky Business????
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    Yep. He's been in a ton of things, he's a great actor.

    Funny guy.

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    Risky Biz was on HBO (I think HBO) yesterday and I can't believe I watched it (considering I've seen it probably 20 times).

    When Guido showed up I was like "OMG It's Ralphie!" Mr. BF didn't believe me...he looks so young in that movie (er, I guess it was like 1983!!!)
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    I didn't get to see the show last night, but rumor this morning has it that Ralphie is dead at the hands of Tony?

    RIP Ralphie, you certainly brought the art of acting in the role of a sick, twisted, evil psychopath to a new level.
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    I saw it and it was so gross, one of the most graphic things I've seen ANYWHERE lately and we watched Blackhawk Down last weekend. OMG, not only did Tony kill Ralphie with his bare hands after a long struggle in which they were taking kitchen applicances to each other, Tony called up Christopher to help him clean up Ralphie's place and get rid of Ralphie's body, but do they just drop him off at Satriole's or dump him off the boat, why NO! They hack him into pieces in the bathtub, dump most of him off a cliff into the ocean and take his head and hands in a bowling bag. I was SO GLAD that my daughter was not awake for this episode, ish.
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    It was pretty strange. I was totally unprepared for the killing of Ralphie. Wow. I just watched it from tape...

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    The fight in the kitchen was great! I'm going to miss his character though.

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