[SIZE="7"][font="Times New Roman"]The WalRUSS(Fegoli) was Paulie('s Papa)?[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="6"][font="Times New Roman"] Peter Paul Gualtieri, A real Son of a Nun...[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]Paulie has always been a signature character of this show and had many of his own arcs, he even once asked ironically, “wheres my Arc?” when Chrissy was trying to explain the writing process to him in the episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltansanti"
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]"Where's my arc? Take richard kimble, all right? No, that's no good. His arc is run, run, jump off a damn-- run. Uh-- Keanu Reeves, Devil's Advocate. You see that?"-Chrissy
"Right. Keanu's a lawyer. Gets all turned on by money, power and the devil. Then his wife says to him, "You're not the man i married. Leaves him. You see the arc? He starts down here. (waves his hand) He ends up here. Where's my arc, Paulie?"-Chrissy
"Kid, Richard Kimble, the Devil's whatever, those are all make- believe. Hey, i got no arc either. I was born, grew up, spent a few years in the army, a few more in the can and here i am. A half a wise guy."-Paulie[/font][/SIZE]
One of Paulies arcs appears to be a slightly more ambiguous one than some of the others. Its not just any Arc, but the very origin of his life itself. The story of who discovering Paulies real Mom and Dad are. To make this discovery together we will start with looking at the episode “The Fleshy Part of the Thigh" and work our way backwards to “Marco Polo” to show you some strange things that make the song “Glass Onion” of the Beatles look tame with ambiguity. First we start out with Paulie visiting what he has believed his whole life to be his aunt , a nun in a convent hospital bed, only to be told in her last living days that she is really his mom. Not his Aunt as Paulie had always been told.[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]"Paulie During the war, I was still a NOVITIATE(at the Vatican?). I was helping out at the U.S.O. And there was this SOLDIER RUSS. And he was so lonely..”-Dottie
"Aunt Dottie, if this is going where I think, Maybe you should talk to a priest.”-Paulie
"I got pregnant. I had a baby.”-Dottie
"A baby? Listen to her. The Alzheimer's is gettin' to her. You didn't have no baby.”-Paulie
"I did.I did have a baby.Paulie It was you.You're my son.”-Dottie
"But But ma?”-Paulie
"Marianuccia is your aunt. I'm your ma. I was a bad girl.”-Dottie(emphasis and comment added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="4"][font="Times New Roman"]no·vi·ti·ate nōˈviSH(ē)ət,nə-/noun
the period or state of being a novice, especially in a RELIGIOUS order.
synonyms: probationary period, probation, trial period, test period, apprenticeship, training period, traineeship, training, initiation
"his novitiate lasts a year"
a place HOUSING RELIGIOUS novices.
a novice, especially in a RELIGIOUS order.(emphasis added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"] This is the first time we ever find out who Paulies real Mom and Dad are. Later On Paulie Tells Tony about what happened after finding out his aunt\mom had died. (Interesting note. Tony has Junior as an Uncle\Dad, Paulie has Dottie as Aunt\Mom.)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]"My aunt who died She wasn't my aunt. She was my mother.”-Paulie
"What? Your aunt, the nun was your mother?”-Tony
"Some cocksucker GI knocked her up during the WAR. RUSS. She adopted me to hide the family shame.Believe this shit? All I did for her. Not only is my ma not my ma, who the fuck even knows who this RUSS bastard is? Worst thing, I'm not who I am.”-Paulie(Emphasis added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]Paulie is having a huge identity crisis here. Its a strange coincidence that back at Carmelas “surprise” party for Hugh, her Dad, we meet another Man with the name Russ. Or is it. Lets take a look at the dialogue from “Marco Polo” involving Russ and then we will make some connections.[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]"All of us, your brother Lester, Dr Fegoli.”-Mary
"RUSS Fegoli? He's in town?”-Carmela
"He retired from the FOREIGN SERVICE.”-Mary
"But they were living out in Marin County or wherever.’-Carmela
"Well, they settled on Jersey. Octavia, the oldest, lives here.”-Mary
"Wait, who's Dr Faggo?”-AJ
"She of the five-page Christmas card.”-Carmela
"And on Flag Day, Papa Russ shook hands with Andrew Cuomo.
What an honour.”- Mary
"The Fegoli kids finished college.That's what sticks in your craw.”-Mary
"When he got that medal, you two weren't even invited to the ceremony.”-Carmela
"It was out in California! They knew that your father doesn't like to be out of his element. Now, here's someone we can all be proud of, Anthony.
Dr Fegoli served in the STATE DEPARTMENT. In ROME, he was career assistant to the ambassador to the VATICAN. He got a medal from the POPE himself.”-Mary
"But when we were kids in the NAVY, he had such a bad case of the crabs we used to call him the Governor of Maryland.(implying promiscuity)”-Hugh (emphasis and note added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]Later on have Tony being introduced to Russ at Hughs Party. Heres a poignant sample of that piece of dialogue;[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"](To Hugh)"Hey, there he is! Hey, happy birthday to you,”-Tony
"Got salsiccia for you RUSS, wait till you taste this. There's nothing else like it.
I want you to meet a couple of our oldest friends, Dr RUSS and Lena Fegoli.”-Hugh
"Nice to meet you, sir.”-Tony
"My son-in-law Well, whatever Tony Soprano.”-Hugh
"A doctor, huh? That's good. Somebody usually goes down at these.”-Tony
"He's just joking.”-Mary
"Unfortunately, my doctorate is in international affairs. From Princeton.
"So you're a doctor like Kissinger's a doctor.”-Tony
“RUSS had an audience with four POPES.”-Mary
"What section did you all sit in?”-Tony (emphasis added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]Are you catching on to a theme here? Add to this that later on the season 6 episode “The Ride” we find out Paulie is diagnosed with prostate cancer and is asked "is there a history of cancer in the family?" He isn't sure. But back in the Marco Polo episode we find out Russ also had cancer. [/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]"Ma, what?”-Carmela
"Dr Fegoli, RUSS.”-Mary
" He's allergic to tomatoes."-Mary
"All right, so we will deal with it. Jesus.”-Carmela
"Don't you have any hors d'oeuvres without tomatoes?”-Carmela
"The prosciutto-wrapped chèvre. Rosalie just took 'em out.An Italian allergic to pomodori? Dio mio. You have my sympathies”-Artie
"It wasn't always like this. It started when they gave me RADIATION for my PROSTATE.”-Russ[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]And heres the dialogue between Paulie and his Doctor in “The Ride” informing Paulie his test results;[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]“Hello."-Paulie
"Paul, Dr. Cipolla. I received the results of your PSA test.”-Dr. Cipolla
"Not to worry. But the numbers are a little higher than I prefer.”-Dr Cipolla
"What does that mean?” -Paulie
" Probably nothing. Likelihood is prostatitis, simple inflammation.You have a history of PROSTATE CANCER in your family? FATHER maybe?”-Dr. Cipolla
" I don't know.”-Paulie
"Well, I'd like to go ahead and schedule you for a biopsy.”-Dr. Cipolla (emphasis added)[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]If you look at the pictures of the two characters, Russ and Paulie, there is a slight resemblance even. On the commentary for the Season 6 episode "Luxury Lounge” Writer Matthew Weiner explains “Nothing in this show is an accident.” So are we supposed to believe the following coincidences are just some freak “accident” by the writers or did I like many others miss this whole thing;[/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]1.Russ boasts with Hugh at the party about their service in WWII. Dottie tells Paulie during her USO service (WWII) she met a lonely soldier Russ.
2.Dottie was a Nun working in the USO so its likely she would have ventured to the Vatican where troops were stationed nearby at the time. Russ was career assistant to the Vatican, had audience of 4 popes, and given a medal by the Pope himself just to drive the point home(?)
3.Both Paulie and Russ have been diagnosed and treated for Prostate Cancer which we are told in the show is hereditary through the father. [/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="5"][font="Times New Roman"]Now at this point I would love to here the argument about how Russ ISN'T Paulies Dad because the argument that he IS, is very compelling and barely ambiguous when you connect all the dots. So there we have it, you decide for yourself. Its all "Looking through a Glass Onion". Was the WalRUSS Paulies Dad? Fegoli it out for yourself. [/font][/SIZE]
[SIZE="6"][font="Times New Roman"]This is what happens when people play “Marco Polo” in the Gene Pool…….[/font][/SIZE]
[font="Franklin Gothic Medium"]You know, Vito called me “skip” the other day. Slip of the tongue, no doubt. But I noticed he didn’t correct himself.[/font][SIZE="1"][/SIZE]