OldManDiMeo1997 wrote:If Paulie had admitted that he told Johnny Sack about Ralphie's joke, Tony would've killed him. I think Tony asking about if it was Paulie was his way of feeling Paulie out and seeing if he had in the past given up information.
That's how I interpreted it. There's always due process in these situations, albeit the mob version:icon_mrgreen:. Catch them in a lie about one thing, serves as proof of lie on another, much bigger thing. Tony already suspected Paulie of disloyalty in season 4 because of motive (the ruling in Army of One and Ralph victimizing Paulie's mother with the gossip about him.) Paulie was falling behind in kickups, then, all of a sudden, there's the slip he made when Carmela kicked Tony out of the house. "I'm with you on this one, Tone."
Besides the obvious "this one", indicating there were many other matters Paulie was NOT with Tony on, Tony recognized it as blatant brown-nosing and an attempt score points with Tony. He would feel no need to score points unless he perceived himself that he'd already lost points.
Tony also recalls, I'm sure, all the other things that were getting back to Johnny Sac that year that had to have come from someone high up in Tony's crew: the flip of the Freelenhising (sp?) Ave property and the HUD scame. Those mysteries were never solved, but Paulie's incarceration at the time and pissy mood made him the most likely culprit.