Good point DarnGoodCoffee re. Vito perhaps setting Paulie up -not something I had considered myself but your post definetly adds credence to that possibility.
One thing on this point that did jump out at me was how Paulie always get screwed in these 'Split-job' scenarios.
For example, in Season 4, the whole situation he had with Ralphie and the sitdown with Sil and Tony where Paulie wanted the whole $50,000 brought down from a job.
Tony ruled in only allowing him $12k (24% and presumably he would still have to kick some of this up) so he lost out there.......then this time with Vito, he does all the heavy lifting, but Vito gets a '50%' cut...of a much cooler $1million!
This actually reminds me....does anyone think it is intresting how LARGE all the sums of money that are being thrown around this season?
Eugene is bequested a mammoth "$2million", and by an Aunt no less (as opposed to say a parent) and then Paulie/Vito score $1million on what is seemeingly an odd job.
Is this perhaps to fit in with Chase's pre-season claim that "greed and consumerism" will play an increasingloy bigger part in this final season?
DarnGoodCoffee, as you pointed out the point where Paulie mentions in the opening scene "God forbid if anything happened to me - who would look after my Ma?", followed by Vito's rather distant look, to me this just demonstrates that beyond the personal financial benefits they reap from 'their thing', none of them really give a $hit about each-other.
When Paulie was in prison a few seasons back, Tony tells him he will visit his Ma for him which seems to instantly cheer Paulie up no end, yet im sure it is safe for us to assume that Tony never did - such was of course was further displayed with the desolate look Carmela caught of Vito and Paulie after they begrudgingly gave her Tony's cut of their score, proving that all their previous gestures of support and caring were BS.
On a different level though, i think that Paulie's many reference to his "Ma" already this season is to bring Paulie's close relationship with Ma back to 'front of mind' for us the viewer, in set up to what is antcipated to be a big storyline for him and her in Episode4 - 'Fleshy part of the thigh' -
Paulie doesnt have a wife or kids and presumably his father is dead so where Vito exclaims 'God forbid anything were to happen to my Marie or the kids' and Paulie's only comeback is a similar gesture involving his Ma, hence displaying how important she is in his life - this is set to make this soon-to-come storyline ever the more the revelational to Paulie so I think 'Mayham', in part, serves to set up this scenario.
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