Cut to a local news broadcast, where a Julie Chen wannabe named "Sukanya" is interviewing a Matt Drudge wannabe named "Manny" about the upcoming release of a handful of mob types who were all incarcerated back in the 1980s. After taking a moment to inadvisably quote Superman and replace the phrase "Eyewitness News" with "Exposition Rules!!!" on all the show's graphics, Manny gives a breakdown on the new cast memb...er, parolees we'll soon be meeting. First up: Angelo Garepe, a former consigliere to Carmine Lupertazzi. Angelo is played by Joe Santos, whom you've seen on The Rockford Files and in every other cop show ever. Next is Lupertazzi family captain Phillip Leotardo. Phil, of course, will be played by Frank Vincent, whom you've seen in Goodfellas and in every other mob movie ever. Moving next to the New Jersey families, we meet Michele "Feech" La Manna (Robert Loggia), who was a man "greatly feared and respected in the '70s." I'm guessing the fear came from his role in the Pink Panther movies, and the respect is pretty obvious when you consider that almost every single TV show he appeared on during that decade has just been remade as a movie within the last six months (SWAT, Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, etc.). And then finally, the one you've all been waiting for: Anthony Blundetto, played by Steve Buscemi. Mr. Blundetto is quickly exposited to have been a young rising star, a presumed car-bomber, the owner of some truly horrid suits, and -- according to Janice, at least -- "a fox." Hmm. Steve Buscemi may be many things, but I'm fairly certain "a fox" has never actually been one of them. That's more Jason Schwartzman's style. And that's also why we love Steve Buscemi so much more than Jason Schwartzman. (Oy. My spell-checker REALLY hated that paragraph.)
This broadcast is being watched, by the way, by Tony and Bobby Baccala, as they recline in the living room of Bobby's house. Janice is next door in the kitchen, whipping up dinner and listening in herself with half an ear. Tony cracks a wistful smile when he hears that Feech is getting out, but he's positively thrilled by the news about Steve Buscemi. Bobby spells the expositionally exhausted Manny for a moment by informing us that Buscemi is Tony's cousin, and Tony happily admits that he "missed the shit" out of his boy. And to be honest, I have too. "Pine Barrens" is still the best episode we've had in years.