Bust Out

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"Bust Out"
The Sopranos episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 10
Directed byJohn Patterson
Written byFrank Renzulli
Robin Green
Mitchell Burgess
Cinematography byPhil Abraham
Production code210
Original air dateMarch 19, 2000
Running time59 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"Bust Out" is the 23rd episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 10th of the show's second season. It was written by Frank Renzulli, Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess and directed by John Patterson, and originally aired on March 19, 2000.


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A witness identifies Tony as one of two men leaving the scene of Matt's murder. After a press report that the murder is Mafia-related the witness retracts his statement. Pussy has another bad-tempered meeting with Skip Lipari and denies that he was the second man. Lipari orders him to record Tony admitting the murder. Dr. Melfi comments to Tony that he is scared.

Tony and Richie use Davey's store credit to buy expensive merchandise to pay off his debt. They plan to continue this until the store goes bankrupt. Tony points out to Davey that the Executive Game was fair and Davey could just as easily have won, but he is not consoled and is close to suicide. Richie is dissatisfied with the cut he is getting from the store, and with the deal he has with the Soprano family's sanitation business. Egged on by Janice, he approaches Junior with the idea of eliminating Tony. Junior admonishes him, but Richie points out that Junior himself planned to kill Tony the previous year.

Davey's wife does not know about Davey's disastrous debt to Tony. She is friends with Carmela and introduces her to her brother, Victor Musto. Carmela and Vic are immediately attracted to eachother. He is a recently widowed interior decorator and Carmela engages him to wallpaper part of her house. They suddenly kiss when they are alone in a small powder-room. They arrange for him to come alone the next day, without his assistant, so that they can talk. That evening Victor meets Davey, who confesses that he is ruined, in debt to Tony Soprano. The next day Victor's assistant arrives at Carmela's house alone.

Tony speaks cruelly to A.J. but feels badly and tries to get closer to him. At first A.J. resists, but they go out on Tony's boat and are happy together.

Title reference[edit]

  • A "bust out" is a fraud tactic, commonly used in the organized crime world, wherein a business' assets and lines of credit are exploited and exhausted to the point of bankruptcy.[1] Richie and Tony profit from busting out Davey Scatino's sporting goods store in this episode.
  • "Bust out" is also a poker term that Poker News defines as: "To lose all your chips and thus be eliminated from a tournament."[2]

Cultural references[edit]


  • The piano instrumental playing at Nuovo Vesuvio during lunch with Carmela and Christine Scatino is "Cast Your Fate to the Wind".
  • The song "Con te partirò" by Andrea Bocelli appears for the third time this season, played as Carmela thinks about and receives a phone call from the handyman. This song was especially prominent in "Commendatori", playing (among other places) when Carmela and her friends discussed hoping to be free of their husbands.
  • The music playing during the scene wherein the witness realizes the murder victim was a Mafia associate is the second movement from Anton Webern's Variations for Piano, Op. 27.
  • When Carmela is preparing the food for her lunch with Vic Musto, "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain is heard playing in the background.
  • The song played over the end credits is "Wheel in the Sky" by Journey; this song was also heard in the scene wherein painters were wallpapering the Sopranos' dining room.

Filming locations[edit]

Listed in order of first appearance:[3]


  1. ^ Experian Data Analytics. Bust-out fraud 2018: Knowing what to look for can save the bottom line (PDF). Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Poker Terms: Bust Out". Poker News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Ugoku. "The Sopranos location guide - Filming locations for". www.sopranos-locations.com. Retrieved 2020-04-23.

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