|The Sopranos episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2|
|Directed by||John Patterson|
|Written by||Frank Renzulli|
|Cinematography by||Phil Abraham|
|Original air date||March 19, 2000|
|Running time||59 minutes|
"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.
- James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
- Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
- Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
- Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti *
- Dominic Chianese as Corrado Soprano, Jr.
- Vincent Pastore as Pussy Bonpensiero
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante *
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri
- Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva *
- David Proval as Richie Aprile
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano
- Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano
* = credit only
Also guest starring
- Robert Patrick as David Scatino
- Marisa Redanty as Christine Scatino
- Joe Penny as Victor Musto
- Lillo Brancato, Jr. as Matt Bevilaqua
- Louis Lombardi as Skip Lipari
- Federico Castelluccio as Furio Giunta
- Paul Herman as Beansie Gaeta
- David Margulies as Neil Mink
- Mitch Holleman as Boy at Mall
- Olga Merediz as Fran
- Matt Servitto as Agent Harris
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.
- 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. 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."
- In bed, Carmela is reading Memoirs of a Geisha.
- Livia mentions Rose Kennedy, wealthy matriarch of the Kennedy family.
- When Richie visits Junior at his home, Junior is watching the CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
- Carmela tells Tony about a Harvard study examining the importance of the father-son relationship she read about in TIME magazine.
- Tony mentions The Scorpion and the Frog to David Scatino.
- At home, the eyewitness is reading Anarchy, State, and Utopia, by Robert Nozick.
- Richie tells Janice that Mafia rules dictate that an underling cannot kill a boss. She responds, "Tell that to Paul Castellano", referring to the assassination of Castellano by John Gotti.
- 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.
Listed in order of first appearance:
- Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey
- Ramsey Outdoor in Paramus, New Jersey
- North Caldwell, New Jersey
- Washington Middle School in Harrison, New Jersey
- Long Island City, Queens
- Satin Dolls in Lodi, New Jersey
- Great Kills, Staten Island
- Experian Data Analytics. Bust-out fraud 2018: Knowing what to look for can save the bottom line (PDF). Retrieved August 27, 2018.
- "Poker Terms: Bust Out". Poker News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Ugoku. "The Sopranos location guide - Filming locations for". www.sopranos-locations.com. Retrieved 2020-04-23.