Artie Bucco is having trouble with his restaurant. His sales are down 40% from the previous year and many of his regular customers have found a new Italian restaurant that is more to their liking. Thinks get worse when investigators from Amex arrive to tell him that credit card numbers are being stolen from the restaurant. When he learns that it's one of Christopher's crew who is involved, it leads to a fight and requires Tony's intervention. Tony blames the whole situation on Christopher who is off to Los Angeles with Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. to see if they can interest Ben Kingsley in starring in their movie. It's pretty apparent that he's not interested but Christopher doesn't get the signals. Christopher is amazed at the swag stars receive and is almost desperate to some of his own. Lauren Bacall proves to be the source, though not in a conventional way.
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The episode title could a referemce to: Christopher and Little Carmine following Ben Kingsley through a celebrity Luxury Lounge where many free gifts are offered to celebrities. It could refer to a luxury restaurant. Artie's fight for his restaurant against competitors and through hardships is one of the main storylines of the episode. The title could refer to the higher status of free luxury, enjoyed by people such as Tony Soprano and Benny Fazio, that comes to be resented by Artie Bucco who tries to make a living by "honest work," as did his father. See more
When Christopher returns from California he has a conversation with Tony in Tony's office at the Bada Bing. Midway through the conversation a lit cigar suddenly appears in Tony's hand. See more
Ben Kingsley passed. Made some contacts. Plus we got to see Lindsay Lohan - total piece of ass.
References The Godfather
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
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