Paulie Gualtieri

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The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Paulie's dominant trait, his realism. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. He demonstrates this in his down-to-earth manner.

The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Paulie's auxiliary trait, his cool-headedness. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrates this trait in the way he can be cool and ruthless with people who do not pay up when they are supposed to.

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A long-term survivor in an occupation with a high mortality rate, Paulie Gualtieri got his start in the ....

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Paulie Gualtieri:
The Story

A long-term survivor in an occupation with a high mortality rate, Paulie Gualtieri got his start in the family as Tony's father Johnny Boy Soprano's bodyguard and enforcer.

Paulie and Christopher Moltisanti frequently work together, but they have a somewhat shakey relationship. This relationship is really put to the test in the episode Pine Barrens — possibly the best episode of the entire series.

They end up lost in the woods in the winter, and hole up in a van, where things quickly go from bad:

[Christopher is urinating outside on Paulie's side of the van]
Paulie Gualtieri: Ohhhh! Do that by your own window! I don't want to smell your piss!
Christopher Moltisanti: Fuck you.
Paulie Gualtieri: What did you say?
Christopher Moltisanti: You heard me.
Paulie Gualtieri: Don't make me pull rank on you, kid!
Christopher Moltisanti: Fuck you, Paulie. Captain or no captain, right now, we're just two assholes lost in the woods.

To worse:

Christopher Moltisanti: [Sees Paulie chewing on small white objects in his mouth] What are those? Tic Tacs?
Paulie Gualtieri: I just found them, I didn't know I had them on me.
Christopher Moltisanti: You had Tic Tacs all along? Give me some.
Paulie Gualtieri: There ain't no more, I ate them.
Christopher Moltisanti: [referring to the fact he didn't eat breakfast] Selfish prick, I'm dying here.
Paulie Gualtieri: [dismissively] Then fuckin' die already.

This scene demonstrates that both characters are pragmatic and realistic, and have little to no sensitivity or sentimentality. Their spiritual portraits use Yellow and Green to represent these traits.

Although he and Paulie go back a ways, Tony is not one to reminisce:

Paulie Gualtieri: Hey, Tone. Remember when we all rented that house down the Shore? With the bedbugs? Heh, heh.
Tony Soprano: [nods]
Peter 'Beansie' Gaeta: Summer of '78. Carlo, Silvio, Frankie Napoli.
Paulie Gualtieri: Place up the beach. Sonny Spits from the Bronx rented it? That's where that hippie kid mysteriously drowned during that party. Heh, heh.
Peter 'Beansie' Gaeta: Hey, Tony. You OK?
Tony Soprano: Yeah, yeah.
Paulie Gualtieri: You sure, T? You're being kinda quiet.
Tony Soprano: Well, it's 'cause, uh, remember when is the lowest form of conversation.

Almost twenty years after its premier in 1999, The Sopranos ranks number eleven in imdb.com's list of the top 250 TV shows of all time. I've watched each episode at least three times, and am confident I will watch them all again — and am equally sure I will see something new when I do!