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Stealing Storylines with The Sopranos

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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HISTORY LESSON Frank Vincent

During last night's finale, Sopranos fans who are really inside baseball (you know, true mobsters, defense lawyers, cops, observers of the upcoming trial of former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio on charges that he helped Columbo War-era mob informant Greg Scarpa nearly 20 years ago, etc.) will recognize a line used by the FBI agent closest to Tony Soprano.

Not long after the agent gives Tony the location of the gas station telephone his archenemy Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent) is using while on the lam, Leotardo is popped at the selfsame gas station in front of his family. When the agent is informed of the hit, he slams his hand on the desk, smiles, and says, "We're going to win this!" According to testimony given a decade ago by DeVecchio's former partner, Christopher Favo, that is exactly what DeVecchio said when he was told that one of Greg "the Grim Reaper" Scarpa's enemies had been whacked.

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