|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Season 4, Episode 64a|
|Written by: Joseph Purdy|
|Air date: March 15, 1999|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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Big Gino is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.
After selling candy from Gino to get money for a rocking horse without paying back, Sid becomes a member of Big Gino's group, which happens to be an elementary school version of the Italian Mafia. Arnold says that Sid and Gino are not friends and Gino heard that. After everything Gino has done for Sid, when Gino orders him to give Arnold a swirlie, Sid has to decide who his real friend is.
- During one scene in Big Gino's office, the Dino Spumoni song My Last Bow can be heard playing in the background, perhaps referencing the urban legend that Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack members had Mafia connections.
- The episode is a parody of The Godfather and gangster movies in general.
- One notable, parody is when Sid wakes up to find his wooden pony's head in his bed. The scene parodies an infamous scene from the actual movie where a character wakes up to find his horse's severed head in his bed.
- After Sid avoids Big Gino's calls, the doorframe above his says "Cogit Ergo Sum". This is a flawed Latin translation of Rene Descartes' famous quote "I think; therefore I am." It should be "Cogito Ergo Sum."
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