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Goodfellas Summary

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While driving at night, Henry Hill, Jimmy Conway, and Tommy DeVito are surprised to find that the dead body in the trunk isn't totally dead. These three guys? They're wiseguys.

Flashback to Henry's childhood. He gets a part-time job at a cabstand run by local gangsters. He digs the extravagant mafia lifestyle and eventually quits school so he can work there full-time. Mob boss Paul "Paulie" Cicero becomes Henry's surrogate father and introduces Henry to Jimmy "The Gent", hijacker extraordinaire, and Tommy, another young thug with a fiery temper. Most of their criminal activities—including the robbery of an Air France cargo terminal—are centered upon Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport).

Henry marries Karen. In 1970, Tommy whacks Billy Batts, a made man with the Gambino family, after Batts insults him. Batts? He's the guy in the trunk. Henry helps cover up the murder, burying Batts' dead body in the woods. Later, they're forced to move it when plans for a housing development are announced.

Henry also has a girlfriend, Janice. When Karen discovers that her husband is cheating, she goes to Janice's apartment, her daughters in tow, and harasses her. She's cool with turning a blind eye to what Henry does to make the cash that supports their comfy lifestyle; she's not cool with Janice. Karen then threatens to kill Henry, and he moves in with Janice until Paulie ultimately orders him to go back to his explosive wife.

Henry travels to Tampa with Jimmy for a job. They rough up a guy that owes Paulie money, but his sister, an FBI typist, turns them all in. Henry and Jimmy are both sentenced to 10 years in the slammer. Jimmy serves his time in Atlanta, while Henry does his with Paulie and several other members of the family in New York, where they cook indulgent Italian dinners because everybody knows smuggled salami is the tastiest salami. Meanwhile, Henry starts selling drugs to support his real family on the outside.

What, were you expecting white picket fences?

After four years, Henry gets released from the big house. He ignores Paulie's instruction to knock it off with the drugs and enlists the help of Jimmy and Tommy behind Paulie's back. In 1978, their crew pulls off the Lufthansa heist, netting them around $5 million. When several of their associates start flashing their big bucks around, Jimmy has them all whacked. Later, Tommy is tricked into thinking he's going to become a made man and be officially ordained into the family. Instead, he's murdered in revenge for the murder of Billy Batts.

What can we say? Things don't always go as planned in mafialand.

On May 11, 1980, Henry gets busted on narcotics charges in his driveway. Inside the house, Karen flushes $600,000 worth of drugs down the toilet, leaving the family broke. After Henry is released on bail, Paulie gives him a small chunk of change before turning his back on him. Jimmy also gives Karen a handout. Realizing that Jimmy is planning to kill him, Henry identifies both Jimmy and Paulie as big, bad mobsters in court and enters the Witness Protection Program with Karen and their kids. Abandoning the gangster lifestyle and being reducing to an average schnook devastates him.

Because who would be happy if their life wasn't in danger every day?

A postscript tells the audience that Paulie died in prison in 1988, Henry and Karen went splitsville in 1989, Jimmy is serving 20-to-life, and, after getting arrested on further drug charges in 1987, Henry is now clean—and still in hiding.

  • Scene 1

    Scene 1

    That's Not a Woodchuck in There

    • Goodfellas' main titles—naming just the principal cast—come zooming in like cars. Fittingly, they're accompanied by car noises.
    • "This film is based on a true story" flashes on the screen before we switch to a giant sedan driving at night. That explains the automotive audio.
    • Time for some more on-screen text. This time, it's the setting: New York, 1970. That explains the boat-size automobile.
    • In the car, Henry is behind the wheel while Jimmy and Tommy doze. There's a rattling, thumping, not good sound coming from somewhere in the car. Henry is afraid he has a flat.
    • He pulls over, and the three guys go to the back of the car. It's not a flat. It's something in the trunk.
    • Jimmy has a shovel at the ready. Tommy reaches for his gun. We're pretty sure that's not a woodchuck in there.
    • Henry pops open the trunk. Inside, there's a bloody dude wrapped in a sheet. Tommy is ticked that he's still alive and stabs him several times. Then, Jimmy makes sure he's really dead and shoots him. These guys are nothing if not thorough.
    • "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster," Henry tells us in voice-over as he shuts the trunk. The film freezes on his face.
    • Then, we get the rest of the opening credits as Tony Bennett's "Rags to Riches" plays. And with that, Goodfellas is bloody off and running.
  • Scene 2

    Scene 2

    Mailman? On a Pizza?

    • Young Henry is at his window, watching some wiseguys at the cabstand on the street below. They're all decked out in suits, smoking cigars.
    • Time stamp: East New York, Brooklyn. 1955.
    • Henry says that, for him, being a gangster was better than being president of the United States. We don't know about that, but it almost certainly requires less shaking of hands and kissing of babies.
    • Henry points out Tuddy Cicero, who runs the cabstand for his brother, Paulie. Paulie, Henry tells us, is the main man. The Boss. The Big Kahuna. The … well, you get it.
    • Cut to breakfast time in the Hill house. There's Mom, Dad, and Henry's brothers and sisters.
    • Henry explains that his parents were happy that he got a job at the cabstand across the street from their apartment. Well, they were at first. His Irish dad was stoked because he thinks all American kids are lazy. His Italian mom was jazzed to learn that the Ciceros are from the same part of Sicily that she is.
    • Henry loves his job at the cabstand. He knows everybody, and he can go everywhere—even if he can barely see over the steering wheel of the cars he's parking.
    • His parents sour on his job pretty quickly, though. It was supposed to be a part-time gig, but, as Henry explains, to him, it was full-time. He dug being a part of something.
    • Henry says his dad was perpetually pissed off—about seven people living in a tiny house, about his brother being in a wheelchair, about basically everything.
    • Dad gets a letter that says Henry hasn't been to school in months and beats him with his belt while Mom sobs and begs him to stop.
    • Freeze frame on Dad, mid-rage: Henry divulges that, mostly, his dad was mad that Henry worked at the cabstand because his dad knew what went down there.
    • Henry tells Tuddy he can't make any more deliveries and offers his beat-up mug as proof that his dad's going to kill him. Probably not literally.
    • Cut to the post office. Henry points out his mailman to a car full of wiseguys. They yank him the mailman off the street into La Bella Vista pizzeria, and rough him up while Henry and Paulie watch in the doorway.
    • Tuddy tells the mailman that all future letters from school should be delivered to the pizza parlor. Man, and we thought the only thing mail carriers had to fear were dogs.
    • Time for another freeze frame: This time, it's the terrified mailman having his head shoved in a pizza oven. Suffice it to say, the Hills stopped receiving mail.
  • Scene 3

    Scene 3

    Gangsters Don't Carry Groceries

    • Tuddy and Henry run down the block in the rain. See, Paulie doesn't own a phone, so he has people relay his phone messages to him in person, then return his calls from payphones. Paulie is one seriously cautious dude.
    • Over a sausage-heavy backyard barbecue, Henry explains that, with Paulie, everything was one-on-one. He only spoke to a few close confidants. He hated conferences. He didn't want anybody to hear what was said to him or what he said.
    • Henry explains that hundreds of guys depend on Paulie for protection, and he gets a piece of everything they make. It's a tribute, just like in the old country.
    • Cut to Henry setting a bunch of cars on fire. Remember that time your boss at Old Navy had you set a bunch of Hondas on fire? Yeah, us neither.
    • The frame freezes on Henry running away from the exploded cars. He tells us that one day, the neighborhood kids carried his mom's groceries all the way home from the store. Why? Out of respect.
    • Cut to Henry showing up on his mother's doorstep in a sleek suit and shiny shoes. "My god," she says, "you look like a gangster."
    • Cut to a guy that's been shot stumbling down the street toward La Bella Vista. Dr. Henry helps him out by giving him a bunch of aprons.
    • Tuddy ushers the bloody dude out of La Bella Vista and chides Henry for wasting so many perfectly fine aprons. They don't want anybody to die in their pizza parlor.
  • Scene 4

    Scene 4

    Graduation Day

    • At a crowded gambling hall, Henry remembers the first time he met Jimmy Conway. Jimmy makes quite an entrance: hugs, kisses, and slipping lots of folded $20 bills in people's pockets.
    • Jimmy is one of the most feared guys in the city, Henry tells us. He first went to jail at age 11 and started making mob hits at 16. Real precocious. But, what he really loves to do is hijack and steal things.
    • Then, we get a montage of Jimmy stealing stuff. Oh, and paying off the cops.
    • Behind a hijacked cigarette truck, Jimmy introduces Henry to Tommy DeVito.
    • Cut to Henry and Tommy selling the hijacked smokes out of the back of a car. Henry gets pinched.
    • After his court hearing, Jimmy slips Henry some money, calling it his "graduation present." Everybody gets pinched, but Henry did it right: he didn't rat anybody out.
    • Outside of the courtroom, the whole gang is there: Paulie, Tuddy, Tommy, everybody. They congratulate Henry as if he was class valedictorian. Man, all we got for our graduation was a clock radio.
  • Scene 5

    Scene 5

    The Roof, the Roof, the Roof Is on Fire!

    • Time stamp: Idlewild Airport, 1963.
    • Henry and Tommy are all grown up, in front of an airport-adjacent diner watching a plane fly overhead.
    • Henry tells us that the airport was basically their ATM. The way they saw it, the airport belonged to Paulie. His associates worked all around the area and would tip them off. Jimmy ran the whole operation. Because, stealing.
    • A truck driver pulls up and heads into the diner past Henry and Tommy. While he gets a to-go order, Henry and Tommy drive off with the truck. Then, the truck driver hustles back into the diner and acts miffed that his ride vanished, blaming it on two African-Americans.
    • Cut to the exterior of the Bamboo Lounge. Inside, Henry introduces the whole crew as the camera pans around the restaurant. These men have more nicknames than a high school football team.
    • There's Fat Andy, Freddy No Nose, Jimmy Two Times, Grumpy, Sleepy, Doc—okay, we may have made those last three up.
    • Henry pushes a rack of fur coats back into the kitchen. They're hot. Literally and figuratively.
    • Henry and the whole crew dine at a large table. He tells us that, for them, to live any other way—you know, like a law-abiding way—was nuts. Regular guys who commuted and worried about rent were suckers. If Henry and his pals wanted something, they just took it.
    • At the table, Henry looks nervous. A guy shows up at the Bamboo Lounge, and Henry and Jimmy rush over to meet him. The guy, Frenchy, tells them about a huge haul coming in on Air France. We're talking $500,000—cash.
    • Jimmy is worried about the security. Fear not, says Frenchy. He is the security.
    • Back at the table, Tommy is holding court. Everybody thinks he's hilarious. Henry tells Tommy he's funny, and the record scratches. Tommy lays into Henry, demanding to know precisely how he's funny. Does Henry think he's a clown?
    • It turns out that Tommy is just giving Henry a hard time. Phew. That was scary. Tommy is a real hothead.
    • Sonny, the restaurant owner, comes up and asks if maybe Tommy could think about paying his $7,000 tab. Bad timing, Sonny. Tommy breaks a bottle over his head.
    • Incidentally, $7,000? That's a lot of meatballs. Especially in 1963.
    • A bruised and battered Sonny appeals to Paulie, asking him to talk to Tommy. Paulie says there's nothing he can do.
    • Sonny asks Paulie to get in on the restaurant business. Paulie is not interested at first, but he ultimately agrees to be a partner in the Bamboo Lounge.
    • Henry tells us that, for Sonny, the upside of having Paulie for a partner is that now everything will run smoothly. The downside? He has to pay Paulie on the regular. No matter what. No exceptions.
    • Henry explains how it all goes down. Basically, Paulie can do whatever he wants with the Bamboo Lounge: run up huge tabs, move merchandise through it, eat all of the maraschino cherries, the works. Then, when Sonny can't pay Paulie anymore, they burn the joint down. That's exactly what we see happen.
    • Outside, Tommy and Henry wait for the Bamboo Lounge to catch fire. Tommy asks Henry to do him a favor and go on a double date with him. The girl he's into won't go out alone. Henry begrudgingly says OK.
    • While they argue like BFFs, the Bamboo Lounge finally starts to smoke, and they speed off.
  • Scene 6

    Scene 6

    Yeah, Right, You're a Union Delegate

    • Tommy and Henry are on their double date. Henry, preoccupied with thoughts of his later meeting with Tuddy, is basically the worst date ever, trying to rush through dinner faster than Takeru Kobayashi.
    • Voice-over switch: now we hear Karen, Henry's blind date. She tells us that Henry is obnoxious. We're with you, girl.
    • Still, the foursome makes another date. Henry stands Karen up. Not cool, dude.
    • After dinner as a trio, Karen makes Tommy drive her around to find Henry. When she does, she chews him out something fierce on the street in front of everybody.
    • Henry is intrigued and promises to make it up to her.
    • Cut to Henry and Karen's second date. Or, we suppose, third, if you count the time he stood her up.
    • In one long tracking shot, we see Henry whisk Karen past the line, through the back of the Copacabana, through the kitchen, to the best seat in the house. He knows everybody and dishes out tips left and right. She's like, "Whoa."
    • Karen asks Henry what he does for a living, and he says he's in construction. She's not buying it, but with perks like these, so what? Who cares?
  • Scene 7

    Scene 7

    Don't Be Named Morrie or Bruce

    • Henry and Tommy pull off the Air France heist. Paulie is a proud papa.
    • Cut to Henry and Karen at a country club. Karen's preppy neighbor Bruce stops by their table to say hello. Henry sizes him up.
    • Cut to Henry and Karen at the club, listening to a crooner. Karen explains how much she likes Henry's big-shot connections—and how little she cares about where they come from.
    • Henry and Karen smooch it up in Henry's convertible.
    • Cut to a horrible commercial for Morrie's Wig Shop.
    • At the shop, Morrie complains to Henry that Jimmy is overcharging him for the aforementioned corny commercial.
    • Henry tells Morrie to be smart and just pay Jimmy. Then, Jimmy charges in and starts strangling Morrie, demanding payment. We're thinking Morrie should probably pay the man.
    • Morrie's wig falls off. But, he agrees to pay up. Glad that's settled.
    • Karen calls, and Henry rushes off. He finds her at a payphone. Remember that dude Bruce? He assaulted her.
    • Henry drives Karen home. Then, he goes across the street and pistol-whips preppy Bruce in his driveway. He tells Bruce that if he ever touches Karen again, he'll kill him. Karen watches from the window.
    • Henry goes back to Karen's house and asks her to hide his gun. She digs it.
  • Scene 8

    Scene 8

    A Tale of Two Families

    • Mazel tov! It's Henry and Karen's Big Fat Jewish Wedding. The whole gang is there: Henry's family and Henry's other family. You know, Paulie, Jimmy, Tommy, Frenchy, even Morrie in his terrible wig.
    • Henry's mafia family showers the newlyweds with cash. As Karen and Henry share their first dance as a married couple, she worries that somebody might steal the bag with all of the gifts. Henry just laughs.
    • Cut to Karen at home with her parents. Her mom is miffed that Henry hasn't called. She's not stoked that Karen and Henry are still crashing at their place, either.
    • Karen and her mom have a big fight. Her mom is not happy about the whole Henry-never-coming-home-at-night thing, either, but Karen stands by her man.
    • Later, much later, like dawn later, Henry comes home looking worse for wear. Karen's mom immediately starts chewing him out.
    • Henry laughs, goes back to his ride, and drives away. Well, that's one way to deal with your in-laws.
  • Scene 9

    Scene 9

    Just Your Average Hardworking, Blue-Collar Hijackers

    • Karen is at a hostess party at Mickey's house. All of the ladies are getting pampered: hair, nails, blue goop facials. Perms and hideous eye shadow run rampant. They're gossiping like a bunch of teenagers.
    • Karen gets a glimpse of her polyester-clad future, and she doesn't like it. Back at home—her own home now—she worries about what would happen if Henry were to get locked up. He tells her not to worry. He's too organized to get caught.
    • Through voice-over, Karen rationalizes Henry's, uh, unique line of work. He and his friends are just hardworking, blue-collar guys doing what they can to succeed. Sure, Karen.
    • Cut to Henry and Tommy hijacking a truck. See? Just a couple of hardworking, blue-collar dudes.
    • Just as Karen concludes a voice-over about how everybody being together all of the time made mob life seem normal, we cut to two Feds serving her with a search warrant at her front door.
    • She invites them in and offers them some coffee. It's all routine.
    • Cut to a birthday party for Jimmy's son, the creatively named "Little Jimmy."
    • Over a montage of snaps from vacations and everybody goofing around at similar family gatherings, Karen explains that they did everything together. They only went to each other's houses. It was standard stuff, and she was proud to have a hubby who busted his butt to get them "the little extras."
    • As Karen and Henry bicker in front of their closets, we get a glimpse of those little extras. They each have tons of expensive, flashy clothes, and Henry pulls stacks of cash out of his belt.
    • In the kitchen, Karen asks Henry for money to go shopping. How much? "That much," she says, holding up her fingers to suggest a fat chunk of change.
  • Scene 10

    Scene 10

    Bumping off Billy Batts

    • Time stamp: June 11, 1970. Queens, New York.
    • At The Suite Lounge, Billy Batts sends Henry and Jimmy drinks. Tommy shows up with a date, explaining that his homeboy Henry owns the joint.
    • Billy calls Tommy over to say hello. Billy has been in the big house, and he can't believe Tommy is all grown up. Tommy is uncomfortable.
    • Billy tells his pals about Tommy's past as a shoeshine boy. Tommy gets ticked; he doesn't shine shoes anymore. Billy tells him to calm down, and he does.
    • Then, Billy, knowing exactly what he's doing, tells Tommy to go home and get his shine box. Oh, no, he didn't.
    • Tommy goes berserk. Henry has to yank him out of the bar.
    • Fast-forward to the end of the night. Billy is drunk and talking to Jimmy at the bar. Tommy sneaks in behind him. Then, he and Jimmy kill Billy.
    • Henry says this is bad. Like, really bad. Billy's whole crew is going to be looking for him.
    • Jimmy says they know a place where they can hide the body, and they load Billy's corpse into the trunk. So that's who was in the trunk at the beginning of the movie.
    • They stop at Tommy's mom's house in the middle of the night to get a shovel. She's stoked to see her baby boy and his friends but is worried about what has happened to them. You know, 'cause there's blood on their clothes and all of that. Oh, moms.
    • Tommy's mom makes them a huge meal. Tommy tells her they hit a deer and borrows her butcher knife. He says the deer's hoof got caught on the car, and he needs to hack it off. Eat up, fellas.
    • While Tommy's mom gives Tommy a hard time about not settling down with a nice girl—and shows off her lovely painting of two dogs—we hear Billy beating on the trunk from inside. This isn't good.
    • Then, we jump back to the scene that started the movie: Henry, Tommy, and Jimmy driving—and hearing a mysterious sound coming from the car.
    • While Henry digs a grave for Billy, he explains that killings were part of the game. But whacking Billy? Bad move. Billy was a made guy. Part of the Gambino crew. Considered untouchable.
    • In short, if you want to kill a made guy, you better have a super-good reason and get the official OK. Otherwise, you're getting whacked next.
  • Scene 11

    Scene 11

    Friday Nights Are for the Girlfriends

    • Friday night at the Copa. You know what that means? Girlfriend time. See, as Henry explains, "Saturday night was for wives, but Friday night at the Copa was always for the girlfriends." Alrighty, then.
    • Henry, Tommy, Frank, and their girlfriends are hanging out, discussing Sammy Davis Jr. Tommy's girlfriend finds him attractive. Predictably, this irks Tommy.
    • They listen with rapt attention to a singer croon "Pretend You Don't See Her," then Henry takes his girlfriend home for the night.
    • The next morning, Henry, Karen, and their two daughters hit another family gathering, this time at Paulie's. If you're keeping score at home, Henry now has a wife, a girlfriend, and two daughters.
    • Paulie wants to know what Henry knows about "that thing." That thing? Billy Batts. Henry lies and says he doesn't know what happened to him.
    • Cut to a nightclub. Must be Friday since Henry's girlfriend is there. Jimmy says they have to move Billy Batts.
    • Henry, Tommy, and Jimmy dig up Billy. The stench is so bad, Henry barfs.
    • At home in the driveway, Henry attempts to rid his car of the decomposing Billy Batts smell, telling Karen he hit a skunk. She seems to buy it.
    • Henry sets up his girlfriend, who we learn is named Janice, in an apartment near The Suite Lounge so he can stay over a couple of nights a week. She hosts a party for all of the guys and their girlfriends, and she shows off her posh new pad in the tackiest episode of MTV Cribs ever.
    • After Janice starts screwing up at work because she's having so much fun with Henry, Henry "straightens out" her boss. By "straighten out," we mean, of course, "beats him up with help from Jimmy and Tommy."
    • Back at Casa de Janice, Henry flirts with one of Janice's friends. Ruh-roh.
  • Scene 12

    Scene 12

    Karen Loses Her Marbles, Spider Loses His Life

    • Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy are boozing and playing cards with a bunch of other wiseguys. A kid named Spider waits on them.
    • When Spider doesn't get Tommy a drink fast enough, Tommy starts waving his gun around, making fun of him, commanding him to dance like an old-time cowboy. Then, he accidentally shoots him in the foot. Yee-haw!
    • Back at Henry's house, Karen suspects Henry of cheating and throws his car keys out the window. Then, she tells him to hit the bricks.
    • Cut to another card game. Spider has got a cast on his foot. Tommy mocks him again.
    • When Spider stands up for himself, everybody has a hearty laugh. Jimmy throws him some money. Then, Tommy shoots Spider in the chest several times, killing him. Everybody stops laughing.
    • Jimmy tells Tommy he has to dig the hole for Spider. Tommy doesn't care. He's dug holes before.
    • Cut to Karen at Janice's apartment building. We're pretty sure she's not there to borrow a cup of sugar. Oh, and she's brought her kids. Great.
    • Karen buzzes Janice's pad, and Janice hangs up on her. While Janice sits on her couch, listening and looking mega-stressed, Karen threatens her over the intercom. Then, she calls the super because she wants him to know he has "a whore living in 2R." Her daughters add a new word to their vocabularies.
    • Cut to Karen holding a gun up to a sleeping Henry's face. We see it from Henry's perspective, looking down the barrel of the gun.
    • Henry talks Karen down, promising that he loves her. Then he flips the script—and Karen—and grabs the gun. He points it at her and asks her how it feels. She screams an apology. These two need Marriage Boot Camp, STAT.
    • Back at Janice's apartment, Paulie and Jimmy drop by to see Henry. Bad news, Henry: Paulie says you have to go back to Karen. But first, he's going to send you on a job in sunny Tampa, Florida.
  • Scene 13

    Scene 13

    The Incarcerated Gourmets

    • Time stamp: Tampa, Florida: Two Days Later.
    • Henry and Jimmy are beating up a guy over money he owes Paulie. They drive him into Tampa's city zoo and threaten to feed him to the lions. He agrees to pony up the cash.
    • Henry returns to New York to find out he and his pals are all over the news. The guy they beat up and dangled in front of Mufasa? His sister is a typist for the FBI. She gave everybody up. Even her brother.
    • Henry and Jimmy get sentenced to 10 years in jail.
    • Henry says his goodbyes to Karen, hops in a car, pops a couple of pills, and orders the driver to take him to jail.
    • Cut to the slammer. It looks less like jail and more like a college dorm room. Paulie is there, serving time for contempt. Vinnie and Johnny are in the (big) house, too. But not Jimmy; he's serving his time in Atlanta.
    • Henry and his fellow wiseguys have very intricate and, from the looks of it, delicious meals. Everybody has a job. Paulie, for example, slices the garlic with a razor. See? Intricate.
    • Henry explains that they owned the joint. They could do whatever they wanted, even in prison. How? Bribes.
    • Henry brings in big loads of groceries. And drugs. Then, we see him bribe another guard.
    • Karen and the kids show up for visiting day. She spots Janice on the register and makes a scene, throwing all of the contraband she'd smuggled into the slammer in her puffy coat on the table. Oh, look! Are those more pills?
    • Nobody is helping her, Karen says. Henry tells her they're on their own right now. Paulie is on parole, so going back to jail? Paulie is trying not to do that. Also? Don't let him hear about the drugs.
  • Scene 14

    Scene 14

    Just Say No

    • Time stamp: Four Years Later.
    • Henry gets released from jail. Karen picks him up and brings him home. His daughters are stoked. Henry? Not so much. He hates the house. They're going to move, pronto.
    • Cut to a party at Paulie's. Paulie takes Henry out in the backyard, one on one, and tells him to get out of the drug game. That's some nasty stuff, and he doesn't want to be made a fool of.
    • Paulie also tells Henry to be careful around Jimmy and Tommy since they're both hotheads. They're nice, sure, but they're totally nutso.
    • Then, he repeats his demand that Henry leave drugs alone. Paulie doesn't want to go out like that, dying as an old man in prison. He slaps Henry for emphasis.
    • When Henry says he'll stop, we almost believe him. Almost.
    • Cut to Sandy—Janice's friend who we saw Henry flirting with—and Henry shifting mountains of white powder around. So much for Paulie's slap-happy speech. Also, so much for Janice.
    • Henry asks Jimmy and Tommy to help him move the drugs behind Paulie's back.
  • Scene 15

    Scene 15

    The Biggest Heist in American History

    • Karen shows off her new house to Morrie and his wife. It's wicked extravagant. We're talking entertainment-center-hidden-behind-a-secret-wall-like-a-supervillain's-lair extravagant.
    • Henry and Morrie discuss another caper. Jimmy is in on it, too.
    • So, what is it? Only the biggest heist in history: The Lufthansa heist.
    • Check it out, Shmooper: The Lufthansa heist really happened. At the time, the December 1978 job was the largest robbery ever on American soil.
    • It turns out the whole gang is in on the heist. Tommy, Frank, Frenchy, some new dude named Stacks, even Henry and Karen's old babysitter, Lois. Everybody.
    • Over at Sandy's apartment, Henry and Sandy prep their cocaine stash. Sandy is high. She refuses to use the dishwasher Henry bought her because it'll ruin her nails, but she's got a ton of candles lit. So that's safe.
    • In the shower, Henry hears on the radio that the Lufthansa heist was a success. Like a $4 million to $5 million success, according to the reporter. Henry is ecstatic.
  • Scene 16

    Scene 16

    Jimmy's Yuletide Rampage

    • It's Christmas time. Everybody is at the bar, and they're in exceptionally high spirits. Stealing several million dollars will do that to you, we guess.
    • Jimmy gets nervous—and angry—when he finds out that Johnny Roastbeef bought his wife a shiny new car.
    • Enter Frank and his wife. She's wearing a new mink coat. Jimmy is once again unhappy, and he orders Frank to return it. All of these flashy gifts might draw the attention of the authorities who are trying to find the perpetrators of the Lufthansa job.
    • After spotting the car and the mink, Morrie corners Jimmy and tells him he needs his cut. This is just not Jimmy's night.
    • In the back room, Jimmy gives Henry his cut. He tells him not to be a moron about it like Johnny Roastbeef and Frank.
    • Cut to Henry coming home with the most expensive Christmas tree he could find. Their daughters gush over their Christmas gifts, and Henry gives Karen a bunch of cash.
    • Tommy and Frank show up at Stacks' apartment, waking him up. He overslept. Tommy shoots him in the back of the head. Worst. Christmas. Ever.
    • After the murder, Henry explains that Stacks messed up. He was supposed to get rid of the truck after the Lufthansa heist but got stoned instead. The authorities found the truck, and it was all over the news.
    • Back at the bar, Henry asks Jimmy about Stacks. Chiefly, where the heck is he? Jimmy and Tommy tell him not to worry about it.
    • Plus, there's bigger news: Tommy is going to become a made man.
    • Morrie once again tries to get his money from Jimmy. Jimmy ignores him, and Henry tries to calm Morrie down, assuring him that he'll definitely get his cut. It works, and Morrie chills out. For now.
    • Jimmy starts getting paranoid, and Henry tells us that that's when he knew Jimmy was going to whack Morrie. Still, Henry is going to try to talk Jimmy out of it. Good luck, pal. Paulie told you he was nuts.
    • At a card game later that day, Jimmy tells Henry he's not going to kill Morrie after all.
    • Cut to Jimmy and Morrie talking in an alley. Morrie once again brings up the money. They hop in a car with Tommy and Frank, and Tommy promptly stabs Morrie in the back of the neck, killing him. Then, he and Frank leave to chop up Morrie. We hope you're not reading this while eating lunch.
    • Morrie's wife, Belle, shows up at Henry and Karen's house, concerned about her MIA husband.
    • Henry meets Jimmy at a diner. Jimmy tells Henry not to worry about Morrie. They part ways, but not before Jimmy taunts a car of Feds. This guy is a loose cannon.
    • Time for a grisly montage. Jimmy has whacked just about everybody that was involved in the Lufthansa heist. There's Johnny Roastbeef and Mrs. Roastbeef, dead in the front seat of their new car. Frenchy, the Air France security guard. Frank, the coffee-to-go guy. They're all dead.
  • Scene 17

    Scene 17

    Tommy's Worst Day

    • Henry and Jimmy eat breakfast in a diner. Tommy is getting made today, and Jimmy is super excited. Since he and Henry are half-Irish, they can never be made. To Jimmy, Tommy being made is like he and Henry being made, too.
    • At his mom's house, Tommy says goodbye to his mother and hops in a waiting car. He's wearing a sharp suit. She thinks he looks handsome.
    • Tommy's ride pulls into the garage of a fancy-pants house.
    • Back at the diner, Jimmy goes outside to the payphone.
    • Tommy has walked into a room in the house. Before he can finish saying, "Oh NOES!" he gets whacked.
    • Jimmy finds out about Tommy's murder on the phone. He smashes the handset into the phone and starts bawling.
    • Henry comes out of the diner, and Jimmy gives him the bad news. It was revenge for Billy Batts. There is nothing they can do about it.
  • Scene 18

    Scene 18

    Henry Hill's Worst Day

    • Time stamp: Sunday, May 11, 1980. 6:55 a.m.
    • Henry snorts a line of cocaine, loads some guns into a paper bag, and puts it in his trunk. He spots a helicopter flying overhead and hits the road. Also? He looks terrible.
    • Still, he's got a full day ahead of him. He has to drop off the guns at Jimmy's, pick up his brother from the hospital for dinner that night, and then pick up some more drugs for Lois to fly down to some customers in Atlanta.
    • You know, just a normal day of running weekend errands.
    • Jimmy doesn't want the guns. Henry thinks he can unload them on his Pittsburgh drug connections.
    • 8:05 a.m. Henry continues his errands, searching the sky for the helicopter and almost crashing his car in the process.
    • 8:45 a.m. At the hospital, his brother's doctor insists on checking out Henry since he looks so craptastic.
    • On the road, Henry tells Michael, his brother, that a helicopter is following him. Michael tells Henry he's crazy.
    • 11:30 a.m. Back at home, Henry gets the dinner he's cooking for Michael's visit going. He keeps looking out the window and notices the copter is gone.
    • Henry and Karen leave to unload the guns on the Pittsburgh dudes. She spots the helicopter. They stash the guns in her parents' garage. Karen is not happy. We can't blame her.
    • Henry and Karen keep looking for the helicopter, and then they go shopping. It's 12:30 p.m.
    • At 1:30 p.m., they go back and get the guns. Yep, they're still looking for the helicopter.
    • 3:30 p.m. Henry and Karen sell the guns to the Pittsburgh drug peeps at a seedy motel. While there, Henry calls Sandy and says he'll be over in an hour. He also calls home and tells Lois to tell Michael to keep stirring the sauce.
    • Then, he reminds Lois to make sure she leaves the house to make the call he needs her to make about the drugs she's going to help him deliver to Atlanta.
    • Lois makes the call from the house phone. C'mon, Lois. You had one job. For now, at least. Henry is wicked angry.
    • 6:30 p.m. Back at home, Henry keeps cooking. He's making one heck of a spread.
    • 8:30 p.m. Henry hits Sandy's place to prepare the drugs. And do some drugs. Then he leaves, making Sandy majorly mad.
    • 10:45 p.m. The family finally eats dinner. Henry looks like he wants to take a nap under the table.
    • After dinner, Lois says she has to go home to get her lucky hat. Henry is not having it. Lois says she won't fly without it, so they go get the hat. He leaves the drugs in a kitchen cabinet.
    • As Henry and Lois pull out of the driveway, they're stopped by cops. Lots and lots of cops.
    • Inside the house, Karen explodes into panic mode. As the cops pound on the door, she flushes the drugs down the toilet—and stuffs a pistol in her underwear for good measure. We're pretty sure she's not going to offer them coffee this time around.
  • Scene 19

    Scene 19

    The Sunshine State … of Death

    • We get a title card that simply says, "The Aftermath."
    • Henry and his accomplices, like Lois and Sandy, get hauled into the police station. Turns out that helicopter wasn't the local police, as Henry assumed; it was full of narcs.
    • The detectives unpack Henry's drug-making supplies and taste the residue. Henry is stone-cold busted. The cops revel in it and mock him.
    • Karen visits Henry in lock-up. He pleads with her to bail him out, and she does with the help of—here's a surprise—her parents.
    • Back at the house, Henry is shocked and dismayed to find that Karen flushed his stash. That was all they had. Henry yells. Karen cries. Then, Henry cries. Then, they cry together in a ball on the floor until they fall asleep.
    • Henry goes to Paulie and begs for forgiveness. He's got nowhere else to go.
    • Paulie gives Henry a wad of cash. Then, he tells him that he has to turn his back on him.
    • Back at home, Henry tells Karen they absolutely, positively have to go on the run. If they stick around there, they're dead.
    • Karen meets with Jimmy, unbeknownst to Henry. He gives her some money and wants to know if anybody has been asking questions. Then, he tells her to go to the store on the corner and pick out something nice for her mom.
    • As Karen walks down the street, Jimmy directs her toward the shop. She gets nervous, fearing that it's a trap. The block looks super shady, and Karen backs away. She dashes to her car, saying she'll come back later. She's not gonna come back later.
    • When Karen returns home to Henry, all sorts of upset, she tells him it's NBD and she just got scared.
    • Henry meets with Jimmy in a crowded diner they both know. He's afraid he's going to get whacked. Jimmy is jumpy. Henry worries that Jimmy thinks he's going to rat him out to save his own butt on the drug charges.
    • Jimmy asks Henry to go to Florida to help on a job. Henry says OK, but he realizes that if he goes to Florida, he'll never come back alive.
  • Scene 20

    Scene 20

    Noodles & Ketchup

    • Henry and Karen sit in an office discussing their Witness Protection Program options with an official. Henry doesn't want to go someplace cold. The official doesn't care.
    • Cut to Jimmy being arrested.
    • Karen doesn't want to leave her parents. The official points out that, if she doesn't go and Henry is hiding out, the family will go after her. And their kids. Duh, Karen.
    • Cut to Paulie being arrested.
    • The official levels with Karen. It looks like she's going to change her mind.
    • Cut to Henry on the stand in court. He rats on Jimmy. He rats on Paulie.
    • Through voice-over, Henry explains that the hardest thing for him about the whole mess is leaving the gangster life—and all of the power and perks that it entails.
    • Mid-speech, Henry breaks the fourth wall, gets off the stand, and starts addressing the audience directly, still waxing nostalgic for his extravagant, exciting life in the mob.
    • As the voice-over continues, we see a suburban neighborhood. Henry tells us that today, everything is different. He's a nobody. He can't even get a decent plate of spaghetti.
    • Then, we spot Henry coming out of the front door of one of the suburban houses. He's in a baby-blue bathrobe. He stoops to pick up the newspaper, then smiles at the camera.
    • Cut to Tommy firing several shots straight into the camera.
    • This shot may seem out of place, but it's actually an homage to The Great Train Robbery, which ends with a similar scene.
    • We cut back to Henry. He strolls back into the house as Sid Vicious's punk-rock version of "My Way" plays.
    • On-screen text tells us that the real Henry Hill is still in the Witness Protection Program. He was busted in Seattle in 1987 on narcotics conspiracy charges and got five years' probation. He's been clean since.
    • What else? In 1989, Henry and Karen broke up. Paulie died in jail in 1988 at age 73. Jimmy is serving 20-to-life; he won't be eligible for parole until 2004, when he's 78.
    • And that's it.
    • Roll the credits, wiseguy.