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Goodfellas Scene 11

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.