Revealing mistake: In the scene where Karen is too afraid to accept free clothes from Jimmy and speeds off, the yellow NY state license plate falls from the parked car to reveal the modern white one underneath. (02:11:35)
Tommy is supposed to get made, but instead is killed for murdering Billy Batts. Henry gets arrested on narcotics charges. In a panic, Karen flushes the last of Henry's supply down the toilet, which he was counting on after she bails him out of jail. Left with nothing, Henry asks Paulie for money; he gives him $3,200 and is forced to turn his back on Henry. Jimmy asks Henry to do a hit in Florida, but Henry is worried that he won't return from the job. He joins the Witness Protection Program and gets Jimmy and Paulie convicted and put into prison. After that, Henry comments on finding it hard leaving the gangster life and living the rest of it like a 'schnook'. The end credits reveal that Henry was arrested again on drug charges in 1987, but has been clean thereafter, Karen left him after 25 years of marriage in 1989, Paulie died in prison in 1988 at the age of 73, and that Jimmy is not eligible for parole until 2004 when he would be 78 years old.
Trivia: The lines in the scene at Tommy's house where his mother makes dinner for them were entirely improvised by the actors.
Question: In the scene where Tommy believes he is being made, right after he walks into the room you hear him say "Oh no!" right before he is shot. Tommy obviously realizes that he was set up. However, what is it that he sees in the room that tips him off?
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