Originally Posted by digital_rookie
If I go into CSI mode, in his first murder Bobby left bullets behind (one in the vic and one in the dryer likely with fingerprint or dna evidence on them), his shirt got ripped (likely some trace evidence under the vics fingernails), he dropped the gun (I didn't see Bobby wear gloves, so likely fingerprint evidence) and his chain got left behind (was it inscribed? were there fingerprints on it).
Well in the HD broadcast you can clearly see he's wearing rubber gloves.
I for one have always appreciated that Sopranos isn't CSI. There's something refreshing about seeing Paulie bust into drug den, stab a guy, and leave all kinds of blood and evidence around. It sets the tone that these mafia characters are above the law, and that the law is fairly unable or unmotivated to go after the day to day criminal-on-criminal type of crimes.
Bobby and the victim are (at least from the police point of view) totally unconnected, so there'd be no reason to compell a DNA sample from Bobby for them to match against.
It did bother me that the shirt rip even happened. It was pretty unrealistic, I mean it ripped away like paper in a completely impossible fashion.
Maybe there's a twist coming to tie this back to the conclusion, but I will be most pleased if it just becomes one of the many colorful loose ends that keep fans (and critics) of the series wagging their tongues.
To me the meaning of it was that Bobby was asked to do a senseless and fairly meaningless murder of a disconnected stranger for little reason other than to get a price cut on a drug deal. It was a convenient that Bobby still hadn't done an act that (I think?) is considered a mandatory step before being promoted to captain.
We see in the episode Tony hang up on Chris, we hear Tony say that he and his assumed successor are at odds. Was this murder just a formality, fulfilling mafia protocol so Tony can promote Bobby?
The Quebec murder was followed immediately by Bobby returning to the lake and enjoying a idyllic moment with his family set to pleasant music. We're to see this as a normal man returning from a business trip just happy to be back and questioning whether his 'career' is worth the time spent away from home. That's been the brilliance of the Sopranos, putting the mob characters in the same light as all of us ordinary joes.