Frankie asks Benny for a loan, based on the true story of Joe Pistone’s time undercover as the jewel thief, Donnie Brasco.

“They groused about money. It didn’t matter how much anybody made or anybody had; they always groused about it. They were always talking about squeezing another nickel out of somebody…Lefty started hitting me up for loans every now and then. He needed to pick up some clothes or some furniture, or whatever…Sometimes he’d pay me back a fraction of it. I never thought he needed the money. I knew it was part of the hustle. You squeeze money out from whoever you can…That kind of cycle went on with everybody. It didn’t necessarily mean guys were broke. It was just that everybody did everything possible to avoid using his own money.” – Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia – A True Story by FBI Agent Joseph D. Pistone