Peter "Beansie" Gaeta was a former associate of Richie Aprile from Elizabeth, New Jersey, supervising a drug operation for him. Upon Richie's release from prison, he tracked down Gaeta at his pizza parlor, Beansie's Pizzeria, and demanded payment allegedly still owed to him for his financial support. After Gaeta denied the validity of the debt, Richie first broke a hot pot of coffee over Beansie's head, gave him a serious beating, and later on ran him over with his car, rendering Beansie hospitalized and paraplegic from his injuries (in "Toodle Fucking-Oo"). Tony Soprano later gave a reluctant Beansie a large envelope of cash in compensation, insisting he could donate it to the Spinal Injury Foundation. Now using a wheelchair, Beansie moved down to open a supper club in Miami. He had evidently remained in contact with Tony Soprano: he helped set up a meeting between Tony and fellow Miami resident, Little Carmine Lupertazzi; socialized with Tony and Paulie Gualtieri when the two went on the lam (in "Remember When"); and in 2007 secured AJ Soprano a job in his New Jersey pizzeria.