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Make it quick, will ya? I'm coming down and I gotta get my fix.

Paulie Cantelli is the co-proprietor of A Quick Fix in Rivet City in 2277.

Background[]

Paulie and his wife Cindy run A Quick Fix, the chem dispensary in the Rivet City market. The shop is well known for its good stock;[1] however, it would be doing better if Cindy could trust Paulie enough to be left unattended, let alone close the shop by himself.[2] She has had to get Seagrave Holmes to make a secure storage unit for her, but Paulie stole the key and she has to get a new one.[3] All of this is because Paulie is a chem addict who constantly steals from the shop to fuel his own addictions.[4][5] Cindy has basically come to run the shop herself.[6] At this point, their marriage is almost nonexistent; they barely talk and have little in common. Cindy, and others, have tried to talk some sense into him, but it has not worked, and the strain of his constant chem use and neglect has caused her to give up on him.[7][8][9] Paulie, in his craze for chems, is unaware of how bad things are, both with his addiction and his marriage.[10][Non-game 1][Non-game 2] Should he die for whatever reason, she will initially be relieved,[11] only to realize that she does care for him.[12]

Paulie spends his time chronically abusing chems as dangerous as Psycho and trying to get others to join his binges. His constant pestering of Mei Wong has exacerbated her nervousness,[13][14] not that he remembers it,[15] as he is usually too high and confused to remember anything important.[16] He usually steals most of his chems from Doctor Preston.[17] Even Ted Strayer, who has a positive opinion of chems, thinks Paulie takes it too far.[18] Paulie's chem use has left him so broke[19] that he cannot even pay for meals, offering to trade Mentats for brahmin steak with Angela Staley (she always refuses).[20]

Rivet City security, as well as everyone else, is well aware of Paulie's addiction. Chief Harkness is among the people who try to get him to at least slow down on his usage, to little effect.[21] Both Harkness and Lana Danvers have to remind Paulie to keep away from the edge on the flight deck, well aware that he uses any chance he can to get high and that the risk of an incident is high.[22][23] Paulie, like Cindy, prefers the hangar deck over the upper deck denizenry and dislikes the upper deck for their perceived sense of moral superiority.[24]

Daily schedule[]

He is normally seen roaming around anywhere in Rivet City.

Interactions with the player character[]

Interactions overview[]

Interactions
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character can be enslaved with the Mesmetron.

Quests[]

Effects of player's actions[]

Inventory[]

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brahmin-skin outfit Cantelli's room key
Pack of cigarettes
Cantelli's room key*
* Only if Cindy is dead as well, or one can pickpocket the room key.

Notes[]

  • Paulie Cantelli's medical information may be accessed from Doctor Preston's terminal in the Rivet City clinic.
  • It is not possible to help him overcome his addiction. All one can do is encourage, or ignore it.
  • If Cindy dies and Paulie takes over control of the shop, the Lone Wanderer will no longer have the option of giving him any more Psycho.
  • Paulie believes that, with Doctor Madison Li's science team and Rivet City's security keeping them safe, they have a real chance to rebuild society.[30]

Notable quotes[]

Appearances[]

Paulie Cantelli appears only in Fallout 3.

References[]

  1. DialogueRivetCity: "It was so noisy last night. I could hardly sleep."
    DialogueRivetCity: "Maybe A Quick Fix has something that will help you sleep. Cindy's got all kinds of good chems."
    DialogueRivetCity: "I'll try that."
    (Rivet City conversations; Character dialogue page list) Note: These lines may be spoken by most characters in Rivet City; a full list of source characters can be found here. Additionally, this particular conversation cannot be used by Cindy or Paulie Cantelli.
  2. Paulie Cantelli: "You're tired, Cindy. I'll close up tonight. You go home and go to bed."
    Cindy Cantelli: "Yeah, right. As soon as I'm gone, you'll use all the inventory, Paulie. How about I just close up tonight."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Cindy Cantelli's dialogue)
  3. Seagrave Holmes: "Hey, Cindy. How's that secure storage unit I made you working out?"
    Cindy Cantelli: "Paulie stole the key. I'll need you to stop by and change the lock for me."
    (Rivet City conversations; Seagrave Holmes' and Cindy Cantelli's dialogue)
  4. Cindy Cantelli: "This is A Quick Fix. I mean that's the name of our shop. Paulie and mine that is. My name is Cindy. Cindy Cantelli."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Damn! You sound like you've been sampling your own stuff."
    Cindy Cantelli: "No, no, no! I would never do that. Paulie does. Sample it, I mean. He's my deadbeat husband."
    (Cindy Cantelli's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken should her husband Paulie Cantelli be alive.
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "You shouldn't take that stuff. It'll kill you."
    Paulie Cantelli: "That's what Cindy says too. But I got the itch. I need it bad."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "Why don't you just take them from your shop?"
    Paulie Cantelli: "My wife, Cindy. She's always watching the inventory. If I take any, she'll lock me out."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  7. Vera Weatherly: "Hello Cindy. Is Paulie off getting high again? You really should kick him out."
    Cindy Cantelli: "Don't know where he is, and I'm not sure I care. I saw you talking to Bannon the other day. Did he mention me?"
    Vera Weatherly: "No. He's never going to notice you, Cindy. Especially if you're still with Paulie. Just forget about Bannon."
    (Rivet City conversations; Vera Weatherly's and Cindy Cantelli's dialogue)
  8. Cindy Cantelli: "Go home, or get high, or whatever it is you do when I'm not around."
    Paulie Cantelli: "Don't worry about me. Uh, huh. I can take care of myself."
    (Rivet City conversations; Cindy's and Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "So your husband is an addict?"
    Cindy Cantelli: "He's hopeless. I have to keep him away from the shop or he'll rob us blind. One of these days he's going to end up dead."
    (Cindy Cantelli's dialogue)
  10. Ted Strayer: "Dude, I believe in better life through chems, but you're taking it way too far. You gotta cut back some."
    Paulie Cantelli: "Whoa. No such thing as too much. In fact, I'm going to do some more."
    (Rivet City conversations; Ted Strayer's and Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  11. Cindy Cantelli: "This is A Quick Fix. I mean that's the name of our shop. Paulie and mine that is. My name is Cindy. Cindy Cantelli."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Damn! You sound like you've been sampling your own stuff."
    Cindy Cantelli: "No, no, no! I would never do that. Paulie did. Sample it, I mean. He's dead now, thank God."
    (Cindy Cantelli's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken should her husband Paulie Cantelli be dead for whatever reason.
  12. Vera Weatherly: "Hello Cindy. I know we haven't been the best of friends, but I am sorry he's dead. I know he meant something to you."
    Cindy Cantelli: "I really miss him. I didn't think it would hurt this much."
    (Rivet City conversations; Vera Weatherly's and Cindy Cantelli's dialogue) Note: This exchange plays out if Paulie Cantelli is dead.
  13. Paulie Cantelli: "It's the colors, man. The colors are amazing. You really gotta try Psycho."
    Mei Wong: "Look, I keep telling you. I'm not into that. Psycho rots your brain. Just leave me alone."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Mei Wong's dialogue)
  14. Paulie Cantelli: "Make it quick, will ya? I'm coming down and I gotta get my fix."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  15. Paulie Cantelli: "Hey, haven't I seen you somewhere before?"
    Mei Wong: "Yes. Every night on the flight deck. Paulie, those chems are trashing your memory. Now let me eat in peace."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Mei Wong's dialogue)
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Lone Wanderer: "I'm trying to find out Rivet City's history. Can you help?"
    Paulie Cantelli: "Huh? History? What history? No history here, man/girl."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Lone Wanderer: "You're a junkie? Tell me where you keep your stash. Now!"
    Paulie Cantelli: "Okay, okay! I steal them from Doc Preston. There's an empty room across from the Staley's. I hide them in the file cabinet in there."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  18. Ted Strayer: "Dude, I believe in better life through chems, but you're taking it way too far. You gotta cut back some."
    Paulie Cantelli: "Whoa. No such thing as too much. In fact, I'm going to do some more."
    (Rivet City conversations; Ted Strayer's and Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  19. Paulie Cantelli: "Who are you? Got any Psycho? I could really use a fix, but I'm broke. Ha ha! I run the chem shop, but I'm broke and can't buy chems!"
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  20. Paulie Cantelli: "Angela, how would you like to trade some Brahmin steak for Mentats? It'll make you beautiful."
    Angela Staley: "No thanks, Paulie. Last time I tried that stuff Diego got so mad at me. I'll just get you some noodles."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Angela Staley's dialogue)
  21. Harkness: "Paulie, you need to lay off the chems."
    Paulie Cantelli: "I know, I know. Tonight's my last night. Honest."
    (Rivet City conversations; Harkness' and Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  22. Paulie Cantelli: "Hey, Commander. Just walking the deck here. Yep, just walking the deck."
    Harkness: "You're wasted, Paulie. If you're going to stay on the flight deck, try to stay away from the railing."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Harkness' dialogue) Note: These conversations would seem to occur on the flight deck of Rivet City. However, Paulie and Harkness never visit the flight deck at the same time. They may still encounter each other, and have this conversation, elsewhere in Rivet City.
  23. Paulie Cantelli: "Hey, Commander. Just walking the deck here. Yep, just walking the deck."
    Commander Danvers: "Paulie, you're wasted. Just do me a favor and don't fall off the deck."
    (Rivet City conversations; Paulie Cantelli's and Lana Danvers' dialogue) Note: These conversations would seem to occur on the flight deck of Rivet City. However, Paulie and Danvers never visit the flight deck at the same time. They may still encounter each other, and have this conversation, elsewhere in Rivet City.
  24. The Lone Wanderer: "What is this I hear about the Hangar Deck and Upper Deck?"
    Paulie Cantelli: "Damn Upper Deckers. They think they're better than us. Well, screw them."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  25. The Lone Wanderer: "Where can I find Ted Strayer?"
    Preston, Bannon, Belle Bonny, Cindy Cantelli, Paulie Cantelli, Seagrave Holmes, Tammy Hargrave, Harkness, Lopez, Mei Wong, Lana Danvers, Clifford, Christie Young, Henry Young, Rivet City security: "Have you tried the common room? That's where he sleeps. Otherwise...hmmm. You can probably find him on the flight deck some days, if it isn't raining. He usually goes to the Muddy Rudder on Sundays. Beyond that, who knows."
    (Preston's, Bannon's, Belle Bonny's, Cindy Cantelli's, Paulie Cantelli's, Seagrave Holmes', Tammy Hargrave's, Harkness', Lopez's, Mei Wong's, Lana Danvers', Clifford's, Christie Young's, Henry Young's, and Rivet City security's dialogue) Note: All the characters stated here have the exact same lines as a part of the quest You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head "MS14TedFind".
  26. The Lone Wanderer: "Here. Have some Psycho."
    Paulie Cantelli: "Thanks, man. I really need this fix."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  27. Paulie Cantelli: "Looking for a fix?"
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  28. The Lone Wanderer: "I need some chems."
    Paulie Cantelli: "Let's get high."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  29. Paulie Cantelli: "Haven't seen you in here before. Do you need a fix? I might have what you need. You can always come see Paulie to get what you need."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)
  30. The Lone Wanderer: "Why are you guys living on this boat?"
    Paulie Cantelli: "It's a place to live, safe from Raiders and Super Mutants. With Doctor Li on our side, maybe we can even begin to rebuild the world."
    (Paulie Cantelli's dialogue)

Non-game

  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.90: "Paulie Cantelli
    Paulie is your classic addict. His wife, Cindy, runs A Quick Fix, which sells Chems. The shop would actually make money if he would stop using up all the inventory himself. Most of his waking thoughts are about when he can get his next fix. He is frequently distracted and has trouble focusing. Paulie and Cindy are married in name only. They barely talk and share little in common. He isn't even aware of how much he neglects his wife."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.66: "Cindy Cantelli
    Cindy runs A Quick Fix, which sells Chems. Cindy has given up on her addict husband, Paulie Cantelli. They go through the tired motions of a marriage without really interacting with each other. She never uses Chems herself, although she has no problem selling them to others. She has what is called a convenient morality. Currently she has a crush on Bannon but has not gotten up the courage to approach him. However, since he is a regular churchgoer, she is there every Sunday, sitting as close to him as possible."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
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