Gerard was never satisfied with his lot in life. Others always had more money, better clothes, better looking women, okay they at least had a woman. One day Gerard is made an offer he can’t refuse, he is to do as he is told, or else he will be killed. The Godfather was not known for making threats, he only made promises that he followed through with. The Godfather told Gerard that even though they have known each other many years, that this is the first time that he ever came to him for help and that he had never extended an invitation for him to visit his house, not even for a cup of coffee, even though his wife is godmother to Gerard’s only child. The Godfather said, “Let’s be frank here, you never wanted my friendship, because you are afraid to be in my debt.”
Gerard wanted permission to date a girl who was connected to the rival Tattaglia family, who were dealing drugs which the Godfather was against. Don Corleone agreed, but only after he dispatched his main man Luca Brasi to infiltrate the organization, however during the meeting Brasi is stabbed and killed. Gerard is told that he is to become the new informer, as he is already trusted by the Tattaglia family and there is nothing that he can do except comply to the wishes of the Godfather.
Gerard knew all about what happened with Johnny who signed this contract when he first started out with a big-band leader. Johnny being a godson to Don Corleone wanted to get out of this contract as his career got better. The Godfather went to see the bandleader, and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, Don Corleone went to see the bandleader again, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, the bandleader signed the release, with a certified check of $1,000, as Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, while the Godfather assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.
Later the famous singer Johnny Fontane came to visit Don Vito Corleone and asks for his help to secure a film role that will boost his fading career. The head of the film studio, flat out refused to give Fontane the part, but Don Corleone tells Johnny, that he would make him an offer that he can’t refuse. The next day the studio head wakes up to find the severed head of his expensive racehorse in his bed. Unsurprisingly, Fontane is subsequently given the part. Gerard knew that he had to do whatever he was told.