Let’s hit it off with a good whacking. THE SOPRANOS is full of them and this
one is particularly delicious. Frontrunner for the New York No1 position, Faustino
‘Doc’ Santoro gets shot outside a massage parlour along with his bodyguard by Phil
Leotardo’s guys. Doc sealed his faith earlier this episode by literally taking food
from Phil’s plate. Reminds of the real life Paul Castellano hit. Oh, and that eyeshot
is framed beautifully Coppola style.
Episode: Full Leather Jacket (SE2, EP8) Characters: Carmela, Richie, Polish maid and
That look on Richie’s face when he sees his leather jacket on the husband of
Tony’s Polish maid who comes to pick up a TV-set (‘in Poland he was a mechanical
engineer’). Richie gave the jacket to Tony to make good for the problems that they
had. He was real proud of it too, since he took the jacket from Rocco DiMeo, the
cocksucker with the toughest reputation of Essex County. And now, in the blink of
an eye, it is all washed down the fucking toilet.
Episode: The Telltale Moozadell (SE3, EP9) Characters: Tony and Gloria Trillo
Tony takes his new goomar Gloria to the zoo and they have a very erotic moment
in the snake-house. The love between the two is still tender and exciting here and
it shows big-time. That snake in the background is awesome. There is a subtle foreshadow
that the happy times between the two won’t last long when Gloria remarks to Tony;
‘poor you’, a mimic of the recently deceased Livia.
197. These #@**&%$ Ducks!
Episode: Pilot (SE1, EP1) Characters: Tony, Carmela, Meadow, A.J., Silvio, Hunter
Scangarelo, Father Phil and Uncle Junior
The ducks in the swimming pool: what do they mean? The pilot of THE SOPRANOS
makes it very clear that this is no ordinary television show, but a complex work
of art. Tony’s first anxiety attack while barbequing is also perfectly shot and acted.
Happens right after A.J.’s famous line; ‘So what, no fucking ziti now?’
196. Spitting Image
Episode: A Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist’s Office… (SE2, EP1) Characters: Tony, Paulie,
Pussy, Silvio, Raymond Curto and Gigi Cestone
Silvio, whose hair seems to grow an inch each season, does terrific Al Pacino
imitations. Not for nothing, they are a massive source of amusement to the wiseguys.
In this scene, he is on a roll and does no less than three imitations. The best one
is the middle one in which he imitates Michael Corleone lying to his wife Kay. ‘Michael,
is it true?’ ‘No’. ‘You fucking schifusa!’ The whole crew is in stitches.
195. Father and Son
Episode: Johnny Cakes (SE6, EP8) Characters: Tony and A.J.
A.J. attempts to kill Junior as revenge for shooting his dad. But – luckily
for him – he accidently drops his knife and is halted by security. Tony manages to
get him released and gives him a good talking to. Then A.J., calls him a hypocrite
because Tony named the scene in THE GODFATHER in which Michael Corleone kills his
father’s attackers his favourite scene of all time. His own attempt to pull a Michael
Corleone failed though. He is more like Fredo who also dropped his weapon when his
father was gunned down.
194. Law Enforcement
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (SE2, EP12) Characters: Pussy, Christopher,
Tommy Mack and 7/11 Clerk
Pussy’s dilemma in betraying his friends is over. Now, he is suffering from
Stockholm Syndrome; he thinks he’s an FBI agent. Despite his FBI-contact telling
him not to, he follows Christopher and an associate who are out to rob a shipment
of Pokemon cards, all the while talking into a walkie-talkie like he is in ‘Jake
and the Fatman’. But he dysfunctions behind the wheel, and hits a 7/11 Clerk before
bumping into a parked car. Pussy has gone really delusional is the central message
Artie made an unwise business decision by lending 50.000 dollars – which he
borrowed from Tony by the way – to a French entrepreneur. Off course he hasn’t heart
dick from him since, so on Tony’s advise he is going to his house to confront him.
In this scene he is practicing for the showdown. It’s very impressive: ‘I called
you five times. Qu’est-ce que c’est message machine broken? You fucking avoiding
me motherfucker?’. The eventual showdown doesn’t go so well. Artie is a doucheback,
but a sympathetic one most of the time.
192. A True Friend
Episode: D-Girl (SE2, EP7) Characters: Pussy, A.J. and Skip Lipari
On his confirmation, A.J. is caught smoking marijuana (the animal) and gets
send to his room. His godfather Pussy – who is wearing a wire at the occasion – goes
up to talk to him. While the feds are listening in, he tells A.J. a genuinely touching
story about how Tony can be a really good guy. When Pussy’s sister was in the hospital
when they were kids, Tony went with him to visit her every time. On the day that
she died, Tony was there also. Pussy later breaks down and weeps on the toilet; he
is fixing on betraying a true friend, while A.J. justifyingly wonders; ‘why did he
do all these great things before he was my dad?’
191. The Bear
Episode: Two Tonys (SE5, EP1) Characters: A.J., Carmela and Bear
An awesome metaphor: Tony left the premises and a replacement shows up; an
extremely strong and dangerous brown bear. A.J. nearly shits his pants. This is the
perfect visual representation of Tony and Carmela’s separation. Great also that this
episode is called TWO TONYS, as in Tony – Bear / Tony – Tony Blundetto and Old Tony
– Different Tony (the one that tries to seduce Melfi).