Episode: Commendatori (SE2, EP4) Characters: Carmela, Angie Bonpensiero and Rosalie
‘Angie, you must be relieved Pussy is back, right?’, Carmela asks Pussy’s wife.
Wrong! This is a great scene featuring ‘the wives of…’. It is beautiful because they
get confronted with the fact that their husbands suck and they should all get a divorce,
like Angie now realises. The men are in Italy, a trip Carmela wasn’t even invited
on, so she has reasons to be pissed, but Carmela is clearly in the denial phase in
this episode; ‘you know what the church says about divorce?’ Well, what about murder,
Carm? ‘Con te partirò’ (also released as ‘Time to Say Goodbye’) by Andrea Bocelli
is fittingly used as theme music here.
179. Mr. Brownstone
Episode: The Ride (SE6, EP9) Characters: Christopher, Corky Caporale and stray dog
When Christopher meets his doped-up buddy Corky Caporale to pay him for the
hit on Rusty Millio, he relapses and shoots some skag. He then spends the night completely
high with a stray dog. The song ‘The Dolphins’ by folk artist Fred Neil that plays
throughout the sequence is perfect.
178. Free Alterations
Episode: Meadowlands (SE1, EP4) Characters: Tony and Mikey Palmice
When Tony is really enjoying himself, it is often because of violence. But
who’s complaining when he is giving Junior’s sick henchman Mikey a good whacking?
Tony is a real bear and when he hits somebody, the viewer can almost feel its impact.
The reason for teaching Mikey a lesson is his killing of Brendan Filone and arranging
a mock execution for Christopher. T uses a staple gun to attach a parking ticket
to Mikey’s suit. That’s gotta hurt. ‘What are you screaming about? Free alterations’,
Tony laughs. ‘This ticket is overdue.’
Episode: Isabella (SE1, EP12) Characters: Tony, Carmela, A.J., Meadow, Silvio, Paulie,
Christopher, Uncle Junior, Livia and Father Phil
After the failed attempt on Tony’s life, it is comforting to see that his crew
immediately comes over to protect him and – off course – to look for retribution.
They all know it was Junior, who comes in acting all concerned together with Livia.
They look all the more concerned when Silvio says; ‘when we’re done with them, they
are gonna wish they never been born.’ There is a lot going on in this scene. Livia
starts acting demented so she can’t be held accountable for her part in the bodged
hit and Tony gets back at Father Phil for sleeping over earlier in the season. It’s
a beautiful family reunion.
176. Tracy and Hepburn
Episode: Whitecaps (SE4, EP13) Characters: Carmela and Tony
In their second major fight in WHITECAPS, a lot of bad things from the past
come up, which is what normally happens in a marital dispute. Tony brings up Carmela
telling him he was going to hell when he was first being examined for an MRI. Carmela,
in return, tells him she has been in love with Furio and Tony punches the wall. He
gets back at her by telling her he liked Svetlana because she had substance. He also
says ‘poor you’ to her like Livia used to say to him. Tony is by far the nastiest
in this fight and you can’t help but feel a little sorry for Carmela. On the other
hand, she had a blindfold on all these years. Tony has always been the same, only
earlier he was able to hide it a little better under a layer of roguish charm. Things
are more transparent than ever now.
175. The Funeral
Episode: Army of One (SE3, EP13) Characters: Tony, Carmela, Meadow, A.J., Rosalie
Aprile, Ralphie, Silvio & Gabriella Dante, Junior, Bobby, Paulie, Johnny & Ginni
Sacrimoni and Christopher
While Jackie Jr.’s murder was pretty uneventful (shot in the back of the head
by Vito), his funeral is all the more exciting. While they are preparing to insert
his casket in the Aprile family grave, half of the guests are arrested and the other
half run with their tails between their legs. And the turn-up was already pretty
shitty. Take with that the ugly, urban burial place and the depressing mood is complete.
174. Splitting Enemies
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (SE2, EP12) Characters: Junior, Bobby, Richie
and Jackie Jr.
He may be old, but Junior is still a strategic expert. When Richie comes to
tell him that Ally Boy Barese is out in setting up a hit on Tony, he acts all disappointed.
But as soon Richie is gone he weighs his long term interests. ‘The loser. He couldn’t
fucking sell it. He’s not respected. We’re better off with Tony.’ Since Junior wanted
to whack Tony himself in previous season, this wasn’t the expected outcome. That’s
the thing with these wiseguys; you never know who is gonna get whacked next, but
once they make up their minds, it’s gonna happen really fast.
173. Call Me Superstitious
Episode: Made in America (SE6, EP21) Characters: Tony and Paulie
After a dark sixth season, it is nice to see the series return to its lighter
roots in the finale. Paulie and Tony talk about superstition, which is always an
entertaining subject between the two of them. The cat adds to the fun. It is also
a bizarre sight to see these guys sitting outside Satriale’s with nothing but empty
chairs. The place used to be crowded with mobsters. Now Paulie and Tony are basically
the only old school guys left. Strange.
172. Big Mouth Parisi
Episode: A Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist’s Office… (SE2, EP1) Characters: Gigi Cestone
and Philly Parisi
No Philly Parisi, it is never a smart move to crack jokes about a recently
appointed mob boss. Especially not if you are in the losing team. The killer Gigi
Cestone is the smart one for switching camps. Before Philly leaves his home his wife
tells him, ‘Don't forget the pastries’, a reference to THE GODFATHER when Peter Clemenza's
wife tells him, ‘Don't forget the cannoli’, before going on the journey in which
Paulie Gatto is killed for his role in the attempted hit on Don Vito Corleone.
In good Christmas spirits, Tony goes over to Phil in the hospital and asks
him to believe in the ‘stop and smell the roses’ idea. There is enough money to be
made for all, so they should be able to live in peace. Whether this will be reality
will be answered in the final season 6b, but for now, things are good. At least between
Phil and Tony. The little guy (Butchie) acts extremely menacing to Tony. Great new