Episode: University (SE3, EP6) Characters: Ralphie and Tracee
In the list, the ups and downers all come by and this is a definite downer,
like the entire – terrible –episode UNIVERSITY. It gives us insight into the dark
lives of Bada Bing strippers; having to give blow jobs to horrible men, pieces of
shit like Ralphie. Tracee, who’s pregnant with his baby, makes a mistake here and
hits Ralph, who’s high on blow and a major psycho to begin with. He then begins to
beat poor Tracee to death. It horrible to watch, but this is the type of people these
wiseguys are. This was made clear many times before, but in this scene you really
get it in your face. It’s very, very ugly.
169. Bada Bing Surprise
Episode: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (SE1, EP3) Characters: Tony, Jackie Aprile and
An element that has always served THE SOPRANOS writers well in coming up with
amusing situations, is how the values of Mafiosi are quite different from most other
people. For example, when Tony wants to organise a little party for his sick friend
Jackie, he has a stripper from the Bada Bing act like a nurse at his hospital bed.
Then off course, Jackie and the girl get to have a little private time. This is not
a treatment many cancer patients will receive. ‘It was nice of you to have a little
party for your friend’, Dr. Melfi says later. No reason at all to disagree.
168. Sad Clown
Episode: The Strong Silent Type (SE4, EP10) Characters: Tony and Dr. Melfi
This is crucial therapy for Tony, who’s grieving over the loss of Pie-O-Mie.
Dr. Melfi: ‘It is sad that you’ve lost something you loved. That being said; it’s
a horse. Last time it was ducks. You haven’t grieved this way for people.’ It is
true; a real sociopath like Tony has no empathy at all for people, but when it comes
to animals, they strangely affect him. ‘You’ve caused much suffering yourself, haven’t
you?’, Melfi tries, but it doesn’t land. Tony is going for self-pity all the way.
Episode: Made in America (SE6, EP21) Characters: Phil & Patty Leotardo, their grandkids,
Walden Belfiore and Bystanders
New Jersey defeats New York on one single blow. Phil’s death reminds of a scene
straight out of SIX FEET UNDER. His head gets crushed under the wheel of his own
SUV after having been popped in the head by young associate Walden Belfiore. He had
it coming with his constant complaining. This is the final kill in the series of
one of Tony’s worst antagonists.
166. Don’t Scam a Scammer
Episode: Chasing It (SE6, EP16) Characters: Tony and Carmela
Tony gravely insults Carmela for not using her spec house money for gambling.
‘You’re a shitty business woman who build a shitty house that’s gonna cave in and
kill that fucking unborn baby any day. And now you can’t sleep.’ Harsh at it may
be, Tony is right; she did use rotten wood on the spec house, which she is now selling
to her own cousin Brian. These central characters are getting uglier every episode
and Tony’s gambling problems aren’t helping either.
165. Comply or Die!
Episode: A Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist’s Office… (SE2, EP1) Characters: Christopher,
Adriana, Matt Bevilaqua, Sean Gismonte and traders
At the start of this episode, we learn that an Asian guy gets Christopher a
broker’s degree. In this scene, we find out why. The Sopranos are pulling a pump
and dump scheme through a brokerage firm; they push a stock called Webistics and
quickly dump it when the value reaches its top. Christopher is the Compliance Officer
of the firm, which means he is either sleeping or taking his girlfriend to the beach.
In his absence he leaves two Mafia wannabes in charge who hospitalise a trader because
he is pushing the wrong stock. ‘Anybody else got a problem with Webistics?’ Yet,
another funny look at the almost inconceivable immoral way these guys make their
164. A Little Pain
Episode: Long Term Parking (SE5, EP12) Characters: Tony and Christopher
After Adriana’s death, Christopher is watching ¡THREE AMIGOS!. He admits to
Tony that he snored a little H because he couldn’t handle the pain. He really loved
her, he says. Tony is tired of his bullshit and kicks the living hell out of him.
A grim ending of the Adriana story thread.
163. DEFCON 4
Episode: Meadowlands (SE1, EP4) Characters: Tony, Big Pussy, Paulie, Silvio and Christopher
After they find out that Jackie Aprile just died, the Soprano crew do a toast
to their friend and leader. In this scene, you can see how little the bond of these
mobsters really means. Tony is a little upset, sure, but there is no way you can
tell that one of his best friends has just passed away. One of the strippers almost
gets more emotional. These mobsters are cold people. Then Christopher barges in who’s
furious at Junior for taking over his turf. ‘This aint negotiation time. This is
Scarface, final scene, bazooka under each arm, say hello to my little friend!’ With
this comic act, Chris reminds the audience why it is so much fun to watch these mobsters
162. Three O’Clock High
Episode: From Where to Eternity (SE2, EP9) Characters: Christopher and Paulie
In this episode, Christopher had a near death experience and visited hell.
Over there, he got a message from Mikey Palmice for Paulie and Tony; three o’clock.
Now is this for real or was Chrissy just high on morphine? Tony thinks it’s the second
option, but Paulie is freaked out by the whole thing. In this scene he is convincing
Christopher, or actually himself, that Chris did not visit hell, but only purgatory.
‘Just a little detour on our way to paradise.’ This might give Christopher a little
piece of mind, but certainly not Paulie.
161. A New Approach
Episode: Second Opinion (SE3, EP7) Characters: Carmela and Dr. Krakower
Carmela isn’t used to this kind of talk. In SECONDOPINION she goes to see
a psychiatrist whose approach is a little different from Dr. Melfi’s. He tells her
outright that she should get a divorce and take the children. ‘Enabler would be a
better job description for you than accomplice. My apologies. You can never say you
haven’t been told.’