Episode: Two Tonys (SE5, EP1) Characters: Tony, Janice, Bobby and Sophie
Tony and Bobby are watching a news item. What better way to start a new season
of a mob show than to introduce four new Mafia characters that are about to be released
from prison? Even better; the four characters are all portrayed by great actors that
earned their stripes in gangster films. Steve Buscemi plays Tony Blundetto, Frank
Vincent is Phil Leotardo, Joe Santos portrays Angelo Garepe and last but not least;
Robert Loggia plays Michele ‘Feech’ La Manna. This promises to be another awesome
159. The Captain
Episode: He is Risen (SE3, EP8) Characters: Tony and Gloria Trillo
This is another perfect ending to an episode. Junior advised Tony earlier;
‘That’s what being a boss is; you steer the ship the best way you know. In the meantime,
you take your pleasures when you can.’ Tony does just that; he makes Ralphie captain
after Gigi dies and at the end he is taking his pleasure in the form of Gloria; an
Italian knockout he met at Dr. Melfi’s. The lyrics of the song ‘The Captain’ by Casey
Chambers add to the substance of the scene. They seem to be told from Gloria’s perspective;
a girl who is extremely uncertain of herself, and gives herself completely to a man.
In other words; a borderline girl, what Gloria off course is, and Tony will soon
discover. But first he briefly gets to enjoy the good times.
158. Fried Chicken
Episode: Members Only (SE6, EP1) Characters: Eugene Pontecorvo and Teddy Spirodakis
Eugene Pontecorvo wants to retire from the mob, but in the Mafia, there is
no such thing as retirement. In an attempt to please the bosses, Eugene whacks a
gambler in Boston for not paying his gambling debts. In the end, this pretty brutal
murder gains him nothing; just another bad deed for a soldier in the mob, for whom
there eventually is only one way out…
157. Truth Be Told
Episode: Cold Cuts (SE5, EP10) Characters: Christopher and Adriana
Christopher is frustrated with Tony Blundetto getting spoiled by Tony. He is
whining to Adriana, who in return tries to convince him to leave. ‘Maybe you could
pick up your writing or male modelling’, she suggests. Christopher: ‘As a male model,
I would probably be a success, but I couldn’t stand to be around these fucking people.
I’m a soldier, Adriana. When are you gonna understand that?’ Brilliant dialogues
156. Crime and Punishment
Episode: Watching To Much Television (SE4, EP7) Characters: Tony, Irina and Ronald
Never mess with the former goomar of a mob boss, even if it’s been years since
their break-up. The corrupt assemblyman Ronnie Zellman already had a feeling he would
get punished this episode, he told his equally corrupt business partner earlier.
His feeling comes true here. Tony gives him a truly humiliating beating with a belt.
It may be for entirely the wrong reason, but he definitely had it coming.
155. Going Home
Episode: Mayham (SE6, EP3) Characters: Tony and the Man
‘You’re going home. Everyone is in there.’ Tony reaches the end of his coma
dream, where he is welcomed by The Man (Tony B.) to join his family in a spooky old
house. Tony wisely decides against it, helped by Meadow’s voice and wakes up. This
is the closest THE SOPRANOS ever gets in showing what Tony’s hell might look like.
Livia is there and probably a lot of other ghouls from his past. It’s unsettling
to say the least.
154. Safe House
Episode: The Blue Comet (SE6, EP20) Characters: Tony, Paulie, Carlo, Silvio (cardboard
version), Dante ‘Buddha’ Greco and Walden Belfiore
The perfect ending to a perfect episode. These makers sure know how to set
the mood. Tony in that room with the machine gun Bobby gave him for his birthday
is both unsettling and tense. Perfect set-up for the final episode MADEIN AMERICA.
How is this gonna end?
153. Through the Meat Grinder
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (SE2, EP12) Characters: Christopher and Furio
Never order a salami sub in a pork store owned by mobsters, because at night
they use the grinder for a different type of meat. Christopher and Furio dispose
of Richie Aprile’s body. ‘We have to speed this up’, Chrissy tells Furio. ‘You know
what time these humps come in for work? Five o’clock, meat delivery. It will be a
while before I eat anything from Satriale’s.’
152. The Contract
Episode: The Weight (SE4, EP4) Characters: Silvio, Christopher, Lou ‘DiMaggio’ Galina,
Frank Crisci, Chris Galina and Rose Galina
Lou DiMaggio and the Atwell Avenue Boys. That is where Silvio and Christopher
are send to put out a hit on Johnny Sack. The old haunts are already introduced through
a frightening story by Uncle Junior (the DiMaggio legend). Their appearance, some
weird chromosome dysfunction around their eyes, makes them all the more creepy. Interesting
detail, Richard Bright who played Al Neri in THE GODFATHER is one of the hitmen in
151. Close Call
Episode: Where’s Johnny? (SE5, EP3) Characters: Lorraine Calluzo, Jason Evanina, Bartender,
Phil Leotardo, Joey Peeps and Phil’s associate.
A woman shylock, Lorraine Calluzo, and her partner in crime Jason Evanina,
collect a debt from a bartender. They get threatened by Phil Leotardo and his associates
for kicking up to Little Carmine instead of Johnny Sack. It’s very menacing. Phil
shoots at her but stops the bullet with a phonebook. ‘It only made it to the ‘R’.
And Lorraine has obviously hung around these mob figures too long. ‘Please, I suck
your cock. All of you guys.’ Jesus Christ.