This is just an image really, but a powerful one. Tony holding guard for the
bear in TWO TONYS is the perfect final image. The cigar, the assault riffle; there
is only one Tony and this is him. The heavy rock music makes it even better.
119. Blind Spot
Episode: The Ride (SE6, EP9) Characters: Carmela and Liz La Cerva
‘Carmela Soprano, how’s your daughter?’, begins Adriana’s mother Liz when she
meets Carmela at the annual feast of Elzéar of Sabran. Then after Carmela’s ‘Fine’,
she says: ‘well, mine is dead.’ Goosebumps. Carmela is faced – again – with Adriana’s
faith, but she just doesn’t see it. In Season 6 she completely accepted her faith
as, what series creator David Chase calls: housewife-whore.
118. No Way!
Episode: Do Not Resuscitate (SE2, EP2) Characters: Pussy, doctors and Skip Lipari
After a lot of hustle in season 1 about Pussy being a rat or not, it was decided
that he is not. After all, Jimmie Altieri was the traitor right? Also a fat guy with
black hair. Now that Pussy has returned everything is back to normal again. Then
we find out Pussy is a rat after all! In this scene he is talking to an FBI agent.
An amazing twist that nobody saw coming.
117. An Unfriendly Drink
Episode: Walk Like a Man (SE6, EP17) Characters: Christopher, Paulie, Tony, Patsy,
Bobby, Silvio, Carlo, Walden Belfiore, Jason Molinaro, Dante ‘Buddha’ Greco, Benny
Fazio and Anthony Maffei
‘To good times’. The way things are brewing now they will be over soon. Chris
has a few drinks too many with Paulie to make up for the feud they recently had.
Then he has to take a whole lot of insults that even include his daughter. Everybody
laughs at Christopher, including the diabolical Tony. Chris seems to take it well,
surprisingly enough. But under the surface things are happening that aren’t so healthy.
116. Flipping Ade
Episode: No Show (SE4, EP2) Characters: Adriana, Danielle, Agent Frank Cubitoso and
The feds use quite intimidating techniques to flip their targets, we witness
in Adriana’s interrogation. They threaten her with a charge to sell and distribute
cocaine that could get her to jail for 25 years. They also warn her that if she does
not cooperate, Tony will find out that she brought an undercover FBI agent to his
house on Sunday dinner. ‘We will probably never hear about it though. Chances are
that you and Christopher will just disappear.’ Ade throws up big time. This is the
beginning of one of the most dramatic plot lines in the series.
115. Forced Retirement
Episode: The Test Dream (SE5, EP11) Characters: Phil Leotardo, Billy Leotardo and
The Leotardo brothers take out old Carmine Lupertazzi’s consiglieri Angelo
for cooperating with Little Carmine against Johnny Sack. The trunk murder is a reference
to the death of Billy Batts in GOODFELLAS, who is played by Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo).
114. What’s His is Mine
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (SE6, EP18) Characters: Tony and Sonya Aragon
We had to include at least one scene in which Tony was shagging in this list.
His shag with Christopher’s former Vegas girl after his death is a good one. The
build-up is especially masterful. Tony killed Chris, but couldn’t stand being around
all those people grieving. So he booked a private flight to Vegas for some gambling,
eating and shagging. He’s gotta stop and smell the roses, right?
113. Macho Man
Episode: Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request (SE6, EP5) Characters: Tony, Christopher,
Bobby, Paulie, Silvio, Patsy, Jason Molinaro, Dante ‘Buddha’ Greco, James ‘Murmur’
Zancone and Perry Annunziata
After he comes back from the hospital his underlings start to second guess
him, so what does Tony do? He takes on the most athletic guy he can find, Muscles
Marinara, and kicks his butt. The guy can’t hit Tony back, but it’s about window
dressing anyway. This scene shows that these guys function pretty much like apes,
with Tony still as supreme Gorilla.
112. Near Whack
Episode: Irregular Around the Margins (SE5, EP5) Characters: Tony, Christopher, Paulie,
Tony Blundetto and associates
Again, Christopher nearly dies. This time at Tony’s hands. He got more lives
than a cat this one (perhaps that’s the point of the cat in MADEIN AMERICA). Tony
is close to clipping him, but Tony B. saves his life. They then go talk to a doctor
who explains Christopher that it is physically impossible that Adriana was giving
Tony head when their car crashed.
Episode: Eloise (SE4, EP12) Characters: Paulie and Minn Matrone
In Season 4 things already start to get pretty dark at times. Killing old ladies
now? Paulie found out his mother’s ‘friend’ Minn Matrone keeps her money under her
mattress, so he breaks in, but gets caught red handed. When she starts to scream
he smothers her with a pillow. That’s a low move. He brings Tony a big, fat taste
afterwards, to make up for his recent disloyalty. Evil.