Episode: The Blue Comet (SE6, EP20) Characters: Phil, Butch DeConcini and Albie Cianflone
Phil declares war on Tony’s ‘glorified crew’, motivating his decision by stating
that Jersey don’t live by the old mob standards anymore, ignoring the fact that nobody
does and the mob is all about the money nowadays. Great scene, for the dialogues
but also because it makes the tension level rise sky high. You know an old school
mob war is about to break loose and anybody could get hurt. All bets are off now
and the adrenaline is rushing through our bodies.
89. Louisville Slugger
Episode: Second Opinion (SE3, EP7) Characters: Tony and Angie Bonpensiero
You gotta love how Tony handles this one. The widow Angie Bonpensiero is on
Tony’s payroll since Pussy went MIA (whacked), but she’s still crying money problems
to Carmela. When Tony arrives to sort it out, he sees that she is driving a Cadillac.
His anger management lessons go straight through the window then and there. He takes
a Louisville slugger from his car and takes out his frustration on the caddy. He
then tells the frightened Angie: ‘You see my wife you talk about oven cleaners. Anything
else you come directly to me.’
88. The Oklahoma Kid
Episode: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (SE1, EP8) Characters: Christopher and
The post modern movie references are one element in making THE SOPRANOS a great
show. The best one appears in this scene. Christopher feels depressed because of
his low ranking status in the mob, so he starts acting like a cowboy. ‘What is it,
do I look like a pussy to you?’, he asks a bakery clerk that doesn’t show him enough
respect. Then he shoots him in the foot to teach him a lesson. The same thing happens
to Michael Imperioli (who plays Christopher) in GOODFELLAS. He gets shot in the foot
by Joe Pesci for forgetting to serve him a drink. Therefore Christopher’s reply to
the clerks; ‘Arghh, you shot me in the foot’, is all the more hilarious. ‘It happens’,
he says before walking out the door. Genius! Ps: That customer Chris sends away is
indeed Vito in a different role.
87. Old Plotters
Episode: Pilot (SE1, EP1) Characters: Junior and Livia
This little dialogue between Junior and Livia feels like a scene from a Roman
tragedy like I, CLAUDIUS in which – not accidently – the evil mother character is
also named Livia. During their drive to A.J.’s birthday party, Junior feels out Livia
about a possible hit on Tony. First he pisses her off a little: ‘Remember the long
hair and the drugs? Now, it’s fags in the military’, and then he says that ‘something
may have to be done about Tony’. She doesn’t say anything! Brilliant set-up for one
of Season 1’s major plot lines.
86. Bevilaqua’s Death
Episode: From Where to Eternity (SE2, EP9) Characters: Tony, Pussy and Matt Bevilaqua
With Christopher almost shot to death, Tony is keen on revenge. This is an
opportunity for FBI-informant Pussy to prove himself. He tracks down Bevilaqua and
takes Tony there to whack him. Matt is understandably scared of what is coming, so
he pisses his pants. After a brief interrogation, Tony finishes him off with a shot
in the head. Matt is crying for his mother before the end. Then Tony and Pussy send
out a message and pump Matt’s dead body full of lead. Afterwards, they go celebrate
with a steak meal.
85. High Impact Collection
Episode: Where’s Johnny? (SE5, EP3) Characters: Paulie, Gary La Manna and Jimmie
This scene is priceless. Paulie is pissed because Feech La Manna squeezed out
his mother’s gardener Sal Vitro, so he takes down Feech’ nephew Gary to settle the
score. The damage Paulie does to Gary is even greater than the number Feech did on
Sal Vitro. He causes him to fall out of a tree and break his legs. Then he takes
his cash and lawnmower as down payment. Incredible these guys.
84. Popping Cherry
Episode: Sopranos Home Movies (SE6, EP13) Characters: Bobby and Rene LeCours
While Carmela claims that Tony Soprano is not ‘a vindictive man’, he still
sends out Bobby to commit his first murder because he kicked Tony’s ass in a fist
fight a couple of days earlier. The murder scene is delivered in quite a dramatic
way; Bobby is obviously upset and his victim – a young guy – is seen badly suffering.
A clever detail is that the first bullet ends up in the Laundromat and is heard quaking
around till the end of the scene.
83. Furious Debut
Episode: Big Girls Don’t Cry (SE2, EP5) Characters: Tony, Furio, Dr. Melfi, Dominic
Fresh over from Naples, Furio is given a first assignment by Tony. He has to
straighten out the owner of a bordello and his insubordinate Filipino wife. He passes
the test. Within a minute, he has caused more physical damage, pain and fear than
any other of the guys would have achieved in years. Tony is enjoying himself in the
car while he listens to the anguish inside. Then Melfi calls that she wants to take
him back as a patient. How appropriate.
82. Happy Times
Episode: Pilot (SE1, EP1) Characters: Tony and Christopher
This is a beautiful early moment in the relationship between Tony and Christopher
where everything is still peaches and cream. Chris is unhappy because Tony did not
compliment him on solving the Triborough Towers situation (the hit on Emil Kolar).
Instead of kicking his ass, Tony understands. He has gone all soft because of the
therapy he has been having. ‘That’s how I was parented, never supported, never complimented’,
Tony says. Very soon after, Tony explodes anyway after Chris starts babbling about
writing Hollywood screenplays. ‘You gonna go Henry Hill on me now?’ Then they make
up again. ‘Everything is gonna be allright from here on in. What could be bad?’ Well,
with these highly unstable characters, quite a lot.
81. A Killer’s Conscious
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (SE6, EP18) Characters: Tony and Dr. Melfi
After Tony murdered his nephew Christopher, he feels relieved. But he can’t
share his true feelings with anyone, because, well you know it’s supposed to be an
accident what happened. So what does the unconscious do? In a dream, Tony comes clean
to Dr. Melfi. The truth is pretty chilling when you think about it: ‘The biggest
blunder in my career is now gone and I don’t have to be confronted by that fact no
more. Let me tell you, I murdered friends before, even relatives. My cousin Tony.
My best friend Puss… but this…’ Then he wakes up all worried that he spoke in his