Episode: The Blue Comet (SE6, EP20) Characters: Silvio and Burt Gervasi
THE BLUE COMET, the ultimate Sopranos thrill ride, opens with the intense strangling
of Burt Gervasi by Silvio for reasons unknown. Apparently, a scene was deleted in
post production which involved Burt telling Silvio that he has begun cooperating
with New York. Now, we find out Silvio’s motive for the murder a little later when
he tells Tony that Burt was playing both sides of the fence. The kill reminds of
the Luca Brasi strangling in THE GODFATHER, that also happens at the starting point
of a mob war. Fantastic way to open this pre-finale episode.
79. End of the Line
Episode: Members Only (SE6, EP1) Characters: Eugene Pontecorvo
After being denied retirement to Florida by both Tony and the feds, Eugene
chooses for the alternative; death. Now his wife and children can leave at least.
Eugene first checks out a family photo album and then let’s himself fall with a rope
tied around his neck. His death struggle is hard to watch and seems to last forever.
Disturbing for sure.
78. A Bunch of Ghouls
Episode: From Where to Eternity (SE2, EP9) Characters: Paulie, psychic, clients, Charles
Pagano, Mikey Palmice and many more...
Paulie can’t sleep at night because he is alarmed by the ‘three o’clock’ message
he got from hell. His girlfriend advices him to visit a ghost whisperer in New York.
But what happens when a mass-murderer like Paulie visits a psychic? Exactly this;
the psychic signals a bunch of ghouls around Paulie, including his first victim Charles
Pagano and Mikey Palmice. ‘Poison Ivy, he wants to know if it still itches.’ This
‘satanic black magic’ freaks out Paulie even more and he throws a chair through the
room yelling; ‘fucking queers!’ This is Paulie Walnuts at his best.
77. Fading Memories
Episode: Made in America (SE6, EP21) Characters: Tony and Junior
Tony makes a final visit to Junior, who surprisingly enough made it to the
end of the series. Their dialogue is touching. ‘You ran North Jersey, you and my
dad.’‘That’s nice’, comments Junior. If Tony doesn’t get whacked and doesn’t go
to jail, he could end up like this also. With no memories and nobody that comes to
visit him. It’s all about choices made.
Episode: Another Toothpick (SE3, EP5) Characters: Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri Sr., Mustang
Sally and Petey
That old Bacala is the toughest hitman ever in the series. Despite his terminal
lung cancer, he goes and takes out two guys and then lights a freakin’ Marlboro.
He croaks afterwards, but it’s a very impressive final performance.
Episode: Unidentified Black Males (SE5, EP9) Characters: Soprano and Lupertazzi families
Joey Peeps, may he rest he piece. What has always been one of the main qualities
of THE SOPRANOS is the humour. Here, the Jersey mob have the headstone screwed up
for the recently deceased Joey Peeps. Tony to Silvio: ‘Peeps? That’s a fucking nickname.
The family name is Peparelli.’ Classic.
74. Scene from a Marriage
Episode: College (SE1, EP5) Characters: Tony and Carmela
This dialogue between Tony and Carmela is hilarious. She tells him Father Phil
spent the night at their house while Tony was away, but nothing happened. ‘Oh, I
bet he gave you communion’, Tony implies. ‘The guy spends the night here, and all
he does is slip you a wafer?’ Then Carmela gets back at him for his hypocrisy. ‘Your
therapist called’, she says. ‘Jennifer?’ Now, Tony has to make up for the fact that
he lied about his shrink being a woman. ‘All we do is talk, Carm. Come on!’ A great
ending to a great episode.
At this point, things start to go sour between Tony and Junior. The reason?
Tony taking the piss out of Uncle Junior on the golf course with his little bed secret.
‘You guys went to a sushi bar or something? Uncle June, I thought you were a bacala
man. What are you doing eating sushi?’ But Uncle June has something on Tony as well;
‘At least I can deal with my own problems, unlike some I know.’ In both these embarrassing
truths, their mouths (bocas) are the problem.
Episode: Whitecaps (SE4, EP13) Characters: Christopher, Benny Fazio, Petey LaRosa,
Credenzo Curtis and Stanley Johnson
After the hit on Carmine Lupertazi is cancelled, Tony tells Chris that nobody
can find out it was ever considered. Chris ensures the silence of the contracted
hitmen by having them whacked by associates Benny Fazio and Petey LaRosa. This is
how it’s done in the shady underworld these characters inhabit. Dirty ‘n mean.
71. Tony Gets the Boot
Episode: The Blue Comet (SE6, EP20) Characters: Tony and Dr. Melfi
After seven years of treatment, Dr. Melfi lets Tony go as a patient. The immediate
reason is that she read a study about how sociopaths like Tony use therapy to sharpen
their skills as conmen. The manner in which she dumps him doesn’t appear very professional.
On the other hand, there have been countless of other moments in which Tony totally
deserved this treatment. She just rightfully came to the conclusion that Tony is
not gonna put in any effort to change. He made his choices and she is right to rid
herself of this self-pitying subject.