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70. Rock Bottom





Episode: The Second Coming (SE6, EP19)
Characters: A.J. and Tony




     A.J. reaches an absolute low in his depression and rather than eating a Lincoln Log Sandwich, he jumps in the swimming pool with a stone tied by his leg and a plastic bag over his head. Luckily, the rope is too long and Tony comes home to rescue him. Very affecting scene. It was time Tony did something nice for somebody again and the way he comforts A.J. is genuinely touching.







69. The Strong Silent Type





Episode: Pilot (SE1, EP1)
Characters: Tony and Dr. Melfi




     In one of the first therapy session Tony has with Dr. Melfi, the subject depression comes up for the very first time. Tony obviously has feelings of depression, but he has another problem. In his culture, this therapy shit doesn’t go down. ‘Whatever happened to Gary Cooper, the strong silent type?’, Tony asks Melfi. ‘That was an American! He wasn’t in touch with his feelings; he just did what he had to do.’ But Tony doesn’t have much of a choice. Since the ducks left, he does feel depressed. A combination of therapy and Prozac will now have to help him be a happier gangster. ‘The ducks that proceeded your passing out’, Melfi tries. ‘Let’s talk about them’. Tony walks away. Yet this is definitely the moment when a new door – the door of psychiatry – is opened for Tony.  








68. Hassidm Shakedown






Episode: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (SE1, EP3)
Characters: Tony, Silvio, Paulie, Hesh and Ariel





     ‘Ever heard of the Masada? For two years, 900 Jews held their own against 15.000 Roman soldiers. And the Romans? Where are they now?’ Tony: ‘You’re looking at them asshole.’ Great scene in which Tony eventually manages to explain the realities to the stubborn Jew Ariel whose hotel business he wants to take over. Threatening with castration (advice from Hesh) eventually does the trick. The inventiveness of these wiseguys to get what they want is really extraordinary sometimes.










67. The Other Tony







Episode: Two Tonys (SE5, EP1)
Characters: Tony and Dr. Melfi





     Now that his marriage is on the rocks and his therapy is over, Tony convinced himself that it is Dr. Melfi that he wants. In this hard to watch scene, he is trying to convince the good doctor to go out with him. ‘I want you and not just for the smart things that you say. I want your skin, I want your mouth.’ Then he kisses her which she clearly doesn’t like. The other Tony? He is the only one who believes it.









66. Way Up








Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (SE6, EP18)
Characters: Tony and Sonya Aragon





     THE SOPRANOS go psychedelic. A great place to experience a peyote trip is a casino obviously; Tony wins every hand he bets. He must be the devil himself as indicated by the slot machine. Tony survived a gunshot wound which means his luck was way up. In his mind at least. Then his luck was down again with the gambling in CHASING IT, but now that he killed Christopher, his lucky streak is back again. This is basically Tony’s disturbed mind at this point. ‘It’s the same principle as the solar system.’










65. Confession









Episode: College (SE1, EP5)
Characters: Carmela and Father Phil Intintola





     The episode COLLEGE teaches us a lot about the main characters. While Tony is killing rats in Maine, Carmela has therapy of her own. She’s confesses to Father Phil that she has allowed evil in her house. She is not at peace with herself. How can she when she is living with a monster? In this early stage of THE SOPRANOS it is still a possibility that Carmela would take action and leave Tony, the only right thing she can do. But the church is giving her an alibi not to. Divorce is deemed wrong, so she chooses the easy live of sin. This dilemma makes Carmela’s struggle all the more interesting.   










64. The General










Episode: All Due Respect (SE5, EP13)
Characters: Tony and Paulie






     Tony visits Paulie and spots the painting on the wall that he wanted burned; the painting of him and his horse Pie-O-Mie. He takes it off the wall and throws it in a dumpster outside. Then he looks again and sees himself as general. Now he knows what he needs to do about the Tony B dilemma. Tony is back to his decisive self again.










63. Family Guy











Episode: From Where to Eternity (SE2, EP9)
Characters: Tony, A.J. and Carmela







     Tony does some truly terrific parenting here. He apologizes for hurting A.J. earlier. Then he says there is no excuse for what he did, and explains carefully why he did it. Then he says he couldn’t ask for a better son. It’s truly impressive. The only minor point of criticism is bringing pizza and a six-pack of Coke, while they both have weight issues, but who cares after this? The contrast between this scene and what comes right after, the murder of Matt Bevilaqua, makes this scene even more powerful.









62. Phil’s Heritage












Episode: Stage 5 (SE6, EP14)
Characters: Phil, Butch, Patty Leotardo and kids





     Phil is complaining again at his dead brother’s birthday party. He is not happy about his name, since a Leotardo is a ballet costume. He is also telling Butchie that he regrets having spent 20 years in jail for people who don’t stick to the rules no more. Then we get a look at the portraits of fallen comrades behind the bar; Carmine Lupertazzi, Billy Leotardo and Johnny Sack. Great way to end an episode that is about making choices and leaving behind something meaningful. Phil would like to do it over again, but he can’t. Now he has to decide what to do with his remaining time and by the looks of it he aint gonna do the right thing. ‘No more, Butchie. No more of this.’  










61. Glad Tidings from New York













Episode: All Due Respect (SE5, EP13)
Characters: Tony and Tony B.






     Tony shoots his own cousin Tony Blundetto in the face to make things right with New York. It would be enough to give a normal person nightmares, but not Tony Soprano. The make-up job on Tony B’s corpse is pretty gruesome.












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