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.
‘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.’
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
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.
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
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.