Episode: Cold Cuts (SE5, EP10) Characters: Tony, Bobby, Janice, Sophia and Bobby Jr.
This is a real low for Tony. Janice has, for the first time in the series,
done something brave to improve herself. She went to anger management class and is
now successfully dealing with minor irritations. Tony can’t stand the new and improved
Janice, so he starts to provoke her in the cruellest way he can find. ‘What’s French-Canadian
for ‘I grew up without a mother?’ Sacreblue! Where is mi mama?’ Janice explodes and
threatens Tony with a fork. He leaves satisfied. The Kinks ‘I’m not like Everybody
Else’ plays over the end credits.
29. Queer Situation
Episode: Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request (SE6, EP5) Characters: Vito, Sal Lacuzzo
and other Lupertazzi Family associate
Vito’s big secret gets spoiled due to an incredible coincidence. While dancing
at a gay club, he runs into two New York associates who are there to make a collection.
What are the odds? He tries to play it off as a joke, but that aint gonna fly. How
can he possibly explain that motorcycle outfit?
Episode: The Ride (SE6, EP9) Characters: Tony and Christopher
‘We got a bond. Very special.’ Tony and Chris have a bonding experience and
they flash back to the day that Christopher came to Tony about Adriana. This powerhouse
scene with tremendous acting was cut from LONG TERM PARKING (the episode in which
Adriana is whacked) in order to maintain suspense in that episode. It is very, very
chilling. Definitely one of the most dramatic scenes in Season 6A.
27. Bye Bye Bacala
Episode: The Blue Comet (SE6, EP20) Characters: Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri, Trainstore
owner, customers and New York hitmen
The trainstore hit on Bobby Bacala is a small masterpiece in editing. It happens
at the height of an old school Mafia war, that – just like the Blue Comet – doesn’t
really exist anymore. If only he had answered his cell phone before walking into
26. Tony Gets It
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (SE6, EP18) Characters: Tony and Sonya Aragon
At the end of the pitch black episode that is KENNEDYAND HEIDI, Tony exclaims
‘I get it’, while tripping on peyote in the dessert. What Tony exactly ‘gets’ is
up for debate, but it’s certainly a beautiful scene. Very atmospheric and featuring
another brilliant performance by Gandolfini.
25. Pure Cinema
Episode: Amour Fou (SE3, EP12) Characters: Patsy Parisi and Gloria Trillo
Great scene in which Tony made a very clever move by sending Patsy to deal
with the dangerously unstable Gloria. Patsy tells her; ‘Stay the fuck away from Tony
Soprano. It’s over, capice? Over. You call or go anywhere near him or his family
and they’ll be scraping your nipples of these fine leather seats. And here’s the
point to remember; my face is the last one you’ll see. Not Tony’s. We understand
each other? It won’t be cinematic.’ That’s not the way it was supposed to go at all,
Gloria thinks. Patsy is not exactly her dream guy. Mission accomplished.
24. Kitchen Fight
Episode: Whoever Did This (SE4, EP9) Characters: Tony and Ralphie
The final struggle between Tony and Ralphie is a brutal one. Ralphie almost
has Tony a few times, but eventually loses due to Tony’s weight and sheer power.
This is real ugly violence. Tony banging Ralphie’s head against the floor is difficult
to watch, even for hardened viewers. And all because of a horse, or is there more
than meets the eye? Ralphie’s final insult to Tony is a good one by the way; ‘What
are you a vegetarian? You eat beef and sausages by the fucking carload.’ Very true.
23. Saved the World Today
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (SE2, EP12) Characters: Carmela and Tony
Great dialogue between Tony and Carmela right after Tony comes home after a
rough night cleaning up Richie Aprile. Carmela is shocked about Richie’s death, but
soon moves the conversation on and informs Tony that she and Rosalie Aprile want
to travel to Rome and that Tony, considering his unfaithfulness with Irina, better
let her go. The musical choice ‘I Saved the World Today’ by ‘Eurythmics’ is the perfect
song to end this episode with.
Episode: Made in America (SE6, EP21) Characters: Tony, Carmela, A.J., Meadow and Member’s
This is the end. It might not be the epic conclusion some were hoping for,
but it’s a unique scene nevertheless. Chase makes an almost cosmic experience out
of something ordinary like eating onion rings in an American diner. Like he said,
there is nothing definite about what happened, but we do get a clean trend on view
on what Tony and Carmela’s future looks like. This is definitely true; Tony could
easily get whacked or go to jail. THE SOPRANOS was never the show to tie up everything
neatly anyway. In that sense, there is quite a lot of closure in the final season.
Therefore, the ending is as fitting an ending as can be with loads of stuff to analyse
for the fans.
21. Soprano Versus Soprano
Episode: Whitecaps (SE4, EP13) Characters: Carmela and Tony
In Season 4’s finale, Tony is fighting a battle on the homefront for a change.
Carmela is enraged after ‘the Russian’ (Irina) called the house; Tony slept with
her cousin Svetlana. When Tony drives over his own golf bag, you know that this time
she means business. The fight that follows is real fireworks, featuring award winning
acting by Falco and Gandolfini. This domestic fight can measure with the finest in
cinema history, let alone televisions. Outstanding drama.