The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Noah and Meadow's relationship is disrupted by her roommate, while Ralphie starts getting rough with one of the strippers from the Bada Bing causing Tony to intervene and questionably violating one of the mafia codes of conduct.

Director:

Allen Coulter

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Terence Winter (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto
Ariel Kiley Ariel Kiley ... Tracee
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Storyline

Ralph Cifaretto, who is still having a relationship with Rosalie Aprile, is having girlfriend problems with one of the dancers at the Bada Bing, Tracee. She asks Tony for help when she gets pregnant by Ralph since she isn't sure Ralph will take care of her if she has the baby. Ralph has been acting over the top lately and when he kills Tracee in the Bing's parking lot, Tony teaches him a lesson. At Columbia, Meadow and Noah's relationship is moving forward but Meadow's roommate Caitlin Rucker is behaving very oddly. She's not fitting in with university life and reaches out to Meadow who is sympathetic but doesn't appreciate just how serious the problem is. Noah is also sympathetic, at least at first, but eventually gets his entertainment lawyer father to get a restraining order against Caitlin. Meadow gets to meet Noah's Dad but Noah shows his true colors. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to Ariel Kiley who played the victimized Bada Bing stripper, Tracee, many viewers were so offended by this episode's violence that they canceled their HBO subscriptions, a fact she didn't mind saying she was proud of, since demonstrating offensive violence was precisely the intent of her and her fellow actors on the show. See more »

Quotes

Ralphie Cifaretto: What are you being like this for?
Tracee: Fuck you. Three days you don't call, not even to see how I am.
Ralphie Cifaretto: Baby, I'm busy. I gotta work! How else am I gonna take care of you when you're nine months pregnant?
Tracee: Serious?
Ralphie Cifaretto: Of course I'm serious!
Tracee: Ralphie, I love you.
Ralphie Cifaretto: I love you too, baby. Hey, if it's a boy, we'll name him after me. If it's a girl, we'll name it Tracee after you... that way she could grow up to be a cocksuckin' slob just like her mother. Are you out of your fucking mind?
Tracee: Guinea motherfuckin' ...
[...]
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Connections

References The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

You Shook Me All Night Long
(uncredited)
Written by Brian Johnson, Angus Young & Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
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he's not acting..
25 September 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Sopranos

A classic take on the most beloved genre which clearly suggests the crazy love it received from the audience but also left a long lasting impression on critics and awards shows where it took away five justified Golden Globes to its home. The Sopranos is a character driven series about a family that basically runs the whole town, just illegally.

The writing is adaptive, gripping and ground-breaking on terms of its structure that is so eerily easy as it slips away from the audience like some jelly; it is sweet, nutritious and immensely pleasing. It is rich on technical aspects like its metaphorical cinematography, sharp sound effects and up beating songs along with palpable background score. The series is shot beautifully, each and every color sparks up neatly; especially the visuals that are taken in sunny days are amazing.

The performance by the cast is plausible since the effort is clearly visible but Gandolfini, Bracco, Falco and Imperioli stands alone due to their easiness in their acts. Gandolfini; at the heart of it, oozes power and the aegis nature which is what helps makers keep the audience rooting for the character.

The relationship between Gandolfini and Bracco is the highlight of the series due its fragile tone which is soothing to experience as it lights up the series in a whole new way. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional character, gut-wrenching politics, brawny dialogues and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature that makes it one of the best series.

Season 03

The third act is more lethal and gut wrenching with bloodbath and cheats and betrayals at each step and addition to that what helps ground it to more humane version is the emotionally fueled characters that revolved around this explosive bubble; it surely is a sight to look at.

University

The entire build up itself is crafted with such elegance that you cannot not fall for it even though you are aware of where it is leading towards, and this is the chapter where Gandolfini's character gets a shade of a father figure.


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