The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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While the gang begins to turn on itself, Tony finds himself at the threshold, while Christopher gives another try to enter the movie business, however this time as a producer rather than a screenwriter.


Jack Bender


David Chase (created by), Matthew Weiner




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
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Ray Abruzzo ... Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Vito Spatafore


Tony is still comatose and if anything, his condition is deteriorating. The doctor's are trying to control a fever-causing infection and Carmela is increasingly worried, if that's possible. The strain of leading the family and constantly settling disputes among the captains is affecting Syl whose asthma is acting up. He orders Paulie and Vito to each give Carmela $100,000 as Tony's share of a recent big score. They both hold off waiting to see if Tony lives or dies. Vito sees himself as Tony natural successor and starts to prepare the way. Bobby Bacala and Christopher learn what AJ has been planning. As for Tony, his dream continues where he is mistaken for someone by the name of Finnerty. When he sees a poster announcing a Finnerty family reunion, he drops by only to find a familiar face as the doorman who urges him to go inside the brightly lit house where everyone is waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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The book Carmela is reading is G Is for Gumshoe, by Sue Grafton. See more »


Just into the episode, Paulie gets kneed in the groin and ends up stabbing his attacker in the chest. While his victim is lying on his back (apparently dead) with his right hand on his stomach, not only does the position of his hand keep moving, but he can also be seen breathing. See more »


A.J. Soprano: [In the hospital] what's up?
Christopher Moltisanti: You were at South Mountain Arena yesterday trying to buy a gun from that asshole that works in the snack stand?
A.J. Soprano: Who told you that?
Christopher Moltisanti: We know how you feel but you can't do this.
A.J. Soprano: I can't believe you know this, who told you this?
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri: If my father was laying in there shot I'd be thinking the same thing.
Christopher Moltisanti: But you can't go this.
A.J. Soprano: Yeah, well why the fuck not?
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri: Listen to me, I'm your uncle Junior's in federal lock up, no one's getting to him in there.
A.J. Soprano: It's difficult but not impossible.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »


When You Dance
Written by Andrew Jones
Performed by The Turbans
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"Have a cookie you're delirious!"
14 April 2008 | by ntvnyr30See all my reviews

What a great line by Paulie Walnuts, saying it to the now diet-obsessed Vito. Tony Sirico was hysterical in this episode! Some other great lines: "It was complete Mayham!" and "The doctor said I might need an ultrasound on my groin and balls!" This episode, as others have mentioned, did have everything: comedy, violence, and drama. The drama was evinced in the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" which Tony sees from his hotel bedroom window.

Another classic comedy bit was Silvio cracking under the pressure of being the Boss: his asthma worsened, he couldn't go the loo in peace, and he couldn't be bothered after 9 pm. The scene where Bobby goes to see Silvio--while Silvio is being transported by EMS--is priceless.

I think most of us, myself included, after watching a first-run episode of "The Sopranos" on Sunday evenings, tended to critique them too harshly. This practice seems to have started in Season 4, since the first 3 seasons, in my opinion, were truly outstanding. Season 4, I initially thought, was disappointing. But after having watched the episodes again on DVD, there are better moments than I previously thought. I think the fans and media were overly critical from Seasons 4 on. But David Chase, a paisan by the way, knew what he was doing and the entire series, in its totality, is a complete classic.

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26 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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