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Monday, April 30, 2007

"SOPRANOS," EPISODES 3 AND 4

My two cents on "The Sopranos," Episodes 3 and 4:

Would, or could, Tony have whacked Paulie? I always thought that -- ratting to the Feds and dancing in gay bars notwithstanding -- "made" men were whack-proof. (For instance, Tony went to great lengths to hide his complicity in the murders of Richie and Ralphie.) But my nephew pointed out that if Tony believed it was Paulie who leaked the fat joke about Ginny Sack to Johnny Sack (thus igniting a bloody New Jersey/New York rift), that alone would give Tony the license to silence Paulie forever.

The Uncle Junior storyline was amazing. For a brief moment in his dotage, Corrado rose back to his former mob-boss stature -- or, let's say, a nursing-home version of same. There he was, running a card came (with Kit-Kats and Cokes instead of thousands of dollars), cultivating cronies and beating up that professor. Then, alas, it was back to reality. The young actor who played Junior's disturbed fleeting henchman gave an excellent performance.

The Little Vito thing -- OY. David Chase could easily, and blamelessly, declare the Spatafore storyline finito, and leave those loose strings untied (as he likewise could have done with Johnny Sack), in order to focus on building toward the series finale. But Chase proves again and again that every character can be explored and developed. And what Little Vito did in that gym shower -- OY.

The fight between Tony and Carm was brutal. The look of resignation on Carm's face when Tony actually got physical with her seemed so genuine. What Tony said about iffy lumber causing Carm's spec house to collapse and kill an unborn baby is a case of -- as in real life -- hurtful words spoken in a moment of passion that can never be taken back.

Seeing Nancy Sinatra say, "Congratulations, Philly" to Phil Leotardo was hilarious. Her father always tried to play down (if not outright deny) his mob connections, and here Nancy plays herself practically giving the new boss of New York a lap dance. What a sport. Remember when her brother likewise appeared as himself?

My brother asked me, "Why did Tony return the money (after Hesch's lady died)?" It took me a 90-minute car ride to develop a theory. The Tony who returned Hesch's money was the same Tony who apologized to Carmela. He realized in both cases that he was hurting two people he cared about.

6 Comments:

Blogger Diana said...

mark, do you think hesch's woman died of natural causes? or did tony have her whacked to hurt him? maybe poisoned? Hesch was afraid for her when he told her to go upstairs and lock the door when tony dropped off money to him earler. I got the feeling as tony was walking out of the house after paying off hesch that he was silently smiling. Then again, there was nothing in the episode to lead one to believe she was killed by tony's crew.

1:05 PM, May 01, 2007  
Anonymous gail jeanne mcgillicuddy said...

Am I the only one surprised that neither Tony nor Phil had a word to say to Little V about his makeup? I mean, as homophobic as they are, and as freaked out as they were w/Vito's antics, this kid is having an ice cream with Phil in public wearing black lipstick and eyeliner, and not one word about him looking like a freak. Where's their machismo now? Could it be guilt about what they did to Vito? I'm sure they're not closet goths? Seemed a little odd to me.

8:43 PM, May 02, 2007  
Blogger Mark Voger said...

To Lady Di: I don't think Tony whacked Hesch's girl. I think it was natural causes, although her cause of death was oddly, and sloppily, unexplained. Hesch's one reference to her "migraine" (as an excuse for his not going on a boatride with Tony) may have been a reference to a medical condition. Another thing: The whole ending seemed rushed.

To Ms. McGillicuddy: I agree. Especially Phil. Tony is at least from this century, but Phil is super old-school.

11:05 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous dolly said...

HI friends.... yahh This is an amazing show ,In this The Uncle Junior was amazing,The young actor who played Junior's disturbed fleeting henchman gave an excellent performance.You must try to watch Sopranos episodes This show show has been broadcast by many networks in dozens of other countries.

2:52 AM, April 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to watch sopranos free Don't you think that all the loyal viewers of the sopranos series were cheated.
1. No two-hour season final (common practice among "the better" tv shows)
2. No pre-show special showing highliights of the past seasons

5:09 AM, October 18, 2008  
Blogger Devid said...

The show is really awesome.I was Looking to watch the Sopranos tv show.I found a Good source to watch the show here.Really show is quite interesting.

3:59 AM, December 24, 2008  

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