Bloodbath on 'The Sopranos'
Monday, June 04, 2007
By Roger Friedman
AP
Tony Soprano is alone at last.
In Sunday night's episode of "The Sopranos," one of Tony's two top aides, Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, was murdered by the New York mob. Tony's other lieutenant, Silvio Dante, was shot, left for dead and may not regain consciousness.
To make matters worse, Tony's therapist of seven years, Dr. Melfi, fired him. And Tony's sister, Janice, asked him for money to continue supporting their uncle, Junior Soprano, in a mental hospital even though he was there for shooting Tony in cold blood.
The episode ended with Tony and his remaining crew "going to the mattresses" in a house that looked like the old Soprano family home, which has been abandoned since Tony's mother died. The mob boss falls asleep in an upstairs bedroom holding a machine gun. This might have been the way "Sopranos" creator David Chase envisioned the last scene. Nearly everyone got a chance to say goodbye ‹ even fan favorite restaurateurs Artie and Charmaine Bucco. Only Uncle Junior was absent.
But then, when he was shooting this episode, Chase decided to do one more hour. Next week we will actually see what happens to Tony Soprano. It doesn't look good.
It turns out that Tony and his gang, beloved by viewers, are being punished for their murderous, psychotic behavior. It almost seems unfair. After seven years of wanton killing and torture, the Sopranos and friends are getting their comeuppance.
This comes only a couple of episodes after Tony coldly smothered to death his nephew and surrogate son, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). I think we knew then that things were out of control. The ending, as it appears now, will quash any idea of a "Sopranos" movie, or reunion shows a la "Dallas" or "Dynasty." Even if Tony somehow walks away from this mess next week ‹ perhaps going into the Federal Witness Protection Program ‹ nearly everyone else the audience cared about is dead.
Of particular note: Chase gave Lorraine Bracco a couple of terrific farewell scenes as Dr. Melfi became convinced all those therapy sessions had been for naught. Bracco most certainly deserves an Emmy nomination for best supporting actress.
And so the end is one week away. Chances are HBO, which is enthusiastically promoting a raft of new shows, will get its highest rating ever next Sunday night, maybe the biggest number ever for a cable show.
Web site forums for "The Sopranos" are buzzing with gossip. One rumor: Tony gets his revenge and murders New York boss Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent).
What is known: The final show has a scene with Tony, Carmela and A.J. at a New Jersey ice cream parlor. Is it a dream? A metaphor? And what music will be playing? We will have to wait six days to find out the answers. And by the way: The psychiatric research to which Dr. Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich) keeps referring is real. Drs. Stanton E. Samenow and Samuel Yochelson collaborated on "The Criminal Personality," a three-volume study that appeared between 1977 and 1986. Yochelson died in 1976, but Samenow went on to publish the study and has continued to be a leader in writing about psychopathic behavior.
What doesn't make sense: That Kupferberg refers to their work as current when it is 20- to 30-years old. You would think he would have mentioned the study to Dr. Melfi when she first told him Tony Soprano was her patient.

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I think Tony Soprano may be the best character ever created EVER.
I think Tony Soprano may be the best character ever created EVER.

Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

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Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

I haven't seen a full one though I saw bits of a couple when I was in Vrginia last summer. I have trouble understanding the popularity of Mafia movies and TV shows.

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I think Tony Soprano may be the best character ever created EVER.

Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

I haven't either. No TV: no Sopranos. I have, however, seen James Gandolfini in NYC and occasionally in Woodstock.
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I think Tony Soprano may be the best character ever created EVER.

Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

Count me in too. I don't get melodrama. But I'll still show up at MC's baby shower when he bears Tonys love child. ;-)
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I think Tony Soprano may be the best character ever created EVER.

Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

I don't know, but relly, ya oughta. For personal pleasure and professional instruction.
However, do start at season 1, episode 1...

"Anybody can direct. There are only 11 good writers." ‹ Mel Brooks
Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

I don't know, but relly, ya oughta. For personal pleasure and professional instruction. However, do start at season 1, episode 1...

I will if you watch the integral Celine Dion DVD boxed set.
jaybee
Am I the only person who's never seen one episode of this show?

I don't know, but relly, ya oughta. For personal pleasure and professional instruction. However, do start at season 1, episode 1...

I've never liked James Gandofini, all the way back to "The Hunt For Red October". There's something wrong with his eyes that just creeps me out.

Jeri Jo & Little Garcia Bear
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