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Livia Soprano (Character)
from "The Sopranos" (1999)

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"The Sopranos: Down Neck (#1.7)" (1999)
Tony Soprano: Maybe this was his chance to get out. I know Dad was no choir boy, but maybe with a little bit of support...
Livia Soprano: Oh, Mr. Sensitive now. Well, if it bothers you, maybe you better talk to a psychiatrist.
[walks away]
Tony Soprano: Whoa, what are you talkin' about, a psychiatrist?
Livia Soprano: Well, that's what people do when they're lookin' for somebody to blame for their life, isn't it?
Tony Soprano: You're a real stone player, aren't you, Ma? You threatened to smother his children.
Livia Soprano: What does that mean?
Tony Soprano: You know, everyone thought Dad was the ruthless one. But I gotta hand it to you. If you'd been born after those feminists, you woulda been the real gangster.
Livia Soprano: I don't know what you're talking about!
[walks away]

Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: She was very high strung, my mother. Very dramatic. Every night to her was a night at the opera.
[cut to a scene of Tony's youth]
Livia Soprano: [to Tony] I could stick this fork in your eye!

Dr. Jennifer Melfi: That must have been devastating.
Tony Soprano: No, it turned out it was no big deal.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: To see your father handcuffed, being led away by the police.
Tony Soprano: At the time I thought my head was gonna explode. He looked... helpless. When I got home my mother had a different perspective, which made me feel better.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: So in her pain she reached out to you.
Tony Soprano: That's one way to put it.
[cut to a scene of Tony's youth]
Young Livia Soprano: Your father may not be home for dinner tonight. Go wash up.
Young Tony Soprano: I know.
Young Livia Soprano: What do you know?
Young Tony Soprano: I saw him getting arrested. What did he do?
Young Livia Soprano: He didn't do anything. They just pick on the Italians.

Johnny Boy Soprano: After Rocco gets the book up, he's gonna open a new supper club. He wants me to run it.
Young Livia Soprano: A supper club? Are you drunk?
Johnny Boy Soprano: Oh, bella Madonna, Jesus Christ Almighty!
[hits the wall]
Johnny Boy Soprano: Fucking albacore around my neck! Every time I try to do somethin'! Me and the kids will go without ya!
Young Livia Soprano: They are not going anywhere! I'd rather smother them with a pillow than take them to Nevada!
Johnny Boy Soprano: Always with the drama!


"The Sopranos: 46 Long (#1.2)" (1999)
Tony Soprano: You listen to me now. Before you do any more serious damage to yourself or your grandchildren's inheritance, you're gonna stop living alone, right now.
Livia Soprano: I'm not going to that nursing home.
Tony Soprano: Green Grove is a retirement community! And it's more like a hotel at Captain Teeb's!
Livia Soprano: Who's he?
Tony Soprano: A captain that owns luxury hotels or something, I don't know. That's not the point. The point is, I talked to Mrs. DiCaprio over there and she says she's got a corner suite available with a woods view. It's available now, but it's gonna go fast.
Livia Soprano: Of course it's available, somebody died!
Tony Soprano: Oh, Ma, you gotta stop! You gotta stop with this black poison cloud all the time! 'Cause I can't take it anymore!
Livia Soprano: Oh, poor you!
Tony Soprano: You know, I got problems at work, I got problems at home, I got a friend whose been diagnosed with cancer. Most parents would be grateful if their yuppie children put as much thought into this as I did.
Livia Soprano: I'm not going to that place.
Tony Soprano: Then I will go to court and I will get a durable power of attorney over you and I will place you there.
Livia Soprano: Then kill me now. Go on now, go into the ham, and take the carving knife and stab me, here, here, now, please! It would hurt me less than what you just said.
Tony Soprano: You know, I know seniors that are inspired!

Dr. Jennifer Melfi: [That retirement community is] more like a hotel at Cap d'Antibes.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [later repeating it to his mother] It's more like a hotel at Captain Teeb's!
Livia Soprano: Who's he?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: The Captain owns luxury hotels or something. I don't know! That's not the point!


"The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything (#1.11)" (1999)
Carmela Soprano: You know, Ma, your son loves you very much. He worries all the time. And he felt bad that you didn't come to the open house. I don't care if you think it's disrespectful, but I want you to cut the drama. It's killing Tony.
Livia Soprano: What are you talking about?
Carmela Soprano: I'm talking about this. This "poor mother, nobody loves me" victim crap. It is textbook manipulation. And I hate seeing Tony so upset over it.
Livia Soprano: I know how to talk to people.
Carmela Soprano: I am a mother too, don't forget. You know the power that you have. And you use it like a pro.
Livia Soprano: Power? What power? I don't have power! I'm a shut-in!
Carmela Soprano: You're bigger than life. You are his mother. I don't think for one second that you don't know what you're doing to him.
Livia Soprano: Who me? Me? What did I do?


"The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate (#2.2)" (2000)
Livia Soprano: [appalled at watching Emeril Lagasse at a cooking show] He's not even washing his hands!


"The Sopranos: Fortunate Son (#3.3)" (2001)
Johnny Boy Soprano: [after Tony witnessed his father cutting someone's thumb with a cleaver] What you seen today Anthony, a very sad thing.
[stern]
Johnny Boy Soprano: You disobeyed your old man, and I oughta give you the belt. But I gotta say... a lot of boys your age would have run like a little girl.
[glad]
Johnny Boy Soprano: But you stayed. I know you like Mr. Satriale, we all do, he's a lovely man, the man is a gambler. He got over in his debt, he owed me money and he refused to pay. He avoided me. That's why you... should never gamble Anthony. What was I supposed to do? That's my livelihood, that's how I put food on the table. You should never gamble Anthony!
Young Livia Soprano: [from the kitchen] Johnny, dinner's ready! Anthony! Janice turn that off!
Johnny Boy Soprano: Let this be a lesson to you. A man, honors his debts!


"The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (#1.3)" (1999)
Livia Soprano: So what's really on your mind, Corrado?
Corrado 'Junior' Soprano: This Christopher Moltisanti.
Livia Soprano: Christopher! What about him?
Corrado 'Junior' Soprano: Him and his little, uh, friend. They're slappin' me in the face and they're hiding behind Tony.
Livia Soprano: Well, Tony always loved Christopher like a son. And so do I, Junior. He put up my storm windows for me one year.
Corrado 'Junior' Soprano: [frustrated] Good. But what do I do? I just let him and this Filone kid piss on me in public? And how far do I go before I light a friggin' match under that hot-headed son of yours?
Livia Soprano: Maybe Christopher could use a little talking to. You know. The other one? Filone?
[shrugs]
Livia Soprano: I don't know.
Corrado 'Junior' Soprano: You have a lot of sense for an old gal.
Livia Soprano: No, I'm a babbling idiot. That's why my son put me in a nursing home.


"The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (#1.8)" (1999)
Larry Boy Barese: Oh, Mama Livia. Come sta, darling?
Livia Soprano: Listen to him with that 'my darling'. I am nobody's darling.
Larry Boy Barese: [to Tony] This one here, she never disappoints, I tell ya that.
Livia Soprano: Are you still seeing your other women, Lorenzo?
Carmela Soprano: [pulls her away] Come on, Ma. Let's mingle.
Tony Soprano: Sorry. The older she gets the worse she gets.