Tony is getting fed up with his mother. Brendan act's against Tony's wishes. Salvatore and Paulie try to track down A.J.'s teacher's stolen car.



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Christopher Moltisanti and his friend Brendan Filone hijack a truckload of DVD players but unfortunately the truck and the merchandise belongs to a company that is Uncle Junior's protection. He's not a happy man and it takes a sit down arbitrated by Jackie Aprile to calm things down. Christopher and Brendan don't like the results however. Brendan decides to go off on his own but it leads to a royal mess. Tony's mother has a fire in her kitchen, confirming in the minds of everyone except her that she can no longer live without some type of assisted care. They try a companion but that doesn't work. Tony goes back to plan A but continues to feel guilt over the situation. One of AJ's teacher has his car stolen out of the school parking lot and Tony decides to try and recover it for him. Big Pussy and Paulie are sent out to solve the problem. Written by garykmcd

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17 January 1999 (USA)  »

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This episode also features Drea de Matteo as regular cast member Adriana La Cerva, Chris Moltisanti's girl friend, after she had originally been shown in the series pilot in what was supposed to be only a one-time appearance as a restaurant hostess. See more »


The plot references a Buick driven by Livia, but the actual car she's driving is an Oldsmobile. See more »


Mikey Palmice: Your nephew, what's he... retarded? He likes to play with trucks or something?
Tony Soprano: Retarded? What if Jerry Lewis heard you talkin' like that?
Mikey Palmice: No, that's muscular dystrophy, Tone.
Tony Soprano: It's too bad they don't have a telethon for fuckface-itis, huh? They find a cure yet?
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References The Godfather: Part III (1990) See more »


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"How did we miss out on this?"
28 January 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Unusually for an HBO series, this episode of The Sopranos has a teaser (or pre-credits sequence, if you prefer). It's a once-in-a-lifetime event that never occurred again throughout the show's run, but this one time is truly special: as Tony and his friends are chatting about Lady Diana, cloning and the Eiffel Tower, a program about organized crime is shown on TV. One of the interviewees is a former wise-guy (similar to Henry Hill in Goodfellas) who declares the glory days of the mafia are over, causing Silvio to cheer up the crew by quoting the most famous line from the third Godfather movie: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!". Cue "Woke Up This Morning" and another fifty minutes of essential gangster stories.

After a fairly streamlined pilot (just Tony talking to Dr. Melfi and a few flashbacks revealing how stressful his life is), David Chase goes for multiple plot threads in the second show: the main storyline sees Tony getting in trouble with Uncle Junior over a series of hijacked trucks Chris and his friend Brendan Filone are messing with, whereas two subplots deal with his private business, be it regarding his mother (he and Carmela are looking for a nursing home where she can live peacefully) or his son (AJ's teacher had a car that was stolen; Pussy and Paulie are in charge of getting it back). And in between he keeps exposing his thoughts in the psychiatrist's office.

With the first episode being mostly about the overweight mobster, 46 Long allows some of the supporting players to have more space for their true nature to come out: scariest of the lot is Junior, who may be old but not weak or foolish - this man will beat you to death if you give him the wrong look! Similarly creepy is Livia, who hides something sinister beneath the whining surface (the moment when she asks her son to stab her should have been enough to get Nancy Marchand an Emmy). Chris has an edgier side too, but is too ambitious to keep it under control, meaning things can (and will) get ugly in future shows.

However, for all the darkness there is also some priceless comedy, albeit of the foul-mouthed type: as Pussy (referencing Rockford, another Chase character) and Paulie search for the carjacker, they wind up at Starbuck's, where Paulie goes nuts over how them Yanks stole Italian "copyrights" (cappuccino, espresso, et cetera) and explodes in a memorable rant: "We invented this sh*t and all these other c*cksuckers are getting rich off it!". That such a funny scene is followed by violence is to be expected, given the series constantly juggles awkward humor and moments of pure nastiness, both of which are hugely watchable. In fact, the Godfather quote might even refer to how hard viewers find it to stop watching the show: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!".

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