The Sopranos: Season 1, Episode 10

A Hit Is a Hit (14 Mar. 1999)

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Tony tries to branch out into legitimate investments, while Chris and Adriana decide to try their hands at music production.

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Christopher's girlfriend Adriana sees herself having a career in the music industry so a chance meeting with rap star Massive Genius seems to be the opportunity she's been looking for. Christopher is supportive but Genius has other goals in mind: he's out to get money from Hesh who he feels cheated an black artist 40 years ago and he definitely wants to get into Adriana's pants. Adriana has her eye on a group that she thinks is bound for stardom but no one else seems to agree. Tony meanwhile decides he wants to expand his circle of friends and focuses on his next door neighbor, Dr. Cusamano. The experience doesn't prove as interesting as he might have thought. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance of Sopranos' neighbors Dr. Bruce and Jean Cusamano, Jean is played by Saundra Santiago, who holds the distinction of being one of only three The Sopranos (1999) cast members who ended up playing dual roles in the series--in her case her twin sister Joan Cusamano. See more »

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Christopher remembers his father talking about the 1950's Philadelphia music scene. However, we later learn that Dickie Moltisanti was killed when Christopher was an infant. See more »

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Tony Soprano: My wife thinks I need to meet new people.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: So?
Tony Soprano: C'mon, you're Italian, you understand. Guys like me we're brought up to think that Merigan are fuckin' bores. The truth is the average white man is no more boring than the millionth conversation over who should have won, Marciano or Ali.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: So am I to understand that you don't consider yourself white?
Tony Soprano: I don't mean white like Caucasian. I mean a white man like our friend Cusamano. Now he's Italian, but he's Merigan. It's what my old man would have ...
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DJ Keep Playin' (Get Your Music On)
Composed Full Force
Performed by Yvette Michele
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Not very relevant in terms of ongoing plot, but superb nevertheless
28 February 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A Hit Is a Hit, the tenth episode of The Sopranos' first season, is a bit of an oddity in the show's canon, in the sense that the events of the show have no real connection to the longer plot David Chase established for the series. Despite this, it remains compulsory viewing.

After getting a stash of money from his henchmen (needless to say blood was involved in the acquisition), Tony decides to invest some in the stock market in order to provide his family with some legal income, and befriends his neighbor, Dr. Cusamano (the man who recommended he go see Dr. Melfi), so as to find out what stocks are valuable. Meanwhile, Chris's argument with a guy in a restaurant leads to him getting acquainted with rap artist Massive Genius, who suggests Adriana become a music producer. Everything seems to be in order, until Chrissy's temper ruins the whole deal (he is convinced M.G.'s sole aim is to get in bed with Ade, and it's hard to think otherwise).

The story, mostly revolving around the music business, is fairly disconnected from the main plot of the entire season, in fact there is virtually no sign of Livia or Uncle Junior, the two figures who sort of dominate the show's first year. The whole episode is more about defining characters than it is about telling a great tale of gangster life. And yet it is extremely compelling, thanks to the sharp writing and spot-on characterizations: Chris and Adriana's relationship begins to get a little meatier, and Tony's conversation with Dr. Melfi about Italians and "Merigans" is one of the best ever written for the series. Stunning; not exactly essential, but captivating anyway.


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