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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Soprano (credit only)
A.J. Soprano (credit only)
Livia Soprano (credit only)
Massive Genius
Irina (as Oksana Babiy)


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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When Carmella is looking at a newspaper article, the name "Peter Kelly" is in bold black letters. Peter G. Kelly was the show's set production assistant. See more »


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 »


Christopher Moltisanti: That's guy a gangster? I'm a gangster! I'm an O.G. Original Gangster not him. Fuckin' lawn jockey. He's got the fly Hamptons house, Alec Baldwin comes over, Whitney Houston. What do I got? I sit in a fucking pork store for Christ's sake!
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References Donnie Brasco (1997) See more »


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Composed by Kim Gannon, Mabel Wayne
Performed Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
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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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