The Sopranos: Season 3, Episode 12

Amour Fou (13 May 2001)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama
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Gloria grows increasingly demanding until Tony realizes who she is, and Jackie Jr. ends up in very serious trouble when Chris realizes who he is.

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Meadow tells her mother that it's over with Jackie after she caught him cheating with some bimbo. Carmela is delighted Jackie has flunked out of college and has moved back home. He still wants to be a hood and takes inspiration from Ralph Cifaretto who tells him that his father, Jackie Sr. made his name by hijacking a high stakes card game. He decides to do the same but it all goes wrong leading to a wild shoot-out. Christopher is at the game and recognizes Jackie despite the mask. Ralphie blames himself for what's happened. Gloria meets Tony in a parking lot to apologize for throwing dinner at him. They meet again for sex but she is becoming ever more erratic even making a point of meeting Carmela at the Mercedes dealership. When Gloria calls her at home under the pretense of making a sale, Tony realizes just how crazy she is. Patsy Parisi pays her a visit with a message. Carmela is having a particularly hard time, especially after a psychiatrist tells her she is living a lie. She's ... Written by garykmcd

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This marks the first of four episodes in the eight-year-long series for which Timothy Van Patten would receive an EMMY nomination for is directing. See more »

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When Patsy goes with Gloria for a test drive, at first they are in a Mercedes E-Class, but when they pull up, the car changes to a Mercedes S-Class (both in exterior and interior shots). See more »

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Ralph Cifaretto: [to Jackie Jr] Your father, god rest his soul, had balls the size of an Irish broad's ass.
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Features Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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Things go bad
28 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Death is just around the corner, and judging from this episode's events, it will be quite nasty too: starting on a bleak note and ending on an even bleaker one, Amour Fou lays down the road for the no doubt affecting, tragic finale with relentless strength.

Having been hit in the face with a steak at the hands of Gloria, Tony decides to end it with her, and has Patsy Parisi tell the insane woman what awaits her, should she decide to stalk the big guy or his family. The bad day gets even worse when Jackie Jr., upon hearing his father and Tony got made after robbing a card game, decides to pull off a similar stunt, only to run into Furio and Christopher, who recognize him and ask for his head. Tony agrees that the boy has run his course, but waits for Ralphie's say on the matter.

Essentially the first half of a two-parter, Amour Fou is, like all other season closers, not afraid to get its hands dirty: while Jackie's fate was pretty clear from the start, the treatment Gloria receives comes off as cruel even by Sopranos standards. The human drama that takes place should be involving enough even for those who don't like the show (because of the violence, the swearing or whatever reason there might be), a fact acknowledged by Tony's angry reaction to a spiteful remark made by Chris: "You may not love me, but you will respect me!". That sentence is aimed at the program's detractors as much as it is at Chrissy. Personally, I love it.


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