The Sopranos: Season 3, Episode 13

Army of One (20 May 2001)

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Ralphie issues his final decision on the fate of Jackie Jr., and Anthony faces military school after getting expelled.

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AJ gets into trouble at school yet again, this time for stealing an exam. The result is expulsion and Tony decides he has to go to military school. The three of them soon troop off to the Hudson Military Institute for interviews but Carmela is against the idea. AJ's reaction gives Tony pause for thought. Jackie Jr. is hiding out and Ralphie comes under pressure to do something about him. Everyone will soon have a funeral to attend. Paulie's mother has a tour of the retirement residence but is upset that Ralphie hasn't paid him $50,000 that he's owed. It takes a formal sit down to solve the problem but Paulie's not pleased with the outcome. The FBI are again looking at prosecuting Uncle Junior and hopefully Tony as well. They decide to send in someone undercover to cosy up with Ariana. Written by garykmcd

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When this episode originally aired on HBO Fairuza Balk played Agent Deborah Ciccerone / Danielle Ciccolella. According to Balk, as a fan of the show, she wanted to appear on one episode only and at the time the character of Agent Deborah Ciccerone / Danielle Ciccolella was not intended to be a recurring role. However, the writers later decided to make Agent Deborah Ciccerone / Danielle Ciccolella a recurring roll and recast the part to Lola Glaudini. They re-shot the scenes from this episode with Glaudini replacing Balk. See more »

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[Meadow reproves her cousin for making careless accusatory comments about how Jackie Jr. died]
Meadow Soprano: Our dads are in the garbage business, and it's always good for a laugh. And, yeah, they brush up against organised crime. But, do you think they control every slime ball and illegal gun in like a hundred communities? I can't believe you would say this in front of an outsider! Jesus Christ, some loyalty?
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Written by Salvatore Cardillo and Riccardo Cordiferro
Sung by Dominic Chianese
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29 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Another year, another finale, and just like its predecessors, Season 3's epilogue shows no signs of pandering to expectations: it's an adult, tragic tale of retribution, lost hope and much more.

First things first: the fate of Jackie Jr. With his safety completely linked to Ralphie's decision, the poor kid's hours are numbered, and ten minutes into the episode Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli) sticks a bullet in his brains. The murder causes great sorrow, especially when it comes to Meadow, who starts drinking and being rude to everyone. As if that weren't enough, Tony also has to deal with his other heir: A.J. has been expelled from school for stealing a test, and is punished by being sent to a military academy.

Whereas the previous series ended with a major death (Pussy), Army of One gets that detail out of the way immediately, so that it can focus on the effect Jackie's premature demise has on those surrounding him: the funniest scene is arguably the one where Jackie's sister proves a lot smarter than the grown-ups by not believing the drug deal story and insisting her brother was clipped by "some fat f*ck in see-through socks" (pretty much Vito's profile). There is also (unintentional) humor in Anthony's face-to-face with Major Zwingli (Tobin "Jigsaw" Bell), head of the military academy, although the laughs actually make the scene more tense.

The show's biggest victory, however, lies in the perfectly structured final scene: for once (barring the series finale) it looks like one of the seasons ends on a cheerier note than usual (without giving away anything: Dominic Chianese's singing voice is beautiful), while in reality the almost lyrical atmosphere conceals a heap of silent despair. Bravo.


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