The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 5

Big Girls Don't Cry (13 Feb. 2000)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama
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Paulie and Silvio get promoted, Furio gets welcomed, Pussy gets pushed aside, and Chris gets frustrated with his Hollywood aspirations.

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Now Back from Italy, Tony decides it's time to re-organize. Silvio is named consigliere and Paulie is promoted to Capo, with Pussy and new arrival Furio reporting to him. Pussy's not too happy with the arrangement and complains to his FBI contact about how he's being treated. Tony and Carmella throw a party to introduce Furio but she refuses to let Uncle Junior in the house when he shows up unexpectedly. Tony is none too pleased when he finds that Richie Aprile and his sister Janice are sleeping together at his mother's vacant house. Adriana pays for Christopher to attend an acting for writers class in the hope that it helps him with his screenplay. His emotions get the better of him. Meanwhile, Dr. Melfi recounts her dreams about Tony's to her psychiatrist and still feeling guilty, decides to take Tony back as a patient. Written by garykmcd

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When Artie serves Tony and his men a dish with fennel sauce, Paulie jokingly asks if he can get AIDS from eating it. The Italian word for fennel, "finocchio", is also frequently used as a slang insult to indicate homosexuals; hence the joke. See more »

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When Christopher is getting out of his black Mercedes to enter the massage parlor, the reflection of a crew member and his camera is clearly visible when the door swings open. See more »

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Writing coach: Welcome. Why don't you tell the group something about yourself?
Christopher Moltisanti: My name is Chris Maceviti. I work on Wall Street. Not on Wall Street, but you know, stocks.
Writing coach: You write?
Christopher Moltisanti: Yeah... I want to write for the movies. "Goodfellas", shit like that.
Writing coach: Any special reason you chose this class?
Christopher Moltisanti: I didn't. It's a birthday present from my girlfriend. I had some problems with my screenplay so, I bought that book, "how to write a movie in 21 days". That was like a year ago.
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Big Girls Don't Cry
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Christopher without a cause
30 March 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Big Girls Don't Cry is the first of two Chris-centric episodes in Season Two, and much like the superb The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti, they focus wholeheartedly on his career frustrations.

This time, his writer's block is so serious Adriana decides to surprise him with a special birthday present: an acting class for struggling screenwriters, where people like Chris get to understand a little more about the characters they are supposed to create. However, things deteriorate when Chrissy is asked to recreate a scene from Rebel Without a Cause and goes so Method the experience awakens bad memories. Pussy has a bad day too, getting pushed aside while Paulie and Silvio are promoted so that the activities of new crew member Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio), whom Tony met in Naples, can be supervised more effectively.

Furio gets to play a pivotal role in the episode, as his methods are compared to Christopher's: the latter, all obsessed with style and a Goodfellas-like approach to things, fails to get a difficult customer to pay the required amount of money at the start of the show; Furio, on the other hand, has been brought up in a more matter-of-fact fashion and proves it by beating up said customer and knee-capping the guy - while cursing in Italian! In less than two minutes, Castelluccio has achieved what other cast members did in an entire episode: he has ensured his character won't fade away in the audience's memory.


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