The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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The capos discuss what to do about the local soccer coach, while Junior's mouth causes him some embarrassment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Christopher Moltisanti
Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero (credit only)
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
A.J. Soprano
Livia Soprano
Artie Bucco
Det. Vin Makazian
Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)


Everyone seems to be under surveillance by the FBI. Uncle Junior decides to take a holiday with a girlfriend Roberta Sanfilipo. His biggest worry is that she might tell anyone about his particular skills when it come to oral sex. When Tony let's him know he knows all about it, Jubior retaliates by letting it be known Tony's seeing a psychiatrist. He's also thinking of taking it a step further. Tony and several of the other men take an interest in the girl's soccer coach at their daughter's school. He's a good coach and they like him. They're upset when they read that he's leaving to coach a college team - until they learn he's sleeping with one of his students, Ally Vandermeed, who has attempted suicide. Larry Boy Barese and others are looking to move their moms into the same home as Livia - which is proving to be a great place to hide their money and others incriminating material. Written by garykmcd

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7 March 1999 (USA)  »

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This episode revolves around Uncle Junior's penchant for performing oral sex on his girlfriend. The episode's title, 'Boca', refers to both the Spanish word for mouth (in Italian is "bocca" with 2 c's). as well as to the location of one pivotal scene in Boca Raton, Florida. See more »


When Tony is reading the newspaper article about Coach Hauser accepting the job at the University of Rhode Island, you can see the article stating that the University is located in Providence, Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston, RI. While there is a small campus in Providence, this is technically the University of Rhode Island: College of Continuing Education. Besides, the location of where he would be coaching soccer would be at the Kingston campus. See more »


[Tony dismisses a Bada Bing girl after Coach Don Hauser declines some VIP treatment]
Tony Soprano: Brandy, go, uh, sit on a tuffet.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
Composed by Michael Carr, Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by James Gandolfini
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"They made me an offer I couldn't refuse"
27 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

After the Goodfellas reference in Episode 8, the show gets more ambitious by directly quoting The Godfather, and in a context that is all but majestic on top of that. And yet, as usual, the result is a masterpiece in televised storytelling.

The person who makes that remark is the soccer coach who has been training the girls' team for years. As many of the Italians have their daughters in the team (Tony, Artie and Silvio among them), they are not very happy to learn he is leaving. Their feelings do change quite quickly, however, the moment they hear he might have abused some of the girls. Meanwhile, Carmela becomes aware of an embarrassing detail in Uncle Junior's sex life and can't resist the urge to tell her husband, who naturally starts mocking Junior right away. Too bad the old fella ain't in the mood for jokes, especially after hearing from Livia that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist.

This is one of the finest hours of The Sopranos, as it juggles an uncomfortable storyline and twisted humor with a precision that's mainly unseen in mainstream TV shows. Rape and child abuse have never been a problem for HBO (the former was featured often on Oz), but this time the incriminating act is not depicted on screen: Meadow's harrowing recollections and her father's gut-induced reaction are more than enough. On the flip-side, the serial's acerbic, adult humor emerges at its most perverse in a conversation between Carmela, Uncle Junior and Tony: "Uncle Jun', how was Boca?" the Soprano boss asks about his uncle's most recent vacation. "Lovely! I don't go down enough." is the answer. "That's not what I heard." Carm comments sarcastically (just to enhance the irony: "boca" means "mouth" in Spanish). Even for a network that made its name with Sex and the City, such a double entendre must have been quite edgy when the episode first aired in 1999; that it works, and instills dread as well as laughter is all due to the careful acting (Dominic Chianese's above all), and the scene stands out as a masterclass in great writing, also for its foreboding aspect (I mean, Junior can't let this kind of insult pass by unnoticed).

Overall, an excellent episode and, ironically given The Sopranos is the best drama series ever produced, a really good laugh.

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