The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 10

Bust-Out (19 Mar. 2000)

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Tony continues putting the squeeze on David, while Richie discusses the possibility with Junior of removing some competition.

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A witness saw Tony dispose of Matthew. Pussy meets his FBI contact who tells him Tony was seen. He also suspects that Pussy is the other man who was seen with him. When Tony learns there's an eye witness, Paulie and Furio go into action. Richie Aprile isn't happy with his business arrangement in the garbage business but Tony is unsympathetic. He goes to see Uncle Junior. Tony decides he wants to spend more time with AJ but is disappointed when his son would rather go to the mall with his friends. David Scatino still hasn't paid off Tony and Richie and they are driving him into bankruptcy. He considers putting an end to it all. Carmela meets a handsome home decorator. Written by garykmcd

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The honest guys and the crooks
5 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

From Where to Eternity was a wonderful story, filled with meaning and symbols that are usually banned from crime fiction. By comparison, the tenth episode of Season Two looks completely formulaic, though its conventional nature hides a deeper look at conflicting attitudes to life.

The predictable element of Bust-Out is introduced in the opening sequence: apparently, someone saw Tony kill Matt Bevilaqua, and since this guy doesn't know who he is framing, his patriotism demands that he inform the authorities. Upon learning the startling news, Tony makes all kinds of arrangements so that he can disappear as soon as possible, although he keeps pressuring his old friend David Scatino (Robert Patrick) while he still has time, even if that means leading Dave towards bankruptcy. In the meantime, Richie asks Uncle Junior for help, as he isn't satisfied with his current earnings, while Pussy is told by Agent Lipari that if he had anything to do with the Bevilaqua hit (the witness couldn't identify the second shooter with certainty) he will go to jail automatically.

This episode's main charm consists of its retrieval of the Scatino character from The Happy Wanderer: whereas the previous episode was a metaphysical study of life and death, Bust-Out has a more down-to-earth approach in its analysis of radically opposed lives - David, who has always been an honest guy, is so desperate to get out of debt he eventually blows his own son's college fund and contemplates suicide right after doing so, while Tony, thanks to his attitude with people like Dave, is able to take AJ out on a fishing trip and spend some quality time with the kid without really deserving it. The juxtaposition of the two situations makes for one of the show's more tragic moments, perfectly rendered by an almost unrecognizable Patrick: watch the episode back-to-back with either Terminator 2 or the Law & Order: SVU ep where he played a child molester, and you'll hardly know it's the same actor.


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