The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 4

Commendatori (6 Feb. 2000)

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Tony, Paulie and Chris travel to Naples to conduct a business deal, while Pussy becomes more stressed over trying to balance his secret lives.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
A.J. Soprano (credit only)
Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Richie Aprile (credit only)


Tony, Paulie and Christopher go to Italy to discuss business with their counterparts in his recently acquired (from his Uncle Junior) business in exporting stolen cars. Tony pushes to meet the patriarch of his Italian counterparts but finds the man, Zi Vittorio, to be old and feeble-minded. He's even more surprised however when he realizes who is now in charge. As part of the deal, it's agreed that enforcer Furio Giunta will travel to the US and work for Tony's crew. Back in the US meanwhile, Pussy tells FBI Agent Skip Lipari about the trip and the stolen car business. Pussy's wife Angie isn't necessarily happy that he's back and she shocks Carmella and Rosalie Aprile by saying that she wants a divorce. Written by garykmcd

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This episode might well be called "Que sera sera" as in the song title, which in ungrammatical Spanish either states "What ever will be will." or asks "What's going to happen?" The Spanish phrase, plus the English "What are you gonna do?", are mentioned three times in this show that seems to accept fatalism with a shrug. See more »


As the guys are waiting for Chris in Pussy's car at the airport near the episode's end, from the window of the car you can see Chris coming through the terminal's revolving door, and then, seconds later, he does it again, this time approaching the car, as intended. See more »


Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [when it becomes clear that Don Vittoria, boss of the Naples family, is senile] Ton', you give this guy a golf club, he'll probably try to fuck it.
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"Hey Tone, what's your favorite scene?"
30 March 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It is particularly fitting that this episode opens with Tony and his crew trying to watch a bootleg DVD of The Godfather on a player that doesn't work: no matter what the boss thinks, they will never be as classy as the gangsters in Coppola's masterpiece; perhaps the broken DVD player serves as a metaphor to indicate the huge distance between Vito Corleone and Tony Soprano, the glorious past and the murky present.

That the situation is radically different emerges from another fact as well: as Tony, Chris, Paulie and Silvio travel to Naples to discuss a deal with a distant relative, they discover said man is in worse shape than Uncle Junior and has put his daughter (Sofia Milos) in charge of the family affairs. Back in the old days, no one would have given all that power to a woman, and Tony, who has always believed in male dominance when it comes to his line of work, is shocked by this revelation, not least because it marks the first time he starts having sexual fantasies involving one of his business associates. In the meantime, Pussy is in an uncomfortable position of his own, as he finds it increasingly hard to cope with his new double life.

The most notable thing in Commendatori, aside from Paulie's lame attempts at speaking Italian, is the setting: a solid half hour of the show takes place in warm, sunny, gorgeous Naples, with the visuals providing an almost lyrical beauty that contrasts nicely with the grittier look of New Jersey. At the very beginning of the episode, Tony says his favorite scene in the Godfather trilogy is the one in Part II where young Vito returns to Sicily and kills his father's murderer in the most beautiful villa. Again, the thematic relevance is clear: the natural seductiveness of Southern Italy has very little to share with the blood-soaked legacy of America. Even Tony becomes aware of this, and expresses his reservations neatly while walking on the beach with the female boss. When asked if he wants to sleep with her (actually, she uses a more vulgar word), he replies: "Yes, I do. Very much. But I don't sh*t where I eat." Sonny Corleone wouldn't have come up with a better expression.

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