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Denial, Anger, Acceptance 

Tony encourages an unwanted son-in-law to divorce, Carmela learns another secret of Tony's, Meadow experiments with speed to study for the SATs, and Chris and Brendan find out the price of disrespecting Junior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
A.J. Soprano (credit only)
Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)


Christopher and Brendan return the truckload of stolen suits but Uncle Junior wants to send a clear message. Jackie Aprile is continuing with his chemotherapy and Tony has a special present for him. Meadow has been working hard at school and tries to get Christopher to supply her with crystal meth to keep her going while she studies for the SATs. A local hotel owner seeks out Tony's help in dealing with his son-in-law who is refusing to give the man's daughter a divorce unless he gets half of the family business. Silvio and Paulie pay him a visit but he's proving to be just a little hard to convince. Carmela hosts a fund-raiser catered by their friends Artie and Charmaine Bucco, who still haven't been able to collect on the insurance from the restaurant fire. Charmaine has something interesting to tell her. Written by garykmcd

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24 January 1999 (USA)  »

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In this early trial-and-error period of the series, this is one of the very few, if not the only one, of all 86 The Sopranos (1999) episodes in which both the writer (Mark Saraceni) and the director (Nick Gomez were one-time contributors. That is, neither man worked on the show again, though both went on to write/direct numerous other TV shows in their careers. See more »


Paulie and Silvio meet with the Chassid, Ariel. He is shown wearing a wedding band on his left hand. However, Chassidic men do not wear rings. Also, Ariel does not have a full beard, but only has a few days' growth. See more »


Ariel: See, I sweated blood into this place and he owes me. And, uh, I intend to get what's mine. So please, don't embarrass yourself any further. Just leave.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: I'm not embarrassed.
[to Silvio]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: You embarrassed?
Silvio Dante: [shakes head]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [slams Ariel's head against the front desk] Listen to me, you weirdo fuck! You give Shlomo whatever the fuck he wants and you forget this 50% shit. You got nothin' comin' to ya. Nothin'! You understand me? Nothin'!
Ariel: Fuck you!
Silvio Dante: Bupkis. Say "bupkis", Paulie.
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: What?
Silvio Dante: That's how they say "...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Complicated Shadows
Composed and Performed by Elvis Costello
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Ned Eisenberg IS listed in credits
15 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just as a follow-up to the poster who stated Ned Eisenberg isn't anywhere to be found in the credits of the episode, "Denial Anger Acceptance"...he's actually listed in the opening credits. The Sopranos creators never list an actor in the end credits if he/she is listed up front. For someone who had a relatively minor role in the episode, it truly is an honor for Ned to be listed up front with the primary cast members. Anyways, the Sopranos creators are quite a meticulous bunch, so it would be quite a surprise if they neglected to include an actor with a speaking part in the credit sequence. Hope that clears things up.

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