The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 2

Do Not Resuscitate (23 Jan. 2000)

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Junior leaves prison due to ill health, while Livia's health also declines. Pussy begins talking with someone interested in learning more about Tony.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Reverend James Sr.
Matt Bevilaqua (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)


Livia plays her guilt games on Janice, saying her children have abandoned her in her time of need. Things don't get better when Anthony Jr. tells her Janice has been talking about a DNR order for her. Tony is upset when he finds that Janice has taken down the For Sale sign in front of their mother's house. Janice says she just wants to change real state agents to save money but Tony doesn't trust her. There are problems at one of Uncle Junior's construction site when a civil rights activist begins protests over the few African-Americans on the work site. Tony sends a message to his uncle via Bobby Baccalieri about who is in charge. For his part, Uncle Junior gets bail but is subject to house arrest and has to wear an electronic bracelet. Uncle Junior has a fall in the shower. Big Pussy has a meeting with someone interesting. Written by garykmcd

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This is the only episode directed by the major "Sopranos" staffer Martin Bruestle, who produced or co-produced every one of the series's 86 episodes. But for whatever reason, after this attempt, it was "Do Not Resuscitate " for Bruestle's directing career. See more »


When Janice is talking to Livia, the juice box in front of Livia moves position. See more »


Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Jesus Christ, you scared the shit out of me!
Reverend James Sr.: Jesus ain't got nothing to do with it.
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Another rat
27 March 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The last episode of Season One featured the execution of Jimmy Altieri, justified by his being an FBI informant. With the rat out of the way, Tony thought he would find peace at last. Man, was he wrong.

First of all, the boss still has problems with his uncle, who has been released from prison due to deteriorating health. In addition, Livia's condition is getting worse too, and despite Junior's claim she had nothing to do with the hit on her son, Tony refuses to look after her, leaving it to Janice to check if the old lady bites the dust any time soon. But this is nothing compared to the shocking twist regarding Pussy: although he says he disappeared for months just to get his back fixed, it now turns out he is having an awful lot of conversations with federal agent Skip Lipari (Louis Lombardi), who will bring him in for some minor crime unless he gathers evidence that's strong enough to lock up Tony for good.

That such a big secret is revealed this soon contributes to increasing tension: whereas Jimmy Altieri was a minor character no one cared about, and his exposure and death took place in the last episodes of the first series, Pussy is a guy viewers have learned to root for over the course of fifteen shows, and this fact makes it even more unbearable to wait for the inevitably tragic comeuppance (one way or another, this deal won't end well). Do Not Resuscitate does also mark the first time the FBI has an active role in the show: with the exception of brief appearances in Episodes 8 and 13 of the inaugural season, the feds have always remained in the shadows thus far. From now on, the cat-and-mouse game gets more explicit, setting the atmosphere for coming seasons and injecting a new form of suspense into the story.

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