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"The Sopranos" Employee of the Month (2001)

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The Sopranos: Season 3: Episode 4 -- Dr. Melfi's attempts to steer Tony into behavior-modification therapy take a detour due to a personal crisis. Meanwhile, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) finds a way to endear himself to Jackie Jr.--but not to Tony.


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Original Air Date:
18 March 2001 (Season 3, Episode 4)
Dr. Melfi is brutally attacked, and when the justice system lets her down, she must consider asking Tony for help. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
John Patterson 
Writing credits
David Chase (created by)

Robin Green (written by) &
Mitchell Burgess (written by)

Produced by
Henry Bronchtein .... producer (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Martin Bruestle .... producer
Mitchell Burgess .... executive producer
David Chase .... executive producer
Gregg Glickman .... associate producer
Robin Green .... executive producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Todd A. Kessler .... producer
Ilene S. Landress .... co-executive producer
Gianna Maria Smart .... associate producer
Terence Winter .... producer
Cinematography by
Alik Sakharov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Wolinsky 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Bob Shaw 
Art Direction by
Scott P. Murphy  (as Scott Murphy)
Set Decoration by
Janet Shaw 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... key makeup artist
Stephen Kelley .... makeup artist (as Stephen M. Kelley)
Mel McKinney .... key hair stylist
Diana Sikes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Henry Bronchtein .... unit production manager (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Scott Hornbacher .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fareshta Ahmadi .... dga trainee
Randy N. Barbee .... first assistant director (as Randy Barbee)
Scott Schaeffer .... second second assistant director
Michael Smith .... second assistant director (as Mike Smith)
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... set dresser
James J. Archer .... set dresser
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... assistant property master (as Joe Badalucco)
John Basile .... set dresser
James Covington .... on set scenic
Anthony Dimeo .... property master (as Anthony J. DiMeo)
Natalie N. Dorset .... set dresser (as Natalie Dorset)
Courtney Engelstein .... art department production assistant
Joan Finley .... set dresser (as Joan Finlay)
Gary Grill .... construction coordinator
Ann Harmon .... scenic shop person (as Anne Harmon)
Tom Heaps .... set dresser (as Thomas J. Heaps)
Miguel Jimenez .... shop electric
Derrick Kardos .... art department coordinator
Rich King .... construction production assistant
Jeffrey M. Marchetti .... on set dresser
Chris Marzulli .... key construction grip
James McDonagh .... assistant property master (as James P. McDonagh)
Lou Miller .... construction foreman
Vincent J. Orofino .... set dresser (as Vincent Orofino)
Gerard H. Pineo .... leadman (as Gerard Pineo)
Geoffrey D. Pound .... construction grip (as Geoffrey Pound)
Jon Schluenz .... art department production assistant
Cathy Scorsese .... assistant property master
Ken Sperling .... construction grip
Jennifer B. Starke .... assistant set decorator (as Jennifer Starke)
Eric Stepper .... set dresser
Timothy Tranzillo .... scenic foreman
Michael Zansky .... scenic charge
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Anna MacKenzie .... supervising sound editor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound utility (as Jan McLaughlan)
Todd Orr .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Price .... production sound mixer
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Raymond E. Spiess III .... adr editor (as Raymond Spiess III)
Fred Tator .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Alfonso Calvo .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... adr editor (uncredited)
Kevin McCullough .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink Sr.)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator (as Pete Bucossi)
Lisa France .... stunts
Tony Guida .... stunts
Steve McAuliff .... stunts
John Roney .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Russo)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... best boy electric
Wesley Battle .... grip
Andrew Casey .... steadicam operator
William Coleman .... camera operator (as Bill Coleman)
Ben Dailey .... camera loader (as Benjamin Dailey)
Aaron Dawley .... best boy grip
Jon Delgado .... electrician
Ken Ferris .... "b" camera operator
Brian Fitzsimons .... grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Anthony Gamiello .... grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer
Peter Koola .... best boy electric
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
William D. Moran .... grip (as Bill Moran)
Ben Noble .... electrician
Tim Norman .... first assistant camera
John L. Oates .... gaffer
Tom Percarpio .... electrician (as Thomas Percarpio)
Louis Petraglia .... key rigging grip
Phil Purificato .... grip (as Philip Purificato)
Patrick Quinn .... second assistant camera
Steve Ramsey .... electrician (as Steven Ramsey)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame playback
Gerard Sava .... "b" camera operator
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Casting Department
Kathleen Backel .... casting assistant
Anna Maniscalco .... background casting
Meredith Tucker .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mildred Del Rio .... tailor
Kevin P. Faherty .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kevin Faherty)
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... costumer
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... wardrobe supervisor (as Gail Fitzgibbons)
Kenn Hamilton .... costumer
Jennifer Ingram .... costumer
Barbara Krauthamer .... costumer
Jesse Lello .... wardrobe production assistant
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Erick Becerra .... post-production assistant
April Lawrence .... assistant editor
Linda Olague .... colorist
Lisa Taylor .... post-production coordinator
Juliet Walker .... post-production assistant
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line assistant editor (uncredited)
Keith Ponschock .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Kathryn Dayak .... music editor
Jennifer C. Harper .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation co-captain
James Leavey .... transportation captain (as Jim Leavey)
David Phillip .... parking coordinator (as Dave Phillip)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Aston .... dialogue coach: James Gandolfini
Zoran Blazevic .... location scout
James Brown Jr. .... distribution coordinator
Salvatore Carino .... production auditor
Noreen R. Cheleden .... set production assistant (as Noreen Cheleden)
Chris Collins .... assistant production coordinator
James Cosper .... location scout
Tony Cypres .... second assistant auditor
James G. Delaney .... office production assistant
Debora Fearon .... craft service (as Debbie Fearon)
Jennifer G. Fistere .... assistant to producers
Bill Garvey .... location assistant
Christine Gee .... script supervisor (as Christine Gee Lowrey)
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator
Eric Greenberg .... writers office production assistant
Tosha L. Hawkins .... payroll auditor (as Tosha Hawkins)
Michael Hernandez .... chef (as Mike Hernandez)
Regina Heyman .... assistant location manager
Mark Kamine .... location manager
Steve Kornacki .... assistant production coordinator
Felicia B. Lipchik .... assistant to writers
Clare Lord .... location coordinator
Charles McDonald .... set production assistant
Kyle O'Brien .... first assistant auditor
David Occhino .... location assistant
Melissa Brides Ockman .... office production assistant (as Melissa Brides)
Brian Palatucci .... location assistant
Chauency Reese .... second assistant auditor
Julie Ross .... assistant: David Chase
Deidre Schrowang .... first assistant auditor
John Silvestri .... set production assistant
Anthony Sloan .... craft service assistant
Bethany Tronsky .... technical advisor: Long Island College Hospital
Sandra Vannucchi .... location scout (as Sandra Vanucchi)
Adam T. Weisinger .... set production assistant (as Adam Weisinger)
Bill Ahern .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Carey .... production executive (uncredited)
Tina Elmo .... production resources (uncredited)
Darren Maynard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lori Robins .... stand in/photo double (uncredited)
Frank Slaten .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryder Washburn .... armorer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

53 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Continuity: When Tony Soprano is talking to Ralph Cifaretto outside the pizzeria, the positioning of Ralph's coffee cup and spoon continually alternates in-between shotsSee more »
Ralph Cifaretto:I oughta stick a shiskabbab up your ass!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gladiator (2000)See more »
Oops!...I Did It AgainSee more »


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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"She's so fat...", 23 April 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Employee of the Month is one of those wonderful Sopranos episodes: so rich of events, character and a truly dark streak. Most movies would have trouble jamming all this stuff into a two-hour running time; this series manages to beautifully in 50 minutes.

Firstly, the show deals with the two new characters introduced in previous episodes: Ralph Cifaretto and Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), son of the deceased boss from Season One and nephew of the crazy Richie Aprile who rampaged in Series 2. Whereas Tony insists the kid should lead a normal life, Ralphie, who's currently sleeping with Rosalie Aprile, tries to become Jackie's new best friend by letting him participate in a gloriously violent business settlement.

More importantly, though, this chapter belongs to Lorraine Bracco, who goes where no actress has ever gone before with her role: after being brutally raped, Dr. Melfi is confident justice will triumph. When that isn't the case (the creep is released thanks to a lot of bureaucratic crap), she seriously considers asking Tony for help.

Were this a mainstream drama show, that kind of idea wouldn't have made it past the synopsis stage. But this is HBO, and so such a decision represents a triumph of narrative boldness, not to mention actorial: Bracco approaches Emmy-baiting territory with her doubtful, effortlessly gripping performance and receives superb backing from Peter Bogdanovich (always reliable as Elliot Kupferberg) and James Gandolfini, who responds to the ambiguity with more ambiguity.

As for the program's trademark "comic relief" it comes in the form of the news that New York boss Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) is buying a house in Jersey, prompting gags about his wife's weight. Pick of the bunch? Silvio's "She's so fat her blood type is ragu" and Paulie's gleeful "She's so fat, she goes campin', the bears have to hide their food". Hilarious.

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