The Sopranos: Season 4, Episode 1

For All Debts Public and Private (15 Sep. 2002)

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Chris puts a ghost from his past to rest, while Carmela grows uneasy about her future.

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Tony's income is down thanks to a slowing economy but it's having an effect on everyone. He makes sure his capos know they're supposed to be earners. Uncle Junior meets Tony and he's worried about his trial that's starting in jut over a week. He's also going broke because of lawyers fees and wants Tony to give him a bigger cut of the pie. Tony won't hear of it. Carmela is shocked to see Angie Bompiensero working in a grocery store and begins to worry about her own future should anything happen to Tony. She wants him to do a little estate planning. Tony however wants to start investing in property. FBI agent Deborah Ciccerone is still undercover working as Adriana's BFF. Christoper isn't keen on driving Tony around instead of Furio. He's also taken to using hard drugs. Tony has an important piece of information for him. Janice takes an interest in Ralph Cifarello. Junior puts Bobby Bacala in charge of his business affairs during the trial. Paulie is in jail on a gun charge but still ... Written by garykmcd

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Following the episode's airing, an Icelandair spokeswoman said the company was shocked at the "despicable manner" in which "Icelandic" flight attendants are depicted in scenes cavorting with Tony Soprano and fellow mobsters, as a group of sex-mad, drug-abusing stewardesses. See more »

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A close-up of Adrianna and Danielle hug at the end of their first scene has Ade's head above Danielle's left shoulder, but the jump-cut which follows has Ade's head above Danielle's right shoulder with no interruption in their hug. See more »

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[Tony complains to his assembled captains who aren't bringing in more and more money]
Tony Soprano: And I don't want to hear about the freaking economy either! I don't want to hear it. Sil, break it down for them. What two businesses have traditionally been recession proof since time immemorial?
Silvio Dante: Certain aspects of show business...and our thing.
Tony Soprano: Now that's it. That's all I've gotta say. Frankly, I'm depressed and ashamed.
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The end credits for this episode play over a close-up of the $20 bill that Christopher sticks to his mother's refrigerator instead of the standard black background. See more »

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New season, new trouble
29 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It begins with Carmela having an argument with her son. Nothing new. The following scene is the familiar sight of Tony picking up the paper in his underwear. Still nothing new. Does this mean Season Four will be business as usual? Hell, no. Sure, it's still violent, complex, riveting and casually sweary, but with half the series nearly over it's time for some major changes that will define the last years of the show.

First of all, the situation between Tony and Uncle Junior reverts to sour when it turns out the old man doesn't have enough money to pay his medical procedures and the upcoming trial. Unfortunately, Tony can't help him out since the cash flow has diminished significantly, a fact that upsets Carmela as well. And yet the bigger problem has yet to manifest itself, and it involves Chris and Adriana: the former still has trust issues with Tony, although the chance to finish an unresolved matter from his past seems to put a damper on that, and gets more hooked on heroin as each day passes; the latter has made friends with a woman named Danielle, not knowing that she is in fact an undercover FBI agent.

As a season starter, For All Debts Public and Private is quite calm: it doesn't have the strongly foreboding tension of Season Two's opener or the playfulness of the first Season Three episode (apart perhaps from the casting of comedian Will Arnett in the serious part of Danielle's husband - he does a good job, actually). That it maintains the exceptional level of the rest of the series is entirely due to smart writing and even better acting. The Tony-Junior conversation, in particular, is a cracker, in what promises to be the first of another 13 excellent stories.


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