The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 8

Full Leather Jacket (5 Mar. 2000)

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Rebellion by some of the lower soldiers ends in bloodshed, while Carmela starts intimidating her neighbors to help Meadow's chances at Georgetown.

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Meadow is getting anxious about college admission and wants to go to Berkely but Carmella considers taking steps to ensure that won't happen. She asks for her neighbor Jeannie Cusamano's help in getting her sister Joan, went to Georgetown, for a letter of recommendation. When Joan refuses, Carmella pays her a personal visit. Paulie and Silvio visit Richie Aprile to suggest he help out Beansie by building a ramp for his wheelchair. Christopher is having problems with Adriana who has moved out. He asks her to marry him and gives her a gigantic engagement ring. Christopher has two new guys working for him, Matthew and Sean, but they decide they need to get ahead and try to impress Richie. Richie gives Tony a prized leather jacket that he had taken off a hood many years before, but then sees that has given it away. Written by garykmcd

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The Soprano residence address (visible on Meadow's Berkeley acceptance letter): 633 Stag Trail Road, North Caldwell, NJ 07006. See more »

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When Christopher M. is shot and on the ground, the camera pans up to show the spent shells lying there and on his body. All the shells are crimped on the end, which indicates they are blanks. See more »

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[about Christopher]
Richie Aprile: The attitude on that camel-nose fuck. He ever lays his hand on my niece again I'm gonna tear him apart piece by piece.
Matthew Bevilaqua: Camel nose! You can't make that shit up.
Richie Aprile: What the fuck are you talking about? I just did. Did you ever notice he's the only motherfucker who can smoke a cigarette in the rain with his hands tied behind his back? That nose is like a natural canopy.
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Carmela's darker side is revealed
1 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

What a cliché, the gangster's wife: either she doesn't know what her husband does for a living, or she does but has no real relevance in his life other than when it comes to getting rid of compromising evidence. Not Carmela Soprano, though: she may seem to disapprove of several of Tony's activities, but in the end she enjoys her status, as this episode shows.

But why would Carm, a regular housewife, take advantage of her hubby's reputation for her own sake? Simple: Meadow is applying for various colleges, and since neighbor Jeannie Cusamano has a sister who went to Georgetown, Mrs. Soprano thinks a nice little letter of recommendation wouldn't be a problem. Too bad the Cusamanos aren't that enthusiastic about the idea. On the work front, meanwhile, violence is about to make his way as Matt Bevilaqua (Lillo Brancato) and Sean Gismonte (Chris Tardio), two up-and-comers working for Christopher, get tired of being treated like crap by the Soprano family and decide to pledge their services to Richie Aprile, a choice that is sealed with an act of unexpected brutality.

In the previous twenty episodes, it was clear Carmela was the more rational half of the couple, except for the few times she yelled at Tony or AJ, but this is the first time she gets to use all her abilities to subtly achieve her goals, and Edie Falco, rightfully nominated for an Emmy, does her best with a new side of her role that doesn't, for once, require any instinct-driven swearing. She is so riveting to watch she almost distracts from the bleaker side of the episode - until the blood-splattered climax, that is.


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