The Sopranos: Season 3, Episode 8

He Is Risen (15 Apr. 2001)

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Tensions rise between Tony and Ralphie until circumstances demand that they resolve their differences. Meadow gets involved with Jackie's son, and ends up in trouble.



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Meadow and Jackie Aprile Jr. meet at a frat party and start taking an interest in one another. Tony and Ralphie Cifaretto are still feuding with Ralph refusing his offer to buy him a drink. The insult leads Tony to cancel their previous invitation to Thanksgiving dinner but Carmela's story about canceling dinner doesn't hold up for very long when Jackie Jr. shows up at the house to see Meadow. Carmela's not too keen on the two of them seeing each other. Ralph meanwhile goes to Johnny Sack to see if he could possibly switch families. He follows Johnny's advice and goes to Tony to apologize. When Gigi Cestone dies unexpectedly, Tony has to decide whether to make Ralph a capo. At Dr. Melfi's office, Tony runs into another of her patients, Gloria Trillo, a Mercedes salesperson. Tony decides to get himself a new car. Written by garykmcd

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Annabella Sciorra debuts here in the first of seven episodes playing Tony's girlfriend Gloria Trillo. Her performance would earn her an Emmy nomination. Coincidentally, years before, in 1992, Sciorra had been quoted as saying that people often confused her with Lorraine Bracco, who would later star as a The Sopranos (1999) cast member. See more »


Gigi is seen breathing, laying in his coffin, his diaphragm is clearly moving up and down. See more »


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Tony vs. Ralph
27 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This episode is less a TV series than it is a heavyweight contest between two powerful actors, both renowned for playing villainous brutes: James Gandolfini and Joe Pantoliano. The friction between their on-screen personas reaches its highest points here, setting the tone for the remaining five episodes of the season as well as most of the fourth series.

Continuing where University left off, Tony and Ralphie keep avoiding each other since the latter beat a Bada Bing stripper to death and the former reacted with violent retaliation in front of a dozen people. They both have good reasons for being mad at each other - Ralph is a made guy, so he couldn't get hit just like that, but then again he totally crossed the line with Tracee - however circumstances dictate that a peaceful solution be found: firstly, their struggle might damage business with New York, which is why Johnny Sack urges Ralphie to apologize; secondly, one of Tony's captains suffers a fatal heart attack (sitting on the toilet, in case you were wondering), and there is only one person who seems to deserve a promotion. Clue: it ain't Paulie or Sil...

In addition, He Is Risen opens up a new, risky path by having Meadow Soprano embark on a relationship with Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone). That kind of thing can't and won't end well, and the teleplay uses that blossoming romance well to contrast with the increasing hatred between the two lovers' "fathers" (Ralph is sleeping with Jackie's mom), but since there are still five shows to go all the cute stuff is kept to a minimum, the real core of the story being the metaphorical showdown between the boss and his hot-tempered captain. In the end it boils down to a duel between Gandolfini and Pantoliano, an old-school confrontation, involving two great thespians, to see who's the biggest bad-ass. Result: almost a tie, but eventually there's no doubt - good old Tony prevails, no matter what.

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