The Sopranos: Season 6, Episode 8

Johnny Cakes (30 Apr. 2006)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama
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Vito considers starting a new life in New Hampshire, while Anthony continues his pursuit of revenge against Junior.

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Tony is approached by an attractive real estate agent with an offer to buy a building he owns in the old neighborhood. The building is leased to an old established business and Tony hesitates to sell them out. Both Tony and Carmela are frustrated with AJ who has dropped out of college and is working a few hours a day at Blockbuster. Unknown to his parents he's also out clubbing and spending money he doesn't really have. He visits his Uncle Junior - but the call is anything but social. Phil Leotardo is inquiring about Vito's whereabouts. Tony tells him to mind his own business but Vito's wife is Phil's cousin and he has no intention of dropping it. Vito is still in hiding and afraid to return knowing what wiseguys think of gays. He's interested in a short order cook from a nearby diner but has a bit of trouble dealing with it all. Written by garykmcd

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When AJ and friends go to the nightclub it is clearly night time, when presented with the bill for 2 bottles of Cristal and 1 bottle of Grey Goose, the receipt has a time-stamp of 2:34 pm. See more »

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Tony Soprano: YOU STUPID FUCKIN' MORON! You realized what could have happened to you if we didn't have connections? Some cop goes by the book and they charge you with attempted murder! You hear me! Attempted murder, then what? THEN WHAT?
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: He shot you! Were you just gonna let him fucking get away with it?
Tony Soprano: I told you that's my business not yours! And what did you do? Nothing! Zero a big fucking jerk-off!
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: FUCK YOU!
Tony Soprano: I oughta break your fucking neck!
[Tony grabs him forcingly and lets a sobbing A.J. go]
Tony Soprano: Stop cryin'...
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The difference between movies and reality
22 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Throughout the series, Tony Soprano has always like to compare himself to Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone, despite having to face the fact that he will never be as great a gangster as Mario Puzo's brilliant creation. Here he finally comes to accept that truth, even if ti isn't for the reasons one might expect.

The sudden change of heart is caused by AJ's attempt to kill Junior in order to avenge Tony's shooting. Thanks to the right connections, the boy avoids prison, and in spite of his admiration for Michael Corleone's similar actions in The Godfather, Tony is forced to teach his son that movies aren't real life. Another person finding it difficult to adjust to the real world is Vito Spatafore, who manages to hit it on with a New Hampshire diner owner named Jim but is too scared of his own inclinations to successfully embark on the relationship at first. Meanwhile, back at home a furious Phil lets Tony know that if nothing is done about the scandal Vito has caused, he will have no choice but to kill the "finocchio" himself.

Just like the sixth episode of the season, Johnny Cakes doesn't rely on outbursts of primal brutality to make the drama more compelling: smart scripts, poignant character developments and the occasional TV celeb making a guest appearance (ER's Julianna Margulies in this case) will do just as fine. While Vito's inner conflict has already been depicted with honesty two episodes back, the father/son bond in the Soprano family has never been dealt with in a stronger fashion, the best effort coming from Iler, whose role has successfully evolved from the couch-occupying nitwit he was in the earliest episodes of the series. He may not be Michael Corleone, or Fredo, or Sonny, but it doesn't matter: what really counts is he's a Soprano.


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