The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Johnny Cakes 

Vito considers starting a new life in New Hampshire, while Anthony Jr. looking for a purpose and finds it when he continues his pursuit of revenge against Junior.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Carmela Soprano
Christopher Moltisanti
Junior Soprano
Silvio Dante
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (credit only)
Meadow Soprano (credit only)
Janice Soprano (credit only)
Phil Leotardo
Vito Spatafore
Patsy Parisi
Julianna Skiff
Elliot Kupferberg


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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30 April 2006 (USA)  »

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The receipt for the club didn't show that they charged an entrance fee for AJ and his friends because all high class clubs in New York City charge the entrance fee separately. The entrance fee is charged immediately when the patrons first enter the club. See more »


Tony Soprano: Hey, Mrs. Conte. Come stai? How is the hip?
Mrs. Conte: Hey Anthony, oh I need your help!
Tony Soprano: What?
Mrs. Conte: Those Nigger fucking whores, they play that music so loud!
Tony Soprano: That's not nice. And those are Puerto Ricans.
Mrs. Conte: I asked them nice to turn it down, they tell me to go fuck myself!
Tony Soprano: ...I'll see what I can do.
Mrs. Conte: Thanks.
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The difference between movies and reality
22 May 2008 | by 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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