The Sopranos: Season 6, Episode 6

Live Free or Die (16 Apr. 2006)

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Tony seeks guidance from overseas to solve a local problem; and decides whether a top earner deserves another chance.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Soprano (credit only)
Janice Soprano (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
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The news about Vito's extracurricular activities at a gay bar in New York is spreading quickly. Christopher hears it from an acquaintance at an AA meeting and soon passes it on to the other members of the family. Most are disgusted with him but Tony isn't about to rush to judgment where a man's reputation is at stake. It all seems like it's true when Benny Fazio approaches him and Vito takes off in his car. When Meadow overhears her mother and Rosalie Aprile talking about it, she tells them - and eventually her father - what Finn saw the morning he got to work early. As for Vito, he is in hiding in a small New Hampshire town hoping to track down his cousin who lives somewhere in the state. Vito begins to notice that there are obviously other gay men living in the town. Written by garykmcd

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The episode title "Live Free or Die" is the famous motto of the state of New Hampshire, where Vito has taken refuge. See more »


Tony walks down stairs singing but his lips aren't moving. See more »


Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: What? It's 2006, there's pillow biters in the special services
Silvio Dante: [Referring to Vito] let me ask you something: for the sake of argument let's say he shows up, are you going to kiss this guy on both cheeks?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [Remains silent]
Silvio Dante: Take, Paulie for example you know perfectly well guys like him don't kick up their full percent to you, you look the other way, it's the price of doing business, by you cutting him some slack now that his "out of the closet" it'll be just the excuse for guys to go off the ...
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"You knew Vito was a ricchion' ?"
22 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Of all the embarrassing moments the characters of this series have experienced, none can have been more shameful than the discovery that Vito Spatafore, one of Tony's most loyal men, is gay. As you might remember, the fat hoodlum was in a gay bar in the previous episode, wearing an all too obvious leather outfit, and got caught by two low-level crooks.

Now, word is out on the streets, and the reaction is practically unanimous: the poor son of a b*tch should get clipped. Tony disagrees, and with good reason: not only is it the 21st century, a period in which these things are more common every day, Vito also happens to be his top earner (much like Ralphie Cifaretto two seasons ago; that one didn't end well either). Besides, he claims, there's no actual proof, aside from the two guys' testimony, that Vito really is homosexual (Chris's response: "What, we actually have to see him take it in the ass?"). However, once Meadow's fiancé Finn, in the episode's most painfully hilarious scene, tells the crew what he saw back in Season Five (the infamous BJ on a security guard), there is no doubt anymore, and Phil Leotardo insists, with particular enthusiasm (Vito married his cousin), that the mess be settled with old-school methods.

Unfortunately, Vito is nowhere to be found: sensing the gathering storm, he has fled to New Hampshire, leaving his cell phone behind and preparing to start a new, fake life. That life will be the focus of the next few episodes, and the fact that this bloodless subplot works is all due to Gannascoli, whose careful performance is miles away from the overblown "gay gangster" caricatures seen in Guy Ritchie's films. Having stayed in the shadows since Season 2 (plus the cameo in Season 1 as a completely different character), he has been promoted to a series regular in Season Six, Part One, proving he has the same dramatic strength as the rest of the cast.

Okay, so there's pretty much no violence in the episode, or any disturbing moments. But who cares? The subtle writing and expert acting (not to mention a few merciless gay jokes) make it as worthwhile as any other story of the show.

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