The Sopranos: Season 5, Episode 12

Long Term Parking (23 May 2004)

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Tony makes a request to Johnny Sack on behalf of his cousin, and Adriana makes a request to the FBI, followed by one to Chris.


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Tony realizes that the only way to prevent a war between his and Johnny Sack's family is to eliminate his favorite cousin, Tony Blundetto. He knows that Phil Leotardo will no doubt kill Tony B. very slowly and so Tony offers to do it himself. Johnny says there's no way anyone but Phil gets to kill him. If Tony doesn't do so quickly, a member of Tony's family will be killed and not surprisingly, Christopher interprets that he would be that victim and goes into hiding. Adriana meanwhile is still in the clutches of the FBI and this time they get very serious after she is filmed disposing evidence of a crime. She admits that Matoush the drug dealer killed someone in her office and she cleaned up after the fact even though the killing had nothing to do with her. They tell her that unless she can get Christopher to flip, she will be arrested and charged. She tells Chris what's happened and he tells her their both dead and have no way out of the predicament she's put them in. Written by garykmcd

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6 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's start with this... I read an article comparing The Sopranos to Mad Men around when I was watching the first few episodes of Season 5. Sadly, and this is entirely my fault, they mentioned Adriana dying in S5. So I knew it would happen. Secondly, I had seen the "Awards and nominations" page for the show on Wikipedia, and I clearly remember De Matteo submitting an episode called "Long Term Parking" along with "Irregular around the Margins". Because I saw episode 5 of the season already, I was pretty sure that episode 12 was going to be her last. This brings up problems in many ways. I can imagine the entire episode being a lot more suspenseful had I not known, especially because it's so minimal. It doesn't really revolve entirely on just her, and the circumstances and the writing are very ambiguous. I also didn't have a chance to be surprised (as I hope many were when it first aired).

Now that I have talked about my OWN stupidity, and my total lack of awareness where spoilers may lie, I want to talk about the episode itself. Like I mentioned before, it still surprised me in the way Adriana's storyline ended. Once again, I am completely surprised by the writing and directing. At no point do we get any emotional manipulation. It plays out exactly like many other episodes, there's no obvious lingering on what's about to happen (although we do get a heartbreaking sequence where she is imagining fleeing away, just to find out she's in the car of one of Tony's associates). I can't tell, I expected a lot more, what's the word, emphasis on her death. Because of that, I have to say when it actually happened, it disappointed me. My emotions wanted a sort of more emotional scene where Adriana is pleading, has more time to react to her fate, right before she is killed. The episode's flaw? Not at all, and once again I am reminded that that ISN'T the show I am watching.

Reflecting on the episode now, just 10 minutes after I finished it, cannot say how perfect the execution of it all was. No, it isn't just "some death" to either Tony or Christopher, but it has to be treated that way. The shot of Adriana crawling away, and the camera's movement away from her as we hear the gunshots off screen isn't a scene I will forget easily. Her development over the course of the series is incredible, and one of the truly heartbreaking stories I've seen on television. De Matteo definitely knocked it out of the park, and to date, definitely the toughest death.

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