Chris meets and beats the stars, while Artie turns violent after having his hospitality abused.

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Artie Bucco is having trouble with his restaurant. His sales are down 40% from the previous year and many of his regular customers have found a new Italian restaurant that is more to their liking. Thinks get worse when investigators from Amex arrive to tell him that credit card numbers are being stolen from the restaurant. When he learns that it's one of Christopher's crew who is involved, it leads to a fight and requires Tony's intervention. Tony blames the whole situation on Christopher who is off to Los Angeles with Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. to see if they can interest Ben Kingsley in starring in their movie. It's pretty apparent that he's not interested but Christopher doesn't get the signals. Christopher is amazed at the swag stars receive and is almost desperate to some of his own. Lauren Bacall proves to be the source, though not in a conventional way. Written by garykmcd

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David Chase: A passenger on the plane during the last scene of the episode. See more »

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When Christopher returns from California he has a conversation with Tony in Tony's office at the Bada Bing. Midway through the conversation a lit cigar suddenly appears in Tony's hand. See more »

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Tony Soprano: Well, listen, the other day I was driving along, thinking about your little problem. How bout a promotion? Coupon, two for one.
Artie Bucco: Two-fers. Wow. You mean like you get a free spaghetti and meatballs if you bring another cheap comare douchebag in here? How 'bout an early bird special? Salad wagon? This is a fine dining establishment. I'll give it back to the bank before I turn into a fucking IHOP!
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Sir Ben
22 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

In the second season of The Sopranos, Christopher's passion for movies and screen writing led him to a memorable encounter with Jon Favreau which showed how rotten the film business can be at times and anticipated HBO's hit comedy Entourage by four years. Luxury Lounge treads similar waters with equally exhilarating results, providing further proof of the show's great choice of guest stars.

With Little Carmine willing to produce his gangster-horror movie, Chrissy heads out to L.A. to meet with Ben Kingsley, his scary work in Sexy Beast making him the ideal choice for the role of the mob boss. Sadly, Sir Ben isn't impressed, leaving Chris with nothing to but drink and do drugs again. Oh, and mug Lauren Bacall just for the sake of it. Back in Jersey, things get bad for Artie Bucco as he discovers one of Chris's pals has been using his new waitress to run a credit card scam. When things threaten to turn bloody, Tony has to step in once again.

Juxtaposing two story lines, Luxury Lounge alternates between sincerely touching in the Artie section and cruelly satirical in the Hollywood plot batch. The latter part is particularly appealing on account of Kingsley and Bacall's willingness to get their hands (and mouths) dirty, Kingsley especially having a great time making fun of his Englishness. Then again, his casting probably wasn't accidental: perhaps David Chase read Roger Ebert's famous review of Sexy Beast, which ended with the following sentence describing British crooks: "These are hard people. They could have the Sopranos for dinner, throw up and have them again." Judging from Sir Ben's hugely enjoyable self-mockery and cracking final line (it's just one priceless word), Ebert had a point, although the man who played Don Logan never actually meets Tony. Maybe he found him too hard to swallow.


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