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"The Sopranos" Mergers and Acquisitions (2002)

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Paulie's big moment

10/10
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy
8 May 2008

As a single episode, Mergers and Acquisitions isn't exactly a masterpiece. Taken in the context of the entire Season Four, though, it serves as a major tone-setter for the last shows of the season and offers some irresistible adult entertainment.

The latter comes in the form of Paulie Gualtieri, who finally gets to see his mother again after spending time behind bars. He is shocked to discover she isn't treated very well by fellow seniors and enlists some special help to take care of the mess. Meanwhile, Tony learns Ralph's new mistress shares his passion for horses, which soon turns into something more dangerous and leads to big trouble at home with Carmela.

Watching the Soprano spouses argue is always a pleasure, but this time the limelight is gleefully stolen by Tony Sirico, who obviously enjoys putting Paulie's more twisted side on display: his efforts to make Mrs. Gualtieri's stay at Grren Grove more comfortable are a great example of good grown-up comedy.

Actually, the Soprano family manages to reclaim the spotlight in one scene, but not in the way you might expect: I'll just say it involves Tony, his sister and a discussion about Ralphie's sexual quirks. Yikes.

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Mergers and Acquisitions (#4.8)

8/10
Author: ComedyFan2010 from Canada
17 March 2014

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Paulie now has to bring his mother to the nursing home and has to deal with other seniors treating her badly. Tony hooks up with the woman that is with Rich now and finds out about his crazy sex life. Carmela finds her nail in his jacket and grabs herself money from him. And Furio tells his father that he has feelings for Carmela.

Well we already knew that Carmela must feels something for Furio now we know that it is mutual. Seems like a preview for something bad to happen, especially since Furio heard from his father is that he can only have her if he kills Tony.

Loved the story about Paulie dealing with his mother It was kind of sweet but also pretty funny.

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Margetis Review: The Sopranos, Episode 47 "Mergers & Aquisitions"

Author: Michael Margetis (pmargetis@cox.net) from United States
11 February 2006

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Although this episode was entertaining, it didn't focus on what the show is all about "the mafia". It seemed almost like a Six Feet Under episode or - a messed up Boston Public episode. It seemed almost too good to be true… or realistic. The title of this episode should have been "Ralph's Crazy Love Life", because that is main plot line in this episode. From hot candle wax on his balls, to a greasy cheese grater on his member, Tony finds this all too disturbing for words, and fears it will affect "business". And how does Tony find this out? Ralph's goomar, Valentina, who at the end of the episode becomes Tony's goomar. It was entertaining and fun to watch Paulie's mother move into Green Grove and see the son of a senior at green grove (who was not nice to Paulie mom) being chased with weapons down the hallway of the school he works at as a principal by Benny and Little Paulie. That was source for good entertainment! We also got to see Tony indirectly hint to Carmela she took his hidden money out of the bird feed, which she denied, zzzzzzzz. All in all, it was disappointing, and we should get better episodes than this in the future. I'm not saying it wasn't fun to watch, it just didn't go anywhere. The shocker of the episode was Janice revealing to Tony that Ralph made her "f*ck him the ass with a strap-on. Teleplay by Lawrence Konner ; Story by David Chase, Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and Terence Winter ; Directed by Daniel Attias. My Rating: 7.5/10

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