The Sopranos: Season 4, Episode 2

No Show (22 Sep. 2002)

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Chris' success earns him some jealousy, Adriana learns the truth about her friend, and Meadow blows up over her father's job.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Soprano (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)


Christopher is named Paulie's replacement but Patsy Parisi is none too pleased. Paulie isn't doing well in prison and his frustration against Tony is growing. He doesn't think Ralphie's latest joke about Johnny Sack's overweight wife is very funny. The crew starts to reap the benefits of the big construction project. Christopher makes a mistake however. Ralph Cifaretto and Janice are seeing each other. Tony and Carmela are frustrated with Meadow who has spent the summer lounging around despite her repeated promises to work. Meadow then announces that she's going to take a year off. Every time her parents try to talk to her about it, her excuse is that she's still traumatized by Jackie Jr.'s death. Carmela wants her to see a counselor Dr. Melfi recommended to Tony. The counselor doesn't help things much however. Chris tells Adriana he thinks her friend is a dyke. When the FBI has break off its undercover operation, they line up the next best person to feed them information. Written by garykmcd

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The group playing (and lip-syncing) their original song, "You", on stage in Adriana's club is the real-life Jersey garage band The Swingin Neckbreakers, one of whose fans is iconic Jersey rocker and "Sopranos" cast member Steven Van Zandt. See more »


When Adriana is being interviewed by the FBI, the dispersement of the vomit on the table changes between shots. See more »


Christopher Moltisanti: [singing from inside his car as he pulls up to the guys at the no-work construction site] If I were a carpenter and you were a douche-bag...
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Written by Thomas Jorgensen
Performed by The Swingin' Neckbreakers
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"Well, listen to Mr. Mob Boss!"
5 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

As with the previous episode, No Show keeps handling the joined plot threads of Christopher and Adraian's situation, and does so to shocking effect, providing the show's single most disgusting scene.

Said scene occurs when Ade discovers her friend Danielle is actually an FBI agent and is left with little choice: either she cooperates, or she will go to jail for over two decades for possession and distribution. Without revealing too much, let's just say her reaction is... visceral. Similar feelings, though less extreme in their expression, are kindled among Tony's men when he gives Chris a no-show job that Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi) was after and which Silvio feels is too much to grant to smaller player like Chrissy. However, that is the least of Tony's problems, as he must face the possibility of Meadow dropping out of college because of what happened to Jackie Jr. two episodes ago and has a heated discussion with her when she openly criticizes his job.

That last section of the teleplay gives the boss's private life new dramatic strength, the T/Meadow conflict achieving the kind of poignancy you seldom see in an ordinary TV show. It is also equally unlikely to witness something as gross as Adriana's encounter with the feds, and credit is due to the makers of the episode for making such a scene fit seamlessly with the rest of the story.

Okay, so the drama is strong, but where's the humor? Well, it is connected with the tragic side of the series, or at least it will be in upcoming shows. I mean, you can't really get away with publicly insulting an associate's wife at an official dinner, can you?

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