Tony is stressed and having to deal with a number of problems. Big garbage collecting contracts are up and several crews want a bigger share of the pie. As well, he's afraid his mother may testify against him in the stolen airline tickets scam. When Meadow comes home with a classmate to get some work done Tony takes an immediate disliking to the young man who describes himself as Jewish and African-American. Tony gets a reprieve on at least one front when they get the news that his mother Livia has died. He's torn between jumping for joy and maintaining a proper sense of loss. He insists that Janice return from Seattle assuring her there will be no problem with the Richie Aprile issue. She comes back reluctantly but soon decides to have a proper funeral for Livia, even though the dead woman specifically requested there be none. When Janice asks people at the wake to say something nice about their dealings with Livia no one has much to say. Carmela lays it on the line however. At ... Written by
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passed away before the third season began filming. Writer David Chase
decided there should be one final conversation with Tony before Livia dies. Dialogue from previous episodes was pieced together for Livia's half of the conversation, and state-of-the-art CGI effects were used to place old footage of her face on a body double. The effect cost about $250,000, and took two weeks to put together. Chase was inspired by seeing the same effect used in Gladiator
(2000) with Oliver Reed
Unfortunately, this was a difficult process and the part of Livia's hair moves from one side of her head to another and the lighting on her face doesn't match the light of the room or the other characters in the room with her. See more
During the first shot of Tony lying on the kitchen floor there are several blood stains on the floor and an opened package of cheese can be seen on the counter. During the rewind shot there are no blood stains anymore and the opened cheese package isn't on the counter. See more
[Tony disapproves of Meadow's new boyfriend because he is black
If you want her to be with him, just keep playing the race card. You're gonna drive her right into his arms.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.
Not if I cut off those fuckin' arms.
References Little Caesar
I'm Your Captain
Written by Mark Farner
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad See more