The Sopranos: Season 5, Episode 2

Rat Pack (14 Mar. 2004)

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Carmine's passing opens new wounds, while cousin Tony wants to put his past behind him. Tony Soprano, meanwhile, discovers a traitor.

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Tony welcomes back his favorite cousin Tony Blundetto, who's been released from prison after 15 years. Tony is keen to set him up so he can start earning again but Tony B surprises him by saying he's decided to go legit and complete his training to become a registered massage therapist. Not so for Feech La Manna who gets Tony and Uncle Junior's permission to start earning again. Old time mob boss and head of one of the New York families, Carmine Lupertazzi, dies in hospital after his recent stroke. He did not have the opportunity to name his successor. The FBI is redoubling their efforts to get information on Tony. They've got a good source and when Tony begins to suspect someone, he takes swift action. Adriana is still providing information to the FBI and begins to wonder if it's ever going to end. When her maid of honor, Tina Francesco, begins flirting with Christopher, she rats her out to her FBI friends. Written by garykmcd

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First of three episode appearances by Patti D'Arbanville as Lorraine Calluzzo, and also the series debut of major cast members Steve Buscemi and Frank Vincent. See more »

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Adriana La Cerva: [after watching Citizen Kane] So, it was the sled, huh? He shoulda told somebody.
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Enter Tony B.
14 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

In the fourth ever episode of the show, the passing of Jackie Aprile caused a power struggle between Tony Soprano and his uncle Junior, a fight that was eventually won by the younger mobster. Now, history is about to repeat itself, as Rat Pack starts with the demise of Carmine Lupertazzi (Tony Lip), the unfortunate victim of a heart attack.

The event provokes a major rupture between the old man's son, Little Carmine (Ray Abruzzo), who lives all nice and easy in Miami, and Johnny Sack, whose friendship with both Carmine and Phil Leotardo make him the more ideal successor. As well as handling the stress of this new inconvenience, Tony must deal with yet another informant in his crew (it is revealed there are two more, besides Adriana, who doesn't get caught this time), not to mention the discovery that his beloved cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi) intends to leave his crime days behind him and find a straight job.

Though the battle between Little Carmine and Johnny is the one that should be more interesting, especially in regards to laying out the path for the remainder of the series, it is inevitably the Tony B. subplot that comes off as the most memorable, probably because the Soprano family members have always been the strongest contributors to the show's tragic aspect: Uncle Junior, the late Livia, Janice and now Tony Blundetto - a riveting gallery of flawed individuals. Also, given Buscemi directed two episodes of the program prior to appearing as a cast member, he knows exactly what the tone should be and plays his role in a humorous yet darkly foreboding way.

A similar technique is used with Drea de Matteo's work in a couple of scenes that cleverly bring back an old guest star: after appearing in one scene in the fifth episode of Season Three, Vanessa Ferlito reprises her cameo as Tina Francesco, a friend of Ade's who starts to hit on Chris, causing Adriana a lot of jealousy and prompting her to exploit her FBI liaisons. What could have been a waste of screen time is instead employed to perfection to unveil the duplicitous nature of every single person involved in the show's events, even sweet little Adriana, who just wanted to live happily ever after with her now clean fiancé. Of course, she could have picked a more honest guy to live with, but that wouldn't have been as much fun, would it?


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