The Sopranos: Season 3, Episode 7

Second Opinion (8 Apr. 2001)

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Junior continues his cancer treatments, but the prognosis is iffy. Chris, meanwhile, finds himself under suspicion from Paulie.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Soprano (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Dr. John Kennedy
Dean Ross


Junior undergoes an operation to have his cancerous tumor removed. His doctor tells him it's possible that malignant cells weren't removed and recommends a second round of surgery. Tony feels he should get a second opinion but when Junior's original doctor stops returning his call, Tony pays him a visit on the golf course. Carmella visits Dr. Melfi on her own saying she's worried about Tony's mood swings but really is in need of help herself. Melfi refers her to another psychiatrist who provides her with some realistic advice. Carmela runs into Angie Bompensiero who doesn't seem to be coping well with Big Pussy's sudden disappearance especially on the money front. Tony pays her a visit but is less sympathetic when he sees she has a Cadillac sitting in the driveway. Christopher chafes under Paulie's thumb and the probationary period he has to through as a newly made man. Paulie makes him undergo a strip search and then visits him at two in the morning to search his apartment. Written by garykmcd

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The original air date of this episode was 8 April 2001. Sully Boyar (who played Dr. Krakower, Carmela's would-be therapist) died of a heart attack a few weeks earlier on 23 March 2001. See more »


In the original airing, Mike Nichols was incorrectly credited as playing Dr. Krakower in this episode, when the role was actually played by Sully Boyar. Nichols was originally set to play the role, but had to back out. See more »


Carmela Soprano: I thought psychiatrists weren't supposed to be judgmental.
Dr. Krakower: Many patients want to be excused for their current predicament because of events that occured in their childhood. That's what psychiatry has become in America. Visit any shopping mall or ethnic pride parade, and witness the results.
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Carmela sees Dr. Melfi alone, and Melfi then sends Carmela to a shrink who unhesitatingly advises Carmela to leave Tony. Carmela tells this shrink that her priest has advised her to try to work things out with Tony. The shrink again tells her to leave Tony. Paulie turns up the heat on Chris and shows up at his home in the middle of the night, looking for loot. Pussy's widow complains to Carmela about her money problems, which sets Tnny off. Junior is not doing so well, which alarms Tony no end. Amazing how loyal Tony remains to a guy who has tried to have him killed. The scenes between these two sly actors are worth the price of admission alone. But watch Carmela as she has to face her greatest fear. She settles matters the way she always does, but I will not reveal this here. Edie Falco only gets better with each episode of this show. And keep any eye on Tony Sirico as he reads Chris the riot act while they sit in Paulie's car. Sirico can go from funny to scary in the blink of an eye.

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