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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Director Mike Nichols was originally cast as Dr. Krakower but had to bow out. Sully Boyar plays Krakower but Nichols was still credited in the original broadcast. This was corrected in the DVD and all subsequent repeats. 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 »


Dr. Krakower: Have you ever read Crime and Punishment? Dostoyevksy?
[Carmela shakes her head 'no']
Dr. Krakower: It's not an easy read. It's about guilt and redemption. I think your husband ought to turn himself and read this book in his jail cell and meditate on his crimes every day for seven years, so that he might be redeemed.
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Dr. Krakower
27 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

When this episode originally aired, in April 2001, the end credits listed celebrated director Mike Nichols (The Graduate) as one of the guest stars. In reality, Nichols had to back out due to prior commitments, and his role was taken by Sully Boyar, whose previous credits included an appearance on The Rockford Files, also written by David Chase. Boyar passed away two weeks before Second Opinion was broadcast for the first time - a shame, given his character could have been a compelling recurring presence.

The character in question is Dr. Krakower, a psychiatrist who provides Carmela Soprano with the titular opinion after she has tried a session alone with Dr. Melfi. Upon hearing what Carm's husband does for a living, Krakower immediately suggests she leave Tony forever, instilling the first of many fundamental doubts in her head. Remaining in the family trouble area, Junior undergoes surgery to get rid of his cancer and has a bizarre experience, while Christopher is jokingly accused of wearing a wire and subsequently bullied by Paulie at all hours.

For once, Tony is not the central issue of the show, meaning the authors can work more on Carmela and give a new angle from which to look at the show: until now, she's been nothing but a loyal gangster wife, albeit with the occasional kids-related outbursts of rage; starting now, she gains more ambiguous personality traits, enhancing the narrative's poignancy. But is this a one-woman show? Not at all, in fact the exploration of Chrissy and Paulie's rivalry is a great exercise in perverse humor, most notably when the older captain humiliates his employee in the middle of the night (to reveal more would be disrespectful).

To be brief, as mesmerizing as ever. Too bad Boyar's role turned out to be a one-time event, though.

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