The Sopranos: Season 1, Episode 8

The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (28 Feb. 1999)

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The FBI begins closing in on the DiMeo family. Tony and Carmela are angry over all the attention Italians get from the authorities, while Chris fumes that he's not getting enough attention.


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It's house cleaning time when Tony and his fellow mobsters learn at Larry Boy Barese daughter's wedding that the Feds are about to bring down indictments. Tony gets rid of whatever cash, jewelry and guns he has around the house. Carmela take Livia out for lunch while Tony goes into her room and hides the stuff. Christopher is upset with a number of things. He's having trouble with his movie screenplay and he's upset that his late friend Brendan has been making the local news as a Mafioso but he doesn't get a mention. Jennifer Melfi meanwhile mentions at a family dinner that she has a mobster as a patient. Her ex-husband doesn't like it. Livia tells Junior that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist. Written by garykmcd

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This is the first "Sopranos" episode directed by Timothy Van Patten. Overall, he directed 20--more episodes by far than any other director in the series' history. See more »


When Chris gets to the bakery store, number 29 is up. Four customers later, the number on the wall is still 29 instead of 33. See more »


Larry Boy Barese: Oh, Mama Livia. Come sta, darling?
Livia Soprano: Listen to him with that 'my darling'. I am nobody's darling.
Larry Boy Barese: [to Tony] This one here, she never disappoints, I tell ya that.
Livia Soprano: Are you still seeing your other women, Lorenzo?
Carmela Soprano: [pulls her away] Come on, Ma. Let's mingle.
Tony Soprano: Sorry. The older she gets the worse she gets.
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The Sopranos Review: S1E8
27 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Tony and the mob learn during Larry Boy Barese daughter's wedding that the FBI are about to bring down indictments. As a result, Tony gets rid of all the guns, jewellery and cash he has around the home, namely in Livia's retirement home room. Meanwhile Christopher is going through a bit of one – He's experiencing trouble with his movie screenplay and is infuriated that he doesn't get a mention in the papers when even dead thugs like Brendan do. Also, we share dinner with Jennifer Melfi and her family as she shares to them that she has a mobster as a patient. Finally, and probably most crucially, a livid Livia tells Uncle Junior that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist.

During the wedding of Larry Boy's daughter, the capos discuss the matter of increasing FBI scrutiny that could lead to a crackdown. Junior naïve brushes it off, but Tony suggests that the mobsters get rid of anything incriminating. Though I enjoyed this scene very much, Junior's dialogue seemed very unrealistic to me. Yeah, I know they are showing us that he is an incompetent boss but the stuff he came out with just made it too obvious ("That was my next suggestion!"). Aside from that minor issue, The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti is the best episode of the show so far. It's the only episode that actually feels like it has a plot, and we feel the nervousness of the capos and the tension that the FBI are bringing the mob. That is until they show up at Tony's front back door and searching through the whole house. An argument with an Italian- American federal agent sparks an interesting discussion at dinner between Tony, Carmela and the kids. They talk about prejudice and going against your own people, the influence and importance of the Italians contrasting with the American school teachings (like Antonio Meucci inventing the telephone, contrary to the more popular believe that the creator was Alexander Bell) and some significant Italian/American events or people, such as the shameful Sacco and Vanzetti executions and, of course, Frank Sinatra. Being a British citizen of Pakistani decent (Pakistani and Italian culture is very similar), I can easily relate to the ideals of the Soprano family, and empathise with the confusion that Anthony Jr goes through in regards to his identity. Strange and disturbing dreams make a return, but this time it's Christopher in need of a psychiatrist. Of all the characters created for the show, he is by far the most cinematic. He loves movies, especially gangster flicks, is struggling with a doomed screenplay (we can all relate to that), and manages to execute violence in a casual way reminiscent of Scorsese and De Palma. Christopher's love of crime movies reflects our own. We too get "high off that popcorn smell at Blockbusters" just as this cinephile does. His screenplay, about a rising foot soldier and his conflicting loyalties with his bosses, is comparable to Christopher's own life, as longs to make it big both in Hollywood and in the crew. In all honesty it seems the guy just wants fame. He gets a little taste as he sees the name Christopher Moltisanti printed on a local paper in regards to a crime of some sorts, which causes Christopher to become hysterical with joy. This isn't before his raw desire for recognition causes him to shoot a rude but innocent bakery worker in the foot, similarly to what happens to Imperioli in Goodfellas. Tony, understandably with all the FBI hullabaloo, is not pleased, and Christopher receives an earful from Tony in a car conversation. What starts off as comical quickly turns to touching, as Tony realises that Chris has problems of his own, and does his best to help without revealing that he if fact sees a psychiatrist. Speaking of which, Livia has sure done it now. In telling Junior that Tony sees a shrink, she's caused all sorts of alarm bells to go off in the Boss's head. Is Tony cracking up? Is he talking to the feds? Who knows? It's ironic that Tony, the mafia underboss of New Jersey, complains that the media paints the Italian-American people as evil. This is a point that is emphasised at dinner with Dr Melfi and family, where her son points out that when people think of Italians, they think of mobsters. In addition, mob movies have become part of America's legacy. Jennifer's family discusses the negative press their people receive due to Italian gangsters, and toast themselves on being nothing of the sort. My Rating: 8/10

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