Tony Soprano is a New Jersey mobster with a complicated life. He's recently passed out as a result of an anxiety attack and begins to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Tony's mother is at an age where she should be in a retirement home but she flatly refuses, obviously preferring to nag at her son. His father's brother, Uncle Junior, is planning a hit at a restaurant owned by his high school buddy Artie Bocco. A rival company is edging in on his trash removal business. At home, his teenager daughter Meadow is rebelling against parental authority, especially her mother's. Finally, a family of wild ducks that had taken to living in his backyard pool and who he fed regularly has flown away. Written by
Did You Know?
The role of Uncle Junior, played by Dominic Chianese
, almost went to Robert Loggia
who had been seriously considered for it. Loggia would appear later in four episodes of the series as Michele "Feech" La Manna. Chianese is also the show's only cast member who had played a featured role in The Godfather: Part II
(1974), as Johnny Ola. See more
The ducks in Tony Soprano's swimming pool in the pilot episode are all female. There are several remarks about the group of ducks being a family. No male ducks are within that group. See more
Corrado 'Junior' Soprano
You may run North Jersey but you don't run your Uncle Junior! How many fuckin' hours did I spend playing catch with you?
I Wonder Why
Composed by Maxwell Anderson
and Ricardo Weeks
Performed by Dion DiMucci
& The Belmonts See more