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?
Tony's complaint to Dr. Melfi about the loss of the Gary Cooper
"strong silent type" in American culture becomes an oft-repeated regret in the series. 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
Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Do you have any qualms about how you actually make a living?
Yeah. I find I have to be the sad clown: laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.
Referenced in QI: Fight or Flight
Theme from 'The Rockford Files'
Composed by Pete Carpenter
and Mike Post See more