The Sopranos: Season 4, Episode 10

The Strong, Silent Type (17 Nov. 2002)

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In the midst of suspicions that he killed Ralph, Tony tries to intervene to get Chris clean and sober.

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Christopher's heroin addiction is now completely out of control. After he accidentally sits on Adriana's dog killing it, she freaks out. Her FBI contact tells her of the need to convince him to get help. Tony is also concerned and when Christopher is car-jacked and beaten up trying to buy heroin - Christopher's reaction when he gets home and Adriana suggests rehab is to slap her around - he decides it's time for him to intervene. Needless to say, not everyone seems to understand how an intervention is supposed to work. Everyone is wondering what's happened to Ralph but some begin to suspect Tony of getting rid of him. Johnny Sack wants a piece of some of Tony's recent scores but Tony won't share. Tony starts a rumor that Johnny Sack may be the one responsible for Ralph Cifarello's disappearance. Furio returns from Italy, his feelings for Carmela still unresolved. She too is still attracted to him and starts finding reasons to stop by his house. Tony opens up about his loss to Dr. ... Written by garykmcd

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Although briefly visible on screen, the 'dead' Cosette was soft model/puppet built exclusively to match the actual dog. On the day of filming, when the director was dissatisfied with the model's rubber tongue, a realistically limp tongue was fabricated by the prop department using a thick slice of prosciutto. See more »

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Svetlana Kirilenko says her boyfriend Bill is in Florida following the New York Mets in spring training; however, when Paulie sits down to watch TV in a later scene, we see the New York Yankees playing the Boston Red Sox in Yankee Stadium during a regular season game. Spring training games are never played in major league ballparks. So unless we are to assume that some weeks have passed, spring training is over, and the season has begun, the chronology is inaccurate. See more »

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Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [after Christopher is harshly beaten] Does it hurt?
Christopher Moltisanti: They gave me some aspirin.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Well enjoy it, cause it's the last fucking drug you're ever gonna take.
Christopher Moltisanti: I'm sorry, T.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Shut the fuck up and listen to me. You're my nephew, Christopher, and I love you. And that's the only reason you're alive right now. If it had been anybody else, anybody, they would have had that fuckin' intervention right through the back of their head. You and me, we're close. We've done a lot of things for eachother.
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Christopher's dark places
10 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

For over three seasons, Christopher Moltisanti has been involved in some pretty dark stuff, but nothing can match the utter bleakness of his state of body and mind as presented in The Strong, Silent Type, which stands out as the best episode of the fourth series alongside the previous Whoever Did This.

In the aftermath of Ralph's death, Tony must avoid suspicions, as killing a made guy for personal reasons isn't permitted, and therefore leads the "investigation" concerning the murder. Soon enough, another problem emerges: Chris's drug use has gotten to an almost unsustainable level, seeing as he accidentally killed Adriana's dog by sitting on it, and so the ones who love him stage an intervention with the help of a certain Dominic Palladino (Elias Koteas). Things don't go as planned, though, as the particularly tense relationship between Chrissy and Paulie turns violent and old grudges emerge with devastating consequences.

The first show of the season seemed to indicate Christopher had finally found some peace; now, nine episodes later, we see him at a point of his life so low few people would recover from it. The central intervention scene is fundamental in allowing Michael Imperioli to try new things with his role: as there's been enough of the cocky, ambitious hit-man, it's time to show a more tormented side, and he does so with a heartbreaking realism, anticipating his Emmy-winning efforts in Season Five and proving you don't need blood to make a great episode of The Sopranos: five minutes of psychological violence are just as effective.


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