The Sopranos: Season 5, Episode 11

The Test Dream (16 May 2004)

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Cousin Tony heads off to avenge the death of his good friend, while a dream reveals to Tony what he must do to prevent a full-scale war.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Soprano (credit only)
Silvio Dante (voice)
Meadow Soprano (as Jamie-Lynn DiScala)
Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Janice Soprano (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa) (credit only)
Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)


After Tony Blundetto's good friend Angelo Garepe is killed by Phil Leotardo in retaliation for the killing of Joe Peeps, Tony B. sets off to get his revenge. He and the older Angelo had become good friends in prison with the older mobster becoming something of a father figure to him. Tony B. kills Phil Leotardo's kid brother Billy and then goes on the run. Tired of it all and realizing that they're on the verge of an all-out war, Tony goes into New York City and books himself into the Plaza. There he has a strange dream, one that includes the living, the dead and even Annette Bening. It all helps him to decide that the time has come to eliminate his favorite cousin. Written by garykmcd

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The quickly shown clip on TV of High Noon (1952) is at least the fourth reference in the series to the "strong, silent type" of character portrayed in this classic American western by Gary Cooper. Tony mentions it several times in therapy and conversation, and the phrase even serves as the title of an episode in Season 4. If Tony Soprano can be thought to hold high any hero, it would be Gary Cooper. See more »


Angelo Garepe: Jesus, don't! Phil, please! Philly, you know me.
Phil Leotardo: You couldn't fuckin' retire?
Angelo Garepe: Philly, for God's sake, you know me!
[Phil shoots Angelo twice in the head]
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The finale - part 1
18 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The Test Dream is beautiful, mysterious, entrancing, filled with hidden meanings. It's one of the best Sopranos episodes ever, and constitutes the first third of Season Five's finale.

The whole fifth series dealt with the return of two ex-cons, Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi) and Johnny Sack's henchman Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent), and it is these two figures who determine most of the actions in these three concluding episodes. The story starts with Phil brutally murdering a friend of Blundetto's as retribution for what the latter did to his brother (juicy detail for Scorsese fans: the guy Phil kills dies in the exact same way Vincent did in Goodfellas). Upon receiving the news, Tony tries to contact his cousin, but in vain: Tony B. is nowhere to be found, hiding away from everyone in his quest for revenge.

But that's merely the prologue, in a way: as the title suggests, the core of this show is a dream, and a test dream at that. Occupying more screen-time than anyone's ever granted a fantasy sequence, Tony's visions lead him to one logical conclusion: to avoid a full-scale war between New York and New Jersey, he will have to kill Cousin Tony.

Dream sequences have always played an important part in the Sopranos mythology, never more so than in this episode: aside from Annette Bening's presence, open for interpretation, the truly intriguing thing about The Test Dream is the fact that the characters guiding Tony towards "the light" are all people who died, in one way or another, through their association with him - Pussy Bonpensiero, Ralph Cifaretto, Mikey Palmice, Carmine Lupertazzi, heck, even Pie-o-My the horse shows up. They all died because of Tony, and their point is, in order to preserve peace, he must kill another person, and one he truly cares for at that. Now, who said the series glamorizes the mob?

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