The Sopranos: Season 2, Episode 3

Toodle-Fucking-Oo (30 Jan. 2000)

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Richie Aprile gets out after ten years in prison and starts reasserting his authority. Meadow gets in trouble after a party gets out of hand.

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Tony gets a call from one of his police sources when they break up a party Meadow had secretly organized at her grandmother's empty house. Tony and Carmella agree that she needs to be punished but Meadow prove to be quite an expert at manipulating them. Jackie Aprile's brother Richie is out of prison after 10 years and he wants things to be like they were before he left. Richie visits Beansie Gaetta, a one-time business associate,and let's him know in no uncertain terms that he's the boss now that he's back. Richie has his eye Janice, an old high school flame. He even tells Christopher to be careful how he treats his niece Adriana. Dr. Melfi meanwhile meets Tony in a restaurant and embarrasses herself. She tries to talk about her feelings of guilt with her own psychiatrist. Written by garykmcd

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This is the only episode directed by Lee Tamahori, a native New Zealander, and it's certainly the only episode directed by someone who also happens to be half-British and half-native Maori, as is Tamahori. See more »

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When Richie is shaking down Beansie in his pizza joint, there is a round glass coffeepot on the table. When Richie smacks it across Beansie's head, it has changed to a cylindrical shape. See more »

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Carmela Soprano: Fine, I'm not gonna argue with you Tony. If you want her to leave then you're gonna have to tell her cause I'm not. It's not Christian.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Well see this shit works out, she's a Buddhist.
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Raging Richie
27 March 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Although the first film people usually come up with when discussing The Sopranos is Goodfellas, there are times when other gangster flicks are just as deserving to be mentioned. In the case of this episode and a few others from Season 2, for example, it is suitable to compare them to Mean Streets, the Martin Scorsese masterpiece that better than any other picture depicted street life and gave the world the first proof of Robert De Niro's talent.

The main link between Marty's film and David Chase's show is, once again, all in the casting: while several series regulars and guest stars appeared in Goodfellas as well, David Proval comes straight from Mean Streets. Proval, who played one of Harvey Keitel's associates in the film, joins the cast as Richie Aprile, older brother of the deceased Jackie, who has just been paroled after ten years in the joint. It doesn't take long before he starts to cause trouble, though: he sends a former client to the hospital, doesn't get along with Christopher (the latter slapped Adriana, who happens to be Richie's niece) and disagrees with most of Tony's decisions, finding a more sympathetic ally in Uncle Junior, who is old-school in everything except the language ("Federal marshals are so far up my ass I can taste Brylcreem" - a classic!). Meanwhile, Meadow gets in trouble for throwing a party in Livia's empty house, and Dr. Melfi freaks out because of the effect Tony has on her life.

Apart from the memorable line Junior delivers, Toodle-F**cking-Oo calls for plaudits for how it develops two established characters and introduces two new ones: in the first case, Meadow comes off as more "rebellious" than her attitude in Season 1 suggested, while Dr. Melfi, wonderfully incarnated by Lorraine Bracco, shows that psychiatrists might have as many problems as their patients (a concept that is used to terrific effect in Showtime's drama Huff); this situation leads to the screen debut of Melfi's own therapist, Elliot Kupferberg, a welcome return from oblivion for New Hollywood legend Peter Bogdanovich, who does however play second fiddle to Proval's gut-driven energy. Even though it's been 27 years since Mean Streets, Richie acts as if nothing had changed, right down to the way he casually commits acts of unspeakable violence. "I thought I told you to back off Beansie!" Tony yells. "I did, and then I hit Drive!" is the instantly cool answer. It is almost possible to hear "Jumping Jack Flash" all over again...


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