The Sopranos: Season 5, Episode 9

Unidentified Black Males (2 May 2004)

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Tony finds out that his cousin wants a bigger share of responsibilities, while Finn makes an embarrassing discovery about Vito.

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New York mob boss Johnny Sack is upset that that one of his young hoods, Joe Peeps, has been shot. He assumes that Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. ordered the hit but has no idea who the actual shooter was. All he has is that a man with a severe limp was seen leaving the area. He mentions that fact to Tony when they're out golfing and Tony promptly has a panic attack: he knows the shooter was his cousin, Tony Blundetto. Above all, Tony wanted his men to stay out of the New York gang war. Carmela decides the time has come to go to the next step and get a divorce. She's having a hard time finding a lawyer who will take her case however. Meadow and her boyfriend Finn are going through a bit of a hard patch. He doesn't have a job for the summer and is thinking of returning to California. Tony gets him a job on the Esplanade construction site and he gets a look at some of the mobsters up close. He also learns something about Vito that he would rather not know. Written by garykmcd

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Steve Buscemi's limping is a reference the 2002 Off-Broadway production of "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui," where Buscemi's character limps during the course of the entire play. The same production also starred Dominic Chianese and John Ventimiglia, about two years before this TV episode aired in May 2004. See more »

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While Paulie is yelling at Finn to clean his tires in the construction yard, Benny and the guy sitting next to him both are seen wearing black shirts in one shot and then white shirts in the very next shot when Finn walks away. See more »

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Dark secrets
17 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Unidentified Black Males is a twisted little episode that builds up events for the season's climax and simultaneously lays the foundations for future troubles, delving deeper inside the psyche of two supporting characters: Tony Blundetto and Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli).

The real mess has been caused by Tony B., who agreed to clip an important member of Johnny Sack's crew and left the crime scene with a few difficulties. Witnesses described the killer as a guy with a limp, so it isn't too hard for Tony Soprano to figure out his cousin's story about how he hurt his foot is far from true. Nevertheless, he accepts to protect him and offers him a bigger share of responsibility. As for Vito, he manages to get Dawn's boyfriend Finn a job at a construction site. Unfortunately, Finn notices Vito in a very compromising position one day, and starts fearing for his life (somehow, he didn't think dating a mafia boss's daughter was dangerous enough).

Although this episode is pretty much about Tony's complex relationship with his cousin, wonderfully played out by Gandolfini and Buscemi, it is the unforeseen discovery regarding Vito that really sticks in the viewer's head. Previously, Gannascoli had pretty much nothing substantial to do, his "top" moment being Vito and Bobby Baccala getting mocked by Paulie for their weight issues. Hell, his first appearance wasn't even as Vito, but some random guy who showed in the episode where Christopher shoots a man in the foot. However, his role in this story indicates he will have a meatier role in upcoming shows. Of course, since it's The Sopranos we're talking about, "meatier" tends to equal "more tragic".


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