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"The Sopranos" University (2001)

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Original Air Date:
1 April 2001 (Season 3, Episode 6)
Noah and Meadow's relationship is disrupted by her roommate, while Ralphie starts getting rough with one of the strippers from the Bada Bing causing Tony to intervene and questionably violating one of the mafia codes of conduct. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Allen Coulter 
Writing credits
David Chase (created by)

Terence Winter (teleplay by) and
Salvatore Stabile (teleplay by) (as Salvatore J. Stabile)

David Chase (story by) &
Terence Winter (story by) &
Todd A. Kessler (story by) and
Robin Green (story by) &
Mitchell Burgess (story by)

Produced by
Henry Bronchtein .... producer (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Martin Bruestle .... producer
Mitchell Burgess .... executive producer
David Chase .... executive producer
Gregg Glickman .... associate producer
Robin Green .... executive producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Todd A. Kessler .... producer
Ilene S. Landress .... co-executive producer
Gianna Maria Smart .... associate producer
Terence Winter .... supervising producer
Cinematography by
Alik Sakharov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William B. Stich 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Bob Shaw 
Art Direction by
Scott P. Murphy  (as Scott Murphy)
Set Decoration by
Janet Shaw 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... key makeup artist
Stephen Kelley .... makeup artist (as Stephen M. Kelley)
Mel McKinney .... key hair stylist
Diana Sikes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Henry Bronchtein .... unit production manager (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Scott Hornbacher .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fareshta Ahmadi .... dga trainee
Mark McGann .... first assistant director
Scott Schaeffer .... second second assistant director
Michael Smith .... second assistant director (as Mike Smith)
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... set dresser
James J. Archer .... set dresser
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... assistant property master (as Joe Badalucco)
John Basile .... set dresser
James Covington .... on set scenic
Anthony Dimeo .... property master (as Anthony J. DiMeo)
Natalie N. Dorset .... set dresser (as Natalie Dorset)
Courtney Engelstein .... art department production assistant
Joan Finley .... set dresser (as Joan Finlay)
Gary Grill .... construction coordinator
Ann Harmon .... scenic shop person (as Anne Harmon)
Tom Heaps .... set dresser (as Thomas J. Heaps)
Miguel Jimenez .... shop electric
Derrick Kardos .... art department coordinator
Rich King .... construction production assistant
Jeffrey M. Marchetti .... on set dresser
Chris Marzulli .... key construction grip
James McDonagh .... assistant property master (as James P. McDonagh)
Eric M. Metzger .... assistant property master (as Eric Metzger)
Lou Miller .... construction foreman
Vincent J. Orofino .... set dresser (as Vincent Orofino)
Gerard H. Pineo .... leadman
Geoffrey D. Pound .... construction grip (as Geoffrey Pound)
Jon Schluenz .... art department production assistant
Ken Sperling .... construction grip
Jennifer B. Starke .... assistant set decorator (as Jennifer Starke)
Eric Stepper .... set dresser
Timothy Tranzillo .... scenic foreman
Michael Zansky .... scenic charge
John Victor Patterson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Anna MacKenzie .... supervising sound editor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound utility (as Jan McLaughlan)
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer
Mathew Price .... production sound mixer
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Raymond E. Spiess III .... adr editor (as Raymond Spiess III)
Fred Tator .... re-recording mixer
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Alfonso Calvo .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink Sr.)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator (as Pete Bucossi)
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Lisa France .... stunts
Steve Mack .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... best boy electric
Wesley Battle .... grip
Will Callahan .... electrician
William Coleman .... camera operator (as Bill Coleman)
Ben Dailey .... camera loader (as Benjamin Dailey)
Aaron Dawley .... best boy grip
Ken Ferris .... steadicam
Brian Fitzsimons .... grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Anthony Gamiello .... grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer
Jennifer Koestler .... first assistant "b" camera (as Jen Koestler)
Peter Koola .... best boy electric
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
William D. Moran .... grip (as Bill Moran)
Ben Noble .... electrician
Tim Norman .... first assistant camera
John L. Oates .... gaffer
Tom Percarpio .... electrician (as Thomas Percarpio)
Louis Petraglia .... key rigging grip
Phil Purificato .... grip (as Philip Purificato)
Patrick Quinn .... second assistant camera
Steve Ramsey .... electrician (as Steven Ramsey)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame playback
Gerard Sava .... "b" camera operator
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Casting Department
Kathleen Katz .... casting assistant (as Kathleen Backel)
Anna Maniscalco .... background casting
Meredith Tucker .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mildred Del Rio .... tailor
Kevin P. Faherty .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kevin Faherty)
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... costumer
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... wardrobe supervisor (as Gail Fitzgibbons)
Kenn Hamilton .... costumer
Jennifer Ingram .... costumer
Barbara Krauthamer .... costumer
Jesse Lello .... wardrobe production assistant
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Erick Becerra .... post-production assistant
Linda Olague .... colorist
Lisa Taylor .... post-production coordinator
Juliet Walker .... post-production assistant
Lynne Whitlock .... assistant editor (as Lynne M. Whitlock)
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line assistant editor (uncredited)
Keith Ponschock .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Zoran Blazevic .... location scout
David Chambers .... location assistant
James Cosper .... location scout
Bill Garvey .... location assistant
Regina Heyman .... assistant location manager
Mark Kamine .... location manager
Clare Lord .... location coordinator
David Occhino .... location assistant
Brian Palatucci .... location assistant
Sandra Vannucchi .... location scout (as Sandra Vanucchi)
Music Department
Kathryn Dayak .... music editor
Jennifer C. Harper .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation co-captain
James Leavey .... transportation captain (as Jim Leavey)
David Phillip .... parking coordinator (as Dave Phillip)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Aston .... dialogue coach: James Gandolfini
James Brown Jr. .... distribution coordinator
Salvatore Carino .... production auditor
Noreen R. Cheleden .... set production assistant (as Noreen Cheleden)
Chris Collins .... assistant production coordinator
Tony Cypres .... second assistant auditor
James G. Delaney .... office production assistant
Debora Fearon .... craft service (as Debbie Fearon)
Jennifer G. Fistere .... assistant to producers
Christine Gee .... script supervisor (as Christine Gee Lowrey)
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator
Tosha L. Hawkins .... payroll auditor (as Tosha Hawkins)
Michael Hernandez .... chef (as Mike Hernandez)
Steve Kornacki .... assistant production coordinator
Felicia B. Lipchik .... assistant to writers
Charles McDonald .... set production assistant
Kyle O'Brien .... first assistant auditor
Melissa Brides Ockman .... office production assistant (as Melissa Brides)
Chauency Reese .... second assistant auditor
Leslie E.A. Rider .... writers office production assistant
Julie Ross .... assistant: David Chase
Deidre Schrowang .... first assistant auditor
John Silvestri .... set production assistant
Anthony Sloan .... craft service assistant
Adam T. Weisinger .... set production assistant (as Adam Weisinger)
Bill Ahern .... production assistant (uncredited)
Phil Campanella .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tony Carey .... production executive (uncredited)
Tina Elmo .... production resources (uncredited)
Darren Maynard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lori Robins .... stand in/photo double (uncredited)
Frank Slaten .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryder Washburn .... armorer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

49 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

According to James Gandolfini, David Chase wrote the brutal death of Tracee as response to all those who criticized The Sopranos by saying that it showed an aesthetic violence. Chase felt personally hurt by those comments, so he wanted to show how serous it was his intent to portray mobsters realistically.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Tony punches Ralphie, Paulie tells him that he's the boss of the family, therefore he has the authority to. When in fact Junior is the boss of the family.See more »
Ralph Cifaretto:Where's Tony?
Gigi Cestone:Gettin' his weasel greased.
Ralph Cifaretto:Oh, your kid brother's here?
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Movie Connections:
References "Father Knows Best" (1954)See more »
Takin' Care Of BusinessSee more »


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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Ralphie gets raw, 27 April 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

From the moment he showed his nasty face in the second episode of the season, it was clear Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) would cause a truckload of trouble. His bouts of madness reach their peak in University, one of the most truly disturbing eps of the series.

The story focuses on two relationships becoming what Woody Allen wittily described as "a dead shark" - a fitting moniker, given death is heavily involved in one break-up. On the one hand, we have Meadow and her boyfriend Noah (yep, the African-American one) drifting apart after a third person starts getting in the way. Nothing too dramatic, though, as opposed to Ralphie's affair with Tracee, a 20-year old stripper who works at the Bing: she is young, naive and optimistic about her future, not to mention pregnant with the man's child; he is arrogant, kinky, easily irritable, hung up on drugs and tends to get violent with random people for random reasons (at the start of the show he hits a guy just because the latter wasn't familiar with Ralph's favorite movie, Gladiator) - not the ideal father for the unborn kid. Tracee desperately asks Tony for help, but he doesn't respond to her pleas, claiming he can't be friendly with employees. Eventually, he has a change of heart, though not in time to stop an unwarranted explosion of brutality.

For the first and only time in the program's history, more focus is granted to the women who work for Tony and Silvio: most of the time, they're just a nice bunch of tits and ass, but through Tracee the previously labeled "stripper" emerges as a more complex, lovable person, and credit is due to the writers for not indulging in predictable "hooker with a heart" characterizations: this is a real human being we're talking about, and it's this unseen humanity that makes it damn near impossible for everyone involved, both in the show and outside of it, to stomach the bloody outcome of Tracee's attempt to lead a better life.

The whole episode is so brutal even fans of the show could find themselves surprised by Ralph's manic acts. Such is the profound insanity of the character, accompanied by the courage of the actor: a subtle bad guy in The Matrix and Memento, Pantoliano reaches levels he's never approached before, not even in Midnight Run, where he played a sort of proto-Ralph; and yet it never feels like he's going over the top, perhaps because with guys like these there is no top. It's an incredible performance, so strong it makes you wonder how come he won an Emmy for Season Four, but wasn't even nominated for Series Three: based on this episode alone, he would have won as easily as his character kills.

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