The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Watching Too Much Television 

Adriana learns that life is not like TV shows, while Tony discovers that a former girlfriend has moved on.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Soprano (credit only)
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)


Paulie's out of jail and his friend's throw him a party at the Bada Bing. He's still not very happy about he's been treated both before and after he went to jail and the fact that Tony did little while he was there. He turns to Johnny Sack who lends a sympathetic ear. Adriana, still under pressure from the FBI to provide more information, learns from a TV show that a wife can't be forced to testify against her husband. Christopher's not having anything to do with it, especially after she tells him she may not be able to have kids. He relents but not before Adriana learns that she could be called to testify after all. Carmela's cousin, financial analyst Brian, tells Tony of a way to scam the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carmela's feelings for Furio may be mutual but he starts to avoid her. Assemblyman Zellman tells Tony he's seeing his old girlfriend Irina. Tony seems to take it okay but he's obviously irritated. It's all too much for him in the end. Written by garykmcd

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27 October 2002 (USA)  »

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The teleplay was co-authored by writer Nick Santora his very first TV credit and his only contribution to the series. He would go on to write or produce for eight other shows, including Law & Order (1990) and more recently Vegas (2012). See more »


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Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Hey, the language! Do you blow your father with that mouth?
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References Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »


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Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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Margetis Review: The Sopranos Episode 46 "Watching Too Much Television"
11 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most exciting part of this episode is watching Tony beat Boon from Animal House with a belt. Boon from Animal House, is Peter Riegert, who expertly plays Assemblyman Ron Zellman, who periodically works "illegally" with Tony. In this episode they both work together on a H.U.D. scam. The reason Tony beats him with a belt, is because Zellman is seeing Tony's ex – Irina. But that really isn't the main importance of this episode (although it will precede on to the rest of the episodes this season). The real importance of this episode, is Paulie getting out of prison (where he was since before season four started.) He continues airing family business to Johnny Sack, behind Tony's back. However, the episode gets a little sappy towards the end when Tony is driving home in his car and crying in the car because of a song on the radio. The reason this episode gets such a high rating is because it is such a step up from last week's piece of sh*t. Teleplay by Nick Santora and Terence Winter ; Story by David Chase, Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess and Terence Winter ; Directed by John Patterson. My Rating: 8/10

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