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



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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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Adriana is advised during a legal consultation that, in order to claim "marital privilege," the communication must have been made during the course of the marriage (communications before the marriage don't count,) must involve only the spouses, and must not be made in furtherance of a crime. Though this is true of the "spousal privilege" exception to the Federal Rules of Evidence (which would allow either Adriana or Christopher to both refuse to repeat communications made to each other during marriage and prevent the other from doing so in either a criminal or civil case,) it is not true of the "spousal immunity" exception, which would indeed have allowed Adriana to refuse to testify in a criminal proceeding against Christopher, even to communications made before the marriage, so long as the two were married at the time the state attempted to compel Adriana to the stand. See more »


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Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: She's a great girl, you don't want to lose this one
Silvio Dante: T's right, you could have more kids than the Kennedys, if you're married to some twat what good is it?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: You've got to have balance in a relationship
Christopher Moltisanti: I know all that, what if the kid thing never happens?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Come on, medicine today, technology
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: This isn't about Ade or anyone else, stay single as long as you can
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: What are you saying?
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: But marriage and our thing don't jive
Silvio Dante: Everybody we know is married
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Not everybody
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Watching Too Much Television
23 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Paulie Walnuts gets out of jail and a huge party is thrown for him at the Bada Bing!. The next day, Tony and Ralphie get an idea from Brian Cammarata to defraud the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) fund with bogus housing deals. Tony recruits Assemblyman Zellman and a friend of his, Maurice Tiffen, the formerly idealistic head of a non-profit low income housing program, to put the plan into action. They also recruit Dr. Ira Fried as a straw buyer to initially buy derelict, poor neighborhood property. After one of their clandestine business meetings at a sauna, Zellman privately confesses to Tony that he met and has been seeing Tony's ex-girlfriend Irina and asks Tony's approval. Tony seems to be understanding and claims he is happy Irina is no longer his problem. Later, during an unannounced visit at Zellman's house, Tony finds Irina making lunch for him and learns Zellman is paying for her English language classes.

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