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, along with Ralphie and others they scam the Department of Housing and Urban Development.



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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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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 »


Tony visits a building marked as "NJ's Finest Health Club" but a sign at a bus stop indicates it's a stop on New York City's MTA. See more »


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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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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