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At the end of Season Four, it looked like a war would start between
Tony Soprano and Johnny Sack over the fact that the former refused to
clip New York boss Carmine Lupertazzi. Now, with Carmine out of the
picture, Johnny has moved his focus to the latter's son, Little
The relationship between the two gets particularly nasty when Johnny has Phil Leotardo tell Little Carmine's loan-shark that all payments must go directly to him. Unfortunately, Tony can't be relied on for help, seeing as he has a bigger problem to deal with: his uncle. Ever since the old guy avoided jail time he's been a real pain in the ass, and his status deteriorates considerably after he's found wandering around a graveyard in his bathrobe, indicating he might actually suffer from the Alzheimer's he faked in court. Speaking of old people, Feech La Manna is a bit of a troublemaker himself, as his plans to reassess his past authority clash with Paulie's ambitions, leading to a compromise neither finds satisfying.
Anyone who has seen David Lynch's Lost Highway will certainly remember Loggia's fiery portrayal of an aged gangster, a blueprint of sorts for his work on this show: he's charismatic, joyously potty-mouthed and very energetic, kind of like the great Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs. Even so, he has to bow in front of Dominic Chianese, who rules the entire episode with just a handful of scenes, adding layers of sadness to an already compelling performance. The best combination of humor and subtle poignancy comes when Junior watches Curb Your Enthusiasm and mistakes Larry David for himself: "What am I doing on television?" One is tempted to answer: aside from writing a page of TV history, you mean?
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Feech and Paulie get into a big fight over who will get to do the lawn
business on the street where Paulie's mother lives. Junior and Tony get
in a fight but it seems like Junior is getting Alzheimer especially
after he disappears one day and is found by the cops walking around
trying to get to his father and with a lost car.
Junior was great. The whole story is very sad, it is a terrifying condition. But it has some moments where one just has to laugh, such as when in the beginning he mistakes Larry Davis on TV for himself. And the moment between him and tony at the end was well done. Just as the fight that he had with Janice. I don't dislike her character,but I feel pretty bad for Bobby. He is such a nice guy.
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