The Sopranos: Season 4, Episode 13

Whitecaps (8 Dec. 2002)

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Junior's trial comes to an end, but Tony's trials are just getting underway. Also, the Soprano's almost purchase a house on the beach.

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Tony is surprised though not displeased when Johnny Sack suggests that eliminating Carmine may be the best way to resolve the differences between the two families. A plan of action is set in motion but is interrupted when Carmine suddenly becomes more flexible. Money is still tight with the Esplanade site shut down, but Tony decides to make an offer on a seaside property. Even Carmela smiles for the first time in ages when she sees the house. All hell breaks loose however when Tony's old girlfriend Irina calls Carmela to tell her he is now having sex with her cousin, the one-legged Svetlana. It's the last straw for Carmela who tells Tony their marriage is finished and she wants him out of the house. Tony is now faced with having to terminate the deal to buy the beach house and uses his own unconventional methods to convince the sellers to return his deposit. Meanwhile, Uncle Junior's trial comes to an end and his men have sought a little bit of extra insurance to get the verdict they ... Written by garykmcd

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The Dean Martinalbum that Tony's guys use to harass the owner of the beach house with is 'The Rat Pack - Live at the Sands'. See more »

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Carmela Soprano: You have made a fool of me for years with these whores. Now it's come into our home?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: What are you talking about?
Carmela Soprano: The RUSSIAN called. Your son answered the telephone!
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Oh, Jesus. Carmela, she's insane. She's certifiable, I told you. You can't believe a word she says, whatever it is, and we haven't seen each other like that, I swear to Christ!
Carmela Soprano: What about her cousin?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [realizing he's been caught] What? No.
Carmela Soprano: The nurse who took care of your mother, who I liked? Who I spoke to on the phone about your ...
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Another powerful ending
13 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

That Joe Pantoliano would win an Emmy for his work on this show's fourth season was pretty much a given from the start, and anyone doubting James Gandolfini and Edie Falco's potential will probably have changed their mind after seeing the superb season finale, Whitecaps.

Named after the place where Tony considers buying a beach house, the episode is essentially one long climax of the main tension that has been there for four years: the Sopranos' stressful marriage. It's all kick-started by a phone call from Irina, Tony's resentful former lover, who mercilessly taunts Carmela by revealing Tony has been sleeping with her one-legged cousin. This causes Mrs. Soprano to project all her repressed rage on her unlucky husband, who eventually accepts to leave the house. Therefore, two wars begin for Tony (the other is against Johnny Sack, who doesn't approve of the Jersey boss's decision not to go through with a hit on Carmine Lupertazzi), whereas another one ends for Uncle Junior: thanks to a threatened juror, his trial reaches the conclusion he was expecting.

While the Johnny and Junior situations are given very little room, saving material for the fifth series, the Tony/Carmela battle occupies 90% of Whitecaps: it's as if the writers (Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess and David Chase) had taken a regular fight between the two, which usually lasts a couple of minutes, and extended it to make it the subject of an entire episode. But rather than having a soap opera kind of quarrel, which gets boring after thirty seconds, the Soprano family breakdown is a 40-minute metaphorical fistfight between two of American television's finest actors, Gandolfini and Falco spitting bile at each other with neither of them pausing for breath. The Season 4 conclusion is an unstoppable container of acerbic, adult drama, so strong it's hard to believe anything could top The Sopranos at the Emmys in the Outstanding Drama Series category (The West Wing did, for three years; The Practice beat the first season). Unmissable.


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