The Sopranos: Season 6, Episode 3

Mayham (26 Mar. 2006)

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While the gang begins to turn on itself, Tony finds himself at the threshold.



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


Tony is still comatose and if anything, his condition is deteriorating. The doctor's are trying to control a fever-causing infection and Carmela is increasingly worried, if that's possible. The strain of leading the family and constantly settling disputes among the captains is affecting Syl whose asthma is acting up. He orders Paulie and Vito to each give Carmela $100,000 as Tony's share of a recent big score. They both hold off waiting to see if Tony lives or dies. Vito sees himself as Tony natural successor and starts to prepare the way. Bobby Bacala and Christopher learn what AJ has been planning. As for Tony, his dream continues where he is mistaken for someone by the name of Finnerty. When he sees a poster announcing a Finnerty family reunion, he drops by only to find a familiar face as the doorman who urges him to go inside the brightly lit house where everyone is waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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This is the first of eight episodes in the series where the character of Marie Spatafore is played by Elizabeth Bracco, the younger sister of original cast member Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi). See more »


When Carmela goes into AJ's room to yell at him for talking to the media, the bedside clock reads 10:36 PM, when Bobby goes over to Silvio's house to discuss business, Silvio remarks "this better be important" and tells Bobby "it's 9:30 at night"... this was after Carmela yelled at AJ, so at the very least the time should of been 10:36 PM or a little after. See more »


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Back to normal... Well, as normal as they come in this show, at least
20 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

By simply reading the title, one would expect a particularly bloody episode. Nothing of the sort: Mayham is sad, funny, poetic and foreboding - quintessential Sopranos, in other words.

With Tony still in a coma and still trying to prove to the guys inside his mind he isn't Kevin Finnerty, Silvio is taking care of his business back in the real world, only to have an asthma attack as a result of the added stress. Meanwhile, Carmela realizes she is every bit as rotten as her husband after having a revealing conversation with Dr. Melfi, and also discovers Paulie and the others don't really care about her, as proved by the looks on their faces when they have to give her a part of their earnings. Speaking of Paulie, he puts the "fun" ingredient into the episode thanks to a scene where he beats up some people and for once gets some punches in return, a kick in the nuts proving especially painful.

Being practically the third part of a very long season opener, one that sort of puts everything in perspective and sets things in motion for the flowing episodes, Mayham is wonderful in its juxtaposition of pitch-black comedy and mature tragedy, with just a slice of Twin Peaks-like dream sequences to add some extra emotional heft, none more so than when Tony, about to wake up, is given the opportunity to choose between living and dying, and that offer is made by an unidentified waiter (Steve Buscemi) who looks a lot like his dead cousin. The metaphorical readings of that scene are numerous and not entirely easy to get, and that's for the better of it: "easy" would be a sign of creative complacency, which is exactly what The Sopranos has always conquered, episode after episode. This one is no exception.

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