The Sopranos: Season 6, Episode 17

Walk Like a Man (6 May 2007)

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Christopher and Paulie are making a lot of money off selling stolen tools through Christopher's father-in-law, Al Lombardo. When some of Paulie's guys break into Al's store to take some of ... See full summary »

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Christopher and Paulie are making a lot of money off selling stolen tools through Christopher's father-in-law, Al Lombardo. When some of Paulie's guys break into Al's store to take some of the equipment, Christopher goes ballistic and takes matters into his own hands. Paulie has his own way of getting back at him. Tony takes Christopher to task for not being around much. Christopher explains the temptations at places like the Bing but Tony is anything but sympathetic. Christopher is soon drinking again and it leads to tragedy. Tony tells Agent Dwight Harris about the two Muslims who used to hang around the Bing but who seem to have suddenly become observant. AJ is depressed over his break up with Blanca and there's not much Tony or Carmela can say to console him. He's crying a lot and quits his job. Tony tells him to go to a party Patsi Parisi's college-aged son has organized at the Bing. He starts hanging around at their frat house and is all too keen to get involved in their ... Written by garykmcd

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This is the only episode in the series directed by veteran writer/producer/some-time actor Terence Winter. It's also the only TV episode Winter has ever directed though almost 20 years in the industry, during which he wrote or co-wrote 25 of the 86 "Sopranos" episodes, winning four EMMYs in the process. See more »

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Tony Soprano: What the fuck's with you?
Carlo Gervasi: Root canal, they got me on oxycodone. My whole fuckin' head is numb.
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"This therapy is a jerk-off"
27 May 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The previous episode was good, but left some fans unsatisfied with the absence of a strong plot line. That "flaw" is compensated over and over again by Walk Like a Man, which resurrects old tensions and prepares some characters for the end of the series, especially AJ.

Tony's son, you might remember, was dumped by Blanca in Chasin It, and now he spends his whole time at home doing nothing. Hating to see his kid act "like a whining b*tch", Tony tries to encourage him to do something new with his life, and even attempts to do the same with Dr. Melfi, claiming he doesn't need therapy anymore. Furthermore, old bitterness reemerges between Christopher and Paulie, as the latter's nephew robs the former's father-in-law and violent reactions ensue. An attempt to establish peace between the two leads to Chris getting really drunk for the first time in years, an event that could have bad consequences for his old AA friend JT Dolan (Tim Daly).

Two very different father-son dynamics are analyzed in the episode: on the one hand, we have Tony and AJ, who really love each other but will forever be divided by the many secrets the old man has to hide; on the other, there's Paulie, who's been a kind of a mentor for Chris, though in the rough way, and now hates to see his pupil fail to live up to expectations. Imperioli doesn't, however: in fact, he practically steals the whole show with less than five scenes, his excellent performance culminating in an affecting duet with the Emmy-nominated Daly that foreshadows the darkest of outcomes for the remaining four episodes. Brilliant and scary.


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