The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Fortunate Son 

Chris becomes a made man, while Tony experiences another panic attack. Meadow continues to seethe over Tony's treatment of her boyfriend.


Henry Bronchtein (as Henry J. Bronchtein)


David Chase (created by), Todd A. Kessler


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Robert Funaro ... Eugene Pontecorvo




Tony follows through on his promise and Christopher becomes a made man reporting to Paulie. His dreams of making lots of money are quickly shattered however. Paulie gives him the sports book but expects $6000 per week in tribute. When they have something of a setback and he can't pay Paulie the full amount, he quickly learns that there's no friendship when it comes to cash. Tony is still seeing his psychiatrist and they have a breakthrough of sorts when Tony recalls his father cutting off a butcher's pinkie finger when the man couldn't pay up. It leads to Tony having his first panic attack. Meadow is still giving her father the cold shoulder over his treatment of her new boyfriend. At school, AJ becomes something of a leader on the football field but it leads to him passing out from a panic attack. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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One of the books on the blanket with the students outside of Meadows dorm is " The Fortunate Pilgrim " by Mario Puzo, probably an homage to the episode title , Fortunate Son . See more »


Christopher is worried about the outcome of Oregon-USC. He comments that USC is laying 11 points and they're winning by 12. He says Oregon has the ball on the 45 with no timeouts. The kicker makes the field goal to cover the spread. #1 A team would never kick a field goal down by 12 at the end of a game. #2 If the ball was at the 45 yard line, a field goal from there would be 63 yards that would match the longest field goal in history. The gamboling logic is wrong. See more »


Tony Soprano: [to Christopher and Eugene during their making ceremony] you know why we're here, if you have any or reservations now is the time to say so, no one will think less of you this family comes before anything else EVERYTHING before your wife and your children and your mother and your father it's a thing of honor and God forbid you get sick and something happens to you and you can't earn we'll take care of you because that's part of it
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: If you have a problem you just have to let somebody know
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
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"our busiest season"
6 February 2018 | by SentientCrab-tvSee all my reviews

The Sopranos has always been less of a show about the mob and more of a show about family and the way the mob affects it. This episode is (currently) the finest example of this. I wanted to send a friend a scene from this (nintendo and hot dogs) but I realized that the 8 lines Tony and Anthony shared contained episodes of nuance that I couldn't fully explain in an a message. It's one of the most fascinating episodes about hierarchy that we have seen, it's all about control, rebellion against the control, and the multitude of external forces affecting the way each character acts. It's one of the most human and realized episode of the series, and it's great to finally see something like this after the last two episodes of trying to restart the season's direction.

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Release Date:

11 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paramus, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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