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Live Free or Die 

Tony hires help from overseas to fulfill a favor he was asked for by Johnny Sack and decides if one of his top earners deserves a second chance as he acknowledges to Dr. Melfi he was given a second chance when survived his gun shot wound.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), David Chase | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Vito Spatafore
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi
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Storyline

The news about Vito's extracurricular activities at a gay bar in New York is spreading quickly. Christopher hears it from an acquaintance at an AA meeting and soon passes it on to the other members of the family. Most are disgusted with him but Tony isn't about to rush to judgment where a man's reputation is at stake. It all seems like it's true when Benny Fazio approaches him and Vito takes off in his car. When Meadow overhears her mother and Rosalie Aprile talking about it, she tells them - and eventually her father - what Finn saw the morning he got to work early. As for Vito, he is in hiding in a small New Hampshire town hoping to track down his cousin who lives somewhere in the state. Vito begins to notice that there are obviously other gay men living in the town. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boonton, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The episode title "Live Free Or Die" is the famous motto of the state of New Hampshire, where Vito has taken refuge. See more »

Goofs

Tony first tells Dr. Melfi he finds homosexuality disgusting then later he contradicts himself by saying doesn't give a shit what consenting adults do behind closed doors. See more »

Quotes

Construction Worker: [Tony and Silvio are looking for Vito after he's been outed as a homosexual. Tony calls Vito's cellphone. A construction worker picks the phone up off the side of the road] Hello?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [on phone] Vito?
Silvio Dante: You got him?
Construction Worker: [on phone] Who?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [on phone] Put Vito on the phone, asshole.
Construction Worker: [on phone] Fuck you, motherfucker.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [on phone] What, are you sucking his dick?
Construction Worker: [on phone] Bet I'd kick your ass, you fucking faggot.
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: [on phone, yelling] Yeah that's right, telephone tough guy! Put Vito on the phone!
Construction Worker: [on phone] There ain't ...
[...]
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Connections

References The L Word (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock and Roll Queen (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by The Subways
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"You knew Vito was a ricchion' ?"
22 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Of all the embarrassing moments the characters of this series have experienced, none can have been more shameful than the discovery that Vito Spatafore, one of Tony's most loyal men, is gay. As you might remember, the fat hoodlum was in a gay bar in the previous episode, wearing an all too obvious leather outfit, and got caught by two low-level crooks.

Now, word is out on the streets, and the reaction is practically unanimous: the poor son of a b*tch should get clipped. Tony disagrees, and with good reason: not only is it the 21st century, a period in which these things are more common every day, Vito also happens to be his top earner (much like Ralphie Cifaretto two seasons ago; that one didn't end well either). Besides, he claims, there's no actual proof, aside from the two guys' testimony, that Vito really is homosexual (Chris's response: "What, we actually have to see him take it in the ass?"). However, once Meadow's fiancé Finn, in the episode's most painfully hilarious scene, tells the crew what he saw back in Season Five (the infamous BJ on a security guard), there is no doubt anymore, and Phil Leotardo insists, with particular enthusiasm (Vito married his cousin), that the mess be settled with old-school methods.

Unfortunately, Vito is nowhere to be found: sensing the gathering storm, he has fled to New Hampshire, leaving his cell phone behind and preparing to start a new, fake life. That life will be the focus of the next few episodes, and the fact that this bloodless subplot works is all due to Gannascoli, whose careful performance is miles away from the overblown "gay gangster" caricatures seen in Guy Ritchie's films. Having stayed in the shadows since Season 2 (plus the cameo in Season 1 as a completely different character), he has been promoted to a series regular in Season Six, Part One, proving he has the same dramatic strength as the rest of the cast.

Okay, so there's pretty much no violence in the episode, or any disturbing moments. But who cares? The subtle writing and expert acting (not to mention a few merciless gay jokes) make it as worthwhile as any other story of the show.


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