The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Second Opinion 

Junior continues his cancer treatments, but the prognosis is iffy. Chris, meanwhile, finds himself under suspicion from Paulie.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


David Chase (created by), Lawrence Konner




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 (credit only)
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Sam McMurray ... Dr. John Kennedy
Frank Wood ... Dean Ross


Junior undergoes an operation to have his cancerous tumor removed. His doctor tells him it's possible that malignant cells weren't removed and recommends a second round of surgery. Tony feels he should get a second opinion but when Junior's original doctor stops returning his call, Tony pays him a visit on the golf course. Carmella visits Dr. Melfi on her own saying she's worried about Tony's mood swings but really is in need of help herself. Melfi refers her to another psychiatrist who provides her with some realistic advice. Carmela runs into Angie Bompensiero who doesn't seem to be coping well with Big Pussy's sudden disappearance especially on the money front. Tony pays her a visit but is less sympathetic when he sees she has a Cadillac sitting in the driveway. Christopher chafes under Paulie's thumb and the probationary period he has to through as a newly made man. Paulie makes him undergo a strip search and then visits him at two in the morning to search his apartment. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

8 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song played during the ending credits is "Black Books", by Nils Lofgren, who is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, along with series star Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante). See more »


In the scene where Tony comes home late to Carmela's supper, his plate is shown in at least three different orientations between shots (greens on his right, greens on his left, and greens at an angle). See more »


Tony Soprano: [answering Carmela about donating money to Meadoe's college] I won't pay. I don't do much about extortion
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Features Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) See more »


Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Dr. Krakower
27 April 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

When this episode originally aired, in April 2001, the end credits listed celebrated director Mike Nichols (The Graduate) as one of the guest stars. In reality, Nichols had to back out due to prior commitments, and his role was taken by Sully Boyar, whose previous credits included an appearance on The Rockford Files, also written by David Chase. Boyar passed away two weeks before Second Opinion was broadcast for the first time - a shame, given his character could have been a compelling recurring presence.

The character in question is Dr. Krakower, a psychiatrist who provides Carmela Soprano with the titular opinion after she has tried a session alone with Dr. Melfi. Upon hearing what Carm's husband does for a living, Krakower immediately suggests she leave Tony forever, instilling the first of many fundamental doubts in her head. Remaining in the family trouble area, Junior undergoes surgery to get rid of his cancer and has a bizarre experience, while Christopher is jokingly accused of wearing a wire and subsequently bullied by Paulie at all hours.

For once, Tony is not the central issue of the show, meaning the authors can work more on Carmela and give a new angle from which to look at the show: until now, she's been nothing but a loyal gangster wife, albeit with the occasional kids-related outbursts of rage; starting now, she gains more ambiguous personality traits, enhancing the narrative's poignancy. But is this a one-woman show? Not at all, in fact the exploration of Chrissy and Paulie's rivalry is a great exercise in perverse humor, most notably when the older captain humiliates his employee in the middle of the night (to reveal more would be disrespectful).

To be brief, as mesmerizing as ever. Too bad Boyar's role turned out to be a one-time event, though.

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