The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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All Happy Families 

Feech makes a pain of himself by trying to return to his past glory. Carmela tries to work with Anthony's teacher to rein in the out-of-control son.

Director:

Rodrigo García (as Rodrigo Garcia)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Toni Kalem
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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 (as Jamie-Lynn DiScala)
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Steve Buscemi ... Tony Blundetto
Jerry Adler ... Hesh
Robert Loggia ... Feech La Manna
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Storyline

Blood is shed in the power struggle between Johnny Sack and Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. when one of Carmine's loan sharks pays Johnny instead of Carmine. Feetch La Manna gets Tony's okay to take over Uncle Junior's lucrative high stakes poker game. When one of the game's regulars, Dr. Ira Fried, finds the the guests at his daughter's wedding have had their expensive foreign cars stolen, he turns to Tony for help. Tony's pretty upset when he finds out who was behind it and makes sure it doesn't happen again. AJ's grades are dropping and a visit to his school guidance counselor, Robert Wegler, doesn't give much hope for college unless his grades improve. Carmela feels she's being undermined by Tony who is always buying the boy gifts and after AJ disobeys her yet again, she lets him move in with Tony. She also gets a call from Wegler who asks her out for lunch. Tony meanwhile is still trying to woo Dr. Melfi. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This episode is also significant because it's the only one directed by Rodrigo García, son of Nobel-prize-winning, Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. It is also the only one written by actress and cast member Toni Kalem who played Angie Bompensiero in 12 episodes. Kalem also served as story editor on five shows, including this one she scripted as well. See more »

Goofs

The guidance counselor says that AJ wants to apply to Trenton State. Trenton State College was renamed The College of New Jersey in 1996. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: [happily to a friend and fellow student] I might be learning disabled!
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Features The Honeymooners: The $99,000 Answer (1956) See more »

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WHO KNOWS
by Jimi Hendrix
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the money goes up..
16 October 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Sopranos

A classic take on the most beloved genre which clearly suggests the crazy love it received from the audience but also left a long lasting impression on critics and awards shows where it took away five justified Golden Globes to its home. The Sopranos is a character driven series about a family that basically runs the whole town, just illegally.

The writing is adaptive, gripping and ground-breaking on terms of its structure that is so eerily easy as it slips away from the audience like some jelly; it is sweet, nutritious and immensely pleasing. It is rich on technical aspects like its metaphorical cinematography, sharp sound effects and up beating songs along with palpable background score. The series is shot beautifully, each and every color sparks up neatly; especially the visuals that are taken in sunny days are amazing.

The performance by the cast is plausible since the effort is clearly visible but Gandolfini, Bracco, Falco and Imperioli stands alone due to their easiness in their acts. Gandolfini; at the heart of it, oozes power and the aegis nature which is what helps makers keep the audience rooting for the character.

The relationship between Gandolfini and Bracco is the highlight of the series due its fragile tone which is soothing to experience as it lights up the series in a whole new way. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional character, gut-wrenching politics, brawny dialogues and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature that makes it one of the best series.

Season 05

The fifth act brings back the family drama and a bit mature ethereal morale conflicts that is sort of surprising and brilliant of them to pull it off considering the higher and lethal stakes that it usually fiddles with and it also joins in the previous threats and newer characters.

All Happy Families

Falco's both performance and actions are calculative and aptly malleable for the character and on the other hand the poker table conversation is weaved out to not only draw the laughs but also the scares and chills.


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