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Commendatori 

Tony, Paulie and Chris travel to Naples to conduct a business deal, while Pussy becomes more stressed over trying to balance his secret lives.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), David Chase
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi (credit only)
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano (credit only)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
David Proval ... Richie Aprile (credit only)
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
Sofia Milos ... Annalisa
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Storyline

Tony, Paulie and Christopher go to Italy to discuss business with their counterparts in his recently acquired (from his Uncle Junior) business in exporting stolen cars. Tony pushes to meet the patriarch of his Italian counterparts but finds the man, Zi Vittorio, to be old and feeble-minded. He's even more surprised however when he realizes who is now in charge. As part of the deal, it's agreed that enforcer Furio Giunta will travel to the US and work for Tony's crew. Back in the US meanwhile, Pussy tells FBI Agent Skip Lipari about the trip and the stolen car business. Pussy's wife Angie isn't necessarily happy that he's back and she shocks Carmella and Rosalie Aprile by saying that she wants a divorce. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Commendatori See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The actor playing Jimmy Bones, an Elvis impersonator who's also part of the Jersey mob, is played in this solo "Sopranos" appearance by Mike Memphis, an actual Elvis impersonator from Brooklyn formally known as Michael Anthony LePore. At the end of the scene where Big Pussy is finishing his visit to Jimmy's home, note the Elvis paraphernalia. See more »

Goofs

Uncle Junior talks about meeting someone from Italy in 1961 who came over on the luxury Italian liner the SS Michelangelo. However, the only Italian luxury liner named the SS Michelangelo was put into service in 1965. See more »

Quotes

Annalisa: You don't want to fuck me?
Tony Soprano: Yeah, I do. But I don't shit where I eat.
Annalisa: Que cosa?
Tony Soprano: [in broken Italian] Non fare la merdo dove... It's bad business. We're in business.
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Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Performed by 'Madreblu'
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"Hey Tone, what's your favorite scene?"
30 March 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

It is particularly fitting that this episode opens with Tony and his crew trying to watch a bootleg DVD of The Godfather on a player that doesn't work: no matter what the boss thinks, they will never be as classy as the gangsters in Coppola's masterpiece; perhaps the broken DVD player serves as a metaphor to indicate the huge distance between Vito Corleone and Tony Soprano, the glorious past and the murky present.

That the situation is radically different emerges from another fact as well: as Tony, Chris, Paulie and Silvio travel to Naples to discuss a deal with a distant relative, they discover said man is in worse shape than Uncle Junior and has put his daughter (Sofia Milos) in charge of the family affairs. Back in the old days, no one would have given all that power to a woman, and Tony, who has always believed in male dominance when it comes to his line of work, is shocked by this revelation, not least because it marks the first time he starts having sexual fantasies involving one of his business associates. In the meantime, Pussy is in an uncomfortable position of his own, as he finds it increasingly hard to cope with his new double life.

The most notable thing in Commendatori, aside from Paulie's lame attempts at speaking Italian, is the setting: a solid half hour of the show takes place in warm, sunny, gorgeous Naples, with the visuals providing an almost lyrical beauty that contrasts nicely with the grittier look of New Jersey. At the very beginning of the episode, Tony says his favorite scene in the Godfather trilogy is the one in Part II where young Vito returns to Sicily and kills his father's murderer in the most beautiful villa. Again, the thematic relevance is clear: the natural seductiveness of Southern Italy has very little to share with the blood-soaked legacy of America. Even Tony becomes aware of this, and expresses his reservations neatly while walking on the beach with the female boss. When asked if he wants to sleep with her (actually, she uses a more vulgar word), he replies: "Yes, I do. Very much. But I don't sh*t where I eat." Sonny Corleone wouldn't have come up with a better expression.


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