The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Down Neck 

Anthony has disciplinary problems at school, prompting Tony to recount memories of his childhood with Dr. Melfi.

Director:

Lorraine Senna

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Mitchell Burgess | 1 more credit »
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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
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (credit only)
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
Joseph Siravo ... Johnny Boy Soprano
Laila Robins ... Young Livia Soprano
Rocco Sisto ... Young Junior Soprano
David Beach ... Dr. Peter Galani
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Storyline

When AJ gets into trouble at school - he and two other boys steal sacramental wine from the church - Tony and Carmela are told he my have ADD. He's suspended from school for three days and is told to visit his grandmother where he lets it slip that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist. The situation causes Tony to reflect on his own times at that age. It was in 1967 that he learned something about his father when he sees his Dad and his brother Uncle Junior beat someone up to collect a debt. As a child, Tony thought his father also showed favoritism to his sister Janice by taking her to a fun fair every Sunday. He decided to find out what exactly they were doing. In fact, his father was conducting business with other mobsters who were also taking their daughters with them as a cover. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Newark, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

12 minutes 33 seconds into the episode, during Tony's therapy session, the lighting and colors drastically alter for no apparent reason and remain changed until the scene ends. See more »

Goofs

When in front of the amusement park, a sign is seen with a 718 area code. The scene is set in 1967 while the 718 area code would not come into use until 1984. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jennifer Melfi: That must have been devastating.
Tony Soprano: No, it turned out it was no big deal.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: To see your father handcuffed, being led away by the police.
Tony Soprano: At the time I thought my head was gonna explode. He looked... helpless. When I got home my mother had a different perspective, which made me feel better.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: So in her pain she reached out to you.
Tony Soprano: That's one way to put it.
[cut to a scene of Tony's youth]
Young Livia Soprano: Your father may not be home for dinner tonight. Go wash up.
Young Tony Soprano: I know.
Young Livia Soprano: What do you know?
[...]
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Connections

References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Bring Me Down
Composed by Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Performed by The Animals
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