The Sopranos (1999–2007)
8.6/10
2,302
4 user 2 critic

Down Neck 

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

Director:

Writers:

(created by), | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony Soprano
... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
... Carmela Soprano
... Christopher Moltisanti
... Junior Soprano
... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
... Silvio Dante
... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (credit only)
... A.J. Soprano
... Meadow Soprano
... Livia Soprano
... Johnny Boy Soprano
... Young Livia Soprano
... Young Junior Soprano
... Dr. Peter Galani
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 1999 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only one (1) of the 86 "Sopranos" episodes in eight years directed by a woman. See more »

Goofs

When Big Pussy and Tony are playing pool the table is at a severe tilt. This is evident during Big Pussy's shot as both balls travel towards the left cushion and bounce along them as if the pool table is lifted. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: She was very high strung, my mother. Very dramatic. Every night to her was a night at the opera.
[cut to a scene of Tony's youth]
Livia Soprano: [to Tony] I could stick this fork in your eye!
See more »

Connections

Features The Sopranos: College (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystic Eyes
Composed by Van Morrison
Performed by Them featuring Van Morrison
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Painful memories
26 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.". It's hard not to think of that classic line from Goodfellas when Tony Soprano starts recounting childhood memories to Dr. Melfi: unlike Herny Hill, the New Jersey boss's ambitions were entirely different, but fate decided to intervene.

The source of this reminiscing is a family problem: after being caught drunk in class (he and his friends stole some church wine), A.J. faces expulsion from school, and is punished by his parents by being forced to spend time with his grandmother every afternoon. While discussing the matter with his therapist, Tony recalls his own upbringing: Livia being a huger pain in the ass then than she is now, his dad and Uncle Junior going out regularly to collect money from people, and the old man getting arrested one nice day while having fun at a carnival.

Aside from exposing the parallels between father and son, Down Neck serves another important purpose: to show Livia's firm and authoritarian personality, which will reemerge in later episodes to shocking effect. But this story is also riveting for how it deals with an old stereotype (you join the mafia 'cause you were born into it) without pandering to conventions: Tony may have had it in his DNA (though he concedes in another episode that perhaps he was too lazy to seek a different occupation), but the look on his face when he sees who his father really is indicates everything but happiness or pride. Then again, he might have reconsidered when he learned how much you can earn...

Exceptional


23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial