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Employee of the Month 

Dr. Melfi is brutally attacked, and when the justice system lets her down, she must consider asking Tony for help.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Robin Green | 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 (credit only)
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
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto
Peter Riegert ... Assemblyman Zellman
Richard Romanus ... Richard La Penna

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Storyline

Things are not going well in the garbage wars and Tony decides to put one of his own men in charge Richie Aprile' old crew, ousting Ralphie Cifaretto who has been in charge temporarily. At least part of the reason he replaces him is that he let Jackie Aprile Jr. help him beat up a client when trying to collect a debt. Dr. Melfi meanwhile is brutally attacked and raped in the stairwell of her office building. When the police are forced to release the suspect due to procedural errors on their part, she is outraged and seriously considers asking Tony for his help. As Tony had warned her, Janice learns there is a price to pay for refusing to return Svetlana's stolen leg. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

There is never a mention or showing of a parking garage at Dr. Melfi's psychiatry office before this episode. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Soprano is talking to Ralph Cifaretto outside the pizzeria, the positioning of Ralph's coffee cup and spoon continually alternates in-between shots See more »

Quotes

Tony Soprano: [Referring to her blouse] is that new? Looks good
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: Did you bring your log?
Tony Soprano: My log?
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: You remember last week, you were going to keep a record. I asked you to write any feelings of anxiety or memories of past anxiety attacks
Tony Soprano: [Remembering what they discussed at their previous session] yeah, my parents, the pork store, it was interesting
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: Have you thought at all about that?
Tony Soprano: How do people find the time?
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: To get well
Tony Soprano: My mother's dead, I haven't had a panic attack since
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: You've gone months without them before...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Sopranos Episodes (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Make Promises (I Can't Break)
(uncredited)
Written by Shannon Curfman
Performed by Shannon Curfman
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"She's so fat..."
23 April 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Employee of the Month is one of those wonderful Sopranos episodes: so rich of events, character and a truly dark streak. Most movies would have trouble jamming all this stuff into a two-hour running time; this series manages to beautifully in 50 minutes.

Firstly, the show deals with the two new characters introduced in previous episodes: Ralph Cifaretto and Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), son of the deceased boss from Season One and nephew of the crazy Richie Aprile who rampaged in Series 2. Whereas Tony insists the kid should lead a normal life, Ralphie, who's currently sleeping with Rosalie Aprile, tries to become Jackie's new best friend by letting him participate in a gloriously violent business settlement.

More importantly, though, this chapter belongs to Lorraine Bracco, who goes where no actress has ever gone before with her role: after being brutally raped, Dr. Melfi is confident justice will triumph. When that isn't the case (the creep is released thanks to a lot of bureaucratic crap), she seriously considers asking Tony for help.

Were this a mainstream drama show, that kind of idea wouldn't have made it past the synopsis stage. But this is HBO, and so such a decision represents a triumph of narrative boldness, not to mention actorial: Bracco approaches Emmy-baiting territory with her doubtful, effortlessly gripping performance and receives superb backing from Peter Bogdanovich (always reliable as Elliot Kupferberg) and James Gandolfini, who responds to the ambiguity with more ambiguity.

As for the program's trademark "comic relief" it comes in the form of the news that New York boss Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) is buying a house in Jersey, prompting gags about his wife's weight. Pick of the bunch? Silvio's "She's so fat her blood type is ragu" and Paulie's gleeful "She's so fat, she goes campin', the bears have to hide their food". Hilarious.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Color:

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1.78 : 1
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