The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office 

Pussy returns after months in hiding, Chris starts a boiler room stock operation, and Tony's long-lost sister shows up on the doorstep.

Director:

Allen Coulter

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Jason Cahill
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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
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
Jerry Adler ... Hesh
Lillo Brancato ... Matt Bevilaqua (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
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With Uncle Junior still in jail, Tony has taken over the family. He's surprised when Big Pussy returns from hiding in Puerto Rico, but after some hesitation he is welcomed back into the fold. Tony begins settling accounts elsewhere however. Dr. Melfi is seeing her patients in a dingy motel and wants nothing to do with Tony Soprano. This is bad news for him as he's starting to have blackouts again. Meanwhile Christopher is operating a boiler room selling cheap or non-existent stocks to unwary investors but some of the men he has working for him lack the finesse you might normally expect. Tony's sister Janice appears out of the blue after many years absence. He's not pleased when he realizes her plans. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Introduction of character Matthew Bevilacqua played by Lillo Brancato. In 2008, Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in an attempted burglary that led to the shooting death of an off-duty NYPD officer, Daniel Enchautegui. Brancato was released on parole in 2013 after serving eight years. His co-defendant, who fired the fatal shot, was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. See more »

Goofs

When Gigi shoots Philly in the car, the car windows don't shatter. See more »

Quotes

Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero: [Repeated line to Tony asking him to promise him if he enters his home alive, his going to come out alive] do I got your word?
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Connections

Edited into The Sopranos: Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke On The Water
(uncredited)
Written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord,
Ian Paice
Performed by Deep Purple
Tony listens to the song in his car when the CD player jams. He gets angry followed by a panic attack before he crashes into a pole and passes out.
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Guess who's back...
26 March 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The first season of HBO's mob masterpiece ended on a really sad note for Tony Soprano: not only was he recovering from a failed attempt on his life, he also found out it was his mother and uncle who authorized the whole thing. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term "family values".

Things don't get much better in this Series 2 opener, either: Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is in jail, Livia (Nancy Marchand) is in the hospital because of an alleged stroke, and Tony's manipulative sister Janice (Aida Turturro) shows up to make him feel guilty for how he is treating their mother. As a result he is so stressed he can't even be happy when Pussy Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore) returns after months of absence. Okay, so the latter was suspected of being a rat, but come on, give him a break: he was just hiding because he felt he wasn't safe anymore and, while he was at it, got his back problem fixed in Puerto Rico. Soon enough, though, he is cleared of all bad thoughts and warmly welcomed back by the whole crew.

This season premiere is spellbinding for two reasons: firstly, it introduces a scene that would become a recurring presence in all other series openers (except Season Six), that of the Sopranos' home driveway where Tony picks up the newspaper wearing nothing but his bathrobe, a wife-beater and a pair of boxers - an iconic image that confirms the fact the Jersey boss is no glorious figure like Vito Corleone; secondly, the terrific Aida Turturro (John's cousin) makes her first appearance on the show in a role so juicy and complex she managed to stay for the remainder of the program's run. But let's not forget Pastore: in a way, it is he who comes to dominate the events of Season Two (why will be obvious from the next episode onwards), and it is remarkable that he manages to turn a potentially ridiculous scene (Pussy turning up in front of Tony in the aforementioned driveway, his hands raised in the air) into a powerful dramatic moment, albeit one with the serial's trademark sick humor.

Salute


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