The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Christopher and Carmine travel to Hollywood to take the next step in making their movie but quickly realize they're out of their depth. Artie feuds with Benny after his restaurant falls prey to one of Tony's scams.

Director:

Danny Leiner

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Matthew Weiner
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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 (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano (credit only)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano (credit only)
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Ray Abruzzo ... Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Kathrine Narducci ... Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)
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Storyline

Artie Bucco is having trouble with his restaurant. His sales are down 40% from the previous year and many of his regular customers have found a new Italian restaurant that is more to their liking. Thinks get worse when investigators from Amex arrive to tell him that credit card numbers are being stolen from the restaurant. When he learns that it's one of Christopher's crew who is involved, it leads to a fight and requires Tony's intervention. Tony blames the whole situation on Christopher who is off to Los Angeles with Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. to see if they can interest Ben Kingsley in starring in their movie. It's pretty apparent that he's not interested but Christopher doesn't get the signals. Christopher is amazed at the swag stars receive and is almost desperate to some of his own. Lauren Bacall proves to be the source, though not in a conventional way. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Christopher refers to Vito as "La Cage aux Fat." La Cage aux Folles is originally a French comedy play later turned into a movie about gay lovers. The American film remake of it is "The Birdcage"(1996). See more »

Goofs

When Christopher returns from California he has a conversation with Tony in Tony's office at the Bada Bing. Midway through the conversation a lit cigar suddenly appears in Tony's hand. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Moltisanti: [about Hollywood] Ben Kingsley passed. Made some contacts. Plus we got to see Lindsay Lohan - total piece of ass.
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Connections

References Hooperman (1987) See more »

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Daniel
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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What happened?
28 April 2006 | by lvphotographSee all my reviews

This season and really, this episode reflects the incompetence of the new writers. Or am I missing something? There are so many threads that should have been carried through from season 5. The Soprano's edgy writing of the previous 5 seasons just isn't here. For instance, Pussy's story ran for half of the first season and ended in the whacking of the rat in the last episode of the second season right after a brilliant dream sequence that Chase was so famous for. OK, that said, wouldn't you think that Adriana's mother would be kind of wondering what happened to her? What does Tony B's mother think happened to her son? Wouldn't you think that Jimmy's taking down Johnny Sack which "would have gotten all the way to Big Carmine had he lived" also taken down also have taken down Phil Leotardo who is on parole? I like Artie Buco as much as the next person but a whole episode on the failing restaurant and the credit card scam with all these questions left unanswered is perplexing. The old Tony Soprano would have taxed Benny for pulling this scam in Artie's place. I know Tony has changed and that's OK but give us die-hard Soprano's fans something to hope for. Please, Christopher and his sponsor would have not even gotten to LAX after hitting Lauren Bacall and hitting another car. The whole plot with him and Little Carmine in Hollywood wasn't even funny, it is getting so stupid it is annoying. If they are going to pull us into a plot, continue it for goodness sakes. So, Vito disappears (one plot that carried over), what is going on with Junior? I will keep watching, if for no other reason than to find out of this concludes in wrapping this all together and making a fool of me. But some continuity with the plots they are developing please.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

23 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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