The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Luxury Lounge 

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's restaurant falls prey to one of Tony's scams that was ran by Benny.

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Danny Leiner

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Matthew Weiner
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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

David Chase: A passenger on the plane during the last scene of the episode. See more »

Goofs

When Artie pulls the tablecloth off the table, the items left change from camera shot to camera shot. See more »

Quotes

Tony Soprano: You bitch and you moan, and you blame everybody else for your problems. Instead of maybe not letting the Mexicans do all the cooking for you, or maybe changing the menu, or changing the decorum.
Artie Bucco: I guess because you know how to eat, you know how to run a restaurant.
Tony Soprano: On one of the bleakest nights of my life, after the shit with my mother, and that fucking storm outside, I came here. To this place. I sat out there with Carm and my two kids and we ate and we drank and we were so happy to be here. ...
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References Gun (2005) See more »

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Daniel
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Sir Ben
22 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

In the second season of The Sopranos, Christopher's passion for movies and screen writing led him to a memorable encounter with Jon Favreau which showed how rotten the film business can be at times and anticipated HBO's hit comedy Entourage by four years. Luxury Lounge treads similar waters with equally exhilarating results, providing further proof of the show's great choice of guest stars.

With Little Carmine willing to produce his gangster-horror movie, Chrissy heads out to L.A. to meet with Ben Kingsley, his scary work in Sexy Beast making him the ideal choice for the role of the mob boss. Sadly, Sir Ben isn't impressed, leaving Chris with nothing to but drink and do drugs again. Oh, and mug Lauren Bacall just for the sake of it. Back in Jersey, things get bad for Artie Bucco as he discovers one of Chris's pals has been using his new waitress to run a credit card scam. When things threaten to turn bloody, Tony has to step in once again.

Juxtaposing two story lines, Luxury Lounge alternates between sincerely touching in the Artie section and cruelly satirical in the Hollywood plot batch. The latter part is particularly appealing on account of Kingsley and Bacall's willingness to get their hands (and mouths) dirty, Kingsley especially having a great time making fun of his Englishness. Then again, his casting probably wasn't accidental: perhaps David Chase read Roger Ebert's famous review of Sexy Beast, which ended with the following sentence describing British crooks: "These are hard people. They could have the Sopranos for dinner, throw up and have them again." Judging from Sir Ben's hugely enjoyable self-mockery and cracking final line (it's just one priceless word), Ebert had a point, although the man who played Don Logan never actually meets Tony. Maybe he found him too hard to swallow.


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