The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Second Opinion 

Junior continues his cancer treatments, but the prognosis is iffy. Chris, meanwhile, finds himself under suspicion from Paulie.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


David Chase (created by), Lawrence Konner


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
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 (credit only)
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Sam McMurray ... Dr. John Kennedy
Frank Wood ... Dean Ross




Junior undergoes an operation to have his cancerous tumor removed. His doctor tells him it's possible that malignant cells weren't removed and recommends a second round of surgery. Tony feels he should get a second opinion but when Junior's original doctor stops returning his call, Tony pays him a visit on the golf course. Carmella visits Dr. Melfi on her own saying she's worried about Tony's mood swings but really is in need of help herself. Melfi refers her to another psychiatrist who provides her with some realistic advice. Carmela runs into Angie Bompensiero who doesn't seem to be coping well with Big Pussy's sudden disappearance especially on the money front. Tony pays her a visit but is less sympathetic when he sees she has a Cadillac sitting in the driveway. Christopher chafes under Paulie's thumb and the probationary period he has to through as a newly made man. Paulie makes him undergo a strip search and then visits him at two in the morning to search his apartment. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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Director Mike Nichols was originally cast as Dr. Krakower but had to bow out. Sully Boyar plays Krakower but Nichols was still credited in the original broadcast. This was corrected in the DVD and all subsequent repeats. See more »


In the scene where Tony comes home late to Carmela's supper, his plate is shown in at least three different orientations between shots (greens on his right, greens on his left, and greens at an angle). See more »


Tony Soprano: [on the golf course, giving Dr. Kennedy a golf club as a gift] For you. Titanium. I use one! Added ten yards to my drives!
Dr. John Kennedy: Thanks, but I really can't accept it.
Tony Soprano: For everything you've done for my uncle. Anyway, what am I gonna do with it? I already got one, and Mr. Williams here
[motioning to Furio]
Tony Soprano: , he don't play. Right?
Furio Giunta: Stupid-a-fucking game!
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Shrink this
25 August 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

Carmela sees Dr. Melfi alone, and Melfi then sends Carmela to a shrink who unhesitatingly advises Carmela to leave Tony. Carmela tells this shrink that her priest has advised her to try to work things out with Tony. The shrink again tells her to leave Tony. Paulie turns up the heat on Chris and shows up at his home in the middle of the night, looking for loot. Pussy's widow complains to Carmela about her money problems, which sets Tnny off. Junior is not doing so well, which alarms Tony no end. Amazing how loyal Tony remains to a guy who has tried to have him killed. The scenes between these two sly actors are worth the price of admission alone. But watch Carmela as she has to face her greatest fear. She settles matters the way she always does, but I will not reveal this here. Edie Falco only gets better with each episode of this show. And keep any eye on Tony Sirico as he reads Chris the riot act while they sit in Paulie's car. Sirico can go from funny to scary in the blink of an eye.

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8 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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