The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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The Second Coming 

Tony fails to reason with Phil as more problems increase with Anthony Jr as his depression worsens.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Terence Winter
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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 (credit only)
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano Baccalieri (credit only)
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
Ray Abruzzo ... Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Carlo Gervasi (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Storyline

Phil turns down a compromise in asbestos disposal with Tony. A.J despairs about the world and his future, which drives him to horrible consequences as he goes over the edge. Carmela doesn't know what to do about about her son. An affront to Meadow pushes Tony to his limits, and the consequences put the New York and New Jersey families at each others' throats. Written by Emphinix

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kearny, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The song A.J. is playing in his room while talking to Meadow is, "Into The Ocean", by Blue October. The song is about a "normal boy" who attempts suicide by drowning. See more »

Goofs

When AJ is first shown sitting on the diving board, the pool cover is only partially removed. When he drops the cinder block and jumps in, the pool cover is almost completely removed. Then when Tony jumps in after him the pool cover is back to being only partially removed. See more »

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Anthony Soprano, Jr.: I was watching CNN. This story about these kids in some Iraqi hospital. How the burn unit doesn't have the right medicine or something. And then they show this story about some mall in Minnesota and these gigantic, fat people buying stuff and eating all this shit. You know, it's like my parents. You should see our house, this stupid coffee maker they got, media room. You know, then there's Blanca. Her kid hardly talks. She can't afford to send him to a decent school.
Dr. Richard Vogel: You think your feelings ...
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Woke Up This Morning
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Performed by Alabama 3
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Closer to the edge
4 June 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The dramatic events of Kennedy and Heidi suggested Tony Soprano would have some pretty dark thoughts and emotions to deal with in the series finale. The Second Coming increases the darkness as much as possible, containing events that will truly determine the premise of the last two episodes of the show.

Following Christopher's death, neither Tony nor Carmela know how to cope with the situation, especially after AJ's depression leads him to a suicide attempt in the pool. Moreover, Tony ruins his already strained relationship with Phil Leotardo by kicking the crap out of a guy who molested his daughter. Apparently, the full scale war between New York and New Jersey that he has tried to avoid for years looks bound to happen.

Emotionally, The Second Coming isn't nearly as strong as the previous episodes, or the following ones, but as a tone-setter for flawlessly executed drama it has few rivals, especially in the tragic scenes involving Anthony Jr. and his father's reaction to his suicidal thoughts. Plus, for those lamenting originality in the violent bits, the restaurant confrontation between Tony and the jerk who harassed Meadow is the single most revolting sequence in the show's history. If you've seen American History X, you'll have a pretty good idea of how extreme, but also incredibly powerful, that moment is.


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