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The Sopranos: The Ride

by Tom Biro, posted May 8th 2006 8:04AM
Sopranos - The Ride
(S06E09) A lot of fans of the show, including myself, have hemmed and hawed over episodes this season (and heck, last season) when no one was offed, or when a few different storylines were advanced but a lot of the show focused on the inner thoughts of people. This week, there were quite a few "events," lots of drama, and it was an all around good show.

Christopher conveniently ends up being a father just a day or two before Carmela bumps into Ade's mother at the Feast - thank goodness Ms. La Cerva didn't find out that Christopher had gotten married, as well. Additionally, this Christopher-centric episode showed him and Tony having a good old time just moments after getting lost in Western Pennsylvania, in a shoot 'em up reminiscient of something you might have caught on an old-time gangster movie. And who doesn't like that?

As much face time as Christopher received this week, Paulie was just as integral to what was going on. His attitude towards the church, which wanted a bump five times higher than it was going to get from the Feast being run by the boys, leads to a few issues, including complaints from the food sellers, and a lack of safety standards from the rides that are featured, as there wasn't enough money to get the rides that were used in previous years. it had been awhile since Janice had pulled any scams, so when the ride she was on with her daughter and Bobby's son came to an abrupt halt, and one or two other people on it are injured, she's just got to make the situation all about her. Of course, this was just to get Bobby to act on the situation, which he eventually did, only after she ratted him out at the Sopranos' dinner table. And again, the mastery of the editors working on the weekly previews showed Bobby yelling at Paulie last week, and followed that up with Janice yelling for an ambulance. That ambulance, ladies and gents, was for the actual injured boy on the ride, who cracked his teeth on the car. Hoo boy.

Had Tony not gone through the shooting and some other family issues of his own in the last few seasons, I can see him being much less tolerant of what has been going on with Paulie right now. First, Paulie and Vito were looking to screw Carmela while the boss was in a coma, and Vito ended up leaving town just after Carm told her newly awakened husband to keep an eye on him. Somehow, she didn't feel that Paulie was a problem. Then, Paulie's mom turns out to not be his mom, he beats up the Barone kid - which I feel will probably come back to bite him - and he might have prostate cancer at this point. Not that any of this is really driving his need to make cash for himself - and kick it Tony's way, too - but he's making it seem that way, and Tony is buying it.

Stepping back to Christopher, when we saw him out in Los Angeles hitting the blow with the prostitute, I really thought that he might completely fall off the wagon, or whatever it is you do when you go back to your drug habit. He made it a little while, but made the stupid move this week of drinking some red wine that he and Tony stole from "The Vipers" while in PA, then followed that up by letting one of his boys shoot up while in his Maserati. Bad, bad move. However, it was poignant the way the show merely showed him all alone, in different spots around the Feast, with his head hung just as all the lights are shut down that night. Will a new baby and a new wife, and a new house, it seems, get Christopher out of the gutter he might have fallen into, or is he now screwed? I'm sensing some conflict might come up between he and Carmela, or perhaps through Tony again, but with the "bond" two are sharing, perhaps that'll get swept under the rug again.

Two big things I'm looking forward to: the New York situation coming to a head, now that Tony and Phil are working together a little bit outside of Johnny Sack, and Vito making the mistake of telling his new boyfriend who he really is. Neither of those will, as they say, end well.

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Dominick masi

you guys are pathetic. i agree with BABBO if you dont want t watch it turn it off. you guys need to go back and watch the past 5 seasons the final 5 episodes always drag because they are setting up for the season finally you stunods. like bob said this is the season where they get into real life scenarios instead of fictionals. if you guys remember right before the season everyone was analizing the poster and the one thing that everyone was coming up with was the fact that the season was going to be reality based and was going to deal with the cast dealing with issues. therefore next week bonds being broken will either end up being the father son bond with AJ & TONY; TONY & CHRIS; or think fella's what bond has been going on since season 1 the bond between Chris & Paulie they have been going at it since season one you guys keep talking about the russian honestly for all you guys that think he is coming back. you seriously need to stop watching and go watch ABC's sunday night movie bc your an idiot. every season chris and paulie dispute about something and this might just be the season that it goes a little further than the previous episodes.by the way chase is dragging the season but only people with brains can understand what is going on. the sopranos still lives up to season 1 bc every episodes keeps you wondering what is going to happen next week thats why you still watch...........go look at the neilson ratings for the past 6 weeks the sopranos is number 1 every time

May 12 2006 at 2:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhiteCaps

CraigO - that jumped out at me when I was watching the episode... David Chase & Co. are not a group to put wasted lines in the show... she asks Tony about the wine - I said - "wait isn't she pregnant?" ... which makes me think - that either she lied to Chris and she's all part of Chris' downfall (which has to happen after the Adrianna thing... even though I'm a huge Chris fan)... I wonder if Chris' character is sort of like an Achilles (brave, tough, full of himself, but flawed) - and this will bite him too... I also wonder if she's a FED... glad to see someone picked up on that.

May 11 2006 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dom

Come on, now! 1. It's perfectly acceptable, healthy even, for a pregnant woman to have a moderate amount of wine, look it up. 2. I'm fairly certain no undercover agent would ever go so far as to actually marry their perp. This is The Sopranos, not Guiding Light.

May 11 2006 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JMG

Hi,

Does anyone know the song that is played at the end of this episode (when the credits are shown)? It is not listed on the official HBO website and elsewhere.
I like it very much, so i hope you can help me with this...

You can send me an email: m.gause(at)gmx.de

THX
JMG

May 11 2006 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
babbo

Yes that's a reach!
but the girlfriend/wife that just sauntered in from center field confused me a bit. I'm thinking that she can't be a Fed only because she is a weak link?

May 10 2006 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BobbyBuz

In two scenes we see Chris' weaknesses take hold of him. In the car with the dope. He couldn't control himself and took the stuff. At the restaurant with Tony. I'll set limits for myself (yeah right) and at Tony's urging he drinks the wine. CM is weak and his weaknesses will be his downfall.

May 10 2006 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CraigO

Is it just me, or did Christopher's new girl tell Tony he was right about the wine tasting fantastic? So she's drinking while pregnant? Or was this a continuity error? Or was this a nod to future revelations that she's not really pregnant and has been working with the FEDS all along to get Christopher and will eventually cause Christopher to turn on Tony cause the FEDS found the russian in the woods and he's been out to get them ever since? Ok, that might have been a reach. :)

May 09 2006 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
babbo

Stop with the moral posturing already, MANAGIA!
Listen, you mean to tell me that watching Artie bash that P.O.S. like he did after the credit card scam didn't make your blood circulate better? C'mon, man!
Even when Tony and Christofah bonded while ripping off the wine from those 'faccie di cazzi' Viper Gang and then Chris nailing the guy with a bullet, wasn't like a good old fashioned Cowboy shoot 'em up? Yes! And to the 'middle class' guys who watch it, that is escapism in its purest form.
That is why we watch. At least that is why I watch. I hope Vito/Vince chokes on a tall stack or something else so I don't have to see that finocchio ever again!

May 08 2006 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob M.

Has every major character on the show this season depressingly illustrated a failure to behave in a free, independent manner? Christopher is prey to substances, AJ is unable to break free of his dad, Vito is subject to his sexual needs, Paulie cannot break the bond with his "mom," and Tony is pulled back from death, which he was about to welcome. And on and on. . . . . Interesting that big, tough mob guys--uber individuals who theoretically exist outside of established social order in order to create their own chaotic system--aren't all that tough and individual. No wonder Tony was ranting about the lack of smoked turkey in the fridge last week--hell, he might have a baguette in his pants 24/7, but he's lost the cajones he had in the past to do what he wanted to do rather than worry about his wife. Some tough mob guys. Silvio is hitting the albuterol like he's on the pipe. These tough guys have lost their edge. Worse, no more is it ironic that the mob is living in the suburub and possibly corrupting it--they're corrupted by suburbia, going middle class and soft. In the end, we are all without free agency, sucked into the boring abyss of the middle class. It's not the show this year that's boring and unchallenging but, for me at least, the incredibly sad recognition that if the mob can't beat the middle class system, what hope is there for the rest of us?

May 08 2006 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

First off, there is no better show on TV right now. The episodes this season may not be laced with as much violence as previous seasons, but they still deliver with top-notch writing, and outstanding performances. A true Sopranos fan watches for the intricacies of daily life in the modern day mob. For those critical of the lack of blood, there's always the Spike channel or "When animals go bad". Let the rest of us enjoy the in-depth analysis that no ther show comes close to conveying. The fact is, each season and each episode offers something unique and thought-provoking. And unfortunately with the end of the Sopranos, HBO has yet to come up with anything half as worthy to fill its shoes. A show like this comes around once every ten years - enjoy it while it lasts.

May 08 2006 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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