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The Sopranos: Moe N' Joe

by Tom Biro, posted May 15th 2006 12:08AM
Sopranos - Moe N Joe
(S06E10) If there is one thing that this show is consistent about, it's that the characters are almost always underhanded and working an angle. Vito's looking to have some love in his life, but he doesn't want to have to work for his money. Janice is out for Janice. Tony's boredom from last week has flowed over into this week's episode, and he's putting the screws to Carmela by not really helping her with her spec house. Hell, Johnny Sack from prison is working an angle to get some cash through Tony, and he doesn't want Phil involved. All shockers, I'm sure.

The other big question is to whether more - or less - people have gone to therapy since this show has been on the air. I mean, if it's cool for big time mob bosses (oh, wait, waste management employees) to go to therapy, then it has to be cool for lawyers, technical writers, call center personnel, and us bloggers, right?

With the screws being put to Johnny while he's in the can, er, the slammer, he's making quick decisions with regard to the cut that Tony is going to take with the New Orleans thing, the sale of his house to Janice Soprano, and what he'll give up so he can cop a plea. Man, when you plead guilty and still get 15 years plus you lose like $4 million + of your $5 million something in overall net worth, that's just harsh. And don't those government guys work fast, snagging the Maserati that Christopher bought from Ginny for $25k from his illegal parking spot on the Hudson. Do we expect any random evidence to come out of that vehicle before it gets auctioned? I'm hoping not, as it'd be a random plot line to go down, but you never know.

One of the other things I caught was the cuts that were used in this week's episode being either a) humorous or b) obnoxious. Okay, maybe it was both. I mean, showing Bobby's train churning along and going into a tunnel just seconds after Vito and Jim get together in bed. There were more, but that's what stuck out most to me. I was honestly surprised at Vito's decision to walk from his comfy spot in New Hampshire, but I guess the work was getting to him. But more shocking than that was his decision to drive back to Jersey, where nothing good can come of it, which he has to know. The car accident, shortly after he takes a swig just as a State Trooper passes in front of him, was an added twist that again, might come back to bite him, but could just be a casualty of the show.

With Bobby getting hit in the eye with shrapnel, just inches from losing his life, you'd have thought Janice would be more concerned about things. Of course not, she's more concerned about what kind of carpeting she should put in the Sacrimoni house, or at least what she "can afford" right now. Tony is clearly pissed at Bobby, even more so than I had originally thought, because he only "helped" out Bobby and Janice because it was convenient to do. He really doesn't seem like he would have cared if Bobby had died, but we may see some departures from other characters in the next few episodes or next season. With Vito showing back up on the scene, Paulie getting a form of cancer he thinks is taken care of, and Christopher having fallen on hard times with regard to heroin that one time, there's plenty of opportunity.

What I'm looking for next week: to see if the New York crew drops the fact that Johnny said he was associated with La Cosa Nostra, if Ginny becomes more of a wreck, and if Carmela decides to go looking into what really happened with the inspector and her spec house. We didn't get to see AJ at all this week, but he's at least in next week's previews, so maybe there will be some more ideas about what kind of job he can get. As for Meadow, if she isn't getting deep sixed by Fin, then I'm not sure what's going on. Sure, it could be cold feet, but after he had to rat out Vito to the boys, he seems to have changed a bit. It'll be interesting to see if Fin and Vito bump into one another next week, as that probably wouldn't end well.

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It is 12 episodes this season, and 8 more in January, and then that's it.. Where does that guy David427 say there's 2 more left? I think this season has been pretty good. I like that Tony is more Human than he has ever been, altho he didn't get with Juliana he did let the stripper go down on him? So whats that about? Is it because he missed Carmela when she was in Paris?

May 31 2006 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just got to seeing this last night and wanted to comment on the "glacial pace." it's true on the one hand, but character development has always been one of the main, if not THE main draw of the show.

certainly wish more had happened, but that's only because there are only 2 shows left.

May 19 2006 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's funny is that I'm not as liberal as the next guy, but the politcal asides have been done in a pretty entertaining way, so I don't mind them. "Helluva job you're doing there, Brownie" was one of my favorite lines of the year.

May 17 2006 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would be fine with the glacial pace of the show if there weren't just two shows left until January. Give us something to make us say, Wow. Anything. Is any of this going to pay off in the last two. I sure hope so.
And although I agree with his opinions, it appears as though David Chase has taken this season to espouse his social and political beliefs, what with the gay storyline and Katrina themes. That's all well and good and again I'm as liberal an elistist as the next guy, but up until now, The Sopranos lived in their own little world and we liked it that way.

May 17 2006 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm waiting for Carm to get midevil on Angie, sooner than later I hope

May 16 2006 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think we will see tony realize he is really Kevin Finnerty, who is James Gandolfini's real life stunt guy.(if you remember when the monks slapped tony, and he fell over the baggage cart, the one that took the fall was kevin finnerty. i think in the last episode tony will really wake up from the coma, these episodes were all a dream sequence, and he realizes he is a nobody, and everyone will gather around his bed and he will say, there is no place like the bing, there is no place like the bing, and his real wife, who is julianne margolis is by his side, and paulie is the janitor, mopping the floor up. and the 3 monks are there with a bialy wrapped in tin foil. but due to his memory loss he cant remember if he left the oven on or off, so he calls the nurse in, who is really carmella, she tells everyone they have to leave visiting hours are over, and he hops up on tony, and pleasures him back into the coma

May 16 2006 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Umm, next season? This season is the end of the series. Of course we've been hearing that since season one. Chris's one time bout with Heroin, did you miss the Ben Kingsley episode? Like the degenerate Chris is he's back sliding fast.

May 16 2006 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Hager

I expected to see Chris swipe a bag of Mother's Day gifts from the gate of the Hilton Estate.


May 16 2006 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


you answered your own question
what business does a watcher of "24" have watching The Sopranos

Your TV viewing sensibility still needs further evolution for you to comprehend the delicate intricacies of character development, and fully appreciate the brilliance of the show

keep watching your cops and robbers or is it freedom lovers and camel jockeys.

May 16 2006 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chris' wife is with the feds... the wine comment last week showed she might not be pregnant... this week - how else would they track down the car? someone had to tip them off? could it be the "wife?"

May 15 2006 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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