The Sopranos: Moe N' Joe
by Tom Biro, posted May 15th 2006 12:08AM
(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.