The Sopranos: Cold Stones
by Tom Biro, posted May 22nd 2006 1:14AM
(S06E11) It's probably not too often that an actor comes up with a plotline idea for his own character that is not only successful in keeping people interested in the show, puts his tv self in harm's way, and it's a good thing. For those of you waiting to see what would come from Vito's "situation," let's just say, this was what you've been waiting for this whole season. It amazes me to think back to how long ago it was in real time to when Vito was seen by Finn on the construction site, but it's all good now.
If there was anything that this show brought even more to life, it was the "things that irk Tony." We open up to Carm giving AJ the business because he was apparently fired from his job at Blockbuster - three weeks ago - and has somehow been going on $1000 nights hanging out with Hernan and his pals. Outside of that, Vito tracks down Tony at the mall to ask if he can "buy back in" to the family. Tony does more or less what you'd expect, snubbing him and throwing out some insults in the process. Something makes me wonder, though, whether or not Vito would have appealed to Tony's good side had he not brought his brother along for "protection." Between that situation, and the fact that Phil Leotardo and his hairstyled pal continue to drive the Jersey boss mad, it was enough to cause problems that will be felt for awhile.
Vito somehow decides that getting his whole family together and telling his kids that he works for the CIA and might have to go away again for a little while is a good idea. Of course, that was just one of the few steps that would be his undoing. Although, for a moment, his wife seemed like she appreciated the effort he made. Calling one of the boys and seeing if he can get a little more help working his way back into the business was the issue, though. It was pretty clear that he got sold down the river for $20k. It's not exactly thirty pieces of silver, but don't be surprised to see that guy killing himself, or being killed, should anyone ever find out that he sold Vito out to the New York crew. Not that the boys wanted to protect Vito, but with the killing of one of his murderers by Carlo and Sil, trouble has been stirred up.
The promos for next week talked a lot about the family being gone, and having issues. Are we looking at all-out war between New York and New Jersey? Now that Tony's had a little bit of a taste for what he used to be up to - or perhaps just the stripper did - and he's being as raw with his kid as his father (and so on) was with him, things are-a-changin'.
I can't help but think that the constant rehashing of Ade's death means something. I mean, Silvio couldn't have messed that up, could he? Either that, or they're going to find her body. Carm is going to knock down her spec house and start over, what are the odds the girl is somewhere in the foundation? Did you notice that our friend the FBI agent was the cop in France in Carm's dream that was telling her to tell Ade that she was dead? Gotta love that linkage.
AJ might actually grow up, although it took a football helmet through the windshield of his XTERRA to make a point. With Meadow thinking of moving out to California to be with Finn, Carmela wanting to re-do her spec house, and a couple of murders between the local crews, something's got to give. Looks like we're gonna see Julianna Margulies yet again when the season finale rolls up two weeks from tonight, wonder who she'll be involved with ... though I have my suspicions.
Anyone expecting more caskets to need to be ordered when this season comes to a close?