The Sopranos: Walk Like a Man
As much as I like hearing what the New York family is up to, I've got to say it was pretty nice to have them pretty much out of the loop for a week. We got hit with a few big surprises this week, the earliest of which seemed to be the rug being pulled out from beneath Tony's visits to Dr. Melfi, but it wasn't to be. That said, A.J. seems to have some work cut out for him, Christopher is making life tougher for everyone around him, and Tony's looking to bank some support with the feds. Where this train will stop, no one knows. All I know is, as rough as we might have started off this season and seeing a few bumps along the way, I'm becoming more and more convinced that we won't be disappointed.
As mentioned earlier, I was really almost bummed out to see Tony's introductions to Dr. Melfi when he sat down with her early in the show. I really thought he was going to walk on her, but thankfully, his son's potential suicide situation (I can't believe I just wrote that) kept him coming back to the chair for more. While I'm happy to see him staying in therapy, I'm for some reason realizing how tense the discussions have become between doctor and patient. Is it as simple as her frustration with having him there, as she had discussed earlier this year, or is she just sick of it all as far as how her life has been affected since having Tony as a patient?
Christopher, seemingly right as rain when it comes to staying on the wagon, fell off, and hard. He had been such a hardass about Paulie's attitude and the boys' comments about his drinking - or lack of it - but after letting it all out in his AA meeting, he still went off and had a drink with Paulie. Yet again this season (is this the third time now?) we got the slow-motion treatment, this time with Chrissie seeing the boys laugh at him when Paulie joked about Christopher's daughter working at the club as a stripper one day. Obviously that was the firecracker that made Christopher jump out of his seat, but never did I ever think things would end the way they did with that situation. Popping Tim Daly's character? Wow. What I'm not sure is if that was just a defensive measure after hearing the reaction about Christopher being in the mafia, and what happened with Ade, and more, and he just snapped, or he realized that he couldn't dig himself in any more holes, and that by blurting out anything about the family, he could go the same way? Maybe it was a combination of both, frankly.
As an aside, between commenters here and some of my friends, everyone's been asking where Artie Bucco is. In fact, one person asked me tonight howcome JT had to get the bullet in the head, and not Artie for some apparent reason. While I don't side with that idea (I kind of like Artie), he is someone I'm hoping at least gets to make a guest appearance before the show's end.
But forget about missing characters, let's talk about A.J. for a bit. Sure, he managed to turn around a bit, and I'm guessing it wasn't just about the stripper on his lap after all, was it? I'd say there's a good chance he will get into the family business, and that could make for a good opportunity for a show ending, no? Either that, or he's going to get himself in a lot of trouble with the company he's keeping in the fraternity and gambling biz. It's a strange world we live in where a mother comes to grips with the fact that his father knows best by letting the kid go off and drink, hang out with a bunch of gambling college students, and go to a strip club where she knows some shady stuff is going down.
As far as the slippery slope that all the boys live on throughout this series, what are the odds that Christopher's outlashing at the end of this one is quickly followed up by either the police getting involved or Tony wanting to keep a possible loose cannon off the streets as part of his crew? And speaking of the authorities, funny to see that Tony didn't mention who "the people" were that he was speaking with when he gave the Feds the information about his Muslim pals from the Bing. Although there, I don't think it was for sure that he didn't want to tell Christopher what was up, as maybe the younger man figured it out on his own.
I'm going to give this week a six. I loved the ending (even though this show runs about as much of a full timeslot as Entourage these days), and think we got to see some great interaction between the Sopranos themselves.
And, it's almost time for the predictions to start rolling in from you all, and I'll throw out a few of my own here. I definitely think that Christopher will leave the living by season's end, but there's the possibility that it could be on his own volition. A.J. could become one of the younger members of the Jersey crew, especially if he starts becoming part of the hit crew that's bringing in big dollars from the college circuit.
Does anyone think there's any merit to wondering why Meadow's mystery date was being kept on the down low, or is that just a storyline that will sit on the sidelines, if only to show A.J. fitting in as the younger brother as the family sits down for a late meal all at once? Finally, while a true showdown of wits - or bullets - seems like it has to happen between Phil Leotardo and Tony Soprano, that's too easy of a solution for what ails the families, no? I think both of those crews will live on to fight another day, but I don't think that they'll be made up of the same main characters that they currently have, especially on the West side of the Hudson.
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