The Sopranos

Season 1 Episode 2

46 Long

7
Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1999 on HBO
9.0
out of 10
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307 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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Christopher and Brendan take some initiative in a truck hijacking, but their plan backfires when it angers Uncle Junior. Tony's crew does a favor for A.J.'s science teacher. After one too many accidents, Tony forces Livia to move into a nursing home against her will.

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  • Well written episode that follows the pilot perfectly

    8.1
    What an awesome episode. I didn't realize that in the pilot episode there was actually no one killed. We were shown some of the workings of the mob in this episode. The sit downs, the tribute and gangster hierarchy were some of the terms used. Some things that you only read about were actually in the screen play. We were shown a lot more of Tony's mother and the relationship with her son. One line which was used a lot was taken from Godfather in which Al Pacino's character said "Once you thought you were out, they pull you back in." That is such a classic line that was used so well. Once again well written episode.moreless
  • Christopher and his meth addict friend Brendan Filone start hijacking trucks. Tony sends P*ssy and Paulie to find AJ's Science Teacher's car. Livia crashes into her friend and his forced to move into a Retirement Home.moreless

    8.8
    Personally, I love this episode, basically because of it's weird storyline. I mean come on, who wouldn't want to see Christopher hijack trucks or Livia crash into her friend Fanny. All I have to say is that I had some problems with this episode because it really didn't have anything to do with Carmela. Carmela is a great character, she is someone you could relate to if you're husband was a panic attack ridden capo. This episode marks a storyline that P*ssy would complain to later in the season (don't worry, no spoilers). One scene to really poke fun of and laugh is when P*ssy and Paulie are buying some expressos and Paulie is mad when he finds out that Americans are making lots of money off "Italian Drinks." He then steals some items from the shop. Paulie is such a great character. I only wish they had snippets of humor like that later in the series.moreless
  • Review

    9.0
    I both loved and hated some of the scenes between Tony and hsi mother. Some of the scenes seemed a little filler quality and then some of the other ones seemed like they really needed to be there. Shes in the nursing home now, so maybe her arch of airtime will get a little smaller as the show moves on into the more serious and compelling story archs that Im ready to see Tonys gang move in to. I thought the shooting and killing of the driver was a good twist, just to show how frustrating things can be when they go wrong. Nothing really big happened in this episode, but Tony is still adjusting into his characters role it seems. When Tony yells he is a little off, but hopefully that will change as time goes on and he gets more used to the role of his character. Overall a very good episode, I thought it was a step up from the pilot.moreless
  • 8.4
    Much better. This episode gets going into some story lines and starts to make you enjoy this show. This episode is also imbued with a surprising amount of humor. Brendan, besides being a screw up meth head, totally looks like Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber with that terrible Ceaser haircut. The idiot bartender that can't for the life of him figure out that phoneline is hilarious as well, and finally Paulie's outrage at Starbucks for stealing Italian culture, so much so that he rips off one of their trinkets. Hilarious. The senstive side of this episode is Tony finally having to commit his mother to the "retirement community" because she's totally helpless, almost burning her house down and then running over her best friend by accident. I dunno, this didn't pull at the heartstrings so much just because it was so cliche. You start out with a black live-in nurse who the elderly lady accuses of stealing, then that person leaves. Check. Cliched plot point number 2: Elderly lady while trying to back up accidently hits the gas instead of the brake and hurts/kills someone. Check. Cliched plot point 3: Elderly woman refuses to speak to anyone after she's committed to the "retirement community", but not before telling her stressed out son how he might as well just kill her. Check. So, this is a good episode with some humor and some engaging events, but the attempted tear jerker ending: pass.moreless
  • well written

    8.5
    pretty funny. especially when they went looking for the guy who stole tony's son's teacher's car. turns out the dude is gay and is about to bang some black dude. the black guy has no clue what is happening but ends up forced to help his buddy out for stealing the car. anyways, tony's mom gets put into a retirement home after almost burning down her house and hitting her friend after she forgot to put the car in reverse.moreless
Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Tony Sirico

Tony Sirico

Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri

Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli

Jackie Aprile

Guest Star

Johann Carlo

Johann Carlo

Bonnie DiCaprio

Guest Star

Debrah Ellen Waller

Debrah Ellen Waller

Perrilyn

Guest Star

Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Mikey Palmice

Recurring Role

Anthony DeSando

Anthony DeSando

Brendan Filone

Recurring Role

Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo

Adriana La Cerva

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Arnaz: We ain't saying shit until there's an attorney present.
      Pussy: (puts gun in Arnaz's mouth) Well, go ahead. Make a statement. I got fucking Johnny Cochran right here!

    • Tony: (after hearing sound quality on DVDs is better than other media) Good, 'cause nothing beats poppin' up some Orville Redenbacher's and listening to Men In Black.

    • Christopher: What about the dead guy?
      Tony: You keep prodding him with a stick. You light a candle to Saint Anthony. But I think you're fucked.

    • Brendan: (on Tony) It's like not only does he shit on our heads; we're supposed to say thanks for the hat.

    • Tony: (to Mikey) It's too bad they don't have a telethon for fuckfaceitis. They find a cure yet?

    • Jackie: Maybe I should name a successor.
      Tony: This day and age, who wants the fucking job?

    • Tony: (on Livia) She's a little old lady.
      Dr. Melfi: Not to you. She's very powerful.
      Tony: Bullshit.
      Dr. Melfi: You accord this little old lady an almost mystical ability to wreak havoc.

    • Tony: (to Georgie) You and my mother are like two peas in a pod. She can't master the phone either, but she's 70 years old. What's your fucking excuse?

    • Dr. Melfi: Sad is good, unconscious isn't.

    • Tony: It's more like a hotel by Captain Teebs.
      Livia: Who's he?
      Tony: A captain who owns luxury hotels or something. I don't know.

    • Tony: Hey Mikey, how's the boy?
      Mikey: What boy is that Ton'?
      Tony: The one you sleep with.
      Mikey: Oh.
      Tony: I'm just kidding.

    • Livia: (Tony brings her flowers) I'm not dead, unfortunately for some.

    • Livia: I phoned your house. Some operator answered the phone. I couldn't understand a word she was saying.
      Tony: Ma, how many times do I gotta tell you, that's not an operator, it's an answering machine.
      Livia: Oh fancy, fancy.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Verwandte und andere Feinde", meaning "Relatives and Other Enemies".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Bop Hop" by Brooklyn Funk Essentials; "Chica Bonita (Levante Las Manos)" by Artie The 1 Man Party; "Instrumental" by HBB Zino feat. Human Beatbox; "Party Girl" by Ultra Nate; "Piel Morena" by Thalia; "Symphony #3, Op. 36' (Gorecki)" by Dio; "This Time" by Richard Blandon & The Dubs; "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum; "Battleflag" by Lo Fidelity All Stars

    • This is the only episode to feature a cold open.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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