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The Sopranos

Season 5 Episode 4

All Happy Families...

Aired Unknown Mar 28, 2004 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Tony and Carmela quarrel after A.J. spends a wild night in the Big Apple. Tony is forced to make a decision about Feech when he continues to overstep his bounds. Carmela finds a romantic interest in A.J.'s guidance counselor, while the war in New York claims its first two casualties.moreless

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  • Lorraine Calluzo gets whacked by Johnny Sack, Relations with Sack and Little Carmine bitter, Tony doesn't want to get caught in the middle. A.J. goes out on a night on the town, and gets his eyebrows shaved off and face glued to a hotel room carpet.moreless


    Definitely the best episode of the season so far, and one of the best episodes of all time! Definitely makes my top 15 or 20 episodes of all seasons. Features excellent plot points, from AJ getting super glued to a rug during a party, to the surprise and savage hit on Lorraine Calluzo, to Feech La Manna going to back to prison on account of Tony (not to mention the clever way Tony got him there.) This episode definitely leaves doors open for the rest of the season, and I hope next week’s episode is half as satisfying as this masterpiece from new Sopranos writer, Toni Kalem (who played the role as Angie Bonpensiero, ’s wife.) The only downside of this episode is Lorraine Calluzo going so soon. It would be interesting to have the only female Capo to ever be introduced on the show, play an important part in the season. But, oh well. I guess David Chase (the creator) has his reasons.

    Overall Grade: A

    Ranking in season: # 3 / 13

    Ranking in series: # 14 / 65moreless
Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor


Guest Star

Adam Rose

Adam Rose


Guest Star

David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth


Guest Star

Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent

Phil Leotardo

Recurring Role

Joseph R. Gannascoli

Joseph R. Gannascoli

Vito Spatafore

Recurring Role

Max Casella

Max Casella

Benny Fazio

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • A.J.: (excited) Mr. Wegler says I might be learning disabled!

    • Parole Officer: Is that a garage?
      Feech: (sarcastic) Nah, it's where I make weapons of mass destruction.

    • Tony: What do you get when you cross an accountant with a giant jet airplane? A Boring 747.

    • Dr. Melfi: (reading from Tony's note) "I apologize for my use of foul language." (to Dr. Kupferberg) Fowl, with a "W".

    • Feech: Let me kiss the ring.
      Tony: How about the one in the center of my ass?

    • Tony: (on A.J.) I told this kid to start crackin' the books.
      Carmela: Was he supposed to do that after he got back from the Nets game you took him to on a school night?
      Tony: It's gotta be hard for him this situation with us. Why don't you cut him some slack?
      Carmela: No, that's your department. I get to be the prison warden over here while you indulge him with the iPod, the drums...

    • Carmela: (about Tony B.'s twins) They will probably go through their entire lives not knowing that their father's sperm was smuggled out of jail to get Nancy pregnant.

    • Ginsberg Great tax loophole, those SUVs. Told all my clients, write it off on your business.
      David Lee Roth: I used to be able to write off condoms.

    • Carmela: At least I have friends.
      Tony: What the fuck's that supposed to mean?
      Carmela: You just have a bunch of flunkies.

    • Artie: Fuck Major League Baseball! Ever since the fucking strike. Let's watch ballet.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Lauter glückliche Familien", meaning "Nothing but Happy Families".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Beat Connection" by LCD Sound System; "Canzone Nepolitana" by Peitro Leguani; "Charge" by Southern Music Library; "Ciao Sicilia Mia" by Angelo Petisi; "Gee" by The Crows; "La Petite Mer" by Thierry "Titi" Robin; "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" by Edison Lighthouse; "Moving in Stereo" by The Cars; "Nobody Loves and Leaves Alive" by The Lost Boys; "Simon Tov" by The Starlight Orchestra; "Trouble" by Roscoe; "Who Knows" by Jimi Hendrix

    • Toni Kalem joins Michael Imperioli as an actor turned writer for the series. She authored this episode, but also plays the recurring role of Angie Bonpensiero.

    • John Pleshette takes over the role of Dr. Freid from Lewis Stadlen.

    • Frankie Valli joins the cast as Rusty Millio. Ironically, Valli is previously mentioned by name and his music is heard in the episode "Christopher".