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The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 5

Another Toothpick

Aired Unknown Mar 25, 2001 on HBO
out of 10
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188 votes

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Episode Summary

Bobby's cancer-ridden father comes out of retirement to do a hit. Meanwhile, Junior is given some unpleasant news about his medical condition. Tony's racism again boils to the surface when he has a run-in with a black cop. Artie explores his feelings for Adriana, while Carmela participates more actively in Tony's therapy.moreless

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  • Review

    A very long episode that came across in a very boring way, which is surprising considering all the mafia stuff that was going on in this episode. I thought Junior having a big portion of the episode was a problem. Similar to Livia in the past, I dont think many people can connect with Junior and scenes he is in tend to come across as boring. He also opposes Tony a lot, which makes me not really want to see him on camera all that much. This episode seemed like bits of pieces of a bunch of storylines instead of focusing on just a few. I think Tonys crew needs to get more involved in the writing process of the show to pick up a third season that is trying to pick up a theme for the season. There really hasn't been one to this point and this season seems to be a random assortment of mini plotlines without tying back into anything. Nothing was made of Jennifers rape in this episode, which makes last episode look like nothing more then a standalone episode. Things have to drag over from episode to episode in order for me to have an attachment to them. Why bother have someone rape her if the guy will never been seen of again. Im making a lot of assumptions but coming off the best episode of season three this was not the episode I wanted or expected to see.moreless
  • OK episode!!!

    Well, this show has accustomed one with a lot of outrageous scenes of violence and/or sex...This episode was no exception...When Bobby "Bacala" Sr executes his godson and another guy, this scene is very violent and bloody...Artie feels very depressed when Adrianna quits the restaurant, and he even has a powerful argument with his wife, possible going to a divorce...Tony is fortunate enough to escape the danger that the microphone placed in his house by the FBI represented, when his daughter takes the lamp...Junior discover that he has cancer, and he let's those around him know...Tony and Carmela go to Dr. Melfi for a session , but this backfires when they begin to argue and to blame each other.moreless
Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton

Officer Leon Wilmore

Guest Star

Erik Weiner

Erik Weiner


Guest Star

Michael Variano

Michael Variano


Guest Star

Matt Servitto

Matt Servitto

Agent Dwight Harris

Recurring Role

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Father Phil Intintola

Recurring Role

Frank Pellegrino

Frank Pellegrino

Frank Cubitoso

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Vito: He's gonna be a vegetable, Tony—a fuckin' retard!
      Tony: No, he's gonna be fine.
      Ralph: Well, look at the bright side. He wasn't that smart to begin with!

    • Junior: This Mustang Sally's a tough kid. What if things don't go your way?
      Bobby Baccalieri, Sr.: If they don't, they don't. What the fuck? I'm dead anyway.

    • Tony: Why don't you grab us some coffee?
      Jackie Jr.: What? Are you kidding?
      Paulie: (menacing) Better yet, go to the ear, nose, and throat department. Get your hearing checked.

    • Tony: (on Bobby Baccalieri, Sr.) He's really sick?
      Junior: What do you want? He's smoking Camels since he was in short pants.
      Tony: Lung cancer? Ah, fuck! Madonn'.
      Janice: Another toothpick.

    • Vito: I may be upset, but I know how to keep my mouth shut.
      Ralphie: Unless, of course, there's a salami sandwich around.

    • Dr. Melfi: Anthony's attacks, how do they make you feel?
      Carmela: Well concerned of course, helpless. A little frustrated maybe.
      Dr. Melfi: With your inability to help him?
      Carmela: To tell the truth I was referring to your inability to help him.

    • Dr. Melfi: You're both very angry.
      Tony: (sarcastic) Yeah, you must've been at the top of your fuckin' class!

    • Carmela: You know what, Tony? Maybe you should explore your own behavior. Maybe you pass out because you're guilty over something. Maybe the fact that you stick your dick into anything with a pulse. You ever consider that as a "root cause?"

    • Carmela: After 19 years of marriage I find it very sad that we have to pay someone to teach us how to interact.

    • Tony: (to a drunk Artie) No wonder the food sucks. You're supposed to cook with the wine, Artie.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Vom Tod gezeichnet", meaning "The Stamp of Death".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Breathless" by The Corrs; "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker and the Gliders; "Shuck Dub" by R.L. Burnside; "Sister Golden Hair" by America; "The Genius After Hours" by Ray Charles