The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 16

Chasing It

5
Aired Unknown Apr 29, 2007 on HBO
8.4
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Maria Spatafore requests help from Tony for Vito, Jr.; Tony's bad luck puts a rift between him and Hesh; A.J. makes a major choice regarding his future.

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  • Another good episode of the season.

    8.3
    There was nothing realy special about this episode, nothing important realy hapened, Tony just helped out Vitos son, but realy what´s wrong with the son? he paints himself in the face, he... well... in the shower. I mean, his father would realy hate to see him like that. There where of cource good writing and acting as allways. Sopranos may be one of the best Shows ever, but if all episodes where like this... it would still be great, but not at all as good as The Sopranos realy is. It´s a overall good episode, but nothing specil, so my rating is 8,3.moreless
  • If you are looking for an action-packed whackfest, look elsewhere-you're not going to get that with this episode. If, however, you can appreciate tight plotting, crackling characterizations, and meticulously crafted dramatic tension, this is a must-see.moreless

    8.6
    I must confess, I was initially somewhat disappointed with this episode, as I have been with a couple of the other installments in Season 6B. The problem- my expectations. Given that there are only 9 precious episode in this final half of the final season of The Sopranos, I had high hopes for the action ante to be upped in a madly paced dash to the finale, by which time all dangling plot points would resolve themselves, coming together with a satisfying click. One tiny problem - that has never been the way this series operates.



    So, this episode characteristically continues to focus on the things that The Sopranos has done with excellence for so many years: brilliant writing, loaded with symbolism, and powerful acting by an ensemble cast at the height of its powers. The episode documents several events, which, while not seemingly crucial to the overall story arc of the series, are definitely in keeping with David Chase’s well-known M.O. of telling a story his way, viewer expectations be damned. We witness Tony on a losing gambling streak, which confuses and frustrates him (at one point, he confides to Carmela that he figures he is “up” as far as cosmic karma goes, since he survived what should have been a fatal gunshot wound). So why isn’t he winning? Meanwhile, Tony’s relationship with Carm is strained by a vicious argument, and Dr.Melfi even confronts him for missing appointments. T’s relationship problems continue, as Hesh ill advisedly drops a hint about Tony paying him back the $200,000 bridge loan. Tony’s reaction is to make Hesh the butt of anti-Semitic jokes and to puckishly shove the vig (interest) on the loan in Hesh’s face, even though Hesh had specified that it was an interest-free loan. Hesh’s swan song ends on a heartbreaking note.



    Vito Jr. is having his own problems dealing with the embarrassment of his father’s death and notoriety, so he gets down in the dumps (literally) in one never-to-be-forgotten shower scene. Tony and Phil each try separately to provide some surrogate fatherly advice to the kid, only to trip over their own interpersonal ineptitude. Phil, by the way, is officially made head of the New York Family, and is serenaded by none other than Nancy Sinatra, to whom the years have been less than kind. Tony eventually decides to have Vito Jr. sent to a boot camp-like program, where he will hopefully get his sh*t together (sorry, couldn’t resist).



    Speaking of little t*rds, AJ proposes to Bianca, who nervously accepts, only to change her mind and abruptly dump (there’s that word again) AJ entirely. He sinks into a deep depression (and I’m not talking about rolling over onto Tony’s side of the bed, either).



    As the episode ended, I remember feeling a distinct sense of dread. There was no one particular scene I could associate it with, just the whole of the work really left me with the feeling that something bad is about to happen in this fictional world, to one or more of these fictional characters who I have come to know as well and love as much as many real people in my life- and even more than some other real people I know. Now THAT is brilliance!moreless
  • •Tony the losing gambler. •Carmela sells her Spec House, •Phil, a new Don, a new day. •Hesh has a bad episode. •FBI concerned over the Arab gentlemen who used to frequent the Bing. •Vito’s son’s dark turn. •One very unnemoreless

    7.0
    Well, what is there to say this week about our favorite Roman descendants other then “eh, it was ok”? No action to be found this week, and very little interaction between New Jersey & New York. For starters Carmela finally sells her spec house to none other then her cousin Brian, the investment adviser, and his wife. Needless too say Carm’s feeling pretty good about herself, and other then her obsessive fears about the corner cutting her Dad did building the house she’s on a high note, but more on that later. Phil has a nice little party in New York, you know one of those it’s good to be the king kind of party’s, and who else would be there to serenade the new Don none other than Nancy Sinatra because what would a mob show be without a Sinatra or a Sinatra reference in it. Like many fans I sit around wait for the action to begin, and unfortunately this week like one too many others before it of late was quite disappointed in this regard. The only action we got to see was Tony gambling, more gambling, losing, more losing, and losing big! The one thing that is always been made clear in this series is how Tony regards gamblers, I mean hey great for business, but as a lifestyle Tony regards those who don’t know when too stop as degenerates. The very thing that Tony loathes is exactly what he mirrored this episode by constantly “chasing it”. Remember back in “Season 2” the when Tony’s friend Davie had gotten in deep debt with Tony which eventually lead to a “Bust Out”, resulting in the loss of his business, his family, his friends, and Davie ended up moving out to Las Vegas in the end. So, it was surprising to watch him dig this hole deeper, and deeper into debt which resulted in him owing his friend Hesh $200,000 when all was said and done. Of course this made things awkward between him and Hesh when Tony didn’t pay him back as quickly as Hesh expected, and Tony coming over to visit him made for an awkward situation when Hesh confided to Tony that he thought Tony had come to pay him his money. After this Tony seen to be offended at Hesh because he felt uncomfortable with Hesh’s remark over the money which was odd because anytime Tony or his guys are owed money they’re ready to break the person’s knees if they don’t repay them in time. Hesh, unwilling to take the vig from Tony for obvious reasons, but Tony insisted that he take it. Hesh seemed concerned over Tony’s comments toward him that were obviously deliberately rude, and distasteful. Then when Tony showed up at his house with two of his guys to take him to a boat show Hesh deliberately avoided going with them because he was worried considering Tony’s remarks, and attitude. Tony oblivious to Hesh’s fears just wanted to take him to a boat show. It was funny the scene after with Tony and his guys driving away, and Tony complaining how he went out of his way to drive there so that Hesh could to go with him, but can you blame Hesh for worrying with Tony still owing him $200,000? Nonetheless Tony’s gambling was the sore spot of this episode, and how it affected those close to him. Tony going so far as to try and get Carmela to take the money earned from the sale of her spec house to bet on a game which resulted in a huge argument between her and him. Needless to say we could hypothesize why Tony did what he did with gambling, maybe you could say that he was looking for big pay off, or looking for adventure, or temporary insanity, but more than likely Tony was just doing it to do it. His life is about risk, and insulating himself makes him feel out of the game in many respects, so maybe it’s just that edge and the willingness to step right up to it win or lose does he still have it? Is Tony still wanting too stay in the game no matter what the cost, or is it coming clearer that Tony isn’t willing too lose it all? The fact that Tony was willing to attempt to sway his wife into gambling and risking the money she earned certainly isn’t something off the radar of Tony’s scruples, but Carmela wasn’t sharing in Tony’s reckless behavior. She may’ve turned a blind eye in the past yet she has seen one to many times what happens to the women of high profile mob figures when the husband is gone. Carmela’s faith in Tony’s reassurances that she’ll be taken care of in the event Tony is killed, or imprisoned, died off quite some time ago. Tony’s tirade after she refused to take part in the bet certainly reaffirmed too herself that she was doing the right thing, and that she needs to continue to have verifiable assurances that she would be ok in the event of Tony’s demise, whether it be jail or death. Tony’s theory of being way up having survived a gun shot wound is laughable, childish, and further shows the reckless behavior that can be pursued in this type of thinking. What is Tony really chasing more than likely it’s his life in the mob, but Tony’s unwilling too ask himself this question directly so he pushes himself in other ways to test his limits and desire. As for Vito’s son it’s a tragedy but not unexpected with having lost his father who was subsequently humiliated in the process. Sad really because the man responsible for his death is only willing too help as far as buying ice cream, and given the good old time to man up speech, thanks Phil. Tony’s speech wasn’t much better it pretty much along the same lines as Phil’s. Pathetic that Tony so caught up in Tony couldn’t help Vito’s wife like he said he would, and would come up with a cheaper alternative after losing the $100,000 he was supposed to give her to move. As for the shower scene I have know clue who thought that would make for good storytelling, but it didn’t. It was idiotic, and a pathetic poor choice for a scene that was totally unnecessary.

    So we march towards that inevitable “finale”, and with curiosity we endure the mundane in hope that in the end it all ties together thus making it worth the wait. Take care.



    Peace To All.moreless
  • Did I miss something?

    6.5
    This was a very strange episode for me, I did like part of it but hate the other part.

    This episode tells two stories:

    1.Tony starts gambling and get really obsessive about it.

    2.Vito's kid is all massed up.

    I really liked seeing how does Tony the gambler look and act, It was great acting and you could really feel his disappointment and anger after losing.

    The part about Vito's kid is a different story. I don't like this kid, I don't know this kid and basically this kid does not interest me at all. I could not find any reason to tell his story. I have been watching Sopranos from day one and this is the first time I felt like this after an episode. This is more like "LOST" that Sopranos.moreless
  • This is one of the better episodes of the season so far. The decline of Tony Soprano isn't the decline of the show, he's supposed to be an anti-hero not a hero.moreless

    8.8
    I fear alot of people have become so enamoured with Tony's winning streak that they can't face an episode in which he is forced to face his debts.



    This episode seemed to be about debts. Tony's so far in the hole he just keeps digging himself in further. This is symbolic of his decline and that of his 'family', things aren't rosy. He's gambled his life away on the pursuit of money and the high of winning with his criminal lifestyle. I think this episode is a great metaphor for the series. Tony keeps putting his chips on the table and when he wins he takes those winnings and gambles even bigger. Like his criminality his gambling is addictive and consumes him driving him to greater acts of desperation when he loses. As in the show as a whole Tony can't win by continuing down the path he's on, he has to cut his losses if he is to survive.



    The thing is Tony hasn't really learnt this lesson even though he gives Hesh the money at the end demonstrating that he still has some idea of restraint. Tony's downward spiral is inevitable because like Vito Jnr. he is unable to deal with his problems or face his problems. Tony is trapped like Vito jnr., his father died as well and he was expected to take care of the family which forced him follow the path of his father. Tony's problems stem from being trapped into a life of crime where the only rule is survival and the only joy is winning a little more than you gambled and being able to make it back to the table for another round.



    And just like Vito Jnr. Tony will eventually be dragged away to a 'special camp'(prison) for all his misdeeds.moreless
Elizabeth Bracco

Elizabeth Bracco

Marie Spatafore

Guest Star

Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra

Herself

Guest Star

Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny

Himself

Guest Star

Arthur J. Nascarella

Arthur J. Nascarella

Carlo Gervasi

Recurring Role

Carl Capotorto

Carl Capotorto

Little Paulie Germani

Recurring Role

Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro

Brian Cammarata

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tony: Vito was one of us. So he sucked a cock? Prior to that, he was our friend.

    • Tony: I'm very disappointed 'cause you always were a good kid.
      Vito, Jr.: You don't even know me.
      Tony: What is that supposed to mean?
      Vito, Jr.: Sometimes you call me "Carlo, Jr."
      Tony: Look, all I know is I couldn't shut your dad up about what a good kid you were. We were friends, you know.
      Vito, Jr.: Butt buddies?

    • Tony: Marie Spatafore came to see me. She wants a hundred grand to relocate on account of Vito, Jr. already has his own social worker.
      Phil: Patty told me there was doin's. I guess the turd doesn't fall far from the faggot's ass.

    • Phil: You know, I didn't come out here just to buy you a couple of sundaes.
      Vito, Jr.: (dressed Goth) It's a "silo".
      Phil: I don't give a fuck what it is. What the hell's wrong with you? You look like a Puerto Rican whore. You make me sick.

    • Hesh: Did you hear about the Jewish terrorist? He was gonna hijack a plane, but he didn't want to use his miles.

    • Tony: What can I do?
      Marie: It's Little V. The social worker says he just acting out—
      Tony: Social worker?
      Marie: Boy stuff, mostly, but so angry. Although some of what he's being accused of is just persecution. They claim he hung the Petruzzo's cat on their garage door... but it's totally unfounded.
      Tony: Well, you know, in a way it's to be expected, with Vito's passin' and all that entrailed...

    • Tony: (on Jews) You got to hand it to 'em. When it comes to money, hmph.
      Dr. Melfi: In my experience, that's nothing more than an ugly stereotype.
      Tony: Really? I got a friend. Let me tell you, you tie a Kruggerand to a fishing line, you're gonna land him—pfft!—right up on the dock.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • During the ride to the boat show, Carlo mentions an episode of The Twilight Zone where a mobster, "Rocky" Valentine, dies and awakes to find himself in what must be heaven, where he gets anything he wants and always wins. He grows tired of this and asks to go to "the Other Place". He is then informed that this is the Other Place. He's talking about the edisode, "A Nice Place to Visit."

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