The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 11

Cold Stones

6
Aired Unknown May 21, 2006 on HBO
9.0
out of 10
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Carmela gets a new life philosophy while in Paris with Rosalie; Meadow decides to move west with Finn; rising health insurance costs give no-show jobs new importance; Phil keeps demanding Tony take out Vito; Tony delivers an ultimatum to A.J.

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  • Move over Valium...there's a new sleep inducer in town!

    5.9
    Oh...My...God...what a boring episode. I wanted to enjoy it. I really did. But watching Carmella walk around snapping pictures in Paris and waxing philisophical and reflecting on the finer points of her life was like going to Aunt Ruth's house to watch her slide show of her latest trip to the Grand Canyon!



    I nearly lapsed into a coma!



    The 2 death scenes redeemed the show somewhat, though I thought the Vito death was a bit anti-climactic after such a LONG build-up. I did like how Phil literally "came out of the closet" just before Vito died though. Was this symbolizing Phil's own hidden homosexual tendencies? Is that why he had to be so vocal about his disapproval of Vito's lifestyle? He saw him as a reflection of himself?



    I dunno...and honestly I don't really care. The Vito story went on way too long.



    As far as the other death, who the h eck was the guy who died? There are so many damn characters in this show now that I can't remember who the hell is who anymore. I barely recognized the big fat slob who died so I didn't really care about seeing him get stabbed to death. It just seemed sort of contrived.



    The AJ story is going on too long. Lord, Anthony, be the big fat mob boss that you are and kick AJ's ass so we don't have to put up with him any more.



    All in all, a boring, catatonic snooze of an episode.



    Now, all you hardcore Sopranos fans who can't admit that every episode is anything less than absolutely perfect, go ahead and click the old disagree button.



    Then, go back and watch any episode from season 1 or 2 and see if you remain convinced that this season is anywhere near as good as those classics! I'm sorry...Carmella slugging around in Paris for 30 minutes of the show just doesn't compare to Paulie and Christopher lost in the frigging woods...not even close!moreless
  • More good plots? Fugeddaboutit!

    2.0
    I don\'t understand at all why everyone seems to be loving this season so much. Seasons 1-3 were great, and we may not want to admit it but 4 and 5 were noticeably declining in quality. Still enjoyable at times, but definitely not the same anymore. As for Season 6...it has been a steaming pile of crap about 90% of the time. It\'s just been horribly dragging on with the same few plots that are not moving the series along in any direction, especially considering this was supposed to be coming to an end. We get to spend several hours watching Tony in the hospital. If this had actually been the end of the series maybe there would have been a point to this, but it was extremely obvious that he was not going to die, so why do we have to sit through several hours of the \"oh no will he be ok?\" crap? Not only that but the whole point seemed to be once he woke up that he was going to be changed forever due to his experience. Yeah. He hasn\'t changed at all. It was completely pointless. Then we get to sit through another 5 hours of oh what will happen to the gay mobster??!?! Here\'s a hint. THEY KILL HIM!!! what the hell did you think was going to happen to him?? This could have been interesting if they didn\'t drag it out for so many episodes when we all knew how it was going to end yet again. and then there\'s this episode...what the hell?? did they really think those were good scenes with Carmella?? did they sit there and plot out \"hm let\'s have Carmella go to France and stare deeply at statues. oh and we\'ll film it in real time so you can sit there staring at the statue with her. in complete silence.\" yes that\'s not at all boring or awkward. great job guys. the writers had a chance to end this show well, but clearly they have chosen to simply cash in on the name some more. I know a lot of you will think \"oh but it\'s not just about the mobster stuff and violence\" or \"it\'s a DRAMA show, that\'s what\'s happening real life drama things!\" or blah blah blah. you know what? it\'s A SHOW ABOUT MOBSTERS. yes there is drama, but it needs both. that\'s what made it such a success in the first place. good writing and characters and fun action moments. take away one or the other and it\'s just another typical show. and the drama only works if things actually happen. if I wanted this kind of crappy \"oh no problems at home with the uppity kids\" drama I would go watch the WB. Please just whack Tony already and put us all out of our misery.moreless
  • No wonder I watch the show!

    9.3
    The show is getting great and still the best show

    On HBO despite the cursing, language, and sexuality and that I will be saddened when it leaves for good next year.

    But better to go out on top if you ask me.

    Carmela goes with Rosalie on a vacation while Tony deals with the mafia and his own family!

    Great acting and writing!
  • Vito gets reamed, meanwhile Carmela takes a trip to Paris. How is this related?

    9.1
    I guess it is not related, although I am sure that there is imagery in the Paris trip that relate to the things back home, such as the neon pig that Carmela photographs. Overall, I am not sure why the Paris trip is so important to the plotline that it should take up so much time in the episode. However, I feel it was nice to see Carmela out of New Jersey and I can't help but feel that her character will be changing real soon in some way.



    AJ being forced to work construction is a neat twist. The AJ character is now being forced to grow up, and we all know that he is a chip off the old block. I can see that his progression to become Tony will accellerate now.



    As for the killings in this episode, finally all the blood-thirsty fans of Sopranos have something to celebrate. However, I am not one of those. I like to see some action in every episode, but I also enjoy the deep character development that occurs in The Sopranos.



    It was good to see the Vito character finally get whacked. The alternative lifestyle storyline was too much for me and it had gone on too long. If I want a story of love between two men, then I will watch "Queer as Folk"... and of course I do not watch that show.



    Vito's murder was brutal and it is a good thing they did not show the actual murder, as being reamed by a pool cue is not something that makes for good TV. Watching Vito's children read the newspaper headlines in the aftermath was heart-wrenching. This is what Sopranos is all about.... they will have a storyline about a homosexual mobster, and they will have him brutally killed and in the end they focus on his kids. If you were wondering what type of show this is, this says it all.



    What does the next epiosde hold? Will there be more bloodshed? There is certainly going to be a threat of more bloodshed as the New Jersey and New York familes are setting up for a huge war.moreless
  • "I walked in on AJ and I saw him giggling on the computer typin away in some little chitchat room talkin to some other fkn jerkoff. I just wanted to slam his fkn face into it."- Tony Sopranomoreless

    9.2


    Woooo what an episode. It ranged from Tony finally realizing how spoiled A.J is and finally doing something to keep him out of future trouble, to Carmella finally getting a chance to finally unwind in Paris away from the struggles of her half retarded son (A.J), to an upcoming war between New York and New Jersey. Let me start with Phil Leotardo who I once respected in Season 5. He showed that he was all walk and all talk by threatening and destroying those friends of Tonys that stepped in his way of looking for Tony Blundetto. But this season, he has crossed the line by killing a made man even though it was going to be dealt with by Tony the next morning. It was done by Phil only to build his pride as well as to gain more respect and fear from others. That only shows us fans that he is only out for himself and will go against anyone to do so. Too bad Johnny Sach is no longer able put Phil in line, so in that case he may be the next one as Boss for New York. Also Carmella's trip to Paris that supposedly gave her an enlightened look on life and a new beginning will finally be crushed when they left her in the last forshawdowing scene where she was washing his clothes. Possibly going to discover Tony's infidelity left behind?? Who knows. Onto A.J we see that he feels that Meadow is leaving him behind in having a life by moving away, but will not cross his dad when giving him a job. It was finally great to see the end of the Vito situation even though it was stretched to too many episodes. However, the directors did a great job in having some episodes the gang not to dwell on riding Vito. Now Tony is stuck with the problem of whether he should back his crew for killing Phil's guy or to play the "I donno what happened "card. With only an episode left for this season, we can only see a mob war occuring.moreless
Elizabeth Bracco

Elizabeth Bracco

Marie Spatafore

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Lenny Venito

James "Murmur" Zancone

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John Costelloe

John Costelloe

Jim Witowski

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Arthur J. Nascarella

Arthur J. Nascarella

Carlo Gervasi

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Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo

Adriana La Cerva

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Patty Leotardo

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