The Sopranos

Season 1 Episode 5

College

4
Aired Unknown Feb 07, 1999 on HBO
9.2
out of 10
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280 votes
5

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Tony takes Meadow to Maine on a college tour. While there, Tony stumbles across an ex mobster who went into the witness protection program after ratting out several of Tony's old comrades. Tony and the mobster begin stalking each other while Tony does his best to hide his activities from his daughter. Carmela receives a visit from Father Phil and the two have a close encounter.moreless

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    6.0
    I really cannot see how this is the number one rated episode up to this point in the season. This episode was without question the worst of the season and is the ultimate definition of a "filler episode" when it comes to shows that have 13+ episodes in a season. Seeing how production for a 52 minute episode can take up to 6 weeks to make, the 13 week rotation needs a couple of filler episodes to take the pressure off of the actors. This filler episode came at a bad time though, as season 1 is designed so much toward adding towards character devolopment that this episode should have been used for that instead of giving us things we didn't care about seeing. The first four episodes set up Tony and how his life was with the mob, while his family was not involved with him that much. In this episode he takes his daughter to see a bunch of colleges, leaving us nothing with the mob side which was so easily devoloped in the first four episodes. Tony has just handed his old bosses job down to his "Uncle", but there is nothing of that in this episode. The storyline of the man at the gas station was also one of the most boring storylines to follow this season. Tony recognizes someone in a gas station from 13 years ago and makes a few phone calls to Chris before whacking him for good. A death on a television show is supposed to be symbolic or for shock value - but where is the shock in killing off a character who we have never seen beore other then the 15 minutes of air time he got in this episode. The only interesting thing of note is that we finnaly see Tony kill someone - in all the previous episode he had someone else do his dirty work, but in this one had offed the guy by himself. The other 20+ minute scenes between Father Phil and Tonys wife (Cam?) were awful. The show is classified as Action Adventure / Drama, yet there scenes seemed to add a Soap Oprah feel to the show. We saw them interact for 20 minutes and then right before they set up a kiss moment which would have put Tony and Cams marriage on the rocks, Father Phil gets sick and makes the 20 minutes of scenes minute and pointless. Horrible episode so early in the Season for the Sopranos team.moreless
  • great story outside of the usual New Jersey area

    8.8
    Tony takes Meadow to Maine to visit colleges to try to get her to stop thinking about going to Berkley. One great moment in the driving sequence is where she asks if he is Mafia. The look on his face is classic. While driving to one of the colleges, Tony see someone who looks like an ex informant who ratted out some of his crew a few years back. The way he tries to hide the way he is chasing him on the highway is a treat. Also the way he still tried to conduct his business in front of his daughter is somewhat funny. I find it funny because Tony for once is all flustered and can't seem to be certain on how to handle the situation. Took five episodes but we finally see a bit of the true mobster Tony really is. Another great installment.moreless
  • Now when "The Sopranos" is over,i desided to review all the episodes... the problem is, i don´t remember every, so untill i get the season boxes i will review the episodes that i remember the best, episodes that have touched me.moreless

    9.5
    College i somehow remember clearly, one of the last scenes when Tone srtangles the guy is actualythe first thing i think of when somebody says: "The Sopranos Season 1". Meadow is going to college, so she and her father (Tony) goes to look which ones are good (i think), Tony is being followed by some guy. Meadow is at a party, and gets drunk. At a motel the "Guy" who follows Tony tries to assasinate him, but failes. Later Tony finds him at his house and kills him. I belive that David Chase wrote this episode, but the direting was done by Alan Coulter. I don´t know if it is oneof my favorites, well maybe it is, but it is allso with no doubt a highlight in the first season.moreless
  • Meadow confronts Tony about his "business" while scouting for colleges. Carmella has a close call with her priest. Tony suspects that he may have found a rat living under witness protection program.moreless

    10
    I have seen every episode of The Sopranos up to date and so far this is the best episode of the entire series. I love the perfect blend of humor (Meadow: Are you in the mafia? Tony: There is no mafia!),seduction (The sexual tension between Carmella and her preist), the relationship between Tony and Meadow,the dangerous game of cat and mouse that Tony plays with a rat as they each suspect each other of being enemies. I thought that the scenes between Carmella and the priest were flawless. I especially thought the conversation between them as they discussed the Last Temptation of Christ was powerful. The conversation abouth Jesus' last temptation perfectly mirrored the same unspoken sexual temptation they had between each other. And the scene when he was administrating communion to her was the most sensual footage of the sacrament I have ever seen. I also am impressed when Carmella discovered that Tony's shrink was a woman, how perfectly she portrays herself. after she hung up there was no need for dialog when you can see exactly what she was thinking in her face. I also think that the relationship between Tony and Meadow showed more insight and to me really immortalized my love for this program. The trust that she showed for her father was portrayed perfectly. When Tony spots the rat that could possibly have betrayed him, his need to Know for sure wheither or not hes the one is very noble. His conversations between Christopher about the situation perfectly portray thier relationship, showcasing Christopher's loyalty and respect for Tony. The suspense of the scenes when Tony becomes the prey is truely suspenseful. When the director desides to show the scene when Tony drunkenly entered the hotel with his daughter from the view point of the assasin, that truely chilling and ingenius. And When they finally show Tony in action for the first time, you know why he is a respected member of the family. When Meadow confronts Tony about the events that transpired he puts a spin on it so convincing that if we didn't see for ourselves what happened we may have never known. And to perfectly end the episode, when Tony confronts Carmella about letting the priest stay the night, she with perfect timing confronts him about the female therapist he didn't tell her about. I aplaud the actors, the director, and the writers for not only creating a flawless episode of the Sopranos but also raises the bar on how powerful an episode of television can be.moreless
  • The first time we see Tony Soprano in action!

    9.4
    I find this episode to be very pivotal for The Soprano series because it is the first time we are able to see Tony in action. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty. We see Tony kill for the very first time and we now know that he is very capable (EX. Pussy, Ralph, Tony B.) but it is here that makes us believe that people should not screw around with Tony. The entire first season did an excellent job of character development but I believe that this episode, College, is one of the most defining episodes for Tony in season one.



    I highly recommend this series.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

Tony Ray Rossi

Tony Ray Rossi

Fred Peters/Fabian Petrulio

Guest Star

Lisa Arning

Lisa Arning

Peters' Wife

Guest Star

Ross Gibby

Ross Gibby

Bartender

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Father Phil Intintola

Recurring Role

Oksana Lada

Oksana Lada

Irina Peltsin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Tony: (to Christopher) You chose this life. You don't wanna work in the rain, try out for the fuckin' Yankees.

    • Tony: I'm in a waste management business. Everyone immediately assumes you've mobbed up. It's a stereotype, and it's offensive.

    • Carmela: (on Tony) I thought therapy was going to clear up the fucking freak show in his head.

    • Tony: One thing about us wiseguys, the hustle never ends.

    • Carmela: I was thinking about when we watched Casablanca last week.
      Father Phil: That new print is great, huh?
      Carmela: You know when Bogie says: "Of all the lousy gin joints in the world why did you have to pick mine." Of all the finook priests in the world, why did I have to get the one who's straight?

    • Carmela: (to Father Phil) Is there a commandment against eating ziti?

    • Carmela: (at confession) I have forsaken what is right for what is easy. Allowing what I know is evil in my house. Allowing my children...Oh my God my sweet children to be a part of it because I wanted things for them; a better life, good schools. I wanted this house. I wanted money in my hands, money to buy anything I ever wanted. I'm ashamed. My husband, I think he has committed horrible acts. I think he has... you know all about him Father Phil. I'm the same. I've said nothing. I've done nothing about it. I've got a bad feeling. It's just a matter of time before God compensates me with outrage for my sins.

    • Father Phil: You know what's remarkable? If you take everything Jesus ever said, add it up, it only amounts to two hours of talk.
      Carmela: No. No, but wait. I heard the same thing about The Beatles. Except it was, if you add up all their songs it only comes to ten hours.

    • Carmela: Tony hates building fires. Here we have this beautiful fireplace and those same three logs have been in there since Lincoln split them.
      Father Phil: Fear of fire. A good deterrent to keep him out of hell.
      Carmela: Maybe there is hope for him.

    • Tony: Maybe being a rebel in my family would have been selling patio furniture on Route 22.

    • Tony: There is no Mafia.

    • Meadow: Did the Cusamano kids ever find $50,000 in Krugerrands and a .45 automatic while they were hunting for Easter eggs?

    • Meadow: Socially, I don't know. This one girl told me there's this saying, "Bates is the world's most expensive form of contraception."
      Tony: Hey, what kind of talk is that? You mean the girls at the other colleges we've been to, they just put out?

    • Tony: (to Meadow) What do you study in India? How not to get diarrhea?

    • Tony: (to Carmela) What did you guys do for twelve hours; play Name That Pope?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The movie Carmela and Father Phil are talking about, with Willem Dafoe as Jesus, is the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ.

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