The Sopranos

Season 1 Episode 7

Down Neck

4
Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1999 on HBO
9.1
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After A.J. is suspended from school for drinking sacramental wine, Tony begins remembering his own childhood days when he learned of his father's unique lifestyle. Livia learns of her son's therapy during a visit from A.J.

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  • Great work as always.

    9.2
    Very different episode from the first six episodes is it gives great insight to what Tony's Sopranos childhood was like. I liked how the consistency how is mother is from when he was growing up to the present time. It shows how his father used his sister when Tony thought she was getting preferential treatment. Through the course of the episode he learns how his father is in the Mafia and how certain choices are made where its passed on to him. When Tony thought his father was arrested and not coming home, he was very surprised on him showing up at home. Great work on the sets with the vintage cars and costumes.moreless
  • Not one of my favorite S1 episodes, but still a great hour of television drama. The flashbacks give some interesting exposition, but focusing on Johnny Boy and Livia's early days took too much screen time away from the present-day characters for me.moreless

    8.9
    AJ gets into some trouble at school, setting the stage for lots of enlightening background material on Tony's own formative years. The silence of his father on the nature of his "real" business, Johnny Boy's caustic relationship with the formidable Livia, the sibling rivalry between Tony and Janice, and young Tony's relationship with a younger, virile Uncle Jun are all explored handily through flashbacks which take up much of the episode. The rest of the episode is spent establishing the numerous parallels between Tony and AJ; their antisocial and criminal tendencies, their underachieving personalities, their damaged psychological profiles. The ice cream sundae-making party Tony and AJ share at the end is also instructive, as they are depicted basically self-medicating with copious amounts of ice cream and whipped cream. "So, my son is doomed, right?", Tony asks Melfi at one point. Unfortunately, Tony, the answer is yes. Equally unfortunately, so is his father.moreless
  • Review

    9.5
    I actually liked this episode a lot, as it showed how Tony basically became the man he now is. The flashbacks of him as a child and how he learned about the Mafia were done very well by the producers - his father never introduced him to the business himself, it was something that Tony found out by himself. His father was very much like he is now - not wanting his kid to become the man he is. The non-Tony flashback parts to the episode were interesting, yet there still needs to be a little more mafia based storylines. Earlier on in the season the family storyline was always the filler storyline and the mob was the main storyline. Now the family has the main storyline and the mob has sort of taken a back seat. Even still, this was still one of the best episodes of the season thusfar - with the viewers getting to see how Tony came into the business.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

Laila Robins

Laila Robins

Young Livia Soprano

Guest Star

Rocco Sisto

Rocco Sisto

Young Junior Soprano

Guest Star

David Beach

David Beach

Dr. Peter Galani

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Joseph Siravo

Joseph Siravo

Johnny Soprano

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