The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 4

Employee of the Month

5
Aired Unknown Mar 18, 2001 on HBO
9.2
out of 10
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Ralphie introduces Jackie, Jr. to the muscle end of his business, which doesn't go over well with Tony. Janice gets in over her head with the Russians when she won't back down in her feud with Svetlana. Johnny Sack moves to New Jersey.

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  • "What's the other guy look like?"

    8.5
    This was a high 8.5, high for Lorraine Bracco's performance as Dr. Melfi. Her brutal scene earlier and her final scene with Tony were very powerful. However, in its less hooking stories, especially the ones with Ralfi, The Sopranos seems to be spending Season 3 moving pawns. Ralfi seems like a retread of last season's story with Richie, except that Ralfi's insubordination isn't as alarming. Richie, Ralfi--they even sound the same. So I mean, what, are they gonna do this insubordination story every season now that Tony's boss? Because I won't be interested until it's Christopher making trouble. Anyway, I'm sure it will all come together, but for now I'm not as invested overall as in previous seasons.moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    Well that will jumpstart your season in a hurry. Very intense and very unexpecetd episode from the writers of the Sopranos I thought here. The rape of Jennifer added another layer to the show as she really stepped up in this episode and took a dominant portion of the episode for us to really get to know her character. It reminded me very much so of the kinds of episodes Christopher used to get with his writing storyline before he was made last season. I would have loved if Jennifer had told Tony why she started crying at the end, I think that would have been good for the storytelling in terms of the future episodes. But with plenty of time left in season three Im not going to say that they will never get back to it. The theme of the season isn't abudently clear yet, but the new mob boss moving from New York to New Jersey has got Tony wondering about the future of some things. Ralphie is also causing him to raise an eyebrow. Neither man has come on as strong as Richie Aprile did in season two, but I can see the beginnings of a story arch beginning to devolop here. Great episode overall though, hope to see the storylines created in this episode continue on into the rest of the season.moreless
  • Wonderful episode!!!

    9.5
    Man, this episode was special...THE rape scene of Dr. Melfi was hardcore, and i found it rather disturbing even for me, though i like this show...but then again this are the main scenes on which is based on...And i must admit, that i don't know weather to admire Dr. Melfi for letting that monster escape, or to pity her for her lack of self-respect...But i bet she felt very powerful, knowing that with only one phone call, she could get the guy guilty for her state executed...Johhny Sack moving to Jersey, and Janice getting beaten up for her involvement with the Russians are the main plans on which this award-winning episode is built.moreless
Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

Joe Pantoliano

Joe Pantoliano

Ralph Cifaretto

Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Tony Sirico

Tony Sirico

Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri

Zabryna Guevara

Zabryna Guevara

Clerk

Guest Star

Traci Godfrey

Traci Godfrey

Edwina Fowley

Guest Star

Gary Evans

Gary Evans

FBI Tech #1

Guest Star

Katalin Pota

Katalin Pota

Lilliana Wosilius

Recurring Role

Maureen Van Zandt

Maureen Van Zandt

Gabriella Dante

Recurring Role

Jason Cerbone

Jason Cerbone

Jackie Aprile, Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jackie, Jr.: (on Noah) Don't worry Ton'. I won't say anything about the mulignan.

    • Tony: Who was that?
      Carmela: That was your therapist.
      Tony: (glances towards maid) Why don't you just announce it on 'FAN?!

    • Jennifer: (to Richard) You should've seen the look on your face when you heard the fucking shitbag who did this to me was Italian.

    • Paulie: Ginny Sacrimoni: she needs her own zip code.
      Gigi: Jersey is a small state. She moves in. She could tip it over.
      Furio: I like a woman you can grab onto something.
      Paulie: You grab onto Ginny Sacrimoni your fucking hands will disappear.
      Silvio: She's so fat her blood type is Ragú.
      Paulie: She's so fat when she goes camping the bears have to hide their food.
      Tony: When Ginny hauls ass, she's got to make two trips.
      Gigi: Two guys could fuck her at the same time and still never meet.

    • Dr. Melfi: Richard was right. I've been charmed by a sociopath.

    • Tony: (on Dr. Melfi's "accident") That's what's wrong with the world right there. An innocent person is driving along minding their own business when some fucking asshole comes out and smashes into them.
      Dr. Melfi: You can't control everything that happens.
      Tony: But you can get pissed off.
      Dr. Melfi: And then what? Lose control?
      Tony: Who said anything about that? You direct your anger where it belongs.

    • Johnny Sack: (chuckling) Whoa, the guinea welcome wagon.
      Tony: (offers gift) This is for you, you piece of shit.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess were nominated for the Writers Guild of America, USA, award for their work on this episode.

    • Music in this episode:
      "Americano" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra; "Chanchullo" by Ruben Gonzalez; "Fisherman's Daughter" by Daniel Lanois; "I Don't Make Promises (I Can Break)" by Shannon Curfman; "Love Rollercoaster" by The Ohio Players; "Oops, I Did it Again" by Britney Spears; "Speedo" by The Cadillacs

    • This episode contains one of the most intense scenes of the series (the rape of Dr. Melfi.) Lorraine Bracco did not use a double for this scene and injured her shoulder while shooting it.

    • In 2001, this episode won two Emmys for 'Outstanding Makeup for a Series' & 'Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series'.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • After getting dressed down for getting Jackie, Jr. involved in mob business, Christopher complains, "The life is good enough for me, but not for Little Lord Fuckpants?" playing off the name of the title character of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 children's novel, Little Lord Fauntleroy.

    • The song Janice is attempting to play on her electric guitar is the opening rift from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.

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