The Sopranos

Season 2 Episode 9

From Where to Eternity

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Aired Unknown Mar 12, 2000 on HBO
9.0
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Tony starts the hunt for Matt and calls on Pussy for a favor. Paulie gets nervous when Christopher brings him a message from beyond. Carmela asks Tony to get a vasectomy, and Melfi starts to regret allowing Tony back on her couch.

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  • A bit less serious than usual episodes but still works for me.

    8.5
    I like the writers for their creativity. I like they put a little bit of science fiction and make it actually work with a serious dram like the Sopranos. The issue of the after life affects us more and more when we get older. With Paulie its no different. The messages he gets from Chris are humorous and serious at the same time. One cant not laugh at the interpretations and Paulie's actions that follow. The demands of Carmela to Tony about getting a vasectomy is also a bit on the humor side. As a guy I cannot picture something getting cut down there.moreless
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    8.4
    I thought it was a very poor follow up episode to the events that happened in the last episode. I was so excited for the episode following the scene in the hospital where Tony and the entire group were sitting next to Christopher. The scenes with Paulie Walnuts in them seemed boring and kinf of dragged on, to tell the truth. His visits to the phychic didn't really advance the plot at all and I dont see this doing anything to the storyline for the final four episodes of the season. Last episode was a turning point in the series, with Christopher getting shot and being put in the hospital. The events of that episode was something I thought would carry onto the rest of the season, but that isnt the case here. This episode basically was the conclusion to the previous episode, with the other man who shot at Christopher basically saying it was a solo operation and nothing more. The ending seven minutes of the episode between Tony and Carmella finnaly getting into it with each other and Tony and BP shooting the other kid were the only real highlights of the episode. Even the scenes with Christopher in the hospital were slow for me. I dont understand why this episode has the high rating, it doesnt deserve it over a couple of the high powered episodes of this season.moreless
David Proval

David Proval

Richie Aprile

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

Brian Aguiar

Brian Aguiar

Jimmy

Guest Star

Seth Barrish

Seth Barrish

Doctor

Guest Star

Michael Cannis

Michael Cannis

Detective #2

Guest Star

Jerry Adler

Jerry Adler

Hesh Rabkin

Recurring Role

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich

Dr. Elliot Kupferberg

Recurring Role

Lillo Brancato Jr.

Lillo Brancato Jr.

Matt Bevilaqua

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Paulie: There's no denying it, I'm dragging a bunch of fucking ghouls around with me and Mikey is their fucking ringleader.
      Tony: Paulie, think about it. You whacked a bunch of heavy hitters in your time. Do you think they're going to join together and follow that prick Mikey?

    • Tony: (about a vasectomy) Well whatever is down here is God's creation. Isn't it a sin to undo the good work he's done?
      Carmela: Well you should know. You've made a living of it.

    • Tony: (to Carmela) You're only religious when it suits you.

    • Dr. Melfi: (to Elliot on Tony) I'm living in a moral never never land with this patient. Not wanting to judge but to treat. But now I've judged, I took a position Goddamn it and I'm scared.

    • Tony: (to Matt) That sugarless motherfucker, it's the last fucking drink you're ever gonna have.

    • Dr. Melfi: (on Christopher) Do you think he'll go to hell?
      Tony: No. He's not the type that deserves hell.
      Dr. Melfi: Who do you think does?
      Tony: The worst people. The twisted and demented psychos who kill people for pleasure, the cannibals, the degenerate bastards that molest and torture little kids. They kill babies. The Hitlers. The Pol Pots. Those are the even fucks that deserve to die, not my nephew.
      Dr. Melfi: What about you?
      Tony: What? Hell? You been listening to me? No, for the same reasons. We're soldiers. Soldiers don't go to hell. It's war. Soldiers they kill other soldiers. We're in a situation where everyone involved knows the stakes and if your gonna accept those stakes you gotta do certain things. It's business. Soldiers. We follow codes, orders.

    • [Carmela's prayer for Christopher]
      Carmela: Gentle and merciful Lord Jesus, I want to speak to you not with an open heart, an honest heart. Tonight I ask you take my sins and the sins of my family into your merciful heart. We have chosen this life in full awareness of the consequences of our sins. I know that Christopher's life is in your hands and his fate is your will. I ask you humbly to spare him and if it is your will to spare him, I ask that you deliver him from blindness and grant him vision and through this vision may he see your love and gain the strength to carry on in service to your mercy.

    • Paulie: You didn't go to hell. You went to purgatory, my friend.
      Christopher: I forgot about purgatory.
      Paulie: Purgatory--a little detour on the way to paradise.
      Christopher: How long do you think we've got to stay there?
      Paulie: That's different for everybody. You add up all your mortal sins and multiply that number by 50. Then you add up all your venial sins and multiply that by 25. You add that together and that's your sentence. I figure I'm gonna have to do 6,000 years before I get accepted into heaven and 6,000 years is nothin' in eternity terms. I can do that standing on my head. It's like a couple of days here.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Verflucht in alle Ewigkeit", meaning "Damned for Eternity".

    • Michael Imperioli makes his writing debut in this episode. He would go on to write other episodes, including "The Telltale Moozadell", "Christopher", "Everybody Hurts", and "Marco Polo".

    • Music in this episode:
      "King Nothing" by Metallica; "My Lover's Prayer" by Otis Redding; "Use Ta Be My Girl" by The O'Jays

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