The Sopranos

Season 2 Episode 11

House Arrest

3
Aired Unknown Mar 26, 2000 on HBO
8.7
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Tony's lawyer advises him to act like a civilian for a while, but Tony grows bored by the lifestyle. Melfi uses alcohol to numb herself to Tony's visits. Junior seeks female companionship during his confinement, while Richie disobeys yet another order from Tony.

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  • The subtlties make this show!!

    8.5
    Yes, i agree. The scenes with Junior were lacking excitement- hell they were boring. What makes The Sopranos the great TV show it is though, is the character progression in each and every episode.

    Junior began the episode feeling embarrased wearing the sleeping mask, using shallow pick-up lines on his young blond nurse and lying to an old friend about his house arrest. In many ways Junior was still living the life of a younger man, an egocentric man, not properly come to terms with his age. While he is chasing a very young, gorgeous nurse and sending her bottles of champagne, an elderly woman his own age is offering him pasta and pushing for a friendship. The symmetry of these two relationships are very clever and telling. Junior avoids this woman up until he comes to terms with his age, vulnerability and house-imprisonment through getting his wrist trapped in the sink for 6 hours. This is the turning point for Junior. He lets go of any hope with the younger nurse and tells the truth of his house arrest. The transformation is complete in the final Junior scene, where he falls asleep on the couch with his new elderly friend and she places the mask on his face for him. *Note: Earlier in the episode Junior states, 'You know how i feel about feet,' expressing his awkward feelings towards bunyons and probably feet in general. In the last scene when the two elders are watching TV, Junior falls asleep with his feet on his new elderly friends lap as she massages The progression is obvious for Junior in this episode. To some degree Junior has let go of the character traits of men younger to him and accepted his fate as an elderly man.

    Its the intricacies that make this show so great and it is packed to the brim with metaphors, comparisons and symbolism.moreless
  • Review

    9.1
    I think this show would do better if it didn't try to fit 55 minutes of information into every single episode of the show. I find myself loving about 35 minutes of the drama in this show, but the other 20 minutes is just random filler stuff that I dont care about. Like Junior and his new girlfriend type thing that has been coming over to see him. That doesnt omve the plot forward and how is anyone that watches the show supposed to connect with Junior enough to want to watch him in any scene without another major character in it. The scenes with him in it were my major grips with the episode. The parts with Tony were well done, like usual. Its funny to see his progessiveness since Season 1 - where he wasnt really much of anyone and now here he is the new boss of everything. It was interesting to see him try to stay away from the mob releated business in this episode. The final two episodes of the seres are bound to answer a couple of the questions that have been on everyones mind all season. Richie? BP and the cops? Where is this all heading, it needs to start now is all I know.moreless
  • Great Drama Show

    8.5
    With all the trouble Tony is into past and present, I am not surprised when his lawyer tells him to start playing the normal civilian for awhile. The look on his face is what most of us have to endure day in and out with our lives. I can only imagine the sheer boredom Tony faced when switch from the exciting life of sitting at the Bada Bing club to a desk job. The depression and the anxiety can take a toll on anyone. I like the way he relieves his boredom by sleeping with the secretary on his office desk. The storyline between Richie and Tony is starting to heat up. The more defiant he gets the more interesting the show becomes.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

Matthew Sussman

Matthew Sussman

Dr. Douglas Schreck

Guest Star

Will McCormack

Will McCormack

Jason La Penna

Guest Star

Joe Lisi

Joe Lisi

Dick Barone

Guest Star

Jerry Adler

Jerry Adler

Hesh Rabkin

Recurring Role

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich

Dr. Elliot Kupferberg

Recurring Role

Federico Castelluccio

Federico Castelluccio

Furio Giunta

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Tony: You don't sell that shit around those routes, you hear me?
      Richie: I'm workin' with Junior on this.
      Tony: I don't give a shit if you're workin' with Wal-Mart. Knock it the fuck off.

    • Tony: (to Richie) Don't give me your fucking 'Manson lamps.'

    • (A garbage driver has dumped garbage outside a complaining customer's mini-mart)
      Richie: You called to complain yesterday? That's our policy, it's written on the side of our trucks. Double your garbage back if you're not satisfied.
      Siraj: I complained because you didn't make full pickups on 12/16 and 20, and then I get charged double!
      Richie: Yeah, we had to come out twice. (laughs)
      Siraj: You charged me for pickups you missed.
      Richie: My dispatcher asked you: if you're not satisfied, did you want your garbage back?
      Siraj: Of course I don't want garbage back!
      Richie: Then you're satisfied!
      Siraj: You're talking shit to me.

    • Tony: You know we're the only country where the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed in writing? Do you believe that? A bunch of fucking spoiled brats. Where's my happiness then?
      Dr. Melfi: It's the pursuit that's guaranteed.
      Tony: Yeah, always a fucking loophole.

    • Tony: (to Richie) I fuckin' hate the way you make me ride you!

    • Bobby: (on Catherine) She seems all right.
      Junior: What the hell would we talk about? Bunions? You know how I feel about feet.

    • Junior: I'm not a cat. I don't shit in a box.

    • Dr. Melfi: Some people take pleasure in the simple doing of things.
      Tony: The things I take pleasure in, I can't do.

    • Neil: The feds are a business, Anthony. Millions of tax dollars invested in watching your ass. Sooner or later, just like you, they're going to want a return on that investment.

    • Livia: It's not easy being abandoned, is it?
      Junior: Look to yourself.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music in this episode:
      "Disco Inferno" by The Tramps; "Gotta Serve Somebody" by Bob Dylan; "More Than a Feeling" by Boston; "Space Invader" by The Pretenders; "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" by Johnny Thunder

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