The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 18

Kennedy and Heidi

4
Aired Unknown May 13, 2007 on HBO
9.2
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The Soprano and Lupertazzi crime families quarrel over asbestos removal; Tony deals with a problematic associate; Paulie suffers a devastating personal loss; A.J. questions his friendship with Jasons Parisi and Gervasi.

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  • Didnt see that bombshell coming

    10
    The Soprano and Lupertazzi crime families quarrel over asbestos removal; Tony deals with a problematic associate; Paulie suffers a devastating personal loss; A.J. questions his friendship with Jasons Parisi and Gervasi. Ok i saw it eventually coming but not like this. Yes i am talking about possibly the most important part of the series where heartless bastard Tony Soprano finally shows the audience that he is a real mobster and therefore a monster with no value for human life. James Gandoflini's acting in this episode was superb and the whole episode was masterly made, the whole episode i wanted tony to show some emotion and some regret over ending Christopher's life(which was horrible the way it came) but kudos the writers really made us hate tony after this episode. Tony even said to Carmella that he thought that she said that she was relieved that he was dead and told Dr. Melfi that he is relieved, he then went to Vegas to get away from everyone elses mourning which he finds inconvenient. Paulies mother also dies and everyone turns up for Chris' funeral instead except a brief cameo from Carmella and Tony, i thought that it was funny that even in death Chris and Paulie clash because of the funeral attendance. Overall ground breaking great episode.moreless
  • Tony was justified in killing off Christopher.

    9.7
    Tony said so many times in this episode why he snuffed out Chris. It was because Chris turned into a weak drug addict and as such, became a threat to rat out the mob. In the previous episode, Chris even suggested doing so the night before to J.T. Dolen (Tim Daly). On top of that he callously killed Dolen because Dolen didn't want Chris to confide in him things they would both regret. Mob killings are usually planned out and given consent. Instead, Chris became a loose cannon indulging in his addicted moods. Tony's mob instincts were right and a step ahead of everyone, as usual.



    I think the writers wanted to make it plain that Chris most likely would have survived had Tony not intercepted because Carmella talked as if the hospital was surprised he didn't live. The hospital concluded Chris drowned in his own blood when in reality he was suffocated. So the writers were making it plain Tony murdered Chris. Although to watch the blood spurt out, it looked as if he would have succumbed very soon. Perhaps Tony wanted assurance Chris died before the ambulance arrived.



    I was wondering how the writers would be able to off such a beloved character, and yet they ingeniously pulled it off. Taking advantage of an accident-fantastic! Carmella's response when she first heard the news was perfect. Everyone was in character and it was all well done. Great episode!



    I also like the misunderstandings Tony and Chris had. After getting a bunch of flack about how the movie "Cleaver" mirrored his own situation with Adrian, Tony thought Chris still had misgivings or believed the two actually had an affair. After Tony calls it out to Christopher, to get things straight with Tony, Chris made J.T. Dolen claim it was his idea. Dolen told the guys he got the idea from the movie "Born Yesterday." After seeing Dolen's black eye, Tony knew Chris had put him up to it. And after seeing the movie, Tony thought Chris saw him as the Harry Block blowhard character. It hurt Tony's feelings that Chris would perceive him in such a way. And it would also explain why Chris seemed to be avoiding him (although the real reason was because Chris didn't want to be around alcohol.) So many misunderstandings so beautifully interwoven! So much like life.moreless
  • I can´t belive it.

    9.3
    Is it true? Is he realy dead? are they joking? He can´t be dead. Is the show gonna be any good without him? Will he return for some crazy reason? I was shocked when Cristopher died in this episode, he was i think my favorite character, he brought mutch of the fun and humor of the show. He was overall a verry nice character, who was played for 8 years by the superb (underrated) actor Michael Imperoli (Goodfellas (Spider)). The acting was unusualy good, i love Edie Falcos reaction when Tony tells her that Cristopher is dead. But nothing else hapened other than that Cristopher died. So the episode was filled with strong dialouge and great writing.



    RIP Cristopher Moltisantimoreless
  • As Everyone knows...this whole episode is about Christopher's death and those suffering around him.

    9.1
    Before I get to my review, I just want to say that I really hope 'The Sopranos' gets an Emmy for whatever it's nominated for including 'Best Drama.' Sure, the show is gone and many shows to come have better chances, but this show really suffered in that category. For a show like this, it's hard to believe it only won the award once, in it's Fifth Season. The show never won in its first, second, third, fourth, and sixth seasons, even though every season is stellar. I have to say, what is House and Boston Leagal doing in that category. Sure, House is a great show, but I only watch it to see what Hugh Laurie will do. As far as I'm concerned, some of its stories are problematic and has no continuity. With Boston Leagal, I only saw some episodes and still I wasn't pleased because it's basically like 'The Practice' with a comedic point of view. In my opinion, the three that will really be in the contest is Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, and The Sopranos. Many think Heroes with win, but who knows...



    Back to my review, this episode is nominated for "Best Writing" and is sure to win (Unless of course The Second Coming or Made in America win). In the beginning of the episode, Phil Leotardo, one of the most annoying and hateful characters ever put on the series, complains about an asbestos situation. On the ride home, Tony and Christopher crash into a ditch and we learn that Chris was high. He sees that Christopher is in his moment of dying because he's coughing out blood and wailing in agony with his eyes hazed all over the place. Tony suffocates him by holding his nostrils together.

    In this episode, I really hoped that Tony died because of what he did. Sure, Christopher deserved it but at least Tony should've gave him a chance and let the Hospital handle it and deal with it later. In some episodes, Tony doesn't show his emotions until the end (his emotions about his mother's death in "Proshai, Livushka). In this episode, we learned what kind of person Tony really is, a man of emotion, not really, and hate. As far as I care, Tony shouldn't have done that.moreless
  • This one completley had me hooked but a few things were kind of wrong.

    9.5
    This episode just had me hooked, with the wonderful acting, and that feeling is coming back that something bad is about to happen. There are some things that bothered me though.



    One: Chris died tragically but not in the way I or others thought. Come on this is Chris were talking about, you would think some gun fight, come on this is the mob world. I'm glad though that everyones sad reaction to the news was perfect, how could they not mess that up. It's still painful to hear the words Chris is dead, but it's happened.



    Two: Tony and that girl in Vegas (forgot her name) dragged on a bit. I just wanted to know where this was going and it went places and led up to a perfect ending (that desert scene you know) but it was all chit chat and some stuff said with inner meanings. All together though, this is an episode I want to talk more and more about. That asbestis crap being dumped into the lakes though, that got to me.moreless
Daniel Baldwin

Daniel Baldwin

Himself

Guest Star

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Skiff

Guest Star

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Sonya Aragon

Guest Star

Arthur J. Nascarella

Arthur J. Nascarella

Carlo Gervasi

Recurring Role

Denise Borino

Denise Borino

Ginny Sack

Recurring Role

Joe Pucillo

Joe Pucillo

Beppy Scerbo

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Episode Title: Kennedy and Heidi are the names of the girls in the other car Christopher swerves to miss at the start of the episode.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Christopher: Regarding Phil, I gotta ask. Whatever happened to "stop and smell the roses"?
      Tony: You're right. You're right. You can't fight every fucking battle, right? Asbestos! (long pause) Each day's a gift.
      Christopher: Every time I look at my kid, that's what I realize.
      Tony: And that shit with Junior? Please! It's just that people like Phil, they're not on that page. They'll take those roses and stick 'em up your ass, thorns first.

    • Christopher: Frankly, Ton', I'm thinking maybe we should meet Phil's number.
      Tony: Why?! I think that would set a terrible precedent right now—just bend over? When he just became boss of the family over there?
      Christopher: Yeah, well that's the flying ointment. Even still, I say let him have it. Life's too short.
      Tony: It's also too short to live it as a fuckin' lackey.

    • Tony: (to Dr. Melfi) Truthfully? I've gotta sit with people who are hurt, bad. And I've gotta have the long face and the sighing and the platitudes. But I don't feel it. And that makes me feel like a hypocrite. And that makes me mad at them.

    • Tony: You alright?
      Paulie: I know I had my differences with that kid, but maybe I didn't do right by him, neither. If you were his dad, I was his Dutch uncle. And what the fuck did I do but get pissed off, fight with him over cocksucking, fucking money? And break his balls when he tried not to have a drink or a little taste of snow.

    • Carmela: It's so hard not to think of Christopher as a child, isn't it?
      Tony: Caity kind of looks like him, which makes it doubly hard. Course, that not going to do her any favors when she hits puberty—that schnozz.

    • Dr. Melfi: How are you doing, Anthony?
      Tony: There've been some hard moments. But a weak, lyin' drug addict, who fantasized about my downfall, who even showed people his filthy thoughts on a movie screen... Let me tell you, I've seen friends die before: accidents, even murder. My cousin, Tony, they shot his face away, and I was fucking prostate with grief. But this?
      Dr. Melfi: I see.

    • Tony: Can you make me a cappuccino? That fucking machine from Paulie, you need a pilot's license.

    • Carmela: (on Christopher and Adriana) He could never let himself take her life. Why are we so quick to blame? What is the attraction in that?

    • Tony: You know what? This is bullshit.
      Dr, Melfi: What?
      Tony: I haven't been able to tell anybody this, but I'm fucking relieved.
      Dr, Melfi: Really?
      Tony: He was a tremendous drag on my emotions ... on my thoughts about the future. To begin with, every morning I wake up thinking, "Is today the day one of my best friends is gonna dime me to the FBI?" And a weak, fucking sniveling, lying drug addict? That's the worst kind of bet. The biggest blunder of my career is now gone.

    • Tony: Why don't you let go of the old shit and be a businessman? You got everything you want!
      Phil: Not everything.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Kennedy und Heidi".

    • Though credited, Dominic Chianese does not appear in this episode.

    • Music: "Space Invaders" and "The Adultress" by The Pretenders; "Are You Alright?" by Lucinda Williams; "Comfortably Numb" by Roger Waters, Van Morrison, The Band; "Outta my Head" by M. Ward; "Get it Crunk" by Lil Flip; "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington; "Minas de Cobre (For Better Metal)" by Calexico

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