The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 6

Live Free or Die

5
Aired Unknown Apr 16, 2006 on HBO
9.0
out of 10
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247 votes
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Tony gets help from Italy to perform the hit on Rusty. Vito lams it after his double life is exposed, and Tony must decide his fate. Feeling left in the dust by Angie's hectic schedule, Carmela tries to get her spec house restarted, but faces difficulty.

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  • Worst Sopranos episode I've seen

    7.0
    For one thing, it's boring. That scene with Vito driving to the border just goes on and on. But more importantly, the episode insults the intelligence of its characters. As we know him, Tony Soprano is very smart. His earners all have distinct personalities. But here the script unites them in unanimous, facetless hatred. It's not interesting. It's not revealing character development. It's just boring and small-minded. The more I write about this, the lower I want to rank the episode.



    But I have to acknowledge that some of this is on me. The extreme ***phobia here ("I'd drag Vito behind my fuckin' car right now!"--strong words for a sedan man) belongs to the characters, not the writers, and so feeling personally offended by it makes about as much sense as feeling personally threatened by the onscreen murders. And yet.... Dr. Melfi seemed pretty unperturbed by the danger of Vito's situation, but at least she got some playfulness in. Me, I was just bored.moreless
  • A FAMILY OUTING!!! After being spotted at a gay bar, Vito is outed to the Soprano crew and Tony is faced with a decision to whack him or not and Finn (Meadow's fiancee) is brought into the Bing to testify.moreless

    9.0
    In what is the best episode of the season thus far, Vito is finally outed. And the wise guy's response? Kill that fat braciole sucker, except for Tony who while homophobic still realizes Vito is his top earner and also realizes it's the 21st century, and mobsters maybe should let these things slide. Paulie wants Vito's head on a silver platter (for other reasons added to him being gay) and Phil Leotardo is shocked that his sister would marry a wise guy who is light in the loafers. Vito realizes he's been outed and floors it to a bed and breakfast in New Hampshire, where a lot of comedic genius that the show is subtely known for comes to life. The story switches from Vito in New Hampshire, then back to the family dealing with this issue. This episode features some outstanding dialogue that is constantly riveting, and perhaps one of the most hilarious scenes in Sopranos history where Finn (Meadow's wimpy wannabe dentist fiancée) testifies that Vito mouth-a-fied a security's guard's Italian sausage in the construction site parking lot. Many have not liked this episode, but I can't disagree more. It was different and new and original, but it also was true to the spirit of 'The Sopranos' and captured that stone-cold mobster essence every episode should have. Not the best episode, but it's one hell of a ride. My Rating: 9/10.moreless
  • The writers took some Ritalin

    9.2
    I remember in my last review for the last episode I was going on about how this season was lacking in continuity, I asked, how they are going to wrap up all these events in a nice little package?, I guess the writers remedied their ADD before they wrote this one because this episode shows that the wrapping process has begun, and there is much more development on issues from past episodes from this season. Another aspect of the episode that I noticed is that it is reminiscent of the feeling I had of past Sopranos episodes and seasons, this one brought a much welcomed nostalgic atmosphere of better seasons.



    It was overall pretty good; it took on a more familiar tone for me, unlike the initial episodes of this season. Let’s just say it was a remedy for my home sick feeling of season six of The Sopranos.

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  • The Sopranos: Episode 71: "Live Free or Die"- After this episode, everything is all set to explode into more interesting and violent storylines... at least that's what it looks like. (Spoiler Alert)moreless

    8.0
    I thought this episode was like trying to set the interesting storylines into place for a real dramatic and violent second half of the season. Tony hires two hitmen from Italy to put a hit on Rusty. We don't see that happen in this episode. Christopher is told that Vito is a homosexual. He shares this with Tony who doesn't believe it. Vito flees to New Hampshire when Benny and others visit him. Finn reveals to the guys that Vito gave a security guard a blowjob. This results in Tony deciding what to do with Vito. Carlo is given Vito's position in the construction business. In the end, Vito is still hiding out in New Hampshire, going through antique stores. I thought some of the lines said were really funny. Although this episode focused a lot on more minor storylines with Carmela, Angie, Finn and Meadow which, for me, were uninteresting, it was a good episode.moreless
  • Interesting episode, but not much happened.

    5.0
    I enjoyed watching the show, but after it was over I realized not much happened. I'm glad Tony made up with his body guard, I really liked that character. I wish more had happened with the whole Rusty thing. They open so many more sub plots, but they never finish them! They just start new ones! I hope they can bring it all together before the season ends.



    This episode had a lot of boring scenes with Vito. I feel for Vito and I am glad he likes the folks in New Hampshire, but it sucked up a lot of time. Hopefully in the next episode, we will find out what happens with him.moreless
Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Meadow Soprano

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

Robert Iler

Robert Iler

Anthony Soprano, Jr.

Edoardo Ballerini

Edoardo Ballerini

Corky Caporale

Guest Star

Georgianne Walken

Georgianne Walken

Local Woman

Guest Star

John Costelloe

John Costelloe

Jim Witowski

Guest Star

Arthur J. Nascarella

Arthur J. Nascarella

Carlo Gervasi

Recurring Role

Maureen Van Zandt

Maureen Van Zandt

Gabriella Dante

Recurring Role

Max Casella

Max Casella

Benny Fazio

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Vito looks at the New Hampshire license plate, the close-up shows six random letters against the background of the Old Man in the Mountain. In reality, when the license plates changed about 7 years ago to the Old Man background, a system of 6 random numbers was adopted, and letters are now only used on vanity plates.

    • Right after Meadow told Carmela and Rosalie about what Finn saw with Vito, Tony walks into the kitchen. We hear Tony singing a line from Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," however, his mouth never opens once.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Finn: You weren't there for the "grand inquisition" about Vito.
      Meadow: Oh, I knew it. I'm picking the fight.
      Finn: I was in the back of a butcher shop with your Uncle Paulie, ratting out a guy, I don't really even know. I mean, what do you think's gonna happen to Vito, for being gay? And don't give me any of that "poverty of the Mezzogiorno" bullshit. We're in fucking Caldwell, New Jersey, and you're on your high horse about justice? They are gonna mete it out themselves.

    • Silvio: Lemme ask you a question. Before [Vito] cornered you in the porta-potty, when the security guard was suckin' him off—
      Finn: No, it was the other way around.
      Paulie: What?!
      Finn: Vito was giving the security guard a blow job.
      (explosive outrage among Tony's crew)
      Paulie: Son of a bitch!
      Carlo: Catching, not pitching?

    • Silvio: (on Marie Spatafore) My business—I'm around a lot of women. That one ain't getting laid.

    • Dr. Melfi: (on Vito) What's the issue?
      Tony: (sing-song) He's a faaaaaag!

    • Christopher: (on confirming Vito's orientation) What do we gotta do Ton', actually see him take it in the ass?

    • Tony: Just for the record, my incarceration was very short term. So I never had any need for any anal you know.

    • Corky: (on Vito) Could it be a midlife thing?
      Chris: Sucking a cock?!

    • Meadow: 9-11... Bush is using it as an excuse to erode our constitutional protections and you're falling for it!
      Carmela: I voted for him...
      Meadow: Right, and you don't relate to black people clinging to logs.

    • Tony: It's 2006; there's pillow-biters in the Special Forces.

    • Meadow: (on an Afghani family) The government is totally fucking this family over.
      Tony: When did it start she could use language like that around here with immunity?

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • In therapy, Tony talks about "the lesbian thing with Jennifer Beals," referring to Showtime's The L Word, a show about a close-knit group of lesbians.

    • While discussing his views on family values with Melfi, Tony idenitfies with the views of Senator "Sanitorium." Tony argues that if homosexuality is tolerated, pretty soon humans will be having sex with dogs. This refers to Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has been an outspoken critic of legalizing gay marriage, and believes it could be a slippery slope that may lead to the legalization of things such as polygamy and bestiality.

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