The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 6

Live Free or Die

Aired Unknown Apr 16, 2006 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Guest star Georgianne Walken handles casting for the show.

    • Music: "Rock and Roll Queen" (instrumental) by The Subways; "Let the Teardrops Fall" by Patsy Cline; "Argentine Trio" by the David Grisman Quintet; "After" by Wide Open Cage; "Loops of Fury" by The Chemical Brothers

    • Though credited, Dominic Chianese and Aida Turturro do not appear in this episode.

    • Starting with this episode, Sharon Angela is billed in the opening credits.

    • The episode title is borrowed from the state motto of New Hampshire. It was coined by General John Stark, the state's most famous soldier from the Revolutionary War.

  • Allusions

    • 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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