The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 7

Luxury Lounge

5
Aired Unknown Apr 23, 2006 on HBO
8.8
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Artie goes off the deep end as Vesuvio's patronage plummets due to superior competition, while an unauthorized inside scam threatens business further. Christopher and Little Carmine take a trip west to get their movie started, where Chris becomes obsessed with obtaining celebrity swag. The hunt for Vito continues.moreless

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  • Bravada.

    9.2
    I'm weary of Artie episodes. I wasn't a big fan of "Everybody Hurts" in the 4th season. Although this one was miles better.



    I didn't realize so many people were confused about the Christopher storyline. Basically, the whole point was this is the life that Christopher sacrificed to stay on with Tony. What was running through Christopher's mind in the luxury lounge was how he lost Adriana (the Adriana card, as Tony called it) and didn't go into the Program, when if he did and pursued his movie career, he still would have gotten all the free perks that he risks his life and well being to steal for. But like any good sociopath, he comes crashing back down to what he knows, and that's punching a screen legend in the face. I don't know how David Chase got that one over, but bravo.



    All in all it wasn't the season's strongest, but was worthy of constructing the Christopher-Tony relationship. I could've used more Carmella in this episode, but next week appears to make up for that. I love how Chase is writing in the A.J.\Christopher son parallel. Its working like a charm.



    8/10

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  • Hilarious. Sophisiticated. Quotable. "Hector. And you, mustache!" Amazing to watch.

    9.8
    I just love when this show is funny. This episode had so many great lines and jokes. Artie Bucco is the regular guy on the show, but he's always hada problem with it. Now he has to accept his life, his wife, his status with Tony. He can't screw his hostess, can't be a criminal and his business got ripped off. I loved his frustration and I love that he stood up for himself. He'll never be Tony though. Tough to accept. Equally, Chrissy wants to be in the movies, but he'll never get what Sir Ben gets. Frustrating. But in the end our guys get something. I loved this episode.moreless
  • Christopher goes to Hollywood with Little Carmine and meets Ben Kingsley. They also beat up Lauren Bacall. Artie and Benny get in a tiff, which leads to Artie beating Benny, and Benny forcing Artie's hand into boiling tomato sauce causing a layer of his smoreless

    8.0
    The Sopranos go to Hollywood... again! The wiseguys grieve that they haven't been able to track down Vito yet, especially Phil Leotardo who gives a haunting Joe-Pesci-in-GoodFellas-like speech about how he wants to kill Vito. While the family deals with these issues, Tony grants Christopher the permission to travel to Hollywood with Little Carmine to promote their new upcoming movie 'Cleaver' about the mobster killed who comes back to life to reek vengeance on his boss that Christopher violently forced a second-rate screenwriter from his rehab support group to write. They pitch the idea to actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, who they agree was stunning in Sexy Beast (my sentiments exactly) to play the mob boss in the picture. Kingsley isn't interested, but the guys get to meet Lauren Bacall who they later beat up and rob after an awards ceremony to get their hands on her expensive gift basket. Back in New Jersey, Artie Bucco and Benny Fazio get in a tiff, that ends with Benny putting Artie's hand in hot tomato sauce. Also, Tony finally has two Italian guys from Naples whack Rusty Millio (Frankie Valli) in a crafty hit scene that was one of the highest points of the episode. This episode was half-entertaining, half-not. I loved the whole Hollywood thing, but I hated the Artie sub-plot. The last time they did the Artie sub-plot thing was Season 4's horrendous episode 'Everybody Hurts' which was by far the worst episode of the series. Artie is just a character that bothers me because he is so pathetic and stupid, but doesn't exude comedy with this. His scenes were boring, except when Benny burnt the crap out of his hand which resulted in Artie crying like a little baby. This episode was half good, half not-so-good, the second weakest episode of the season thus far. My Rating: 8/10.moreless
  • The Sopranos: Episode 72: "Luxury Lounge"- A silly episode but in a good way that is very funny... especially focusing on Artie Buco. (Spoiler Alert)

    8.0
    "Luxury Lounge" was one of those episodes I thought was like the comedy of the season. But first, the hit on Rusty Millio is done by two hitmen from Italy. Phil is still angry about Vito being a homosexual but not much Vito in this episode. Christopher and Little Carmine head over to California and meet with Sir Ben Kingsley where they ask him to play in their film. Kingsley refuses their offer. Artie's hostess, Martina, starts hanging around with Benny Fazio. Artie tells her that he can't help speed up her green card process. Artie is visited by investigators, claiming that someone has been stealing credit card numbers from customers. There's a funny scene where Artie and his staff meet and he starts arguing with an employee. After, Artie finds out Martina helped Benny steal the credit card numbers. Artie confronts Benny and they fight... and Artie wins and later, gets his hand burned at the restaurant after hinting about Benny's girlfriend in front of his wife. Tony and Artie's relationship starts to turn bad after Tony suggests that he should take therapy and to "stay in the kitchen" instead of conversing with customers with stupid jokes. "Luxury Lounge" was a funny episode, especially where Artie kills the rabbit eating in his garden. People say "Oh, Artie is a rabbit killer now". I think it is silly in a good way that is very funny.moreless
  • Chris tries to get Ben Kingsley to do his crappy movie idea, while Artie\\\'s new hostess is scamming his restaurant.

    6.2
    Well this was probably the most interesting episode since Tony got shot but paveoff was still b.s.



    Artie\\\'s new hostess who just got here on a visa starts

    to flirt with Benny one of Tony\\\'s thugs.



    Everything is ok until Artie learns that someone in the restaurant has been scamming credit cards. Poor Artie really showed him despite being a friend of Tony his

    breaking point.



    The girl eventually admits to being the scammer and working

    with Benny. Artie confronts Benny who of course being a dishonest mob hit man passes this of as nothing. Artie has

    enough and beats the hell out of him (which I loved).



    The guy later has the nerve to attack Artie in the restaurant. Once again these are the types of episodes that

    show Tony\\\'s poor leadership here. He clearly has no control

    over his own goons.



    Chris tries to pitch a movie idea (with no script) to Ben

    Kingsley. Ben rejects but Chris seeing that Ben gets expensive gifts through his luxury lounge plans on stealing

    some items for himself since he is a failure.



    Tony\\\'s little chat with him again show Tony\\\'s disappoint with him. Why is Chris even alive at this point? Axe him

    and Paulie, they bring nothing to show except stupidity

    which results in laughs but nothing worthwhile.



    An interesting episode though.



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Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama

Himself

Guest Star

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Herself

Guest Star

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley

Himself

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)

    • The assassination of Rusty Millio was reminiscent of the hit on Joey Peeps in the season 5's "Marco Polo." In both incidents, the person killed was:
      1. In a car preparing to drive away.
      2. Killed in the car along with the other person in the car.
      3. The car itself was already in gear and started to move with the dead bodies slumped over inside.
      Playing the killing in this way brings that story line full circle, since Rusty ordered the Joey Peeps hit, which started the chain of events leading to the deaths of Angelo Garape, Billy Leotardo, Tony Blundetto, and finally Rusty himself.

    • Variety headline: Swag Grab Nabs Industry Blab

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: "Dazz" by Brick; "Fire of Love" by Barbarellatones; "La La Means I Love You" by The Delfonics; "You Go to my Head" by Lennie Tristano; "Gangstadog" by Zino and Tommy; Allego (violin concerto in G major) (Chap C25) by Antonio Vivaldi; "Recuerdos de la Alahambra" by Pepe Romero

    • Though credited, Lorraine Bracco, Dominic Chianese, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Aida Turturro do not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Artie refers to Benny, Christopher, and Murmur as, "Benny, Moe, and Jack," playing on The Pep Boys' advertising mascots: Manny, Moe, and Jack.

    • Christopher refers to Vito as "La Cage aux Fat." This refers to La Cage aux Folles, a farce about two gay lovers who pretend to be straight.

    • Picking up a credit card swiper from a Jewish-run hotel, Murmur sings "Hillel my brother, you are older than me." He is playing with the lyrics to Elton John's "Daniel."

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