The Sopranos

Season 5 Episode 8

Marco Polo

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 2004 on HBO

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  • Haven't they taken away Michael Imperioli's typewriter yet?

    Far and away the weakest episode of the (outstanding) season. Michael Imperioli should've taken some notes when another cast member this season decided to write an episode - Toni Kalem's (that's Angie Bompansero to you) "All Happy Families...," another tension-wracked gem this tension-full season. This episode is arguably Imperioli's best - a far cry from the dregs of pretension that destroyed "From Where To Eternity" and "Christopher," unarguably the two worst episodes of the series. Much happens in "Marco Polo," to be certain, most pivotally Carmela and Tony's tryst in the pool and Tony B's crucial secret alliance with Angelo Garepe - one you know will have dire consequences with Johnny Sack. Yet it remains lifeless, strung along by Imperioli's trademark hack dialogue - spontaneous sermonizing left and right, and simply, saying too much. Carmela's rant at her mother is so flagrantly unswallowable, I suggest you pretend the whole thing didn't happen - much like I do with Tony's inspirational car ride at the end of "Christopher."