The Sopranos

Season 1 Episode 4

Meadowlands

3
Aired Unknown Jan 31, 1999 on HBO
9.2
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When Jackie Aprile loses his battle with cancer, Tony and his crew agree to give Junior what he wants. However, they have ulterior motives. Christopher goes from fear to anger when he discovers Brendan's fate. Tony sends a cop on his payroll to investigate Dr. Melfi, while Carmela gives him an ultimatum about his therapy.moreless

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  • Great Production Values.

    8.9
    To show how well written, directed and produced this show is you just have to look at the body count. So far I have four confirmed kills in four episodes but only one is an actually mob style killing. The way life goes on with all the deaths and accidents is great story telling. The views portrayed in this episode are great. One point of view is how putting an elderly person in an old age home is condemning the person rather than helping the person. I like the way Tony's recommends a book that helps him deal with his uncle. And they way Anthony finds out what waste management really is. In All another great episode.moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    The death of Jackie should be felt throughtout the writing for the rest of this shows exsistance. Tony and his Uncle had the long awaited showdown for who would take over the thrown of the mob army that seem to be two different factions at this point - Tonys and his Uncles. I thought the writing in this episode was very good, with Jackies death coming at a great time in the episode - right near the end with enough time for his funeral. The show still sturggles to find some filler scenes - this time trying to center around Tonys son to fill in the needed minutes. The writers tried to use his daughter in the previous episode as a filler, his mother the episode before that and then his son in this one. None have really caught on as a big storyline to follow at the moment.moreless
Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Tony Sirico

Tony Sirico

Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri

Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli

Jackie Aprile

Guest Star

Mark Blum

Mark Blum

Randall Curtin

Guest Star

John Arocho

John Arocho

Kid #2

Guest Star

John Heard

John Heard

Vin Makazian

Recurring Role

Jerry Adler

Jerry Adler

Hesh Rabkin

Recurring Role

Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Mikey Palmice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Christopher: Brendan's dead. His brains are floatin' in his bathtub. Message job, through the eye.
      Big Pussy: Moe Greene Special.

    • Christopher: This ain't negotiation time. This is Scarface, final scene, fuckin' bazookas under each arm, "say hello to my little friend!"
      Silvio: Always with the scenarios.

    • Larry: Hey, now you got Bloomfield and the union chair.
      Tony: Otherwise, you'd fuck me, Larry, but you wouldn't respect me no more.

    • Tony: I'm having second thoughts.
      Dr. Melfi: About?
      Tony: This whole thing. This whole arrangement. Security. I mean I come here, I tell you things, I don't know how safe it is.
      Dr. Melfi: I understand your concerns. But I told you what the ground rules are. As long as I don't hear anything incriminating—
      Tony: You don't fucking get it. Being here incriminates me. Somebody sees me—they tell somebody else. All of a sudden I'm a celebrity.

    • Randal: You couldn't prescribe something?
      Dr. Melfi: I'm your date, not your doctor.

    • Junior: You heard about the Chinese godfather? He made them an offer they couldn't understand.

    • Tony: What the hell are you doing?
      Vin: (peeing) This place is an hour away from my office.
      Tony: An hour? What are you, a woman? Get a bladder transplant. My mother lives here.

    • Meadow: I hate my life, being a Soprano.
      Christopher: Don't ever say you hate life. That's blasphemy.

    • Tony: Who are you?
      Dr. Melfi: Why is that so important for you to know?
      Tony: You know my mother told me never to answer a question with a question.
      Dr. Melfi: So your mother did teach you something.
      Tony: Look, if I asked you about your life, who you talk to, who you trust–
      Dr. Melfi: I'd have to take the fifth.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Tonys Schachzug", meaning "Tony's Gambit".

    • Writer Jason Cahill won a Writers Guild of America, USA, award for his work on this episode.

    • Music: "Floor Essence (Day Glo Mix)" by Man With No Name; "Prisoner of Love" by Perry Como; "Ugly Stadium" by Tipsy; "Look on Down From the Bridge" by Mazzy Star

    • In one scene, you can overhear actor Darren McGavin on a television set, from the episode "The Werewolf" from the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. David Chase, creator and writer of The Sopranos, also worked as story editor on that show.

    • The song played at the funeral and during the end credits is Mazzy Star's "Look On Down From The Bridge."

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