The Sopranos

Season 6 Episode 5

Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request

4
Aired Unknown Apr 09, 2006 on HBO
9.2
out of 10
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258 votes
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Johnny Sack requests to get out of jail to attend his daughter's wedding. Tony decides to surround himself with a more physical presence during his recovery and takes steps to make sure he's not seen as weak. A chance encounter at a club leaves Vito shaken.

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  • An episode organized by theme

    9.5
    What makes the Sopranos so consistently different from other TV series is that the best episodes are organized by theme instead of plot. Here the theme concerned the dangers of showing weakness in front of other men and it was echoed over and over in the subplots.



    In Tony’s business, even the appearance of weakness could lead to death, so he does what he has to do, despite recovering from his gunshot wound, to show the others that he’s still the alpha.



    The final scene was an ironic twist on his therapist’s advice. I loved the last shot of Tony sneering proudly at himself in the mirror.

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  • A great episode

    9.2
    Johnny Sack's daughter's wedding. what an amazing episode. We see johnny sack's entire family, the anorexic daughter, the not so anorexic one. The entire seating arrangement discussion in prison was hilarious. THe wedding with finn and meadows looks to each other were priceless. There were some great sopranos-esque laughs, including the girl who was with AJ, "i dont eat fish, the toxins" while she was smoking. and of course, chris's reference to the Godfather movies. What a great example of what a sopranos episode should be like. Its too bad some of them lag behind in quality in the middle, it becomes painful to sit thru an entire 60 mins of a bad tv show.moreless
  • If you are familiar with Chimpanzees and Dominance Theory, you had a ball with this episode.

    10
    "It's a Joke guys" "You betta not say NOTHING SAL!"



    And the veil has been removed...The pot has boiled over...The feces has splattered all over the room after colliding with the fan.



    This episode was pure EXCELLENCE. Everyone who was featured in this episode acted to perfection. Johnny Sac was on his game in this one, as well as Tony. The plot has progressed beautifully and this is the fast track to the end of the season starting now.



    Let's start with the writing. I Love Love Dominance theory, and it was all over this episode. The theme of weakness\power was asserted superbly, as we saw Johnny Sac breakdown when arrested. Tony analyzing the arm strength and sizing up his eventual opponent was perfect! Basically, you pick the biggest, baddest person in the room and you beat the sh*t out of them to further reassure to your subordinates that you are indeed the Alpha Male. You should have had a field day with this episode if you are familiar with Chimpanzees and Jane Goodall's work. Although Tony got the point across, we still see he is not at 100%



    Now onto Vito. He didn't kill himself, as I originally thought he would have. That's why he called Silvio, to see if the word got up to him and Tony yet. It will, and someone's going to pull the trigger next week. Him dancing in that club with that big goofy smile and that hat was a priceless moment. What's interesting is two things:



    1. How will this go over with Phil? He's already lost a brother, now his cousin will have to survive without a husband. As Tony asked, "Who's going to take care of his kids?"



    2. Does Tony defend not whacking Vito? It seems that he's against the move, and his captains are for it. We should see some serious scenes between Tony, Christopher, and Paulie. Plus, it sounds as if even Carmela wants Vito gone.



    This is the beginning of the end, and it will only get better from here on out. 10 out of 10 for a beautifully written episode. Whomever directed this, bring him\her back for the finale.



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  • Johnny Sack gets released from prison for a period of 6 hours to attend his daughter\'s wedding, where he asks Tony to whack Rusty Millio. Tony gets a new bodyguard, who he pummels in a rage and Sack gets humiliated in front of fellow mafiosos.moreless

    8.5
    It seems as though whenever Steve Buscemi directs an episode it\'s something new and different and exciting. This episode is no different. \'Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni\'s Request\' isn\'t the best Sopranos episode, but it\'s one of the most unique and quirky of the season. The mean, nasty, Johnny Sack has requested to be let out of prison for a period of six hours to attend his oldest daughter\'s, Allegra, or how Tony refers to her from the moment she was born \'a 50 lb. bundle of Joy\', wedding. At the wedding things heat up, like Johnny Sack requesting Tony to do a hit on Rusty Millio a.k.a. The Mayor of Munchkin City (played by Four Seasons\' Frankie Vallie). There is gossip around the wedding at Sack and Tony since he just got out of the hospital. Johnny Sack\'s guards get belligerent and take him away early and Sack bursts into tears, stirring up the theory he\'s nothing but a wuss. Tony gets a new bodyguard and beats the crap out of him to prove he isn\'t weak since his accident. I found everything at the wedding quirky, but I felt it didn\'t go into depths with this season\'s main plot-lines, and that kind of frustrated me. The best part about the episode was the ending where Tony, after beating the crap out of his bodyguard, throwing up in Satriale\'s bathroom then staring at himself in the mirror with a fierce look on his face as if he\'s thinking to himself, \"You still got it, you mean son of a b*tch.\" This episode was very entertaining, but not one of the best episodes. My Rating: 8.5/10moreless
  • This was an excellent episode.

    9.0
    I really like what they started in this episode. Tony is starting to be seen as weak. Having the guys scrape the onions off his sandwhich, getting a new body guard, passing out at the wedding, and then siding with John after he cried! Its all weak. I don\'t really like the way he handled it - beating up his body guard.



    Lots of interesting stuff happened at the wedding. Now that Phil lost some respect for John, I think Phil is going to become a much bigger problem for Tony. Because John is what is protecting Tony from Phil. I also like the way John talked Tony into killing Rusty for him, it'll be interesting to see what happens.moreless
Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

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

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli

Rusty Millio

Guest Star

Adam Mucci

Adam Mucci

Eric DeBenedetto

Guest Star

Lou Martini Jr.

Lou Martini Jr.

Anthony Infante

Guest Star

Arthur J. Nascarella

Arthur J. Nascarella

Carlo Gervasi

Recurring Role

Carl Capotorto

Carl Capotorto

Little Paulie Germani

Recurring Role

Maureen Van Zandt

Maureen Van Zandt

Gabriella Dante

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Johnny Sack: (looks at shoes disgustedly) Patent leather?
      Attorney: It's a tuxedo.
      Johnny Sack: Have you even read an issue of GQ in the past three or four years?

    • Carmela: Allegra Sacrimoni getting married—were we not just at her christening?
      Tony: 1980—a fifty pound bundle of joy.

    • Christopher: "Allegra?" Ain't that a cold medicine?
      Paulie: It means 'happiness' in Italian.
      Christopher: (pauses) What the fuck's that got to do with cold medicine?

    • Dr. Melfi: Does [A.J.] have a job?
      Tony: Blockbuster—first stop on the Shitburg Express.

    • Sal: Vito, what the fuck!
      Vito: Sal... eh...
      Sal: 'fuck you doin!
      Vito: (panicking) Nothing eh, I was here... It's a joke!

    • Tony: (to Dr. Melfi) Let me ask you right off: is there any chance of a mercy fuck?

    • A.J.'s date: I don't eat fish—(inhales from cigarette) the toxins. (exhales)

    • Tony: John just asked me specifically.
      Christopher: So it's like the movie, then.
      Tony: What movie?
      Christopher: One—that you can't refuse a man's request on his daughter's wedding day.
      Tony: No, it's the other way around. That I should be asking him for something he can't refuse.
      Christopher: So did you?
      Tony: No.
      Christopher: You should ask him not to do this.
      Tony: I already fucking agreed.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • When Ahmed and Muhammed come to buy credit cards from Christopher, he says, "Ali Baba, where are the 40 thieves?" He refers to the Middle Eastern tale of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," part of Arabian Nights.

    • When Vito leaves home to go to the gay bar, his wife is watching a Rock Hudson movie on TV. Rock Hudson is another man who hid his true sexuality for many years.

    • Phil Leotardo refers to Rusty Millio as "the Mayor of Munchkinland," comparing his short stature to that of the diminuitive people visited by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

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