The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 1

Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood

4
Aired Unknown Mar 04, 2001 on HBO
9.0
out of 10
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195 votes
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Episode Summary

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While the Soprano family goes about their day-to-day activities, the FBI begins an elaborate operation to bug their home. Tony ponders his options when Patsy starts asking too many questions about his brother's death.

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  • notice the writing

    8.0
    You gotta admire the structure of an episode like this, especially in a premier, where the story gets reversed and is told from the perspective of the antagonist (the cops), rendering the usual protagonist (Tony) object, not subject. I was surprised that I rooted for the cops. The plot--with the feds bugging the Sopranos' place--also allows the show's writers to balance this new point of view with character development for each Soprano. That's just good writing. Possibly suspenseful too, if I hadn't been so irrelevantly tired while watching it.moreless
  • Review

    9.3
    I think it was a really good comeback episode coming off of season two as David Chase has all ready given us the overall theme for season three - Tony versus the cops who are trying to take him down. I have a feeling this is going to be a very strong season, now that we are used to Tony being in power and writing how cops deal with bad guys is something that isn't the hardest to write about. Meadow being away at college means that we won't have to follow much of her storyline this year and Anthony Jr seems to have changed a lot since we saw him last in season two. This episode focused pretty hevay on the cops and less heavy on the mafia side of things, but obviously we know that will change in the episodes to come. I was happy to see the FBI agents get the wiretap into the basement. I think it would have been a waste of an episode to just have the Sopranos move the lamp after it was all said and done. Overall though, I think this was a very strong comeback episode and am looking very much so to the rest of the season.moreless
  • Nice start of a new season.

    9.0
    This episode is a little different than previous season premiers. This one has more of the other side namely the FBI. The way they have to play by the rules and Tony doesn't. Everything from getting a court order to timing deploying the listening devices, this even includes giving code names to each of the family members. I like the little plot twists with Tony, Patsy and the FBI. The way the FBI hands are tied in terms of stepping in stopping a possible crime and revealing their cover. In the end it worked out for them, sort term anyways. The fruits of their labor has yet to be revealed.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

Tommy Savas

Tommy Savas

Xavier

Guest Star

Etan Maiti

Etan Maiti

Jason

Guest Star

Mark Karafin

Mark Karafin

Egon Kosma

Guest Star

Katalin Pota

Katalin Pota

Lilliana Wosilius

Recurring Role

Michele de Cesare

Michele de Cesare

Hunter Scangarelo

Recurring Role

Matt Servitto

Matt Servitto

Agent Dwight Harris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Paulie: How the fuck would Patsy know we clipped "Spoons"?
      Tony: What, that fuckin' twin telepathy...?
      Paulie: Somebody's puttin' ideas in this kid's head.

    • Tony: (on the Internet) Log off. That cookie shit makes me nervous.

    • Paulie: I can't stand touching my fucking shoelaces. Ever go to tie your shoes and you notice the end of your laces are wet? Come on why would they be wet?
      Silvio: I've got no fucking idea.
      Paulie: You go in the public bathrooms. You stand at the urinals...
      Hesh: Oh fuck. Come on will ya.
      Paulie: He's asking me and I'm telling him and frankly it's important. Even if the laces dry and even if you don't touch the body of the show, bacteria and virus migrate from the sole up.
      Christopher: You see this on TV?
      Paulie: I gotta watch TV to figure out the world. Your average men's shit house is a fucking sewer. You look at lady's johns you can eat maple walnut ice cream from the toilets. Eh! There's exceptions. But the men piss all over the fucking floor, urinals jammed with cigarettes and moth ball cakes.
      Paulie: Even if you keep your shoes tied, and your laces aren't dragging through urine....
      Silvio: (trying to eat his lunch) SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!

    • Judge: (issuing warrant) Well, see that they limit both entrances to the basement only. It's not a Better Homes and Gardens tour.

    • Agent Harris: The airline tickets. Mail and wire fraud especially if the mother testifies in exchange for immunity.
      FBI guy: Come on. Whose own mother is going to testify against him?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Besuch vom FBI", meaning "Visit from the FBI".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Dirty Work" by Steely Dan; "Every Breath You Take/Peter Gunn Theme" by The Police/Henry Mancini (Medley); "Hotel California" by The Eagles; "High Fidelity" by Elvis Costello; "Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlife" by Alabama 3; "Van Gogh" by Ras Kass; "Scud Missile" by Fat Jack feat. Ganjah KMC

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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