The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 2

Proshai, Livushka

Aired Unknown Mar 04, 2001 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Racial tensions flare and Tony suffers another panic attack when he meets Meadow's new boyfriend from college. The FBI finds a new member of the Soprano crew to use as a rat, while another Soprano soldier resorts to violence over garbage routes. Livia's sudden death puts an end to Tony's worries about her testimony against him. Janice returns to participate in her funeral, but all does not go smoothly when the guests start airing their true feelings about Tony's departed mother.moreless

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  • The memorial sequence!

    That wake is perhaps the best sequence in the series I've seen so far (and the DVD skipped right in the climax! As this enterprise dies, I say good riddance). Once again Christopher comes through with the biggest laugh. Episode MVPs, neither of whom are listed above, are Aida Turturro as Janice, whose vanity here reaches a surprising high, and Edie Falco as Carmela.
  • Tony's fear that his mother Livia will testify against him dies when she does. Ignoring Livia's wishes not to have a funeral, Janice plans a grandiose send off. However, at the Sopranos home after the funeral, all does not go as Janice envisioned.moreless

    This episode is probably my favorite of the series. We, as viewers, know that there was always a great deal of resentment towards Livia, but now we finally get to hear it at the last possible opportunity for all to hear. You really get a sense that you are not watching actors reading lines but you are a witness to actual events which is what makes the episode so great. Seeing and listening to everybody's reaction to Livia's death is just mesmerizing and makes the episode well worth seeing. Carmela's rant at the gathering scene is truly a Sopranos classic.moreless
  • Review

    One of the worst episodes of the series to date and it comes at a very surprising time. There were a couple of episodes in season one that were below average, but you had to settle into the storylines of the show. Season two got me really into the show with the fresh storylines and the great new characters introduced. The season three opening got us started in the right direction, but this episode was a real let down. Let me also start off by saying that I know David Chase had to re-write a lot of the script after Livia Sopranos character passed away in between season two and season three, but even so this entire episode was very poorly done. They make an entire episode about a character that no one really liked, which don't get me wrong was the point of her character, but I still dont understand the logic. The entire episode felt very boring ad drawn out. No real mafia problem in the episode to deal with and while they did acknowledge the cops outside in the van they really didn't do anything else with it like they did in the first episode. I had a lot of high hopes for season three and hopefully the next episode gets it back on the right track. But this episode was just very poorly executed in every way.moreless
  • Another solid episode.

    While the show portrayed Tony's mother Livia a bit old and senile, I didn't expect them to kill her off. Even in death she still torments Tony. The one character that seems to always irritate Tony besides his mother is his sister Janice. Her new lifestyle and beliefs doesn't help the situation any either. Her views result in a nice verbal exchange with the whole family. To make matters worse Meadow's new boyfriend doesn't help the situation any more. This was a fun episode to watch because it shows Tony's bigotry when it comes to his daughter regardless of her feelings on the matter.moreless
Gary Evans

Gary Evans

FBI Tech #2

Guest Star

Marie Donato

Marie Donato

2 to 5 / 7 to 9

Guest Star

Dimitri De Fresco

Dimitri De Fresco

Young Man

Guest Star

Frank Pando

Frank Pando

Agent Frank Grasso

Recurring Role

Ed Vassallo

Ed Vassallo

Tom Giglione

Recurring Role

Katalin Pota

Katalin Pota

Lilliana Wosilius

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Early on, Carmela and Tony go to meet with the maid/helper at the late Mrs. Sopranos reisdence. Outside, Tony wears a black leather jacket, whilst upon entering the house he no longer has the jacket on him. We never see him taking it off.

    • In the scene where Furio and Paulie are talking about Survivor Tony walks by the two men and opens a cabinet door. For a quick second Sal "Big Pussy" Bompensiero, who Tony, Silvio, and Paulie murdered in the final episode of season two for being an informant, is reflected in a mirror mounted on the cabinet door.

    • At the remembrance scene at the house, the camera cuts to Tony. In the background over Tony's left shoulder a man walks down the stairs about half way, looks into the camera and then walks back upstairs.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Christopher: (high) They say there's no two people on Earth exactly the same. No two faces, no two sets of fingerprints. But did they know that for sure? Cause they would have to get everybody together in one huge space. And obviously that's not possible, even with computers. And not only that, they'd have to get all the people who ever lived, not just the ones now. So they got no proof. They got nothing... Mrs. Soprano may have passed but who's to say there isn't another Mrs. Soprano just like her? Or will be? Maybe not with the same fears and paranoia, but the same.

    • Carmela: [Livia] didn't want a funeral. You all, her children, ignored her wishes. Only after she's dead by the way. She didn't want a funeral. She didn't want a remembrance of any kind. Why? She didn't think anybody would come. She wouldn't write down her memories for her grandchildren because she figured nobody loved her enough to read them. She knew there was a problem.

    • Hugh: (on Livia) We suffered for years under the yoke of that woman. Years! She estranged us from our own daughter. Ruined I don't know how many Goddamn Christmases. I don't even want to begin to count.

    • Noah: My parents are in the business... well, show business, actually. I don't know why they call it "the business".
      Tony: What, those old Tarzan movies?

    • Tony: You're a captain, Ralphie, when I say you're a captain.
      Ralphie: And I'm gonna turn up my hearing aid so I don't miss it.

    • Janice: I do know what mom's wishes were. But not to have a wake or a funeral, it looks like we're unloving children. Not to mention cheapskates.
      Tony: Who gives a shit what it looks like! The woman expressed her wishes.

    • Carmela: (on Meadow and Noah) You want her to be with him, just keep it up. Keep playing the race card. You're going to drive her right into his arms.
      Tony: Not if I cut off those fucking arms.

    • Janice: You know what I strongly suggest? That everybody get up and share a remembrance or a feeling about our mother.
      Tony: I don't want any of that California bullshit!

    • Dr. Melfi: Grown children often secretly wish for an aged parent to die. And it's not necessary for the parent to be a witness for the prosecution. It's a taboo thought, but common. Particularly if the parent has lost all capacity of joy at being alive.

    • Tony: Uncle Jun, are you alright?
      Junior: They're droppin' like fuckin' flies.
      Tony: It's all that charcoaled, broiled beef you people ate.
      Junior: No one told us until the 80s.
      Tony: I'm kidding you, you old fuck.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Lebe wohl, kleine Livia", meaning "Farewell, Little Livia".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Closer to Home (I'm Your Captain)" by Grand Funk Railroad; "Eyeless" by Slipknot; "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" by Les Paul; "Shake It (Like You Just Made Bail)" by Shawn Smith

    • David Chase had planned a major story line for the third season concerning Tony's efforts to patch things up with his mother to prevent her from testifying against him at his Rico trial. Nancy Marchand's death caused Chase to revise a large portion of the season.

    • Nancy Marchand (who played Livia) died on 18th of June 2000, before filming started. So the scene at the beginning of the episode (where Tony talks to her about the stolen airline tickets) was created with bits of old dialogue, placing footage of Livia's face on a body double using CGI. It took two weeks to produce and cost about $250,000.