The Sopranos

Season 5 Episode 2

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Aired Unknown Mar 14, 2004 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Tony throws a welcome-home party for his cousin, Tony Blundetto, who is released from prison on parole. The FBI continues to pressure Adriana for information. Carmine's passing leaves the field wide open for Johnny Sack, but Little Carmine has ideas of his own. Tony smells yet another rat in his organization.moreless

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  • Tony B. returns home, Tony S. whacks an informant (not Raymond Curto, though). Carmine Lupertazzi dies, leaving the "family" business in New York up between Johnny Sack and Little Carmine.

    An interesting episode that was better than last week’s season opener. Features very interesting plot points, and introduces The Sopranos’ newest character, Tony Blundetto, played expertly by veteran actor Steve Buscemi. The episode circles around Tony Blundetto getting out of prison and telling Tony he’s going legitimate, and starting a massage parlor. Tony Soprano doesn’t take it so well, and wants Tony B. to work for him, but later realizes it’s for the best. The episode features a big shocker: Carmine Lupertazzi (the boss of the NY family) dies unexpectedly. So unexpectedly he doesn’t name a successor. That is when push comes to shove. Johnny Sack vs. Little Carmine, a battle that is definitely going to be the main theme for the fifth season of The Sopranos. I enjoyed how the hit on Jack Massarone went down, and also found it interesting and unexpected when they introduced a FEMALE capo, Lorraine Calluzo, played by the once beautiful, but now beat Patty D’Arbanville. I’m also glad they brought back the Raymond Curto being a informant plot point; it’s about time he gets a steel jacket through the back of the head.

    Overall Grade: A-

    Ranking in season: # 10 / 13

    Ranking in series: # 45 / 65

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Feech La Manna

Guest Star

Robert Desiderio

Robert Desiderio

Jack Massarone

Guest Star

Patti D'Arbanville

Patti D'Arbanville

Lorraine Calluzzo

Guest Star

Jerry Adler

Jerry Adler

Hesh Rabkin

Recurring Role

Ray Abruzzo

Ray Abruzzo

Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr.

Recurring Role

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Angelo Garepe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Rosalie: At least Judas didn't go into some apostle protection program. He hung himself. He knew what he did.

    • Christopher: Why do you always talk like a whore?
      Tina: Because men like it.

    • Adriana: What are am I doing? I can't talk to you. I can't even talk to Christopher and he's my soul mate for God's sake. I can't talk to my friends. I am being ripped apart here just snitching on people. For what? What do I get out of it?
      Agent Sanseverino: Take some comfort in the fact that you're trying to do the right thing by helping the government.

    • Paulie: Sun-Tzu—the Chinese Prince Matchabelli.

    • Bobby: He was a great man. My cousin says it was Carmine who invented point shaving.

    • Tony: (on separated life) I tell you, I'm having a time. Stay out late. Come home drunk. Fuck anyone I want.
      Silvio: So what's the difference?
      Tony: I don't know. It's a mind-set.

    • Tony B.: So what do I find at the pork store? A bunch of guys beating the meat.

    • Tony: Our regular dinner, out by you. Thursday, right?
      Meadow: Yes, daddy.
      Tony: See with my family now, you know, the separation, you gotta make an appointment to see each other.

    • Jack Massarone: I only wish my ma could've seen this.
      Tony: I'm sure no matter where she is, she's very proud of you.
      Jack: I know exactly where she is, and it's pretty fuckin' hot!
      Tony: You had one of those, too, huh?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Tony Blundetto's cell ringtone is Queen's "We Are the Champions."

    • Music in this episode:
      Canzona in D-Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Crying" by Roy Orbison; "Glad to be Alive" by Low Flying Owls; "It Hurts to be in Love" by Gene Pitney; "She Will be Loved" by Maroon 5; "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" BY Dean Martin; "Speed" by Sal Clemente and Douglas Crawford; "Velvet Groove" by Andre Williams and Velvet Hammer; "The Way it Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range; "Undercover of the Night" by The Rolling Stones; "Walk With Me" by Felix Da Housecat

    • Steve Buscemi assumes his role as Tony's cousin, Tony Blundetto, in this episode. However, Buscemi is no stranger to The Sopranos. He directed two previous episodes, "Pine Barrens" and "Everybody Hurts", before joining the cast.