The Sopranos

Season 3 Episode 9

The Telltale Moozadell

Aired Unknown Apr 22, 2001 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Tony's relationship with Gloria heats up when they pay a visit to the Bronx Zoo. A.J. is busted for vandalizing his school, while Christopher gives Adriana the gift of a new nightclub. Jackie, Jr. tries to break into his late father's business despite Tony's strong discouragement.

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  • It drives me nuts when they don't make a real episode...

    For me, Sopranos is most effective when the episodes are most than a series of events in the unfolding saga of Tony's life. I don't watch Sopranos to see a soap opera. I watch it for the episodes where I carry something away at the end of the episode -- a feeling, a question, a feeling of temporary closure.

    This episode didn't do that for me. It's one of the ones where you're watching and you're watching, and suddenly music is intruding onto the scene and then bam! Credits.

    I *hate* that.

    Yes, good writing. Yes, those hyperreal Sopranos characters. But would it kill them to make an episode out of it?moreless
  • Review

    If you would have told me before the episode that Junior Soprano would not be involved in the episode I would have thought it would have been among the top five episodes of the season, but this episode was just missing something to put it up there with what I expect from the writing staff. I think Meadow and Jackies storyline has peaked and Im glad Tony is becoming a little more involved in whats going on. Im not a writer - but I dont think its odd that Meadow has had sexual relations with two people in a short time span. I think Im beginning to figure out her storyarch for season four or a little bit later in this season. The storyline with AJ was a little off in this episode to me. I dont mind it when they show us the family side of The Sopranos, but this one felt a little too forced if you ask me. Tontys relationship with the Mercades Benz lady is something that Im keeping an eye on. Tony has had flings before, but I am wondering why she is getting a multiple episode story arch unlike most of his other ones. Im starting to wonder if the FBI theme I was expecting at the beginning of season three might be coming back again in the later parts of the season with a big reveal. Solid episode overall, some of the drama was just missing.moreless
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Jay Boryea


Guest Star

Gregory Russell Cook

Gregory Russell Cook

Club Kid

Guest Star

Richard Petrocelli

Richard Petrocelli

Rocco De Trollio

Guest Star

Max Casella

Max Casella

Benny Fazio

Recurring Role

Sharon Angela

Sharon Angela

Rosalie Aprile

Recurring Role

Suzanne Shepherd

Suzanne Shepherd

Mary DeAngelis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • For her birthday, A.J. gives Carmela a DVD of The Matrix, which featured Joe Pantoliano, who plays Ralph Cifaretto.

    • One of the teenage girls hanging out in the pool area when the boys trash the place is Stefani Germanotta AKA Lady Gaga. She was 15 at the time.

    • The Lollipop Club, which is now out of business, was once owned by Vincent Pastore in real life. Adriana would later name the club The Crazy Horse, which was the name of another club owned by Pastore.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Paulie: Amazing thing about snakes is that they reproduce spontaneously.
      Tony: What do you mean?
      Paulie: They have both male and female sex organs. That's why somebody you don't trust you call a snake. How can you trust a guy who can literally go fuck themselves?
      Tony: Don't you think that expression would've come from Adam and Eve story? When the snake tempted Eve to bite the apple?
      Paulie: Hey, snakes were fucking themselves long before Adam and Eve showed up, T.

    • Tony: I went to the zoo the other day.
      Dr. Melfi: The zoo?
      Tony: You know, sometimes you got to get away, stop and smell the gorilla shit.

    • Gloria: Is it loaded?
      Tony: There's nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.

    • Carmela: Your son broke into his school Friday night and vandalized the swimming pool.
      Tony: How do you vandalize a swimming pool?

    • Aaron: No champagne. The good Lord doesn't want us to drink alcohol.
      Tony: Didn't Jesus drink wine?
      Janice: He was Jesus, Ton'. You can't make comparisons.

    • Jason: How are you?
      Jennifer: I hate all of them.
      Jason: Who?
      Jennifer: My patients. All of them. Lying to my face, full of shit with no concern for what I do or the position that they put me in. I just hate them.
      Jason: Fuck 'em. Quit.
      Jennifer: Right now that doesn't sound like a bad idea.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Tony in der Schlangengrube", meaning "Tony in the Snake Pit".

    • Music in this episode:
      "Black Hearted Woman" by The Allman Brothers Band; "Con Te Partiro" by Andrea Boscelli; "Girl" by Vue; "I Who Have Nothing" by Ben E. King; "I Will Follow Him" by Percy Faith and his Orchestra; "Make No Mistake" by Keith Richards; "State of Main" by Scout