The Sopranos

Season 4 Episode 4

The Weight

Aired Unknown Oct 06, 2002 on HBO

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • This episode features all of the things that make The Sopranos great: Crack ensemble acting, crisp writing and pacing, superb direction and wickedly funny bits.

    What's not to love about this episode? There's plenty of the lovably psycho Ralphie in it, for one thing. In fact, he is the impetus for the central plot: his joke about Johnny Sack's corpulent wife Ginny having a 90-pound mole removed from her ass sets off a byzantine series of events that nearly result in the whackings of both Ralphie and Johnny. Furio and Carm begin a flirtatious infatuation, and Meadow first hints at an interest in law instead of the medical career Tony and Carm prefer for her. Both of these critical plot points would see further development in later episodes.

    While all of the performances are wonderful, Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack)really gets his moment to shine in this episode, expertly segueing from totally believable tenderness and affection in his scenes with Ginny Sack to scarily intense anger in his scenes showing outrage over Ralphie's joke. Most notable for me was his deft comic timing in showing his exasperation at having to repeat the odious joke time after time while he was unsuccessfully seeking to sanction a hit on Ralphie.

    In my opinion, a must-see episode: many of the events in this episode have far-reaching repercussions throughout subsequent episodes of the series.
  • Johnny Sack decides to whack Ralph after his off-color joke about John's massively obese wife. Carmine doesn't approve, and Ralph is Tony's best earner, so Tony puts out a hit on Johnny Sack. In the end, no one gets clipped, but the tension of this episod

    In the best episode of the season so far, Johnny Sack is furious! At who? Ralph Cifaretto. Why? Ralph told a joke about his wife’s fat ass, and Johnny Sack not only feels it is a mean thing to say, but feels it insults him big time. The episode centrals around Johnny Sack trying to get a hit out on Ralph, and Tony trying to keep Ralph alive because he’s a good earner. Carmine says no, so Johnny Sack sanctions the hit by himself, causing Tony to sanction a hit on Johnny Sack. Well, neither Johnny Sack or Ralph get killed, but the whole episode your on the edge of your seat biting your nails. The episode features non-stop crisp dialogue and storytelling, and features a abnormal scene where Christopher and Silvio visit the old hitmen that are going to whack Johnny Sack. Overall this is an exciting well-made episode, from writer Terence Winter who brought us last season’s Pine Barrens episode. Overall Grade: A

    Ranking in season: # 4 / 13
    Ranking in series: # 26 / 65