The Sopranos

Season 4 Episode 13

Whitecaps

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Aired Unknown Dec 08, 2002 on HBO
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Tony and Johnny Sack prepare to move against Carmine, but Tony second-guesses the deal and considers another option. Meanwhile, Tony haggles with a lawyer when he decides to buy a beach house as a gift for Carmela.The judge makes a major ruling in Junior's case, and Christopher returns clean and sober from rehab. Carmela reaches a breaking point when Tony's former mistress taunts her over the phone.moreless

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  • Tony and Johnny Sack aspire to have Carmine whacked, but Tony backs out, making Johnny angry and vengeful. Tony and Carmela have an extremely harsh split-up, while Tony tries to buy a beach home for the family.moreless

    9.8
    One of the ten best episodes of The Sopranos of all time! The tense situation of Tony and Johnny Sack setting up Carmine to get whacked and Tony deciding not to go through with it was excellently played. When Tony refuses Johnny Sack swears vengeance on Tony. A powerful confrontation, but not nearly as powerful as the split-up of Tony and Carmela. The scenes between Tony and Carmela are masterfully acted and ingeniously written. For this episode alone, both James Gandolfini and Edie Falco should receive Emmy awards. Their scenes of anguish and hurt are so undeniably brilliant. Another very interesting plot point, was the situation between Tony and the owner of the “Whitecaps” beach house. Bruce Altman does an exquisite job as a cut-throat attorney going against someone like Tony Soprano. The ending is admirable, because it ends with two non-main guest-star characters talking about something that will have no effect on the season to come. I was biting my nails waiting for the hit on Carmine to go down, but it never did. Although, not as good as this season’s episode “Whoever Did This’ which takes the spot as my # 10 favorite episode of The Sopranos ever made, “Whitecaps” will

    definitely bring home the awards and recognition for David Chase. Overall Grade: A+



    Ranking in season: # 2 / 13

    Ranking in series: # 8 / 65



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Steve Schirripa

Steve Schirripa

Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti

John Ventimiglia

John Ventimiglia

Artie Bucco

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Carmela Soprano

Rosemarie Hue

Rosemarie Hue

Prosecuting Attorney

Guest Star

Emanuel Loarca

Emanuel Loarca

Delivery Guy

Guest Star

Diana Brownstone

Diana Brownstone

Woman Friend

Guest Star

Julie Ross

Julie Ross

Court Clerk

Recurring Role

Joe Pucillo

Joe Pucillo

Beppy Scerbo

Recurring Role

Will Janowitz

Will Janowitz

Finn Detrolio

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Carmela: Let go of me, your son will be home. You want him to see his father like this?
      Tony: Yeah, you'd love that wouldn't you? I'm not leaving here, Carmela.
      Carmela: I don't love you anymore. I don't want you. You are not sleeping in my bed, Tony. The thought of it now makes me sick.

    • Carmela: You know what Tony? What's done is done. We are where we are. It's for the best. But just for the record, or it might even interest you to know that I might actually have gone on with your cheating and your bullshit if you attitude around here has been even the least bit loving, cooperative, interested.

    • Meadow: I just keep thinking, I used to feel so superior 'cause so many of my friends had these fucked-up divorced parents.
      Carmela: I guess I did, too.

    • Tony: (about the beach house) You'll inherit this.
      Meadow: Dad, what a thing to say.

    • Carmela: More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music in this episode:
      "Camouflage of Righteousness" by Little Steven; "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes" by Dean Martin; "I Have Dreamed" by Fantastic Strings; "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos; "I Love Vegas" by Dean Martin; "Oh, What a Night" by The Dells

    • In 2003, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

    • This is the only episode of The Sopranos longer than an hour, clocking in at 75 minutes.

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