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SWEEPS DAY 25!!
The Second Coming!!
The Last SOPRANOS
Installment Till June!!

Published at: May 21, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
Previously. On “The Sopranos.” * Tony has cooled toward Bobby and Paulie, two of his three closest associates. * The New York mob is in an accelerating cycle of flux and turmoil. * Tony’s boy got dumped. * Gay Vito’s boy took a dump. * Uncle Junior peed himself. * Hesh’s girl didn’t wake up. * A.J. helped with some toe removal. * Christophuh put a cap in his movie’s screenwriter. * Tony put the pinch on Christophuh. * Tony gave Christophuh’s Vegas girl the sopressata. HBO says of tonight’s installment, “The Second Coming”:
Phil (Frank Vincent) turns down Tony's offer of compromise; AJ despairs about the world and his future; Tony takes umbrage over an affront to Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). Written by Terence Winter; directed by Tim Van Patten.
Steel yourself for a nasty wait. HBO, concerned that it would cripple the American vacation industry if it transmitted a new “Sopranos” episode over the Memorial Day weekend, offers the mob drama’s last May installment tonight. After tonight? Two episodes left. 6.20 – JUNE 3 - “The Blue Comet” - The allegiance of those closest to Tony (James Gandolfini) is put to the test; a case of mistaken identity has serious ramifications. Written by David Chase and Matthew Weiner; directed by Alan Taylor. 6.21 – JUNE 10 – “Made in America” - The final chapter in the saga of The Soprano Family. Written and directed by David Chase. 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.





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  • May 20, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Tony is falling apart

    by VanLingoMungo

    And I'm loving it.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Got butterflies in stomach..

    by bob oblaw

    i'm so on edge about how this will end!

  • May 20, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I'm expecting something major to happen

    by FrodoFraggins

    I hope they don't let me down before the end. and yeah, tony is self destructing at a rapid pace.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I would be happy to affront Meadow.

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I'm concerned what that means though. I hope this show doesn't go all Godfather Part III.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST

    FINALE: Robert Patrick SHOULD cap Tony!

    by American Mythos

    Think about it -- this whole season has been about the dissilusionment with or the shattering of the American dream or some shit like that (I've only seen two episodes this season). Well, whose American dream was more shattered than Robert Patrick's, who played a degenerate gambler that Tony completely railroaded, taking from him his sporting goods store and his family. That would be the perfect cap on the series -- a disillusioned washup that blames Tony (and rightfully so, to a degree) for his shattered American dream, so returns in the last few frames to exact revenge -- in an ice cream shop of course.

  • May 20, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    SODOMIZE FINN!!!!

    by Northridge

    iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!iwanttherape!

  • May 20, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    terence winter's episodes are the best

    by BadMrWonka

    this is going to be awesome...<p>after the allusion to "christopher flies of the handle" or something actually meant christopher went through the steering column, I suspect "affront to meadow" actually means she's raped by phil leotardo's ego. (when it takes human form, curiously enough, it looks like Horatio Sanz).<p>further bulletins as events warrant.

  • May 20, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    First!!!!!!

    by DARTHTAINO

    I really think this will end with Tony's death

  • May 20, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    What I wouldn't give to be Leotardo's Ego

    by ImFixingtoDie

    Perhaps I should stop.

  • May 20, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Everyone dies

    by Razorback

    Oh... spoiler.

  • May 20, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    I hear tonight's episode

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I hear tonight's episode will be Carmela centered. Which for me is good. I may be the only man on earth who finds her attractive. Not as attractive as Meadow though.

  • May 20, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    FYI,5 actors submitted this episode as their Emmy tape.

    by Pennsy

    Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Jaime Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler and Peter Bovdanovich.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    hopefully

    by IJUSTLIKEMOVIES

    the momentum from last week's episode carries over. Tony and Co. have been a bore and a half for a while.

  • May 20, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I Demand the Godfather II Ending.

    by uss cygnus

    Tony sits alone in an ice cream parlor, eating, as Michael Corleone sat alone in Tahoe at the end of GII, Victorious but alone. Killing or Jailing Tony is a chickenshit way out.

  • May 20, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Uncle Junior peed himself!!!

    by Boomers_Lips

    that was great.

  • May 20, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Yeah, GF2 would be a good way to go out....

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Tony decides to settle it with Phil and a few others all at once. But, the muslims that he tipped the feds too pull a terrorist attack in the city or something, killing Meadow, AJ, and Carm who were in the city that day to do some shopping or something. However, in the battle with Phil where he decides to "settle it," Bobby, Sil, and Paulie all bite it. Last scene, Tony sitting alone at the funeral home after all the visitors have left, in front of like 7 caskets. AJ, Meadow, Carm, Bobby, Sil, Paulie, and throw in Janet for good measure. She was whacked when Phil's goons took out Bobby by getting caught in the crossfire. Fade to black.

  • May 20, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Better yet...

    by Chest_Rockwell

    instead of fade to black after that funeral parlor scene, it just fades out, and in fades tony back in Dr. Melfi's chair, saying something like "I won, but I really lost." Fade to Black.

  • May 20, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Sly Stallone just called me...

    by CobraKai

    AND..apparently the final episode ends when Tony and family are all enjoying some rocky road waffle cones at an ice cream parlor. ALL OF A SUDDEN,...John Rambo comes up from behind and chops Tony's head off. Burmese busboys break out their machine guns and chaos ensues. Should be fun. I hope we get a preview clip.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Burmese busboys Gotta EAT!!!!!

    by Chest_Rockwell

    eom

  • May 20, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Testing out some shit.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    <p>asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf</p> new paragraph

  • May 20, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    The 4th and the 11th are Mondays

    by MrMojok

    Can that be right?!?!? I don't think so, Herc.

  • May 20, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Where's the Brothers & Sisters talkback?!

    by JohnnyS2

    Now that show is serious biz-ness.

  • May 20, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Chest, how did you do that?

    by Frank Black

    We have all been craving some proper spacing and paragraphs.

  • May 20, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Furio & Annalisa... kick in the door, waving the .44

    by An4h0ny

    I'd like to see a united Furio and Annalisa, representing Italy... burst through the door of Satriale's or the Bing, and clean house... OOOLD SCHOOL. "Remember US, BITCHES?!?" Only they don't kill A.J. They take him back to Naples and groom him to be the new Boss. Spinoff!!

  • May 20, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    ImFixingToDie

    by Mr_Deadite

    I'd fuck the shit out of Carmella, too.

  • May 20, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    It's going to be on the 3rd and 10th.

    by indiephantom

    dates and numbers confuse poor Herc.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Mr_Deadlite,

    by mrfan

    I will go third if that is alright.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    You

    by Mr_Deadite

    Can go third, but I got first. No way in hell am I taking sloppy seconds.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I just wanna be surprised at the ending...

    by Damer1

    is that soooo wrong? Tony's death won't surprise but Tony living in Scottsdale as a part of Witness Protection would be interesting.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    God Bless Homer Simpson, 400 Strong

    by Larry of Arabia

    Yeah, it's best years are behind it but it's still worth a good laugh. They pulled out a Raising Arizona parody tonight, with a whole episode 24 spoof that somehow managed to hit all the cliches of the show, kind of kicking it while it's down. Keep up the good work, see you in the summer.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    The Sopranos' ending

    by BaronMori

    ... is going to kick your ass. You know it's true!

  • May 20, 2007, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Best Part

    by Damer1

    When the curbing occurred.

  • May 20, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Goddamit I"m going to miss this show!

    by GQtaste

    There will never be another one I like as much as this one.

  • May 20, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Fucking wear it,, Coco

    by VanLingoMungo

    Nice teeth, meat. Don't mess with Meadow.

  • May 20, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by VanLingoMungo

    The FBI is using Tony's cooperation to make it appear as though he's a rat. He's in deep fucking trouble.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:02 p.m. CST

    The end is near for Tony

    by Russman

    writing's on the wall folks... the writing is on the wall.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    wetback is kichen: "get a mop."

    by GQtaste

    I had to turn away on that one.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    wow, great, great episode

    by Magic Rat

    FINALLY - AJ gets an episode to do something interesting. The whole show was brilliant, right up to the last scene with Tony and AJ in the hospital. Meadow looked gorgeous, as usual. Edie Falco was outstanding, OUTSTANDING in this episode, her best performance since that episode where Tony almost hit her. I can't wait to see where they're going with this. Obviously a showdown with Phil, which will be bad for all involved. Damn this two week layoff. DAMN YOU MEMORIAL DAY!!!

  • May 20, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Ugh, too much AJ

    by rainbowtrout1265

    AJ has never been an interesting character and the actor is even worse.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    ?

    by Lance4431

    Is the last episode going to only be an hour or is it two hours?

  • May 20, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    the last episode

    by Magic Rat

    should be 5 hours with all the stuff they have to squeeze into it. BTW, who was the guy Meadow was dating? Has he been on the show before?

  • May 20, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Great stuff

    by indiephantom

    Emotional as hell scene at the pool with AJ and Tony. They had me.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    the pool scene

    by Magic Rat

    Best scene of the season in terms of emotion and drama.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    BIG LOVE JUMPED THE SHARK

    by Mr_Deadite

    I mean, did you see that commercial?!?! Anyways, tonight was a good episode, but I just honestly don't know how the last two can be good. Two hours is not very long to adequately wrap up what they've put into this season thus far.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Hilarious!

    by brakula

    I guess I was the only one laughing during AJ's Pool Party? What a pathetic kid. However, I'd be depressed too if I listened to shitty booty rap all day.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    details?

    by Magic Rat

    AJ finds politics...stresses over Israel/Palestine....the African kid beatdown...his ex.....starts reading Al Jazeera online....fusses over toxic sprays used at slaughter houses.....tells Meadow he's dropping out of school....ties a cinder block around his ankle...puts a zip lock bag over his head with a rubber band...dives into the deep end of the pool....ties the rope too long and ends up bobbing up and down...decides he wants to live...Tony comes home....hears screaming...Tony dives into pool....saves AJ....they check him into the hospital....NY guys come to get money for the construction deal...guy says Tony cancelled the deal, has no money to give...guy gets beat up...NY guy confronts Meadow in Little Italy...says he wants to put cream on Meadow's face...Meadow tells Tony....Tony walks into resturant and does an American History X on the guy...ends up with tooth on his pants cuff...discovers tooth in therapy session with AJ and Carmella....Little Carmine comes to Bing...tells Tony he has to come with hat in hand to Phil....they go....Phil refuses to see Tony even though he agreed to meet via Carmine....show ends with Tony visiting AJ in the hospital.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Robert Iler is laughable

    by rainbowtrout1265

    "I guess I was the only one laughing during AJ's Pool Party? What a pathetic kid. However, I'd be depressed too if I listened to shitty booty rap all day" Nope, I was giggling, too. Gandolfini was decent in the scene, but Iler was Godawful. He has never given a good performance in the series and his character is a complete waste of time and with only a few episodes left, wasted time is not an option.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    um...duh

    by Magic Rat

    AJ is supposed to be pathetic. He's an example of Tony's failure as a father. He's the first line of the Soprano men to not get into 'the business' and it shows that without violence, Soprano men are nothing special. I think AJ is a fairly realistic character and I think Iler plays him well. He's not supposed to be especially likeable.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Good episode, but

    by B Arthur

    I guess I'm wondering what happened to Christopher? His picture is up on the wall, and thats it? 10-15 seconds of the episode? Is that how little Christopher meant to Tony, or is this just a total oversight? I am getting disappointed once again that the only link between these episodes is a stinking pile of trash at the beginning of these episodes. It feels rushed and not well thought out.

  • May 20, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    basically, yeah

    by Magic Rat

    Tony hated Christopher at the end, just as Christopher hated Tony. He even resents the fact that he has to take care of his widow.

  • May 20, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    by Chest_Rockwell

  • May 20, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Shit, son.......

    by Chest_Rockwell

    <p>I knew as soon as they showed the concrete block and the rope that the dumbass tied it too long. Anything else, would have been out of character. </p> I mean, the kid is a colossal fuck up, who can't walk across the street without fucking it up somehow, is gonna manage to plan it enough to off himself right? How fucking hard is it? You tie the fucking block about 6 inches from your foot, no problem. Perfect writing for AJ's character. N1 Chase. Very nice.

  • May 20, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The pool scene

    by B Arthur

    It was good, don't get me wrong. I think they missed out on a golden opportunity though. They easily could have done a 1 second cut when Tony was saying "What the f*ck are you doing" with AJ gasping for breath, making you wonder for a split second if he would drown his own son. They did this earlier in the season with Tony drunkenly lurching towards Janice and Bobby's kids at the cabin, or when Tony went to go get Paulie a beer. Instead we get Tony being a human being in direct contrast to the last episode... but then it's contradictory because Tony says later in therapy that he is ashamed of AJ...

  • May 20, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    This episode actually made me cry.

    by TVguy4566

    Not because it it was a touching episode or anything, but when Tony pulled AJ out of the water I realized I had to put up with that totally insufferable performance by Robert Igler even longer. I think this Spring season has been pretty good, but the AJ scene just bring the show to a screetching halt. I know there is meaning behind AJ's depression, but the scenes themself are like listening to nails being dragged across a blackboard.

  • May 20, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I'll give John from Cincy a try

    by VanLingoMungo

    Like I do with all HBO shows. Bruce Greenwood is a fine actor, and it's David Milch, for Chrissakes. It has to be something interesting. AJ sucks because he's supposed to suck. He's pathetic because Tony is a pathetic father. Always too self absorbed to raise him the "right" way.

  • May 20, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I cried too. Very emotional stuff you got going on the

    by GQtaste

    there. Wetback, 'Get a Mop.'

  • May 20, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    The pool scene was hilarious

    by An4h0ny

    I laughed so hard at stupid, pathetic AJ flopping around in that pool with the bag on his head that I almost spit courvoisier out of my one good nostril. What a total fucknut.

  • May 21, 2007, midnight CST

    Do nto read this posting, major spoiler

    by Razorback

    A Soprano dies in the next episode.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    You may just have some issues if you thought that was

    by GQtaste

    funny. That's the last thing I'd say about that.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    hmmm

    by B Arthur

    I thought her voice sounded much deeper than normal.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Patsy Parisi

    by oh_riginal

    Well well well... let me do a quick recap of this character's history with Tony Soprano. Patsy had a twin brother named Spoons, who was killed under Tony's orders way back in the second season. If you recall, Patsy wanted revenge for this, and had seriously considered wanting to kill Tony himself. This of course, never happened, and this issue was never even brought up again in the series. It is very possible that Patsy still has negative feelings toward Tony... and who was the man Meadow was having a date with when Coco insulted her...? Patsy's son! Now here is where my conspiracy theory comes up... could Patsy's son be working with his father, to get revenge against Tony by setting him up? How else would Coco conveniently show up and recognize Meadow, and proceed to insult her? I mean, why would the writers of the show suddenly spring up this new Parisi character like that in the first place? To give Patsy something to do in the story? Perhaps, but how interesting is that? Patsy wanted revenge at one point, and I can't help but think he may still want it, but not through direct action.... Or maybe I'm nucking futs!

  • May 21, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST

    People aren't really focused on the FBI agents...

    by VanLingoMungo

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think Chase and Co. would continue to have the FBI agents popping up unless there was a bigger picture. They keep asking Tony about them, and Tony is cooperating. I said it earlier, but I get the sneaking suspicion that the Feds are trying to make it look like Tony is cooperating with them in some form or fashion. Manipulating his discussions, which are probably taped, to look like he's become an informant. Am I the only one seeing this?

  • May 21, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST

    "No Food in the ward"

    by thecomedian

    You can't take it with you. Tony and AJ walk down a white hallway together. Fade to Black. It's forshadowing. Tony and A.J. die together.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    thecomedian...

    by ImFixingtoDie

    using your logic, a Chicken Parm sandwich will become the new Boss.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    oh_riginal, that's one hell of a theory you got there.

    by GQtaste

    Never crossed my mind. Still can't believe Chrissy is dead. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: every time when Sunday rolls around, I get nervous through out the day waiting to find out what the fuck is going to happen on the show. This is going to sound crazy but it feels like I'm about to break up w/ a girlfriend I"ve had for ten years now that it's coming to an end. I don't know how I"m going to handle it when it's gone. I realize it's stupid but I f'ing love this show. And It's ironic coming from a dude from Okla. being able to relate so much to these characters. All this talk of depression is making me depressed.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    It's Hard To See ...

    by emvan

    why Tony wouldn't whack Phil (and his henchman) ASAP and get Little Carmine installed as NYC boss. In fact, you almost wonder if Phil has a death wish. OTOH, Phil may be acting like a guy who already plans to whack Tony -- the difference being that he has no ally in Jersey and could expect swift retribution from Sil at least.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Great Episode, my Soprano Fan Fatigue theory.....

    by colivo

    I think this was a great episode last night, and proved why The Sopranos is one of the greatest dramas ever to grace the small screen. I believe the worst thing Chase did was to wait 2 years betweens seasons starting in 2002, then 2004, then 2006. The wait between those 3 seasons put such a bad taste in many fans mouths that it gave them time to start hating the series and I believe fatigue set in and many people could never enjoy it the way they did when the early season were right after each other (1999, 2000, 2001). People have been waiting and waiting for an episode like that for many years, as last night clearly showed where everything is headed, and I believe the end is finally near.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Fucking brilliant!

    by Evil Hobbit

    But why oh why a one week time gap? 2 weeks of waiting till the next ep.. /cry

  • May 21, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Soprano's History X

    by palewook

    despite the need to curb stomp, probably the best episode of the season so far. just as I thought the episode was going to hell with emo kid. it takes 3 turns and becomes great.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Jinxo

    Good drama but I really loved the Soprano speak. Paulie's pronounciation of Baja Fresh made me laugh so hard. And the mixed metaphor, "You're on the precipice of a crossroads." Nice. And if in fact a Soprano is going to die next episode, it has to be AJ. First off, that would be the cruelest cut the NY mob could make. To murder Tony's son just after they nearly lost him? And check out that preview. There is a shot of AJ scared, laying and struggling with what at first looks like garbage or something on him. Slowing it down to look closer it could easily be that he's in a trunk with bits of trunk trash laying on and around him. New York is taking out AJ and then things are going to get very very ugly.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    if the NY guys kill AJ in two weeks

    by Magic Rat

    I would not want to be Phil in the last episode.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Tony on Peyote

    by Abin Sur

    Looking at the faces of everyone sitting at the table when he's trying to describe his "trip," those clueless looks were priceless. Oh, and the teeth-smashing is the nicest bit of violence we've had on the show in a while - THAT reminded me of the first season.

  • May 21, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    FBI and Arabs

    by MoleyRusselsWart

    If someone else has suggested this, my apologies but: Anyone else think there is a distinct possibility that they are setting Tony up for aiding terrorists?

  • May 21, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but there should have been a concrete death...

    by James_O'Nasty

    Hopefully that wormy capo of Phil's who was eating while Coco was curbed. Or maybe Carm's mother...hate that cow! The current rumour is that the final show will be 2.5 hours... and luckily they will not delay the final ep with a marathon of all the episodes this season

  • May 21, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I don't think Tony will die

    by Garbageman33

    A far worse fate for him is to live with what he's created. Especially if, as rumored, AJ gets killed. Because Tony would be relieved if that happened. AJ has been nothing but an embarrassment to him. Then, maybe Carmela will leave him too. And Meadow will resent him for being in a line of work that got her brother killed. Tony will come to realize that he truly doesn't care about anyone around him. For all he has, his life is empty. And...roll credits.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    FBI set up

    by The Chook

    This makes sense. And it will only hurt Tony when they search his internet records from home to see that sites like Al-jazeera have been visited.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The Russian/Croation or whatever he was...

    by Tripman5000

    ....remember THAT guy who got away a few seasons back in the woods?....Wonder if HE'LL return!!?!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The Russian/Croatian or whatever he was...

    by Tripman5000

    ....remember THAT guy who got away a few seasons back in the woods?....Wonder if HE'LL return!!?!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Wheres the Silvio Episode?

    by vieri32

    We had the Bobby ep, the Paulie ep,and the Chris ep, but Silvio hasnt beeen really featured at all this season. Could Silvio be a rat? The last scene in the last episode takes place in an icecream parlour, but it maybe be a happy Soprano family without Tony there. He'll be by himself in jail for terrorisim charges. I think the FBI is the key tothis whole thing.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    When this is over and WHOEVER dies....

    by Ninja Nerd

    ....I'll be relieved. Honestly, none of these people have any merit or reason to continue living. With the lone exception of perhaps Meadow, this crowd needs to have a visit from Rambo or a Terminator. Pretty much like my ex in-laws...Italians from New York and Jersey. "Uncle Rico" pretty much is the living embodiment of Cuco. "Uncle Bill" and Phil Leotardo are apparently twins separated at birth. Watching this show has made ME depressed! Kill 'em all, I say! LOL.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Meadow Gets It

    by Mister Bad Example

    It's funny that Ninja Nerd mentions her as the only one not deserving to get whacked, since I think we can infer (from the previews and the upcoming show's synopse in HBO.com) that Meadow will, in fact, get killed. If not her, I'm guessing her boyfriend, Patsy's son. He's shown crying in pain while answering the phone, and we also see Tony's Escalade being driven at high speed (trying to escape from someone?). Plus, said synopse mentions that there's a case of "mistaken identity" with dire consequences. Since A.J. is in the hospital... I'm guessing the daughter!

  • May 21, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Mister Bad Example

    by Jak0lantern01

    Nice connect-the-dots on that one. I agree.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Worst Episode Ever!

    by Norseman1111

    Less yapping and more capping. With only 3 episodes left we had to watch everyone on the show visiting their Shrinks. Come on! At this rate Tony and his crew will die of old age.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Terrific Episode.

    by Homer Sexual

    Last night was an excellent episode, and I thought it was actually pretty portentious about the upcoming finale. Very interesting and not a waste of time at all. But I think that the Sopranos had such long breaks, and some meandering storylines, so a large portion of the audience has been turned off and won't be satisfied with anything less than a total bloodbath. Maybe not even then <p> Just like the Simpsons haters. No pleasing them.

  • May 21, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I Ron Knee

    by Ninja Nerd

    Well, I was inferring that as Meadow was the only Soprano worth saving, she will of course, be a candidate for slaughter.

  • May 21, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    The War build-up can only mean 1 thing....

    by revenge_flicks

    Could there be any more obvious coincidence that NY and NJ are building up to a war? The show has done this in the past and backed off at the last moment. But speaking of last moment, there are only two episodes remaining. Thus, as I have said before and will again, "This series will end in a Cliffhanger!!" There will be many pissed-off viewers, but I will NOT be one of them...the BIG SCREEN beckons for this series and Chase cannot turn that money away. So watch for it coming Christmas 2008/2009, The Sopranos: The Movie.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    No Russian return, and T wants to bang Mrs. Moltisanti!

    by Cletus Van Damme

    The Russian will not return, this has already been discussed to death and Chase said it was a thread that was meant to dangle. And...I'm not so sure that Tony resents having to take care of Chris's widow so much as he wants to ride that shit to town and back.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Sopranos: The Movie

    by ZoeFan

    Please God NO!!!!!!!!

  • May 21, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Miss Meadow's a Goner

    by ZoeFan

    This is the only death that makes sence as it is the least expected. AJ is asking for it too much to be killed off. That would be too obvious for this show. And Meadow was actually likeable this season, even more reason for her to be whacked. Makes for good drama. It was nice knowing you Jamie-Lynn.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Sociopaths and Terrorism...

    by vinceklortho

    I think Tony's whirlwind in these last episodes is destroying his family and everything that he has said, in recap, during his meetings with Melfi has reinforced the fact that he has learned nothing. When Melfi sits down with her therapist, Peter Bogda's, he explains to him of a theory about sociopaths where they use their therapy as a way to hone their skills as conmen. Which in a sense, that the therapy for Tony has simply been to make him a bigger and bigger criminal, while eventually tearing his family apart, which is what is happening right now. Pretty sad, but ultimately brilliant. what a great show. And, some great theories above on the terrorism thing that keeps coming up. When they stopped by, it seemed weird, and Tony sensed it as well. They didn't say anything. Tony had to look at them like he was saying, "Is that it guys? You're showing me pictures? I'm answering, now get out." Obviously they are going to Tony for alternative reasons then trying to get Tony to rat on suspected terrorists. How that plays out with this Phil/NYC thing as well should be interesting.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    The Russian.

    by Tripman5000

    Calm down,it was only a suggestion.Fuckwits.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    You bess rekkanyyzze

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ..come up in here axin' everybody 'bout Russians and whatnot.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I like the FBI setup angle

    by fireclown

    Especially because those middle eastern guys are dirty as hell. I remember Adrianna (hottest poa in the history of the show) mentioning that they hung out at her club and talked about their school for boys in Pakistan. The hole is that Christophuh was the guy who worked with them most, and he's dead now. But they could probably pin some of whatever it is on tony. I do remember they got the guys some guns once. For obscure/silly endings, we see Tony talking and he takes a whomp on the head and falls down. We see his bleeding head on the ground and to the ground beside his head clatters. . . . . . . a prosthetic leg! Fade to black! Or he just gets hit by a bus Devils' Rejects style.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    phil

    by fireclown

    and what the frak is up with Phil locking himself up in his aerie like rapunzel? He isn't a depressed guy. He's a dick. And he likes being a dick to your face. This is very very out of character. What gives?

  • May 21, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I still wanna see Tony Soprano Vs. Vic Mackey

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...the crossover to end all crossovers.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    This episode sucked ass

    by Faust_8

    It's saying alot, but this was the worst episode ever. 3 episodes left in the series and let's watch AJ try to kill himself and fail. What is this crap? Fizzle Fizzle. And to all those people who think they are just building a war with Phil, remember Johnny Sax and the end of season 5. Fucking fizzle fizzle fizzle fizzle. Why don't we watch Tony and the fucking lake for an hour again.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Fireclown, I agree

    by nicegoogly

    Why would Phil waste an opportunity to be a total shit to Tony's face? The only (barely) plausable reason is that he was so pissed he would have shot him then and there, but we can't do that with made guys. Also, what happened to all the people that said that Tony was going to feel remorse over Chrissy's death this week? He seemed pretty over it as he was never under it to begin with. Iler is a waste of a paycheck. His lines are insipid and his acting is nearly elementary school class play quality. If anyone needs a sack in that show it is him. I have been thinking that Tony might rat out in the end to save his ass. Just throwing it out there. In reality, I can't see them dealing out a boss to get the rest of his crew. Maybe, to get whatever he has on Phil, which would be the ultimate way to fuck him. NYC has got more muscle, money and influence than NJ could ever have. With the agents' little shtick, I believe they will force him to be a rat as it already seems he is. Agents would not expose Tony as a rat just to get him killed, they want to build a case against the families.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The ending

    by LesterB

    My prediction: Phil escalates the conflict and Tony decides he needs to go. He brings AJ along, puts the gun in AJ's hand, and has him do the deed. Tony's problems are solved - Phil's out of the way, Tony has an heir to replace Christopher, and AJ is saved. Did you see the way AJ flourished when he was shaking that guy down a couple weeks? Just like his dad, the kid was basically raised to be a criminal. So AJ caps Phil, finds himself, and joins the Family. Then father and son go out for some frosty milkshakes. The Soprano tradition lives on. There is no justice for Tony's victims because the world is unfair. Which is exactly what David Chase has been telling us with this show for almost ten years.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    When Tony took umbridge

    by JadedSOB

    ...over the 'affront' to Meadow, I was cheering because unfortunately, that is what we miss about the show, the bloodbath(s). BUT... The writers are extremely intellectual and obviously want you to care about more than typical mafia type behavior. We all think that this show is about the mafia, but I beg to differ. This is a show about dysfunction and it's effects. The occupation of said dysfunctionals is just a story vehicle. Having said that, I think this show has succeeded gloriously in telling the story it had always meant to tell.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Faust...

    by vinceklortho

    very insightful. thank you for that.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    LesterB

    by Homer Sexual

    I think you've got something pretty close. This last several episodes really seemed to be setting up an "AJ joins the Family" ending, but after last night, I thought he's just too much of a screw up for that too happen. Your explanation reconciles that. Very good.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The ducks....

    by Tripman5000

    ......surely must make a return in the last episode?!

  • May 21, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Coma Sequence

    by CrushKillDestroy

    At the end in the hospital, didn't Tony look like the insurance guy in his coma-dream? I always thought he would go down in a blaze of glory or rot in jail but it seems like he might go to the Feds just to get out of the S*** future his cohorts seem to have achieved. Phil "did the right thing" by going to prison but that only made him more bitter at the end. I like this and I don't. All the endings seems cliche at this point. Only the appearance of Scully and Mulder taking him away in a UFO would seem less contrived.

  • May 21, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    My theory of how it all ends!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Hi Everyone! I think the Sopranos will end with Tony helping the feds bust the arabs. In exchange he gets imunity because of the politics of the war on terror. In the end Tony gets away scot free showing us that the system is more corrupt than the dysfunctional "families" we have come to know over the last 7-10 years! My 2 cents! Tim Ryan Lisbon, Maine

  • May 22, 2007, 5:06 a.m. CST

    my ending

    by johnnyg korrupt

    I think Bobby gets busted by the FBI for killing that guy....it was kinda set up specifically for that. He dropped the gun after all. That really stuck out in my mind. Why would Chase do they if it meant nothing? Wasn't it put on hiatus till next month cause they said everyone would be feeling too depressed if they saw it during the holiday? AJ has been in too much shit lately. Doesn't make sense he'd get killed now. I'm thinking Carmella or Meadow accidentally buy it in a drive by....Tony is planning revenge...about to execute his plan to take over New York and get revenge for his wife/daughters death....and then the FBI picks him up. Bobby ratted and did a deal - Janice told him to do it. They are in witness protection and Tony rots in jail the rest of his life...his family unavenged.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:06 a.m. CST

    "It's alright, baby"

    by MrMojok

    When Tony was saying that to AJ after he fished him out of the pool, it hearkened back to the 'Isabella' episode of season one. Remember Tony, stoned on Lithium and Prozac, imagining the Cusamonos next door have an exchange student houseguest. And at one point he fantasizes/dreams that he and this girl are in Italy. The girl is breastfeeding a baby, and later Jennifer has to explain to Tony that the baby in the dream was him(Tony). Anyways, that's how he describes it to Jennifer, with the woman telling the infant "It's alright, baby".

  • May 22, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Snakes

    by MrDandy

    I'll take the longshot that Tony gets it by the Vipers.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The Ducks

    by HollisMason

    The Ducks will return and peck all of Tony's enemies to death. He will become the King of all Ducks.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST

    tony is a psychopathic sociopath

    by Colonel Kane

    most people do not understand what that means... read the book, "the sociopath next door" 1 in 25 peeps are believed to be sociopaths, although most of them are not cold blooded psychos like tony the soprano curse is not depression, its sociopathy

  • May 23, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Blue Comet

    by hockeyplayaz

    so i thought i'd check out wikipedia for some info on what exactly a 'blue comet' is. naturally, i followed the link for ('Blue Comet', Sorpanos Episode). crap. anyone know if that episode synopsis is correct? there are a TON of spoilers in there if that entry is correct.

  • May 23, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Blue Comet

    by Hipster Doofus

    Hey hockeyplayaz, I think you're onto something. Unfortunately, I guess, I stumbled onto mega spoilers on TV.COM where someone posted on 24 April what would happen in every episode until the end of the series. So far, they've been about 90% accurate, including everything in the 20 May episode, as well as the death of Crissy, albeit in the final episode vice "Kennedy and Heidi". What you saw on wikipedia is fundamentally the same thing I saw on the 24 April post on TV.COM for Blue Comet (wikipedia had even more info which made sense). Anyone who reads my post...do NOT go to either of these sites if you really don't want to know what apparently is going to happen. But trust me and be comforted by the fact that...it is MEGA VIOLENCE. I'm frustrated with the whole "spoilers" thing. I think I've found the Sopranos mother lode and, thus, have satiated some (misguided) deep thirst. Problem is, I'm still not sure this is correct so now I feel like I need SPOILERS FOR THE SPOILERS! Like a dog chasing its tail! Oh well, I'm going to chill now and enjoy the last two episodes.

  • May 23, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    How could you guys not see...

    by BoneStorm

    Paulie is the rat. There's no question. He's setting Tony up bad. It's so obvious. No matter where Paulie goes, Tony gets in trouble. He tells all these stories because he's wired and wants to play "remember when" to make sure to get all kinds of dirt on his pals. Tony should have whacked his ass on the boat. I hope meadow gets whacked at least. How annoying is she? Plus, I think AJ will be working in that ice cream store rumored to be the last shot. Loser.

  • May 23, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Definitely food for thought

    by hockeyplayaz

    with regaqrd to paulie. so you think he's playing 'remember when' so tony can validate what he's saying on tape? that is a great call, my friend. my only question at this point is: are the FBI guys playing tony or are they actually interested in the info he has on those two crazy arabs?

  • May 23, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    The FBI guys

    by BoneStorm

    Before they left tony, one of them muttered "could be financing..." so, yeah, I think they COULD try to tie Tony in with terrorism, because that could be the only thing that would turn not only the general public against the mob, but also the mob against itself. No one wants to be seen as aiding the terrorists. My only qualm with that is that there is very little time to establish that and not make it seem like a cheap way out. Paulie's the rat and he'll probably end up dead. As he deserves. Then again, maybe it's paulie, fat on the triumph of his successes, enjoying a nice cone in that NJ ice cream shop. The new Satriales? Perhaps :)

  • May 23, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by hockeyplayaz

    and the write-up has been removed from wiki. you're welcome everyone, for i saved you from reading what you really did not want to see.

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