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2nd-to-Last SOPRANOS!! Talk Back!!

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Those who have not yet learned how to watch one show while taping another would be wise to sharpen up their VCR skills in a hurry.

Not only is the perfectly spectacular first part of the “X-Files” season finale on tonight (the best episode I’ve seen yet from the pen of Chris Carter), but airing opposite is the second-to-last episode this season of “The Sopranos”!!

Recall that Janice, of all people, whacked Richie Aprile in last season’s second-to-last episode. Will tonight’s installment hold similar surprises?

Here’s what TV Guide says:

Despite being warned early and often by Tony, Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone) decides to make a name for himself in the underworld; Carmela's visit to confession is motivated by guilt. Ralph: Joe Pantoliano.

Take up valuable bandwidth with your predictions and reactions!

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  • May 13, 2001, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Best season yet...

    by GravyAkira

  • May 13, 2001, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Watch one, Tape the other???

    by -mrbean-

    But The Sopranos is on HBO. It will be repeated at least 10 times during the week. Thank you very much, but I'll watch The X-Files and then The Practice and I'm sure to run into The Sopranos sometime during the week.

  • May 13, 2001, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Say10

    Whenever I watched an episode this season, it was with a constant feeling of dread. Such good sequences with the crazy girlfriend and the shootout. Chase is a wonderfully unpredictable writer.

  • May 13, 2001, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Paulie's gonna die.....

    by Nick

    Anyone else remember in the season finale last year when Tony had a dream he was sitting across from a table with Paulie Walnuts in an airplane hangar and shot him? Well it's gonna happen!

  • May 13, 2001, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Oh, my.

    by Sideblaster Ted

    They topped last week's hilarious episode with this week's even better episode. Can they top this week's next? That would be tough to do. So many great things happened: Tony drops that who-ore in style. Jackie Jr. fucks-up beyond belief. Ralphie (the show has felt empty w/o him)sets up JJ's hit with the drug dealer rap to his girl. Christopher steps up (I hope he doesn't die anytime soon). Plus, no Paulie! Does anyone know if the last episode is 2 hours? That would make it erection time.

  • May 13, 2001, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I cracked his windpipe...that's it fa him!

    by filmnazi

    Although it seems likely, Paulie is not going to die, (that 3 o'clock thing could play in, though). It's just that soo much happens in one episode, you never can tell. they want you to think he is going to die, but I don't think so. After last week's episode, I thought that Carmela was going to be on her deathbed, and I thought Multosanti, was killed by the russians. I don't know. Walnuts may have to die. I have no idea.

  • May 13, 2001, 7:16 p.m. CST

    the very last scene

    by vekt0r

    someone explain the guy getting in the car and driving away? Did that have some meaning that i didnt understand?

  • May 13, 2001, 8:55 p.m. CST

    You know who I wouldn't want to be next week is....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Poor Jackie Jr. At first everyone was so sure that Ralphie was gonna be the sacrificial lamb. Hey, I LIKE Ralphie. I think he's great and certainly seems to have fallen in line except for, um, bringing Jackie Jr. into this thing of theirs (Ralphie alert...when Tony hands him Jackie's .38 I kinda thought he was gonna buy it then and there, but then again Ralphie's a Capo). So I predict 5-2 that Jackie Jr. is gonna buy it. And I wish Furio a speedy recovery. And I hope nobody dies, except those who deserve it. And since Jackie nailed Meadow and left her for Jersey trailer trash, well, he deserves to be shot in the balls!!! Probably won't even get a last drink ala Pussy. And if he does the Colonel hopes it's Tenessee whiskey, 'cause man is that shit foul. Too fucking bitter, no flavor at all, and just plain awful. Props to Jack Daniels, though. It's pisswater but still better than, say, Glenmore or Kentucky Gentleman. Be brave and try some Ezra Brooks (90 proof in the black bottle w/the cork) or, if you have some serious dough pick up a bottle of Woodford Reserve. They are from diffrent distilleries and the Woodford costs about 3X what Ezra costs (maybe more outside of "Bourbon country") but they are both yummy. The Woodford comes in a cool bottle and should be pulled out to impress folks (business folks, women, etc.) and the Ezra should be pulled out to show how hip you are and really know your mid-priced quality Bourbons. Oh yeah, so long Jackie Jr. Ralphie's gonna have you take a dirtnap, you skinny wop fuck you. Spay or nueter any dog or cat you can get your hands on!!!

  • May 13, 2001, 9:07 p.m. CST

    James Gandolfini's comments about the violence, etc..

    by vekt0r

    Anyone hear about this one? I saw it on MR. Showbiz. JG is tired of the mob role and the violence on the show and wants to get into other parts. The blurb ended with David Chase still not sure if the Sopranos was going to go into a fifth season.....ummmm i thought this was the 3rd. If i'm right, does this mean the fourth is going to happen for sure? me confused.....

  • May 13, 2001, 9:21 p.m. CST

    The last scene

    by doctorcreep

    I have a bad feeling that the last scene with Patsy is foreshadowing, ie, he will play an important part in next week's ep. (he IS wearing a wire, right?) Also, the scene with Tony and Gloria in her house was probably the most tense scene since finding out who killed Laura Palmer 10 years ago. I go into mourning at about 11:00 mountain time next Sunday.

  • May 13, 2001, 9:30 p.m. CST

    the last scene

    by Jellinekesq

    Yes, I was on the edge of my seat thinking the crazy woman would kill the one who threatened here, but did anyone notice that (besides their day to day routine -- nice observation) the last car to drive by JUST before the black out/credits was a Mercedes S Class, very similar to the test drive car (just a different color)?

  • May 13, 2001, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Gloria was sure looking yummy!

    by Uncapie

    The scene with Tony giving Ralphie Jackie's gun back to him said it all. When a samurai loses his sword in a fight and it is given back to his boss by the other party, he is disgraced and either performs sepiku or is murdered because of the shame he must face. Brilliant scene! I got a feeling Jackie, Jr. is going to be capped by Ralphie just to save face with Tony. Annabella S. should get an Emmy for her performance! This is just the best show on tv!

  • May 13, 2001, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The last three scenes

    by BrianTT

    My first talk back...but people have asked about the last shot. The entire episode was about relationship dynamics (as most of them are) with Tony & Gloria, Tony & Carm, and Tony & Jennifer being the focus. How drastically different each of these women are to his life. The last three scenes drive this point home. The first is Ralphie and Rosalie, then Tony and Carm, and lest people forget, Patsy is obviously talking to a loved one before he gets in the car. Three drastically different relationships. Just my interpretion. Take it for what you will. And my thoughts for next week? No one will die. That will be the surprise for you all.

  • May 13, 2001, 10:44 p.m. CST

    There's nothing on TV that can touch this

    by doctorcreep

    Joss Whedon can talk all he wants about eating Aaron Sorkin's shroom addled brains, neither will ever come up with anything half as good as this (and I'm a big fan of Buffy). On another note I never thought Silvio or Paulie would buy it, because they're more symbols than actual characters, but all the talk has got me thinking...Paulie's character has really been developed the last few episodes, and with the talk of his contract running out this season his death starts to make more sense. Still, I hope it doesn't happen. And oh yeah, I like how Tony's setting up Ralphie to take the blame for Jackie Jr's non-killing.

  • Next episode, I believe Johnny Sack will make it known to Tony that the New York boys will be handling the New Jersey boardwalk job, a huge blow to Tony's business and image. Also, Ralphie will head up Johnny's crew there, splitting from Tony and taking Jackie Jr. (now an untouchable with the protection of New York) along with him. And hows this for a surprise... no one gets whacked!

  • May 14, 2001, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I thought there were going to be 26 episodes?

    by mizuke

    I heard on some tv show a while back that the reason we had to wait almost a full year between season's 2 and 3 of The Sopranos was because HBO had decided to order 26 episodes for season 3 rather then the 13 ordered previously. Obviously, there haven't been nearly 26 episodes this season yet next Sunday is suddenly the season finale? Kinda makes me believe that they are filming season's 3 and 4 back to back, and that new episodes should be right around the corner after the finale next week. Anyone heard news to this end?

  • May 14, 2001, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Ray Curto is the one wearing a wire

    by CTM1975

    not Patsy Parisi. A couple weeks back there were rumors that Michael Imperioli was upset about his role or something, so some said maybe he is the one who gets whacked. Could it be, with the mounting pressure between Chris and Paulie, that Paulie somehow sacrifices Chrissy to the Russians? I still say Jackie Jr avoids taking a dirt nap. Unfortunately, Ralphie, who has made the season for me, may not be so lucky. My girlfriend asked me if the finale was going to be 2 hours. I said I wished it was 9 hours. Damn, this show is great.

  • May 14, 2001, 9:38 a.m. CST

    This is a good show but.....

    by Zubalove

    It isn't the West Wing guys. It comes close in terms of twists in plot and the uncertainty of the character's fates. But in overall character development, there isn't anything there. All these characters are static and none of them have changed. Sure Paulie has been more "developed" this season but its actually because he has been given a lot more to do. You want to know who gets whacked? Figure out which character has been developed the most all season and there is your answer. It just seems that the show is taking the "E.R." approach to drama giving the viewer a bigger and bigger thrill every week. Thats just being sensational. The thrill would have worn off for this show by now if the season was longer than 13 eps and you didn't have to wait nearly a year for them. Good acting, good plots, good directing, but this isn't the best show on TV. You gotta watch NBC on wednesdays at 9pm for that. Sopranos is really good, though. Zubalove OUT.

  • May 14, 2001, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Norman Smiley

    Ralphie isn't going to get whacked as Joe signed a two year deal when he joined the show. Ralphie will be back next year. I think that Ralph has decided that Jackie Jr. must be clipped. He finds him and at the last minute can't follow through. Paulie and Chris are furious and want to have Ralph whacked, but Tony won't ok that order. This will turn the whole family upside down and set everything up for next year to be the last.

  • May 14, 2001, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Chrissy and the finale

    by shaggydan

    So I've had this feeling, ever since he got his button, that Christopher wasn't as excited as he once was about this. I think the episode in the woods will play heavily in the finale, as I think, for better or worse, Gloria has had her day. If Jackie Jr. is protected from punishment, as I think he will be, this may be something of a last straw for Christopher. With the presence of Johnny Sack in the teaser for the finale, maybe Chris is gonna consider jumping ship, or maybe even just opening things up to make Tony more exposed to Sack's intentions. But I honestly believe this year will give us a legitmate cliffhanger, whereas last year was really more of a wrapping up of storylines. Then again, I thought this episode was going to be about the backlash of the Russians, and that assisination would be about the russians, so maybe I'm wrong yet again (one of the things I love about this show is I'm very rarely correct as to what will happen) Take care all

  • May 14, 2001, 11:46 a.m. CST

    this season went fast

    by Brother Putney

    which is odd because, during the middle of the season, they seemed to be slowing the pace on things down a bit. now it seems they barely have enough time to wrap all the threads up in one hour, which wouldn't surprise me at all. i'm a fan and i like to think i've kept decent track of the plot but... who is Ray Curto, exactly? is he a New York guy? i, too, mistook him for Patsy when he was buying batteries at Staples for his recorder. also, Jackie Jr. is just a little too stupid to be interesting as a character and i'm hoping next season doesn't focus on Meadow so much (a little is okay, but this ain't 90210). But the big question is: where is the Russian, Valeri? I don't think he's at Pine Barrens, I think he jacked Paulie's caddy and got outta there.

  • May 14, 2001, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Gloria kills...?

    by Under the Radar

    After seeing this week's episode I got a very bizarre feeling that the obviously insane and unstable Gloria just might show up a Tony's house after all. And she just may show up to see Carmella, who's life she is so obviously jealous of. If she does show up, I just gotta wonder if it'll be to put a bullet in Carm's skull...or whoever answers the door. In a show about mobsters, maybe, if someone does die, it won't be any of the oh-so obvious choices for any of the oh-so obvious reasons.

  • May 14, 2001, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Meadow RIP

    by Bada Bingle

    After seeing the trailer for next week, she's my guess. Why? * The shot of her freezes and then turns black and white * A shot of Carmela in hysterics * JJr is now off the deep end and I'm betting his plan to right things goes horribly wrong. * Remember Godfather III? The one that Silvio loves to quote? Michael's daughter gets clipped at the end, showing that his life of crime was not without punishment. And we all know who Tony's supposed to resemble. Again, only a guess but I can't see anyone else whose impact would shatter Tony's life (especially after the lousy relationship they had this year) and set up the final year for all hell to break loose.

  • May 14, 2001, 1:33 p.m. CST

    west wing!@#!%@$#!!!!

    by ethanhunt

    are you on crack west wing is liberal bullshit!!!!! that show is typical primetime crap! west wing couldnt hold tonys cannoli!

  • May 14, 2001, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by ethanhunt

    sorry i just cant drop this, west wing the best t.v. show on t.v.! lets just live in a fantasy land for a moment and pretend there was no sopranos!!! west wing is still not the best t.v. show on t.v.!! how about the larry david show, how about the simpsons just fucking kicking ass every fucking week, how about the fucking x-files!!! west wing is everything that is wrong with t.v.! and you can bet the farm on this prediction, start counting now, becasue abc, nbc, and cbs will be pumping out there sopranos rip off shows next season, watch how many mob related t.v. shows are out there next season!!! primtime t.v. sucks, with the exception of a hand full of shows!!! i bet you think friends is a good show, that fucking open wound of a show jumped the shark years ago, and it wasnt even funny then! and it never was funny! dude you better watch yo ass, before somebody clips yo punk ass!!!

  • May 14, 2001, 1:43 p.m. CST

    zuba love

    by ethanhunt

    two words.......................rob lowe!!! nuff said!

  • May 14, 2001, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Mr. Hunt, this talkback will explode in 5 seconds...

    by Zubalove

    I can't believe I'm arguing with a guy who named himself after a lame 90's secret agent. Why not call yourself "Mr. Poor Taste". The Sopranos is a good show. It IS NOT the best show. It has flaws but it's better than most the shows out there. Sopranos will get ripped off next season, MR HUNT, because America loves Wiseguys running around with guns killing people. It's what this country was founded on. All the networks will have their gangster shows and you know what? THEY WILL ALL BE HITS!! What is everyone talking about in this talkback MR HUNT (can I call you Ethan?)?? Who is gonna die? Is that what this show is about? Is that what they set up for every season? To "pop a cap?" or "clip somone?". If thats why you think this show is great go rewatch the Godfather movies until you figure it out. There is a constant balance of terror in the Sopranos which creates tesion from week to week. That is what makes this show interesting. Any wrong move by the characters, could cost them their lives. That is where the drama is, ETHAN. Talk about that. If you want a corpse of the week, go check out Dynasty reruns. And whoever said Meadow might shuffle off this mortal coil, good call. I think that's what Tony's character has been needing for about a year and a half. Oh yeah, don't threaten me, Ethan Hunt. Don't threaten anyone like that. Zubalove OUT!

  • May 14, 2001, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Mob shows are always HITS?? HUH???

    by DaveDe

    What about that show that was on CBS last year that got canceled after like 2 weeks or something? West Wing is typical Aaron Sorkin overwritten crap. He's a man way to much in love with his own words and his own self. You have to be pretty arrogant to try I take crack and shrooms on an airplane to vegas.

  • May 14, 2001, 9:50 p.m. CST

    ..end of _____?

    by onodoken

    i love the anticipation ...what a rush! So here is a guess as to what is going to happen: NO ONE WILL DIE!, but there will be a betrayal by Ralphie to the New York family 'cause he doesnt want to kill Jackie

  • May 14, 2001, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Predictions for next week

    by mann75

    The season is really ending strong off these last two episodes. The seen between him and Gloria was amazing, I haven't been effected by televion like that in years. In the finale my guess would be that Jackie Jr. goes and hides the one place where he feels he is safe, Meadows dorm room at Columbia. He tells her that her dad is trying to kill him and uses her to deflect the heat. Now whether she dies or not I don't know but I do think that the reason they have been going into Meadow's storyline so much is to put her into the crosshairs for this cliffhanger.

  • May 14, 2001, 10:21 p.m. CST

    the final scene between Tony & Gloria

    by Brother Putney

    Did anybody else happen to notice that the final confrontation between Tony & Gloria was almost identical to a scene in "Fatal Attraction"? The whole "I'll tell your wife" skirmish ending with an adulterer blowing his top and nearly strangling the lover. Also, last week's episode had Chris & Paulie following Valeri into a wooded area of tall trees, very similar to Eddie Dane and his boys leading Tom Regan out to Miller's Crossing -- that episode was directed by Buscemi, who played Mink LaRue in Miller's Crossing. I'm not trying to take anything away from the show, it's great, but the similarities are pretty blatant. Just a boring 2:15 in the morning train of thought.

  • May 14, 2001, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Mob Drama on TV

    by Fields of Mars

    I think the networks already tried there hand at Mob drama's, the only one that comes to mind is Falcone. It failed miserably, it was Jason Gedrick's last chance at fame, "The Heavenly kid" seemed like such a stepping stone. Oh well.

  • May 15, 2001, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Skimming the West Wing Sopranos debate

    by Wee Willie

    Despite it's good intentions, West Wing is nothing more than cheesy melodrama hiding behind a supposedly 'political' aura. Sopranos, on the other hand, is drama with a capital D. There's no obvious 'good guy/bad guy" paradigm going on there like in the barely watchable, self-important West Wing. Sopranos is about human nature. West Wing is about cheese. That's just my opinion.

  • May 17, 2001, 6:06 a.m. CST

    message to: ETHANHUNT

    by TectorGorch

    First off if you dismiss "West Wing" as just more liberal BS then you obviously don't really watch Tony and company that closely. The entire series is about the corruption of the American dream. These gangsters are just ultra-violent versions of the same piece of shit yuppies we see crawling down the street in Four Wheel Drive trucks trying to fool themselves into believing that they haven't been completely deballed by our culture. The show is a satire about consumer culture and where it is. Tony, Carm, and the others sell their souls to the devil- dickhead yuppies sell theirs to the cubical lords who cut them fat chekcs in exchange for their souls. Last time I checked the "Death of the American Dream" was a favorite theme of such liberal BS writers as Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, and Arron Sorkin. Lastly- threatening someone's life- even in jest- is a serious and prosecutable crime.

  • May 18, 2001, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Hey Doc

    by TectorGorch

    Its "BRUSH" Doc...not Bush. Also making threats on someones life is a crime. It's under things like Terrorist Language. If you don't believe me ask the kid who juoked about "Peeling Caps" on AOL and was promptly arrested. Granted he was joking with kids from Columbine Highschool where the sencativity to such things was high at the time. The law still applies though. Secondly I never said "West Wing" was a better show- but my interpatation was neither Liberal or stupid. It was dead on. If you don't believe me check out some of the work by Pauline Kael on gangster films. For the record I enjoy the Sopranos much more than West Wing and hardley ever watch the show...I was simply defending someone against an ingnorant and vicious attack that was launched for no reason other than to make some Dylan Kliebold wannabe sitting in his Mommy's basement feel better about himself.

  • May 19, 2001, 8:46 a.m. CST

    ANDREW DAVOLI as Dino Zerilli

    by sopranos-biz

    Buongiorno! Andy played the part of Jackie, Jr's. friend & was unfortunately whacked in episode #12. I got to interview Andy for a YAHOO Chat this past Monday. (his family members belong to my list) More about Andy & the transcript are at: This is an awesome show and we are holding a CYBER-DINNER at my club tomorrow night before the season finale airs! We are going to compare ideas on whose gonna get whacked and who is not. Will it be more than one? So join us at: The OLDEST and FIRST YAHOO Club for THE SOPRANOS! Ciao! Jenny P.S.He is currently filming WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD with George Clooney and has a film coming out at the end of August called THE KNOCKAROUND GUYS. (John Malkovich, Seth Green, etc.)