Best Sopranos episode

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Do that best episode poll, chap.

-- Eazy, Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:02 AM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

(A selfish request - could any discussion of how the programme ends have some kind of spoiler warning, as I've not seen the last five episodes. Thanks.)

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Pine Barrens 5
College 3
Long Term Parking 1
The Weight 1
Made in America1
Amour Fou 1
Irregular Around the Margins 0
Sentimental Education 0
In Camelot 0
Marco Polo 0
Unidentified Black Males 0
Cold Cuts 0
The Test Dream 0
All Happy Families 0
Where's Johnny? 0
Mergers and Acquisitions 0
Whoever Did This 0
The Strong, Silent Type 0
Calling All Cars 0
Eloise 0
Whitecaps 0
Two Tonys 0
Ratpack 0
Watching Too Much Televison 0
All Due Respect 0
Soprano Home Movies 0
Stage 5 0
Remember When 0
Chasing It 0
Walk Like a Man 0
Kennedy and Heidi 0
The Second Coming 0
The Blue Comet 0
Kaisha 0
Cold Stones 0
Moe n' Joe 0
Join the Club 0
Mayham 0
The Fleshy Part of the Thigh 0
Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request 0
Live Free or Die 0
Luxury Lounge 0
Johnny Cakes 0
The Ride 0
Members Only 0
Pilot 0
I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano 0
Guy Walks Into a Psychatrist's Office 0
Do Not Resuscitate 0
Toodle-Fucking-Oo 0
Commendatori 0
Big Girls Don't Cry 0
The Happy Wanderer 0
D-Girl 0
Isabella 0
Nobody Knows Anything 0
46 Long 0
Denial, Anger, Acceptance 0
Meadowlands 0
Pax Soprana 0
Down Neck 0
The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti 0
Boca 0
A Hit Is a Hit 0
Full Leather Jacket 0
From Where to Eternity 0
Bust-Out 0
He Is Risen 0
The Telltale Moozadell 0
To Save Us All From Satan's Power 0
Army of One 0
For All Debts Public and Private 0
No Show 0
Christopher 0
Pie-o-My 0
Second Opinion 0
University 0
House Arrest 0
The Kinght in White Satin Armor 0
Funhouse 0
Mr. Ruggerio's Neighbourhood 0
Proshai, Livushka 0
Fortunate Son 0
Employee of the Month 0
Another Toothpick 0
Everybody Hurts 0


chap, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:44 (twelve years ago) link

College for me - a brilliant bit of drama that would work just as well as a stand-alone piece as part of a series.

chap, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:45 (twelve years ago) link

For me it's a toss-up between a few episodes where the stakes and tension are so high that it seems inevitable that one of the main characters is going to die, and where the tension is almost unbearable. Namely "The Weight" and "Irregular Around The Margins".

"Second Opinion" has my favorite scene of the whole series, where Carmela sees an old-school therapist who ends his long monologue with "One thing you can never say: that you haven't been told."

"The Pine Barrens" was one of the first episodes I watched; liked it a lot, but would've been more blown away if I had already been caught up in the series as a whole.

Eazy, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:55 (twelve years ago) link

way too difficult, abstain

blueski, Thursday, 6 March 2008 01:02 (twelve years ago) link

Kinda wish I hadn't voted for "The Pine Barrens", because it'll win anyway. "Christopher" and "The Blue Comet" are probably my second and third.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:21 (twelve years ago) link

What's the name of the one where Gloria throws the steak at Tony? That one.

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:40 (twelve years ago) link

Pine Barrens

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:42 (twelve years ago) link

Is it really?! That episode really has got so many great moments.

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:45 (twelve years ago) link

It also has Meadow and Jackie Jr playing Scrabble.

"Oblique? No Spanish words"

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:46 (twelve years ago) link

That steak throwing moment and the fantastic argument that leads to it was the first thing that came into my mind, but there's probably episodes I enjoyed more. I'd have to trawl through the episode recaps on Wikipedia though, because most of these titles mean nothing to me.

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:48 (twelve years ago) link

Hahaha, I'd forgot about that. Jackie Jr was fucking brilliant!

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:49 (twelve years ago) link

Actually, after looking at Wikipedia, Pine Barrens deserves to win, if only for the mobile phone conversation between Paulie and Tony.

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:51 (twelve years ago) link

Top five off the top of my head: College, Pine Barrens, Employee of the Month, Funhouse, that one where the T1000 loses all his money at poker and gets fucked over by Tony.

chap, Thursday, 6 March 2008 12:02 (twelve years ago) link

My favorite episode is "Pine Barrens".

My favorite scene is that argument that Tony and Carmella had in the rec room during their separation. That shit was a little too real.

Pleasant Plains, Thursday, 6 March 2008 16:05 (twelve years ago) link

I watched "Second Opinion" again last night. The storyline with Junior and his favorite doctor (Kennedy) who blows him off when Junior goes to Sloan-Kittering for a second opinion is tops, as is the aforementioned scene with Carmela and Dr. Freud, but then there's some A.J. stuff in there that weakens it.

The success of "Pine Barrens" makes me wonder if the show would've been even better with more single-plot episodes, as opposed to two or three interweaving ones.

Eazy, Thursday, 6 March 2008 18:21 (twelve years ago) link

I tend to like the more self-contained episodes better. There are some frustratingly open-ended ones, especially in the later seasons, which seem to be keeping things ticking along rather than introducing new story elements/resolving old ones.

chap, Thursday, 6 March 2008 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

There are a couple of good mostly self-contained ones early in the last season: "Mr. and Mrs. John Sacramoni", "Luxury Lounge", and "The Ride" (classic).

Eazy, Thursday, 6 March 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 13 March 2008 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

I know I'm probably in the smallest minority in the history of pop culture, but I loved the finale. I was totally, utterly sold on it all (to keep it spoiler-free for Chap)...

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 13 March 2008 00:03 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 14 March 2008 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

I know I'm probably in the smallest minority in the history of pop culture, but I loved the finale. I was totally, utterly sold on it all (to keep it spoiler-free for Chap)...

-- Savannah Smiles, Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:03 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

you are so not in the smallest minority in teh history of pop culture.

s1ocki, Friday, 14 March 2008 00:34 (twelve years ago) link

let this poll be a lesson

blueski, Friday, 14 March 2008 00:37 (twelve years ago) link

I would have voted for Pine Barrens if I'd seen this poll.

rockapads, Friday, 14 March 2008 04:48 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So I watched "Irregular Around The Margins" last week (my runner-up for best episode). What struck me was how there isn't a single subplot -- every scene of the entire episode hinges on the one incident with Tony and Ade, and at the same time it fits into the overall arc of the season (Ade and the FBI, Blundetto studying massage therapy). Such a good one.

Eazy, Sunday, 30 March 2008 22:27 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

so what do people think of the prospect of a Sopranos film

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

never seen any sopranos :D

DG, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

I think it's a dumb idea.

Alex in SF, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:18 (twelve years ago) link

Where are the final Deadwoods coming out that's what I want to know!

Alex in SF, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:19 (twelve years ago) link

the serial nature and traditional pacing of the show would seem to render a feature film pointless, I gotta admit

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:22 (twelve years ago) link

i don't think they are (xpost)

are they really still talking about a sopranos film? it seems wholly unnecessary, unless it was some kind of of ultra-pared down, narrowly focused little story the way Pine Barrens was (mostly).

akm, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:23 (twelve years ago) link

I dunno I just saw some blurb about it on yahoo - wouldn't surprise me that HBO would want to push their other big franchise following the Sex and the City movie's success

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 11 July 2008 22:52 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

by season

1 - boca
2 - the knight in white satin armor
3 - pine barrens (a tip of the hat to 'another toothpick')
4 - whoever did this
5 - long term parking (a tip of the hat to 'marco polo')
6.1 - cold stones
6.2 - the second coming (a.j.'s botched suicide is one of the best scenes in the history of the show imo)

nog right (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:10 (ten years ago) link

ralph is one of my favorite characters ever - the episodes where he was most prominently involved is maybe my favorite stretch of the show

nog right (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:15 (ten years ago) link

1 - college
2 - house arrest
3 - pine barrens
4 - the weight
5 - cold cuts...or long term parking...or in camelot
6.1 - the ride
6.2 - this is really impossible. soprano home movies, remember when, or any of the last 4 episodes. kennedy and heidi!

i think The Weight might be my favourite overall

jabba hands, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:28 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

a&e plays sopranos at 1 central -- love coming home and kicking it w/ it on in the background

everyone looks soo young

Goon's Anatomy (J0rdan S.), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:20 (ten years ago) link

man i fucking love silvio

Goon's Anatomy (J0rdan S.), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:23 (ten years ago) link

ralph is one of my favorite characters ever - the episodes where he was most prominently involved is maybe my favorite stretch of the show

the ep where he tells the story about tony and jackie sr knocking off the poker game when they were kids, leading to jackie jr and his stoner buddies trying to rob moltisanti's game is one of my alltime faves. such a manipulative dude. plus some good pasta cooking tips.

Moreno, Saturday, 30 January 2010 20:09 (ten years ago) link

I totally use Ralph's sauce tip every time I cook pasta!

Jouster, Sunday, 31 January 2010 10:16 (ten years ago) link

Ralph is too much of a 1990s extreme/Se7en/Tarantino/sadist/nihilist element of the show for me. Too easy of a nemisis, compared to Blundetto or Vincent Whathisname. Loved Ralph's clothes, though.

rogue whizzing (Eazy), Sunday, 31 January 2010 15:01 (ten years ago) link

Frank Vincent, I mean.

rogue whizzing (Eazy), Sunday, 31 January 2010 15:01 (ten years ago) link

me too on the ralphie "breaking the seal" pasta tip

brews before HOOS (s1ocki), Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:09 (ten years ago) link

naw ralphie isnt a cartoony bad guy, he's way more complicated and weird than that

brews before HOOS (s1ocki), Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:09 (ten years ago) link

it made total sense that he was a submissive in bed

big hoos state of mind (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:28 (ten years ago) link

richie aprile is my favorite nemesis character

('_') (omar little), Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:32 (ten years ago) link

tone talking to janice about burying richie on a hill near some birds and trees is memorably great

schlump, Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:51 (ten years ago) link

http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c54102/x2_a23d0f

hoos n nem (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 7 February 2010 01:07 (ten years ago) link

i think people voted for pine barrens because it's the only one that they could remember what it was about.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 8 February 2010 13:49 (ten years ago) link

i think it's the only one with a name they remembered.

wallomangina (s1ocki), Monday, 8 February 2010 14:18 (ten years ago) link

Had some scenery.

rogue whizzing (Eazy), Monday, 8 February 2010 14:49 (ten years ago) link

guys Ralphie does yoga

mark kerfuffalo (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 8 February 2010 16:28 (ten years ago) link

"manson lamps"

mark kerfuffalo (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 8 February 2010 16:28 (ten years ago) link

er RICHIE does yoga

mark kerfuffalo (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 8 February 2010 16:29 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

was home sick the other day, idly caught some old episodes. all the malapropisms still crack me up... "hyperbolic chamber", "revenge is like serving cold cuts"

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:49 (eight years ago) link

Quasimodo predicted all of this

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:51 (eight years ago) link

We're in a fucking stagmire

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:51 (eight years ago) link

the sacred and the propane

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:51 (eight years ago) link

Why are you ostrafrying me

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:53 (eight years ago) link

richie aprile is my favorite nemesis character

― ('_') (omar little), Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:32 PM Bookmark

I think that's Richie in Omar's dn!

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:53 (eight years ago) link

I don't ever, ever remember the names of episodes, only seasons.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:54 (eight years ago) link

mayham!

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:56 (eight years ago) link

hair apparent

I saw Mike Love walk by a computer once (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:58 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

Worst: absurdly rushes ep where Carmela and English teacher go from cuddle to sweatyfucks to breakup, buscemi from con down on his luck to American dream to Scarface, all in an hour.

First objectively terrible hour.

Ecomigrant gnomics (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:11 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Cold cuts so fuckin good

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Tuesday, 12 July 2016 19:45 (four years ago) link

Lauren Bacall. "Big fan. The haves and the have nots"

I think I missed the whole season with buscemi, still love this show better than nearly everything that came in its wake

O, Barack: flaws (wins), Tuesday, 12 July 2016 19:59 (four years ago) link

Little Carmine never failed to deliver the goods. That dream he had about the "mellifluous box" still cracks me up.

I love re-watching old Scorsese movies to play Spot The Sopranos. Saw "Mean Streets" the other night, was cool to see the young Richie Aprile and also the guy who was the doc's ex as a heavy.

henry s, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

you can do the same w late 80s/early 90s Woody Allen movies

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:11 (four years ago) link

For me it is like The Larry Sanders Show. Keep re-watching it and the magic is still there.

calzino, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:13 (four years ago) link

like half the sopranos crew appears in goodfellas iirc,

looking it up, according to wikipedia there are 27 actors who are in both

nomar, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:19 (four years ago) link

a bunch of those are extra/non-speaking roles

Janice, Richie, Phil Leotardo, + some others all have parts in Allen films iirc

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:21 (four years ago) link

oh, Hesh is in Manhattan Murder Mystery

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:22 (four years ago) link

hmm scratch Phil Leotardo/Frank Vincent

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:24 (four years ago) link

oh lol I made a thread
Sopranos actors in other things

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 23:24 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I keep lol'ing @

"She couldn't even handle a "Nancy Drew." It was too mysterious!"

Οὖτις, Thursday, 25 August 2016 15:27 (three years ago) link

I probably don't have a totally comprehensive rewatch of this show in me but I think about Pine Barrens a lot

Sean, let me be clear (silby), Thursday, 25 August 2016 15:49 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Still working my through the rewatch--just finished "The Two Tonys," the S5 opener (0 votes above). Thought it was easily one of the greatest episodes. So much happening--the old-timers getting out of jail, the bear, Tony pursuing Dr. Melfi, Chris and Paulie fighting over tabs--and they move back and forth seamlessly. In the first scene, when you see the news report on the old guys getting out--and see, in quick succession, Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent, and Robert Loggia--you know things are going to get really good. Also really liked Emmylous Harris's "Heaven Only Knows" at the beginning and end.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 June 2020 19:53 (two weeks ago) link

Great moments at the end of "Where's Johnny?": "I mean, don't you love me?"

clemenza, Monday, 29 June 2020 00:37 (one week ago) link

(singular)

clemenza, Monday, 29 June 2020 00:37 (one week ago) link


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