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1.Supper With The Sopranos Part I

  • Accidental Misnaming: After Tony asks Melfi how much she knows, she mistakenly refers to Pussy as "Booty", prompting an exasperated reaction from Tony.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When A.J. is making fun of Livia after her "Who's Artie Bucco?" question, he mockingly hums the theme from Jeopardy!, prompting Meadow to suppress a laugh.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Mikey when he gets his leg shot and cornered by Chris and Paulie. Doesn't do him an ounce of good.

  • Assassin Outclassin': Tony and his crew reason that Chucky, a reputed hit man, will be selected by Uncle Junior to finish the job on Tony. Therefore Tony ambushes Chucky before the latter can even start to make a move.

  • Avenging the Villain: While it's not the motive for the murder, Christopher clearly enjoys getting revenge on Mikey for his earlier killing of Brendan.

  • Being Good Sucks: Played with in that the choice is available to Artie, but he doesn't take it. Artie goes to Father Intintola about the revelation of Tony burning down his old restaurant. The priest counsels him that the good and lawful thing to do is go to the police and the insurance company with what he has learned. The problem with doing it is that it risks Artie losing his insurance money and the replacement restaurant. He struggles with whether to go through with it, including telling Charmaine, but ultimately backs out and decides to Keep the Reward.

  • Berserk Button: Tony loses it at Melfi's office after she tells Tony that Livia has borderline personality disorder, describing it with symptoms that apply to him just as much.

  • Berserker Tears: Artie is absolutely enraged when he confronts Tony (bearing a loaded hunting rifle) over the burning down of the old Vesuvio restaurant. It's telling that even Tony is genuinely scared that Artie might actually pull the trigger, and does his utmost to talk his way out of it. Artie barely holds back the tears while he's got his gun trained on Tony, but they come out in full once he decides not to pull the trigger and starts smashing the gun apart on his car.

  • Bilingual Bonus: Uncle Junior calls Tony a 'strunz' during his conversation with his lawyer, which amounts to referring to Tony as a "piece of ..."

  • Book Ends: Much like the pilot, part of the plot deals with Artie's involvement in a restaurant (Vesuvio in the pilot, and Nuovo Vesuvio here), and the subject of the mysterious arson that claimed the former.

  • The episode also resolves the Father Phil plotline, which was set up in the pilot and "College" and is finally dealt with by Carmela when she figures out his game and shames him with a devastating "The Reason You Suck" Speech after he once again tries to seduce her.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How Silvio takes out Jimmy.

  • Celebrity Crush: A throwaway line by Junior after he's been arrested by the FBI and they're trying to get him to turn federal witness:Junior: I want to fuck Angie Dickinson. See which one of us gets lucky first.

  • Cement Shoes: Subverted. You are led to believe that, since Tony plans to have Chucky Signore whacked on or around a boat, cement shoes or something like it are in the offing; it turns out that no, Tony shoots him in port and then he and Silvio take him out to sea to dispose of the body.

  • *Click* Hello: Silvio appears from the bathroom and puts the gun to the back of Jimmy's head, surprising him.

  • Condescending Compassion: Cubitoso practices this during the scene in which the Junior-Livia tapes are played to Tony.

  • Confess in Confidence: Discussed. Melfi claims that she couldn't tell specific details of her encounters with Tony to the FBI, even if she wanted to. Tony tells her that Junior's associates don't care whether or not she's said anything, and will kill her if they find her.

  • Continuity Nod: Artie references the arson that claimed his original restaurant (Vesuvio) in the pilot episode while talking to Father Phil.

  • Tony references how he never should have embarrassed Junior about his affinity for cunnilingus, which helped lead to the civil war in the first place.

  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: A remorseful Tony discusses with Carmela that if he hadn't teased Junior about going down on his girlfriend, he likely wouldn't have gotten angry enough to put out a hit on him.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A.J. is masturbating in his room when Livia comes to the house yelling out and quickly stops to answer her.

  • Diabolus ex Machina: Just before Tony can assassinate Junior, the latter (along with Larry Barese and a number of other mob associates) is arrested by the FBI on a completely unrelated stock-fraud scam.

  • Disposing of a Body: Tony and Silvio determine that it's necessary to get rid of Chucky first, but in a way that won't alert Uncle Junior and Mikey to the game plan.

  • Distracted by the Sexy: Jimmy, with the Russian prostitutes, just before he's killed.

  • Et Tu, Brute?: Even before the suffocation attempt, the look on Tony's face says it all when he listens to the FBI tape of Livia all but outright telling Uncle Junior to put out the hit on him. Defied when Tony believes Artie is the hitman his enemies have contracted to end him. He doesn't dredge up their friendship or appeal to Artie's better nature, but rather challenges him to get it over with. Only when it dawns on Tony that his assailant was set on this path by his mother does Tony try to talk him down.

  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Tony, once Melfi diagnoses Livia with borderline personality disorder. He very nearly assaults Melfi before storming out in a rage, though he later apologizes afterward once he realizes she was right.

  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Implied when a neighbor's dog barks ferociously at Mikey as he begins his jog.

  • Foreshadowing: During their bedroom talk, Carmela mentions to Tony that both of his sisters left Jersey when they were much younger, and haven't been back in a long time...

  • Tony tells his family during the dinner that ends the episode, "And if you're lucky, you'll remember the little moments like this ... that were good." Those words will take on special meaning during more than one scene in the series finale.

  • Gilligan Cut: Carmela and Meadow notice that Tony definitely got up on the right side of the bed in the morning, with a beaming smile. The very next shot is of Mikey about to go jogging. So we pretty much know Mikey's whacking is about to go down.

  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Paulie, who loudly complains about poison ivy rashes on his face and hands while Mikey is begging for his life. Paulie wastes little time emptying his gun into him after briefly telling him how it itches so much.

  • Hidden Weapons: Had Tony approached Chucky while openly carrying a firearm, it would have given Chucky a chance to draw his own gun and fight back. Instead, Tony approaches with a very large fish which would make sense given they're at a marina. Tony pulls the gun out of the fish, gets the jump on Chucky, and blows him away.

  • Hot for Preacher: Father Intintola plays off this, as Carmela tells him. He yearns for sexuality but he won't break his vows, so he gets a "whiff of sexuality" and co-dependence from assorted mob wives.

  • Hypocrite: Carmela points out that Father Intintola is this, considering that he looks down upon Tony's lifestyle but secretly enjoys Tony's food and entertainment center, all while enjoying an improper (although never consummated) relationship with his wife.

  • Interrupted Intimacy: Meadow is kissing a boy who is on top of her on the family couch, but their intimacy is interrupted when Livia is revealed to be wandering around outside ranting to no one in particular.

  • Jerkass: Such is Livia's misery that when she realizes that her multiple attempts on Tony's life haven't worked, she'll settle for verbally getting under his skin at the dinner table, and to the maximum degree possible, as a second-best alternative.

  • Joggers Find Death: Mikey is killed by Chris and Paulie in the middle of his jogging routine.

  • Karmic Death: Mikey gave Brendan Filone a Moe Green Special while he was lying in his bathtub. Chris and Paulie riddle Mikey with bullets as he's lying in a large puddle in the woods.

  • Kick the Dog: After Jimmy is executed, Chris tells the rest of the crew that he phoned in a bomb scare to Jimmy's wake, just For the Evulz. Even Silvio says that was extreme.

  • Loophole Abuse: Tony swears on his mother's life that he didn't burn down Artie's restaurant, something he might have hesitated to do if he wasn't planning to murder his mother. Also, Tony himself did not set the fire: he gave the order to Silvio, who actually did it.

  • Manipulative Bitch: The episode gives an early reminder when the FBI plays a tape of Livia playing Uncle Junior like a fiddle and convincing him to put out a hit on Tony. When that doesn't work, she tries it again by informing Artie of Tony putting the old Vesuvio restaurant to the torch through arson, banking on Artie becoming angry enough to take a gun to Tony over it. That almost works too. Plus, while the question of whether her stroke was faked is left ambiguous, she nonetheless very clearly relishes the way it allowed her to avoid the wrath of both Tony and the Feds.

  • Masochism Tango: Mikey's relationship with his wife has this in spades. They're almost always shown arguing or insulting each other, even when he leaves the house to go for a jog. Ironically, she's the only person shown to be sad when he disappears.

  • Matricide: Subverted. After Tony's faction wins the civil war against Junior, Tony tries to smother Livia with a pillow, but he's prevented by Livia having had a stroke.

  • Mood Whiplash: Chris' angry response to Mikey regarding the latter killing the defenseless Brendan is not as powerful as it should be, considering Chris' statements are interspersed with Paulie's flippant complaints about being hit with poison ivy all over his face and hands.

  • "Not So Different" Remark: Agent Cubitoso uses his and Tony's shared Italian heritage as a bargaining chip during a conversation with him.

  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Tony and the rest of the family come to believe that Livia's apparent senility is a trick and that she's far smarter than she's letting on.

  • Oh, Crap!: When Jimmy realizes that the prostitutes were a trick, he still seems to be confident... until his hidden revolver is snatched by Chris when he tries to pull it out. Jimmy freaks out in the moments just before Silvio kills him. When chasing Mikey with Chris, Paulie freaks out when he realizes he has come into contact with poison ivy. By the end of the episode, his hands and parts of his face are covered with lotion.

  • Uncle Junior (and several other mafiosos) when the FBI comes knocking.

  • One-Scene Wonder: Meadow is having a fling with a Dominican guy who is seen for only one scene. He seems completely baffled by Livia when she shows up at the Soprano house.

  • Pet the Dog: Tony goes back to apologize to Melfi after destroying her table and physically threatening her, and gives her the knowledge to get out of town before any of Junior's men go looking for her.

  • He seeks no retaliation on Artie for pointing a gun at him and is very quick to bury the hatchet with his old friend.

  • Plot Armor: Even though things do play out in a certain logical way, Tony still shouldn't have survived the multiple attempts on his life.

  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Christopher: He didn't have time to put on anything decent.

  • Pride: Uncle Junior, after he's arrested, turns down an offer of no jail in return for testifying that Tony was the real boss of the family. Technically, he was observing the Undying Loyalty that Omertá demands. But it's obvious that his real motivation is that he's still angry over Tony managing the capos and the family behind his back, and to take that offer and provide the desired testimony would only rub salt in the wound.

  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Carmela gives a blistering one to Father Phil, accusing him of being a Hypocrite on multiple levels: He morally condemns Tony's lifestyle, yet enjoys the perks that Tony's money brings in (i.e. the food and the entertainment center).

  • He also teases the boundaries of his oath of celibacy with multiple women, to manipulate "spiritually thirsty women" and enjoy the "whiff of sexuality" but stops just short of being a serial adulterer and breaking his vows.

  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Melfi decides to leave town after Tony tells her that her life may be in danger from Junior's associates.

  • Shear Menace: Dr. Melfi hides a pair of scissors in her sleeve to protect herself in case Tony attacks her once again.

  • Shout-Out: A character named Gene Conigliaro is seen on TV and interviews Junior in jail soon after. The character's name is a reference to the Rockford Files episode "Just a Coupla Guys", which had a character named "Eugene Conigliaro". Notably, series creator David Chase wrote both of these scripts.

  • Tony calls a hospital worker "George Clooney", a reference to the actor's role on ER.

  • Slasher Smile: Livia wears a really disturbing one, more so for her being an elderly woman AND Tony's own mother to boot, when he tells her he listened to the FBI tapes and knows what she tried to do.

  • Spotting the Thread: Tony and Junior figure out that Jimmy is an informant because he requested a meeting to discuss issues that had already been covered before.

  • There Is No Kill like Overkill: Chris and Paulie completely empty their guns into Mikey.

  • Too Dumb to Live: Jimmy proves to everyone that he's The Mole after he calls a meeting with the capos (and Junior) just to discuss mob business that had already been handled in the past.

  • Vorpal Pillow: Tony grabs a pillow and is clearly going to smother his mother, but he gets interrupted.

  • Wham Episode: Tony hears evidence that his uncle and mother conspired to have him whacked. Tony retaliates by having Junior's key men, Mikey Palmice and Chucky Signore, murdered. Artie is informed that Tony was behind the arson attack at his restaurant and briefly holds Tony at gunpoint. Junior is arrested by the FBI. Livia has a stroke just before Tony has the opportunity to smother her to death.

  • Women Are Wiser: Charmaine indicates to Artie that they shouldn't invite mob associates in so often, as they could set a bad reputation for the restaurant. However, she later concedes that their livelihood depends on them anyway, and they allow most of Tony's core group into the restaurant at the end of the episode during the storm.

1.Supper with The Sopranos Part I



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