chaseisgod wrote:Well, one of the themes from Season One on has been Melfi's unwitting help in making Tony a better Boss.
After sessions with her, Tony decided to give Uncle Junior the title of Jersey Boss, saving the responsibility and power for himself.
Yes, the scene was set from very early on that his sessions with Melfi are aiding him in his work. In season 1 episode 4 Tony complains to her about his mother and uncle Junior. She recommends Tony read a book called "Strategies for Coping With Elder Family" and asks "would it hurt to let your mother think that she's still in charge?". Later in the episode he tells Junior to be the new boss. Then in his session with Melfi she asks if he is still having doubts on continuing therapy and he says no, "get a lot of good ideas here".