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Detective Hunt wrote:I give this episode an 8, though really it scores just a tad higher for me. It truly is the first Sopranos episode like the ones we come to expect later on. It doesn't just juggle two or three storylines - it juggles at least four. In it we have the deal with Titleman (sp?) and his very stubborn son-in-law (some great lines here, especially by Hesh.) The stuff about Meadow and Hunter trying to score meth so they can study (geez!). The major deterioration of Jackie (so sad, but "the party scene" was great.) The showcase of just how Carmela thinks about her lifestyle compared to others, with the especially telling line by Charmaine "We both made our choices - I'm fine with mine." The first signs that Tony feels guilty about the restaurant fire, and the great foodfight at the party, and of course, the fate of Brendan after Junoir decides to send a message (with the very chilling scene between Uncle June and Livia who basically gives the go ahead to hit Brendan by the shrug of her shoulders.)
That's a whole lot! And all of that in only about 45 minutes. If the show loses points at all, it might be because it wasn't longer (selfish, I know) but also that I never did care for the Meadow/Meth storyline since it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Also, as much as I love Elvis Costello and even "Complicated Shadows", the song somehow doesn't seem to be the best final song for a show that full. Seems a bit of a let down at the end after such a great ride.
What is so terribly shocking is that after this very full episode, we all know we get the very isolated and singular College next. What a study in contrast, and perhaps what made people really sit up and take notice of how truly special this program was. Overall, this was a great episode, but not every one of them can be a 10. So this gets bumped down to an 8 (really, more like an 8.5 )
garthman00 wrote:On a side note, the episode that follows this is not College, it is Meadowlands, where we see the fallout from Uncle Jr's actions.
Detective Hunt wrote:Doh! Good point. I knew it was coming up very soon. I still think it's interesting that they go to that stand-alone style so early in the shows history.
And the scene you mentioned of watching Tony's face -very good point. I also enjoyed how Carmela slowly but matter-of-factly pulls her hand from Tony's. Already, that little nugget Charmaine let out has started to irritate her. I truly wonder if the whole "Tony slept with Charmaine" issue will resurface once more in the final episodes. It certainly has had a long life through the seasons.
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