An 8 from me, as well. The dream sequence is very different from the dream sequences of later seasons, but still very effective. I agree with others that the AJ stuff is a little off, but the problem lies more with the acting and directing than the writing, I think. Even still, it comes to a nice conclusion and certainly doesn't hurt the episode too badly. There are some great scenes here. A couple favorites:
- Both of Tony's meetings with Uncle Junior
- Christopher reappears at the hospital to tell Tony & crew about Brendan, as Jackie mutters non sequiturs in a seeming half-coma state. A very disorienting scene, up there with the famous scene in The Weight for surreality.
- Carmela makes her desire for Tony to stay in therapy known. "Is that a threat?" "No, it's a rave review!"
The show still feels sort of "standard TV" in moments (but only moments) here - if memory serves, this basically vanishes with the next episode. Looking forward to rewatching that one.