4 - This episode is not my favorite. It is yet another Chris-centric episode. When watching the series through for the first time, I never really put it together that my least favorite episodes were when the story focused heavily on Chris (i.e. The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti, A Hit is a Hit, D-Girl, etc.). I have always agreed with FoMW that the Sopranos (as a show) all focus and revolve around Tony. So when we take these episodes which do not delve into Tony's life, and furthermore focus on Tony's underlings with no repercussions for Tony whatsoever, there really is not much there to enjoy. Sure, the dialogue is snappy, the acting is great. But the story always falters. Who cares if Ade gets a start in the music industry?
Sure, Tony IS in the story, it focuses on his relationship with Dr. Cusamano and how Tony relates to people outside his normal circle. This is entertaining, but feels like it is thrown in just to give some screen time to Gandolfini and therefore making it a complete Sopranos episode. I should mention that the point the episode makes, meaning, how different Tony is from the neighborhood guys is a good one, but seems like a secondary thought.
I know that Chase always wanted to focus on more singular, individual episodes. This is what this episode is to an extent. However, as the series progressed, it has become obvious that when we go too far from Tony's subconscious, we find how shallow and meaningless the others in his life really are. And that is an interesting point in and of itself.