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richjcrouch wrote:I think, and please don't take offence, Chase is hinting at 'Americanisation' of things being synonymous with degredation of them. This is highlighted a few shows later when Furio comes over and is in the taxi looking at New Jersey.
The Italy trip also gives us chance to see that it is a bit of a pilgrimage for these guys, and when Tony is talking to Junior, who says he's never been, it shows a limited amount of progress from generation to generation. Which, as we find out in the end, is what the show is all about.
richjcrouch wrote: I also liked the way the family dynamic in Italy, the mother country, is so different to that of the Americans. Italy, 'the old country' had progressed to have female bosses, yet America became woefully behind the times again.
richjcrouch wrote:As for taking Christopher and Paulie, I would have thought that a Don would have had to have taken at least two people with him, I'm not sure why anyone would think he wouldn't? What if something had gone bad, he would have needed someone to jump on him in the same way Ze Vitario was jumped on when the firecrackers went on.
And lets not forget the female boss wiped out by Phil's crew in i forget which episode. She was tooough! However, maybe i'm outta touch (big surprise!), but i always had the sense that they were stretching things a bit to be politically correct when they showed these female bosses as actually in the open and acknowledged by their peers. Is there really any true in-the-open female bosses out there? i never hear about them in the FBI stories, etc.
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