8 - An amazing episode. On intial viewing, I enjoyed this episode, but it has grown on me even more on consecutive viewings. I think, previously, Paulie's visit to the psychic, was too silly, and seemed to simply be a point of comic relief. And while it certainly is silly, in retrospect, it has completely paid off, as it really gives the viewer a wider sense of Paulie's character. He is a supersticious individual, who, try as he might is unable to escape his fear of that which he cannot kill. The seance is really a great scene, and I love it more and more every time I see it.
One of the reasons this episode is great is it really is the first time we see the Sopranos clan come through in a clutch for each other. All the different characters consoling Ade, is a great touch. Another reason is watching how this event effects the characters. As the series progresses, the theme of second chance is continually revisted. So, to see Carm try to save Chris, as well as Ade's love for Chris, knowing what will happen later in this young man's life, adds a completely new layer to an already great episode.
The use of music is great and adds just the right touch. I do find it odd that Carm chooses this time, of all times to bring up Tony getting "cut" to prevent a bastard child. However, it does not seem out of place, instead it feels realistic. This is one of the amazing things about the Sopranos, many of the characters are so three-dimensional and layered, that even odd conversations at odd times, do not take the viewer out of the experience, but instead help us understand who the character is. Tony's response to Carmella, "I just can't do one of these tearful nights, I just can't do it. Not tonight." (or something to that extent) is a great line and speaks volumes about their relationship.
This is really one of those episodes that seems like a mini-movie. We watch as Chris's family grieves, we watch Chris pull through, and then finally we see justice meeted out by Tony and Pussy. I really could go on forever about this episode, but I feel like I have meandered around a bit with this review so I will leave it at this and add extra thoughts if they come to me.