The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Down Neck 

Anthony has disciplinary problems at school, prompting Tony to recount memories of his childhood with Dr. Melfi.

Director:

Lorraine Senna

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Mitchell Burgess | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (credit only)
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
Joseph Siravo ... Johnny Boy Soprano
Laila Robins ... Young Livia Soprano
Rocco Sisto ... Young Junior Soprano
David Beach ... Dr. Peter Galani
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Storyline

When AJ gets into trouble at school - he and two other boys steal sacramental wine from the church - Tony and Carmela are told he my have ADD. He's suspended from school for three days and is told to visit his grandmother where he lets it slip that Tony is seeing a psychiatrist. The situation causes Tony to reflect on his own times at that age. It was in 1967 that he learned something about his father when he sees his Dad and his brother Uncle Junior beat someone up to collect a debt. As a child, Tony thought his father also showed favoritism to his sister Janice by taking her to a fun fair every Sunday. He decided to find out what exactly they were doing. In fact, his father was conducting business with other mobsters who were also taking their daughters with them as a cover. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Newark, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The only one of the 86 "Sopranos" episodes directed by a woman. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback to Tony's youth where he sees his father beat up a man, young Tony is carrying a black-and-white composition book with a UPC barcode on the front. The flashback is set in the mid-1960s, but UPC barcodes were not introduced until 1974. See more »

Quotes

Tony Soprano: But I'll tell ya somethin', I was proud to be Johnny Soprano's kid. When he beat the shit outta that guy, I went to the class, I told them how tough my father was.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: Do you think that's how your son feels about you?
Tony Soprano: Yeah, probably. And I'm glad. I'm glad if he's proud of me. But that's the bind I'm in 'cause I don't want him to *be* like me.
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Connections

References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)
Performed by A3
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doomed to repeat it..
10 August 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Sopranos

A classic take on the most beloved genre which clearly suggests the crazy love it received from the audience but also left a long lasting impression on critics and awards shows where it took away five justified Golden Globes to its home. The Sopranos is a character driven series about a family that basically runs the whole town, just illegally.

The writing is adaptive, gripping and ground-breaking on terms of its structure that is so eerily easy as it slips away from the audience like some jelly; it is sweet, nutritious and immensely pleasing.

It is rich on technical aspects like its metaphorical cinematography, sharp sound effects and up beating songs along with palpable background score. The series is shot beautifully, each and every color sparks up neatly; especially the visuals that are taken in sunny days are amazing.

The performance by the cast is plausible since the effort is clearly visible but Gandolfini, Bracco, Falco and Imperioli stands alone due to their easiness in their acts. Gandolfini; at the heart of it, oozes power and the aegis nature which is what helps makers keep the audience rooting for the character.

The relationship between Gandolfini and Bracco is the highlight of the series due its fragile tone which is soothing to experience as it lights up the series in a whole new way.

Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional character, gut-wrenching politics, brawny dialogues and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature that makes it one of the best series.

Season 01

The first act is just preparation for the coming events that needs essential triggering and boy do they prepare for it, its brutal unexpected politics and morality conflicts are easily surpassed by its thought-provoking concepts that justifies each bold decisions.

Down Neck

A fine example of sharp written with awareness of fine details about the characteristics and the catastrophic changes that a character goes through with a subtle setting and lower volume, the ears will pop out.


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