Episode 1 - The Sopranos
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\"The Sopranos\", also known as \"Pilot\", is the first episode of the HBO television drama series, The Sopranos, which premiered on January 10, 1999. It was written and directed by the series creator and executive producer David Chase.
Pre-production for the pilot commenced in the summer of 1997, a year and a half before the series debuted on TV. The episode was filmed in August 1997 and completed by October 1997. Despite being well received by Chase's closest friends and the cast and crew who watched it, Chase feared the pilot would not be picked up by HBO and, in that case, planned to ask the network for additional money to shoot another 45 minutes and turn it into a feature film. Chase was also pressured by another, completely new development deal offered to him by another network, which he kept postponing until he heard HBO's verdict on The Sopranos. Right before Christmas of 1997, David Chase received a phone call and learned that HBO did like the pilot and ordered a full season, all of which happened about two hours before the deadline for accepting the other network's deal. Chase was relieved as if \"let out of jail. It was like a reprieve from the governor.\" \"The Sopranos\" is the first of only two episodes directed by Chase. The other is the series finale, \"Made in America\". Although this episode is titled \"The Sopranos\" on the VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and reruns on A&E, it was referred to as \"Pilot\" when originally aired.
During the year-long break between the pilot and the start of the shoot of the rest of the 12 episodes of the season, James Gandolfini gained 60 pounds for the role of Tony and underwent voice coaching. Siberia Federico and Michael Santoro play Irina and Father Phil respectively. For future episodes, these roles were recast with Oksana Lada and Paul Schulze. Drea De Matteo was originally simply cast as a restaurant hostess for this one episode only. The filmmakers liked her performance, and her character was developed into the role of Adriana La Cerva in future episodes. The pork store used as a meeting place is Centanni's Meat Market, a real butcher shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey. However, because the shop had a steady business and because local business owners were annoyed with the incidental effects of having a television production being shot on a weekly basis, HBO acquired an abandoned auto parts store in Kearny, New Jersey which became Satriale's Pork Store for use in future episodes.
\"The Sopranos\" (also known as the \"Pilot\") is the first episode of Season One of The Sopranos. It is the first overall episode (pilot) of the series. It was written and directed by David Chase. It originally aired on January 10, 1999.
John Heard appeared in several episodes as Vin Makazian, a detective-for-hire who performed various investigatory services for Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Heard was nominated for an Emmy for his guest role on the series.
Will Arnett appeared as Mike Waldrup in the first two episodes of Season 4. His character was an FBI agent who also happened to be the husband of undercover agent Deborah Ciccerone (Lola Glaudini), who'd befriended Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo) to infiltrate the mafia.
Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia had a break multi-episode arc as Feech La Manna, an old school member of the DiMeo family who, after being released from prison, attempted to get back into business but had some trouble respecting the new boss.
ER and The Good Wife star Julianna Marguiles appeared in four episodes of The Sopranos as Julianna Skiff, a real estate agent who works with Tony and subsequently engages in a romantic, albeit drug-fueled relationship with Christopher.
Despite the irreplaceable loss of star James Gandolfini, a planned prequel to The Sopranos entitled The Saints of Newark is still slated to be released on March 12, 2021. With 10 months away, let's check out the 10 best episodes of The Sopranos season 1, according to IMDb.
In the fascinating pilot episode of the series, we're introduced to the highly complicated New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano (Gandolfini). However, viewers might have been caught off guard by how much of the criminal activity takes a backseat to Tony's crippling anxiety and increasing domestic strife.
However, the real excitement of the episode comes when Tony catches wind of the Federal indictments coming his way. He and Carmela rid their house of all the cash, jewels, and criminal contraband they can before their property is raided. But that's the least of Tony's problems. His mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), informs Uncle Junior that he's been seeing a psychiatrist, which could compromise the business.
As Tony hashes out his severe mommy issues with Dr. Melfi, he juggles a number of outstanding business deals in episode three. He visits cancer-stricken mob boss Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), and sends his two most trusted goons, Sal (Steven Van Zandt) and Paulie (Tony Sirico), to shake down a married man.
The fifth episode of season 1 is largely hailed by critics as one of the most memorable chapters in the entire Sopranos saga. As Tony and Meadow go on a road trip to visit potential colleges, Tony spots a rat in New England who has entered the Witness Protection Program. When Meadow gets drunk with the college tour-guides, Tony goes after the snitch with murderous vengeance.
The familial backstabbing rises to Shakespearean proportions in episode 11 when Uncle Junior makes it clear he has no choice but to eliminate Tony. Even Tony's batty and vindictive mother, Livia, agrees it might be best.
Throughout the episode, the audience learns more about Tony's life than he is telling Dr. Melfi, through action shown in flashbacks that is inconsistent with his dialog with her. Besides the violence, one of the major things he does not expressly tell Dr. Melfi is that his wife knows he has been unfaithful and is resentful. When dining out with his comáre Tony is greeted by the restaurant manager, who tells him it is good to see him and it has been ages since he has eaten there. He later gives the same speech when Tony arrives with Carmela, aiding Tony in covering up his infidelity. At this dinner, Tony confesses to Carmela that he is taking Prozac and seeing a psychiatrist. Carmela, who thinks Tony is about to confess to more adultery, is overjoyed and tells Tony she is proud of him. Tony stresses that he only told her because she is the only one he is absolutely honest with, causing Carmela to scoff at him.
In \"Whoever Did This\", Tony suspects Ralph Cifaretto of having Pie-O-My's stable torched. He asks if Ralph has heard from Corky Ianucci lately - an expert arsonist who was responsible for setting Artie Bucco's restaurant on fire in the pilot episode.
Dr. Bruce Cusamano, Tony's neighbor and family physician, is referenced in this episode and he makes his first appearance later in the season in \"A Hit Is a Hit\". He also appears in \"Isabella\", \"Funhouse\", \"Whitecaps\", and \"Soprano Home Movies\".
When describing Uncle Junior, Tony tells Dr. Melfi that his uncle embarrassed him by telling all his girl cousins he didn't have the makings of a varsity athlete. Uncle Junior repeats that declaration to Tony on multiple occasions in the season five episode \"Where's Johnny\".
A. J. 's birth date is revealed in the season six episode \"Kaisha\" as July 15, indicating that this episode takes place in the summer. However, Hunter picks Meadow up for school, which would be on summer break at that time; it could be presumed they were attending summer school.
Before Christopher kills Emil Kolar, he serves him some cocaine on a meat cleaver. Christopher eventually produces a film titled Cleaver in the sixth season, and in episodes, \"The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti\" (with Georgie Santorelli's help) and \"Cold Cuts\" (with Tony Blundetto's help) he disinters and moves Emil's remains.
As Tony prepares to tell Carmela about his therapy and Prozac prescription, she overreacts before he has a chance to explain, to which he replies, \"Always with the drama\". In the series finale, \"Made in America\", Carmela explains what could happen to A. J. if he joined the army, to which he also replies, \"Always with the drama\". In the season one episode \"Down Neck\", Johnny Boy Soprano utters the same line to Livia in Tony's flashback.
In this episode, when Christopher is first introduced, he is seen wearing a baseball cap and driving Tony around. In season six's \"Kennedy and Heidi\", right before Christopher dies, he is wearing a baseball cap and driving Tony around. According to an article in TV Guide, Michael Imperioli states that he does not know if this is intentional or a coincidence.
Later in the episode, Tony is an apparent no show for his appointment with Dr. Melfi. Interesting that she has a candle lit on her desk and is preening a bit prior to going to the lobby to call him in.
It's the most trivial of offenses in light of the rest of his rap sheet, but the fact remains that Christopher Columbus led directly to the worst ever episode of The Sopranos. (Warning: the following contains extensive Sopranos spoilers, but really, it's been seven years since it ended. It's fine.)
The show couldn't really explain why without breaking the fourth wall, but The Sopranos provoked a bit of a backlash among Italian-American groups for perpetuating Cosa Nostra-related stereotypes of Italians as a whole. The episode at times reads like an attempt by the writers to thumb their noses at the critics, but at others it appears to be apologizing to them by showing that yes, the Mafia is a tiny fraction of the overall Italian-American community. All the mob wives go to a talk by a professor specializing in issues of Italian-American identity, hitting on these exact notes. \"For those who say Italian Americans eat smelly cheese and sip cold wine,\" she declares, referencing a stereotype I'm pretty sure isn't an actual thing, \"tell them we're from the land of aromatic Asiago and supple Barolo.\" Sure 59ce067264