Monday, April 03, 2006

Don't you know who I think I was?

Play it: The Sopranos Ep. 604

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.

Since Tony has come out of his Kevin Finnerty-in-Costa Mesa-coma, his crisis of identity draws out some rather philisophical discussions. Through a scientist next-door patient (played by the great Hal Holbrook,) Tony is introduced to the concept of metaphysics, how 'everything is everything'... his minute actions are not isolated and instead affect everything. Tony even brings up the concept of 'slippery-slope' when debating a born-againer on the refusing of some pharmacists to sell the morning-after pill. Meanwhile, Paulie finds out his aunt the nun really is his mother, and his mom is his aunt. Never the one for perspective, Paulie finds himself needing Tony to give him some (however little he absorbs.) Quite a deep swim for a 'waste management consultant.' Speaking of his W2-front occupation, it is being sold out from underneath him to Johnny Sack's crew, all while he's convelescing, and Tony's philosophical mood has him caving into several of their demands on his restitution. Tony sees now that he's got a second chance on life, and every moment is a gift, a thought which understandably falls on deaf ears around him. You can see that next week, Johnny and Phil (the haircut) are going to look to exploit his new found life perspective.

The music this episode, for the first time, had very little to do with the plotline, although, Pink Floyd's "One of These Days" is once again another ominous track to lead into next week's previews.

Boston "Foreplay/Long Time"
Pink Floyd "One of These Days"

The righteous cut [while conscious] (Ep. 6.03)
He Marvin Gayed his own nephew! (Ep. 6.02)
Who shot Artie Shaw? (Ep. 6.01)

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