The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance   First Watch 
October 21, 2021 5:54 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Tony encourages an unwanted son-in-law to divorce, Carmela learns another secret of Tony's, Meadow experiments with speed to study for the SATs, and Chris and Brendan find out the price of disrespecting Junior.

Ariel: You ever heard of the Masada? For two years, 900 Jews held their own against 15,000 Roman soldiers. They chose death before enslavement. The Romans? Where are they now?
Tony Soprano: You're looking at them, asshole.
posted by overeducated_alligator (2 comments total)
- OK, now we get a little more about Meadow’s character. She’s so clearly like both her parents, and smart, but with the judgement and life experience of a sheltered teenager.
- I’m always happy to see actor Ned Eisenberg, and his performance is great. Chuck Low is also a fun schmuck.
- Brendan seems like a real piece of shit! Getting serious redshirt vibes…
- The Buccos deserve better! Charmaine got a good dig in, though.
- Like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, this show has a strong theme about secrets and lies when family and crime overlap. Some people in the family are kept on the outs, some people get lied to constantly, and others maintain a conspiracy of silence or willful ignorance.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:05 PM on October 21, 2021

Brendan's laugh and facial expression after he calls Jackie a "chemo-sabe" (was that this episode or the previous?) -- it's like the Platonic Ideal of douchebaggery.

Even the first time I watched this, I found it totally unbelievable that Tony and his crew would need to get outside help to figure out "oh, let's threaten to cut off his dick" as an effective means of persuasion. What, is this the first time you've done this Sylvio?

"We're friends of Schlomo."
"And you're bragging, this?"

Devastating comic delivery from Ariel. This scene runs through my mind every time I hear someone say something like, "Oh, I listen to Joe Rogan's podcast all the time, I think he's super insightful!"

Tony's hurt at being called a golem/Frankenstein's monster... On the one hand, that's a really horrible thing to hear about yourself, and Tony is sensitive and smart enough to be hurt by it, but on the other hand, I can't help but feel like he's playing the victim (even though he says he hates that) and being self-indulgent because, well, he makes money through violence, so, if the shoe fits...
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:03 PM on October 24, 2021

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