The Sopranos: Pax Soprana   First Watch 
October 27, 2021 8:59 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Tony tries to balance Junior against the other capos, while Carmela reasserts herself as the woman in Tony's life.
posted by overeducated_alligator (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- Always impressed by Dr. Melfi's brass balls when she has to stare Tony down!
- Once again the theme of the patriarch and the demands/expectations placed on him. Tony isn't the boss but has to manage up to keep things smooth under Junior's new regime. In his role as up-and-coming patriarch, Tony cannot be perceived as deferring to or being controlled by the women in his life, but their influence on him is palpable. I think he uses women as external consciences and inhibitions, and is more comfortable with "tough" women than with demure ones. So much of his therapy involves working out his emotional conflicts with women.
- Junior's relationship with Livia mirrors this dynamic too.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 9:07 AM on October 27, 2021 [1 favorite]

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