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B in ALB : 1/6/2019 1:49 pm
So I'm watching the Sopranos marathon on HBO this weekend and I noticed something during the "Proshai, Livushka" episode - the one where Livia is buried.

Janice decides to have everyone gather together at Tony's house and share memories of their mother. During the uncomfortable silence that ensues, a figure appears behind Tony in the background. He walks down the steps, takes a look and goes back upstairs. Take a look.



Who do you think that is?
Hmmmm.  
Anakim : 1/6/2019 1:51 pm : link
I mean it looks a little like Uncle June? I can't tell from that picture.
I think it's just a gag for comedic purposes.  
Strahan91 : 1/6/2019 1:53 pm : link
Random guy goes upstairs to use the bathroom or something, sees Janice's shitshow and decides he doesn't want any part of it.
Never heard a definitive answer on it  
bceagle05 : 1/6/2019 2:10 pm : link
but I think Strahan's on the right track - someone smart enough to steer clear of that scene. That particular episode is one of my favorites - Carmela's dad going off was fantastic.
is that the same episode where you ses  
bLiTz 2k : 1/6/2019 3:00 pm : link
big puss痴 ghost in the mirror?
Cant believe the show turns 20 this year  
Route 9 : 1/6/2019 3:04 pm : link
...
yes  
Mr. Nickels : 1/6/2019 3:39 pm : link
heard about this too possible ghost (in show)
I知 a bad North Jerseyite  
Dave in PA : 1/6/2019 5:07 pm : link
Never watched the Sopranos even though my parents loved it. I was about 14 when the show started, so probably not old enough to have been watching it back then. Anyway, I too was watching a random episode from season 2 last night and I think I need to just watch this whole series front to back. Now my question is whether the quality of the episodes stay strong as the seasons go on?
RE: I知 a bad North Jerseyite  
section125 : 1/6/2019 5:09 pm : link
In comment 14250546 Dave in PA said:
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Never watched the Sopranos even though my parents loved it. I was about 14 when the show started, so probably not old enough to have been watching it back then. Anyway, I too was watching a random episode from season 2 last night and I think I need to just watch this whole series front to back. Now my question is whether the quality of the episodes stay strong as the seasons go on?


Yes for the most part. Season 6(?) is iffy at some points.
RE: I知 a bad North Jerseyite  
kennyd : 1/6/2019 5:11 pm : link
In comment 14250546 Dave in PA said:
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Never watched the Sopranos even though my parents loved it. I was about 14 when the show started, so probably not old enough to have been watching it back then. Anyway, I too was watching a random episode from season 2 last night and I think I need to just watch this whole series front to back. Now my question is whether the quality of the episodes stay strong as the seasons go on?


It's a great/legendary show for a reason. Of course there are better seasons and episodes than others but overall it is just a really well done, well acted, well written show. It is absolutely worth watching, especially if you're from NNJ
This guy all grown up?  
Gene : 1/6/2019 5:12 pm : link
RE: RE: I知 a bad North Jerseyite  
smshmth8690 : 1/6/2019 8:05 pm : link
In comment 14250556 kennyd said:
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Never watched the Sopranos even though my parents loved it. I was about 14 when the show started, so probably not old enough to have been watching it back then. Anyway, I too was watching a random episode from season 2 last night and I think I need to just watch this whole series front to back. Now my question is whether the quality of the episodes stay strong as the seasons go on?



It's a great/legendary show for a reason. Of course there are better seasons and episodes than others but overall it is just a really well done, well acted, well written show. It is absolutely worth watching, especially if you're from NNJ


Agreed, with the exception of the dream/coma episodes. I thought they were a little slow.
Completely agree that it was some random relative....  
Crispino : 1/6/2019 8:28 pm : link
or friendbin attendance at the service. He senses a shitshow on the horizon and retreats to stay out of the line of fire.
RE: Completely agree that it was some random relative....  
B in ALB : 1/6/2019 8:32 pm : link
In comment 14251362 Crispino said:
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or friendbin attendance at the service. He senses a shitshow on the horizon and retreats to stay out of the line of fire.


Maybe. But why would a guest be upstairs? Then retire BACK upstairs?

I think there's more to it. It's not random.

The discomfort with Janice and her charade was already well expressed.
It's possible it was some kind of hidden symbolism for something  
moespree : 1/6/2019 9:08 pm : link
Chase has admitted to doing this in many of the episodes. Hidden easter eggs that foreshadowed something coming in the future of the story. In this case I'm not sure what that would be.
Pine Barrens episode starting now.  
bceagle05 : 1/6/2019 9:11 pm : link
Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise!!!
Meadow Soprano  
GruningsOnTheHill : 1/6/2019 10:12 pm : link
Beautiful
RE: Pine Barrens episode starting now.  
B in ALB : 1/6/2019 10:39 pm : link
In comment 14251467 bceagle05 said:
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Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise!!!


RE: Meadow Soprano  
Anakim : 1/6/2019 10:40 pm : link
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Beautiful


Valentina puts her to shame
RE: Pine Barrens episode starting now.  
j_rud : 1/6/2019 10:45 pm : link
In comment 14251467 bceagle05 said:
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Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise!!!


He oiled 16 Czechoslovakians! He's an interior decorator!
RE: Pine Barrens episode starting now.  
B in ALB : 1/6/2019 10:47 pm : link
In comment 14251467 bceagle05 said:
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Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise!!!


Sorry. This one is better.

Great book coming out on the Sopranos tomorrow,celebrating  
TheMick7 : 1/7/2019 7:46 am : link
it's 20th Anniversary called,The Soprano Sessions by Matt Zoller Seitz & Alan Sepinwall,TV Critics for The Star Ledger,the NJ newspaper Tony picks up at the end of his driveway in Episode #1. The description says it's " a collection of recaps,conversations and critical essays covering every episode."
RE: I知 a bad North Jerseyite  
Banks : 1/7/2019 8:47 am : link
In comment 14250546 Dave in PA said:
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Never watched the Sopranos even though my parents loved it. I was about 14 when the show started, so probably not old enough to have been watching it back then. Anyway, I too was watching a random episode from season 2 last night and I think I need to just watch this whole series front to back. Now my question is whether the quality of the episodes stay strong as the seasons go on?

Agree with section. I've read comments here before saying they didn't like it after season 2 (this was the best season imo), but I think that's ridiculous. It was strong til season 6. Season 6 was good, but there's a couple of episodes involving a certain character that bogs it down a bit. My biggest complaint is some of the characters become unlikable as the series progresses. Great show, enjoy it
Loved the series...  
x meadowlander : 1/7/2019 9:48 am : link
...my handle tells why - that show reeked of North Jersey - spot on with the scenery, the characters, the language and dialect. Yeah, the actual mob portrayal was largely bullshit, every small shop owner and landscaper is not harassed in Paramus, but I loved every minute, regardless.

That opening intro could have been pulled from my brain, every one of those iconic image, from the Lincoln Tunnel down the Turnpike, I travelled that weekly through much of my youth.

I used to play in Kandy Bar in Lodi, the building that eventually became Bada Bing.

When I moved upstate, I was taken aback by how much I actually MISSED Jersey. Beneath the web of traffic and stress, there is a LOT of color, millions of incredibly interesting, gregarious people, diversity not only of population but of sight and sound.

I don't miss rush hour, but I do miss the people.

And good Italian pastry.
Love Season 3  
Model4001 : 1/7/2019 9:51 am : link
Except for that annoying pain in the ass that Tony dates, the one who throws the London broil at him.

Cannot stand that whiny self-centered creep and her fucking neurotic bullshit. The scene where Patsy tells her to fuck off is so great.
The Valentina episode is on now  
Anakim : 1/7/2019 7:29 pm : link
Hot damn. Hottest chick on that show
Sopranos is one of those shows that went from  
NINEster : 1/7/2019 8:01 pm : link
properly rated, to overrated.......and now I would say very underrated.

IMO it's the deepest show ever put on TV. The writing, directing, cinematography were top notch. People I think have been spoiled with the cliff hanger syndrome brought on by 24, or a very one of a kind underdog story line in Breaking Bad. Those shows were great, but watching a random episode of them now isn't as strong as watching any random Sopranos episode.

Which is weird, because when the shows were first on, people would at times complain about the Sopranos not moving fast enough or having enough action. Rarely was an episode ended on a cliff hanger, and that bothered people.

But now, merely watching YouTube clips it makes me want to rewatch the entire series a 3rd time.

I guess enough time away from it has brought better perspective on how good the show actually was.

BTW, the show would easily have been the undisputed GOAT if David Chase was allowed to cap it at 4 seasons instead of making it 6 1/2; HBO demanded more seasons.

By his own admission he was forced to extend the show longer than he desired, and it was still great.

RE: RE: Meadow Soprano  
jgambrosio : 1/7/2019 8:07 pm : link
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Beautiful



Valentina puts her to shame


Gloria tops them both
I find Gloria  
B in ALB : 1/7/2019 8:49 pm : link
Way sexier than LaPaz and the other one. When she wasnt throwing London Broils, she was fantastic.
Pffft, you're all crazy  
j_rud : 1/7/2019 9:08 pm : link
No one will love ya like a one-legged eastern European immigrant
If you have The Sopranos on DVD  
bceagle05 : 1/7/2019 9:20 pm : link
it's worth watching Pine Barrens with Steve Buscemi's director's commentary. He told some funny stories about Gloria's poor accuracy while heaving the London broil. They had to film it differently so you just saw her throwing it, then cut to Tony being hit with it. The one that hit Tony during the episode was thrown by Buscemi - he wanted it to hit in a very specific spot on Tony's shoulder so it ricocheted forward.
典hat Russian guy killed 27 Czechoslovakians!  
Crispino : 1/10/2019 6:02 pm : link
鄭nd he was an interior decorator for the KGB!

迭eally? His house look d like shit.
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