The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Johnny Sac finds out he only has 3 months to live. Meanwhile, 'Cleaver' premieres and is a hit, while Carmela has mixed emotions about it, saying too much of it is based on Tony.

Director:

Alan Taylor

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Terence Winter
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano (credit only)
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano Baccalieri
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny 'Sack' Sacramoni
Frank Vincent ... Phil Leotardo
Ray Abruzzo ... Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Sharon Angela ... Rosalie Aprile
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Storyline

Johnny Sack learns from his oncologist that his cancer has spread and he how has only a few months to live. He gets a ray of hope from a fellow prisoner, oncologist Warren Feldman, who is in jail for having murdered his wife. His hope is short-lived and Johnny Sack is soon dead. It all leads to lack of leadership in the family with two contenders to replace him. One of the contenders is gunned down at dinner with Sil. Phil Leotardo decides he needs to leave a legacy and acts to fill the void. Christopher's movie, Cleaver, premieres but Carmela for one thinks the movie strikes a bit too close to home. Tony doesn't quite see it that way. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The creepy figurine is the same as the gift Furio brought from Italy for AJ in season 4 episode 10 See more »

Quotes

Phil Leotardo: That cocksuckin' piece of shit Tony Soprano's cousin - I can't even say his name - murdered Billy. And what did I do about it?... My weakness. Sometimes I think it's in my DNA. My family took shit from the Merigans the minute we got off the boat.
Butch DeConcini: Come on, the fuck you talkin' about?
Phil Leotardo: Leotardo. That's my fuckin' legacy... No more, Butchie. No more of this.
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Connections

Features Born Yesterday (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Lookin' 4 Love
Composed by David Hilker & John Costello
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Shakespeare's influence
24 April 2007 | by pjnoble-2See all my reviews

i like the direction taken in this episode quite a bit. setting up the 'hamlet' parallel is cool, and it's natural for Christopher (ahem, the nephew) to stage hamlet's play.

remember the rule, folks. the ending, when finally revealed, no matter how fantastic, must appear inevitable.

everything they've given us this season is everything they should have been giving us a season or two ago.

some serious time went into the writing of the three episodes aired so far, and it's clear it's all setting up what's coming next. my Sunday nights are back.


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