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Walk Like a Man 

Christopher and Paulie are making a lot of money off selling stolen tools through Christopher's father-in-law, Al Lombardo. When some of Paulie's guys break into Al's store to take some of ... See full summary »

Director:

Terence Winter

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)
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi
Carl Capotorto ... Little Paulie Germani
Tim Daly ... J.T. Dolan
Max Casella ... Benny Fazio
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Christopher and Paulie are making a lot of money off selling stolen tools through Christopher's father-in-law, Al Lombardo. When some of Paulie's guys break into Al's store to take some of the equipment, Christopher goes ballistic and takes matters into his own hands. Paulie has his own way of getting back at him. Tony takes Christopher to task for not being around much. Christopher explains the temptations at places like the Bing but Tony is anything but sympathetic. Christopher is soon drinking again and it leads to tragedy. Tony tells Agent Dwight Harris about the two Muslims who used to hang around the Bing but who seem to have suddenly become observant. AJ is depressed over his break up with Blanca and there's not much Tony or Carmela can say to console him. He's crying a lot and quits his job. Tony tells him to go to a party Patsi Parisi's college-aged son has organized at the Bing. He starts hanging around at their frat house and is all too keen to get involved in their ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The episode's title refers to: the song "Walk Like a Man" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, which is about a father telling his son to get over a woman who left him. Tony tries to pull A.J. out of his depression over breaking up with Blanca. The title could refer to the act of trying to embolden someone to be "a man," to toughen him up, as done in this episode by Tony urging A.J. to get over Blanca and by Tony, Paulie and J.T. Dolan all telling Christopher to overcome his weaknesses, comments he deeply resents. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Moltisanti: I look in her eyes, man, and she looks back at me...
Paulie Walnuts: How the fuck do I put myself up for adoption?
Christopher Moltisanti: What?
Paulie Walnuts: Nothin'. Go ahead.
Christopher Moltisanti: She ain't adopted Paulie.
Paulie Walnuts: I'm kiddin'. What were you sayin'?
Christopher Moltisanti: My point... What the fuck?... It's babies. They're the future. You realize by the time Caitlin's outta college it'll be like the year 2027 or somethin'.
Paulie Walnuts: She takes after you she won't be outta fourth grade by then. 'Course by that time she'll be workin' here so who gives a shit.
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References The Perfect Secretary (2005) See more »

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Mood Indigo
Composed by Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills
Performed by Keely Smith
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"This therapy is a jerk-off"
27 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The previous episode was good, but left some fans unsatisfied with the absence of a strong plot line. That "flaw" is compensated over and over again by Walk Like a Man, which resurrects old tensions and prepares some characters for the end of the series, especially AJ.

Tony's son, you might remember, was dumped by Blanca in Chasin It, and now he spends his whole time at home doing nothing. Hating to see his kid act "like a whining b*tch", Tony tries to encourage him to do something new with his life, and even attempts to do the same with Dr. Melfi, claiming he doesn't need therapy anymore. Furthermore, old bitterness reemerges between Christopher and Paulie, as the latter's nephew robs the former's father-in-law and violent reactions ensue. An attempt to establish peace between the two leads to Chris getting really drunk for the first time in years, an event that could have bad consequences for his old AA friend JT Dolan (Tim Daly).

Two very different father-son dynamics are analyzed in the episode: on the one hand, we have Tony and AJ, who really love each other but will forever be divided by the many secrets the old man has to hide; on the other, there's Paulie, who's been a kind of a mentor for Chris, though in the rough way, and now hates to see his pupil fail to live up to expectations. Imperioli doesn't, however: in fact, he practically steals the whole show with less than five scenes, his excellent performance culminating in an affecting duet with the Emmy-nominated Daly that foreshadows the darkest of outcomes for the remaining four episodes. Brilliant and scary.


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