The Sopranos “Down Neck” – Review (Part V)

Tony and Melfi Discuss Tony’s Past

  • One time-tested way of easing into dramatic high moments is with the use of comedy. I still crack up at this exchange:

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The Sopranos “Down Neck” – Review (Part IV)

Back to Flashback

  • Johnny’s leaving Tony behind in favor of Janice may contribute to the impression that Tony deems Junior a more affectionate father figure.

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  • Especially with what happens when Tony is left with Livia.

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The Sopranos “Down Neck” – Review (Part III)

AJ and the Psychologist

  • If my opinions counts for something, I think this scene creates a bit of tension for AJ. Not because we fear he might be ADD, but because it seems the psychologist is looking for clues of that to the exclusion of everything else.
  • Take a look at this exchange:

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The Sopranos “Down Neck” – Review (Part II)

Session with Dr. Melfi

  • It’s a fair bet this scene serves two purposes.
  • First, insert the idea of AJ being a reflection of his father into the therapy session.

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The Sopranos “Down Neck” – Review (Part I)

“Down Neck” – Review

     Greetings from the Savvy Svengali, the man who keeps the tally. The bulk of this episode could be seen as a huge chunk of backstory. We’re halfway through the season, and in a large story, it’s not a sin to wait at least until the halfway point to dole out pieces of backstory.

This episode follows its own structure and plays by its own rules. Analyzing it is like riding a bull in a rodeo drive, but for all its apparent wonkiness, the story is really quite solid.

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