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    Recap: 'Lost' 6.03 - 'What Kate Does' marks time, lays pipe

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010

    A few puzzle pieces are offered up, but not many
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    Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'A Kiss Saves the Day'

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Oct 4, 2010

    The teams head to Ghana and get a hard lesson on the hard sell
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    Recap: 'The Amazing Race' -- 'It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars'

    Type: Post | Date: Sunday, Oct 4, 2009

    Dragons, ceramic animals and bashed VCRs abound in Vietnam on a pretty dull 'Race' leg
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    Stephen J. Cannell, 1941-2010: Master TV drama craftsman

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Oct 1, 2010

    The creator of 'The Rockford Files,' 'The A-Team' and a whole lot more dies
  • Becker: Season 1-3

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010

    Includes:Becker: Pilot (1998) Becker: Take These Pills and Shove 'Em (1998) Becker: Sex in the Inner City (1998) Becker: My Dinner With Becker (1998) Becker: City Lights (1998) Becker: Man Plans, God Laughs (1998) Becker: Tell Me Lies (1998) Becker: Saving Henry Cohen (1999) Becker: Lucky Day (1999) Becker: Regarding Reggie (1999) Becker: Drive, They Said (1999) Becker: Cyrano De-Beckerac (1999) Becker: Linda Quits (1999) Becker: He Said, She Said (1999) Becker: Stumble in the Bronx (1999) Becker: Hate Thy Neighbor (1999) Becker: Pain in the Aspirin (1999) Becker: Blind Curve (1999) Becker: Santa on Ice (1999) Becker: Scriptus Interruptus (1999) Becker: Choose Me (1999) Becker: Physician, Heal Thyself (1999) Becker: Partial Law (1999) Becker: Activate Your Choices (1999) Becker: Limits and Boundaries (1999) Becker: Larry Spoke (1999) Becker: Becker the Elder (1999) Becker: P.C. World (1999) Becker: My Boyfriend's Back (1999) Becker: Shovel Off to Buffalo (1999) Becker: Point of Contact (1999) Becker: Imm-oral Fixations (1999) Becker: Love! Lies! Bleeding! (1999) Becker: Truth and Consequences (1999) Becker: The Roast That Ruined Them (2000) Becker: Old Yeller (2000) Becker: All the Rage (2000) Becker: The Film Critic (2000) Becker: SuperBob (2000) Becker: Panic on the 86th Floor (2000) Becker: For Whom the Toll Calls (2000) Becker: The Bearer of Bad Tidings (2000) Becker: One Angry Man (2000) Becker: Sight Unseen (2000) Becker: Crosstalk (2000) Becker: Cooked (2000) Becker: The Rumor (2000) Becker: Beckerethics (2000) Becker: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (2000) Becker: Dr. Angry Head (2000) Becker: Margaret's Dream (2000) Becker: One Wong Move (2000) Becker: What Indifference a Day Makes (2000) Becker: The Usual Suspects (2000) Becker: The Wrong Man (2000) Becker: The Hypocritic Oath (2000) Becker: 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey (2001) Becker: The More You Know (2001) Becker: The Ugly Truth (2001) Becker: Elder Hostile (2001) Becker: You Say Gay Son, I Say Godson (2001) Becker: Nocturnal Omissions (2001) Becker: The Tor-Mentor (2001) Becker: Sue You (2001) Becker: Heart Breaker (2001) Becker: The Trouble with Harry (2001) Becker: The Princess Cruise (2001) Becker: Pretty Poison (2001) Becker: Small Wonder (2001) Becker: Trials and Defibrillations (2001) Becker: Pilot Cheers star Ted Danson returns to the small screen to portray an extremely gifted but outwardly gruff Bronx physician who frequently alienates those around him yet possesses an enormous passion to help his ailing patients. As the series gets underway, Becker does his best to treat an HIV-positive child and learns that his favorite diner has a new owner. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Take These Pills and Shove 'Em Becker's harsh bedside manner has caused a critical patient, Mr. Marino, to leave the hospital and return home. Now, in order to save Mr. Marino's life, Becker must make a rare house call and convince the ailing man that his diabetes has triggered a minor heart attack. But Mr. Marino is skeptical of the diagnosis, and suspects that the combative medico is operating by a secret set of ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Becker's friend Jake - the blind owner of the local newsstand - has enrolled in a sculpting class in hopes of meeting women. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Sex in the Inner City Sex seems to be the running thread throughout the day as Becker is drawn into a steamy conversation between Reggie and Jake during breakfast at the diner, and becomes acutely aware of his lackluster sex life when his patients and coworkers repeatedly bring up the topic. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: My Dinner With Becker Becker has been approached with the prospect of a blind date, and while he hesitates to accept after discovering that the woman in question loves line-dancing, aroma therapy, and karaoke, he ultimately agrees to give it a shot. But by the time he realizes that he should have trusted his instincts, it's already too late. Meanwhile, Reggie has had enough of nice guys, and drops her latest love interest after he proves much to accepting and accommodating. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: City Lights A flickering streetlight is shining directly into Becker's window, preventing the crabby medico from getting a good night's sleep. But the city has refused to address the issue in a timely manner, leaving a sleepless Becker to resolve the issue personally. Meanwhile, Margaret begins to regret her decision to permit Linda one personal item in the office after discovering that Linda's item has a life of its own. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Man Plans, God Laughs As the terminally abrasive Becker discovers that he just might not be cut out for friendship, Linda has taken charge of the office due to the fact that Margaret is hold up at home with the flu. Meanwhile, Reggie experiences an unwanted reunion with a former high-school classmate. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Tell Me Lies Reggie is obviously upset about something, but refuses to tell Jake and Becker what's bothering her. When Becker persists in his efforts to discover the source of Reggie's malaise, she constructs an impenetrable wall of lies before ultimately breaking down and telling the truth. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Saving Henry Cohen An ally cat has taken up residence in Becker's office and refuses to budge. Despite being determined to do everything within his power to rid himself of the pesky feline, however, the contentious doctor soon discovers that his newfound friend has some rather serious health issues. Begrudgingly opening his wallet to help the animal make a recovery, Becker enlists Margaret's assistance in planning a trip that he'll likely never take. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Lucky Day Today seems to be Becker's lucky day: Not only does he find a prime parking spot, but he receives a surprise tax refund and has an unusually quick trip to the post-office as well. But with each new stoke of luck comes the unmistakable suspicion that something wretched is about to befall him. Later, after finally allowing himself to appreciate his good fortune, Becker takes a serious tumble. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Regarding Reggie The medical fundraiser is fast approaching and Becker still hasn't found a date for the big night - but who to ask? Fearing that Reggie will mistake a friendly invitation for a romantic overture, Becker does his best to find someone else to take to the fundraiser. Despite his best efforts at finding another date, however, it always comes back to Reggie. As the pressure mounts for Becker to get over his unfounded fear and simply ask Reggie to join him, the stressed-out doctor finds his memories drifting back to the time when, as a ten year-old boy eager to find a date to the dance, he experienced his first bout with rejection. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Drive, They Said Becker becomes obligated to play taxi driver when Reggie, Margaret, Jake, and Linda realize that he's headed for Queens, and ask if he can drop them off at various locations along the way. Had any of these people ever actually ridden in a car that Becker was driving, however, odds are good that they would have simply taken the subway. After Becker causes an accident with his hyper-aggressive driving skills, he returns to his office to discover that his waiting room is overflowing with patients. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Cyrano De-Beckerac Reggie tells Becker he doesn't know anything about women, but unbeknownst to her, Becker is giving dating tips to her new beau (Robert Gant). Meanwhile, Linda becomes a big sister to an obnoxious teen (Molly Morgan). ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Linda Quits Linda quits her job after she makes a mistake on a patient's prescription, and Becker hires what seems like an ideal replacement. Meanwhile, Reggie, Jake and Bob wonder why a nicely dressed man keeps pacing back and forth outside the diner. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: He Said, She Said John isn't too pleased when a friend (Julie Caitlin Brown) of a friend looks him up, but he changes his tune when he sees her and he realizes that she accepts him just as he is. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Stumble in the Bronx John gets a taste of his own medicine when he is accidentally shot and has to put up with obnoxious doctors and nurses at a hospital. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Hate Thy Neighbor Becker is released from the hospital and is surprised---and pleased---when his attractive doctor (Frances Fisher) makes a house call that is strictly personal. Meanwhile, Margaret tries to find a suitable physician to temporarily replace Becker. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Pain in the Aspirin John thinks Liz (Frances Fisher) is lying when she claims she doesn't have any aspirin, even though he knows she has some---because he went through her purse. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Blind Curve Jake's old friend (Cress Williams), who was responsible for the car accident in which Jake lost his sight, pays him a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Margaret tries to get out of an annual road trip with some nursing school friends. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Santa on Ice Becker is his usual bitter self as Christmas rolls around, until a department-store Santa drops dead in his waiting room. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Scriptus Interruptus Having recently agreed to peen an article for a colleague's medical journal, Becker is disturbed to discover that he seems to be suffering from writer's block. The deadline is fast approaching, and he can't seem to find a place to write in peace. If Becker could only find five minutes to sit down and think through the article, perhaps he could summon the inspiration needed to finish it. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Choose Me Reggie has an extra ticket to the upcoming hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Upon announcing this to the crew, Jake and Becker enter into a heated competition to become the chosen recipient of the coveted ticket. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Physician, Heal Thyself The irascible Becker receives a taste of his own bitter medicine when his back suddenly gives out and he is forced to reach out to Reggie for help. Having recently entered into a heated debate with the outspoken restaurateur, the prospect of asking for her assistance proves especially humbling for the arrogant Bronx medico. Incensed at Reggie's recommendation that he visit an acupuncturist, Becker begins to reconsider when he is left lying on his apartment floor. Later, Margaret discovers that she has a not-so-secret admirer in the form of her love-struck postman. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Partial Law Becker's computer has been stolen from his apartment, and upon learning that his insurance payout won't even cover the cost of a new keyboard he decides to procure a new machine on the cheap. But, as the frustrated medico is about to find out, there are some things that are worth doing right - even if it does mean spending a little extra cash. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Activate Your Choices Becker's ex-wife Sandra is in town for a stop on her book-signing tour, and while the temperamental medico does his best to appear disinterested in the announcement, his attention is peaked upon discovering that a few chapters in Sandra's best-selling self-help book deal with a man she refers to as "Angry Man." As a couple, Becker and Sandra always possessed an explosive chemistry, and when he confronts her over the similarities between himself and "Angry Man" is becomes readily apparent that chemistry is still well in tact. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Limits and Boundaries A patient's mother is in desperate need of someone to look after her two children for the day, and try as he might Becker just can't turn the woman down. Though he reluctantly agrees to play babysitter for the day, he swiftly pawns the children off to Margaret and Linda. Later, when a few hours of watching the kids turns into an all-night sleepover, Becker discovers just how difficult it can be to establish rules with such willful youngsters. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Larry Spoke As Becker attempts to contend with a patient who claims he can speak directly to God, Linda wrestles with whether or not to return a rather spiffy jacket that was mistakenly given to her by her drycleaner. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Becker the Elder Becker's estranged father Fred has dropped in for an unannounced visit, charming the hospital staff and irritating his tempestuous son. In contrast to his uptight son, Fred is a laid-back and jovial old man who gets along quite easily with others. And though Becker seems to want nothing to do with his outwardly amicable dad, Fred is determined to put aside their differences and reconnect. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: P.C. World When a local reporter eavesdrops on an argument between Dr. Becker and a man at the diner, he seems the outspoken medico's comments politically incorrect and pens a scathing article condemning such outbursts. Though Dr. Becker does his best to let the situation simply play itself out, the self-serving reporter crosses the line when he appears on a local talk-radio show and continues his tirade. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: My Boyfriend's Back Reggie goes out with an old flame (Larry Poindexter) who is building a hospital in the area. Meanwhile, John fumes over his former research partner's patent for anti-wrinkle cream ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Shovel Off to Buffalo John accidentally receives two plane tickets to Chicago when he agrees to speak at a conference, so he takes Reggie with him. Meanwhile, Bob takes over as cook at the diner in Reggie's absence. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Point of Contact Becker saves a woman (Kim Darby) from choking and then fears for his life when he takes her continual gratitude for stalking. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Imm-oral Fixations Becker is grumpier than usual after he decides to quit smoking, but he gets a lift from Reggie's friend (Marjorie Monaghan), an ex-smoker who tells him the only substitute that worked for her was sex. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Love! Lies! Bleeding! Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Becker's doubts about the existence of true love only seem to be confirmed when he treats a man whose wife has stabbed him with a fork, contends with a teen intent on getting a vasectomy, attempts to treat a woman with severe allergies to roses, and witnesses Linda terminate a relationship all within the span of one day. Later that night, a surprising hospital visit causes the cynical doctor to soften his stance on the issue and begin to understand what Valentine's Day means to couples who are truly, deeply in love. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Truth and Consequences Accepting an invitation to his cousin Barry's house for dinner, Becker quickly realizes that Barry and his wife are experiencing some serious marital problems. When Becker accidentally lets it slip that Barry once had an affair, an already awkward dinner becomes downright tense. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: The Roast That Ruined Them Liz wants to throw a party and John reluctantly agrees to host it, but they have trouble finding anyone who wants to attend a party at John's place. Meanwhile, Reggie fears that her new boyfriend from college is too young for her. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Old Yeller John buys a motorcycle in a vain attempt to recapture his youth, after some people make comments suggesting that he's getting old. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: All the Rage A judge sentences John to attend an anger-management class after he insults two police officers. Meanwhile, Linda invites Bob to move in with her---much to everyone else's dismay. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Film Critic No synopsis available. Becker: SuperBob No synopsis available. Becker: Panic on the 86th Floor Reggie's celebration after earning an A in her psychology class turns to panic when she considers her uncertain future; and John entertains one of his neighbors, who turns out to be a hooker. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: For Whom the Toll Calls John is determined to have the phone company remove a long-distance charge on his bill that he claims shouldn't be there; Reggie is upset when she isn't invited to a friend's wedding; Bob listens to motivational tapes in order to land a job. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Bearer of Bad Tidings John agrees to take on a vacationing doctor's patients and one of them dies. Meanwhile, Linda tries to comfort a friend (M. Darlene Hunt) who won't leave the office, and Reggie and Jake trade barbs during a slow time in the diner. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: One Angry Man John fumes when he can't get out of jury duty and then can't get picked to actually serve on a jury; Jake gets a dog. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Sight Unseen Jake asks out a friendly young woman (Heidi Mokrycki), only to break up with her after he learns that she's also blind; Margaret tries to discover why a grouchy patient likes everyone but her. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Crosstalk John gets into an argument with a priest (John Mahoney) over whose hands a patient is really in---God's or the doctor's; Reggie, Jake and Bob take a gamble on the stock market. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Cooked Liz is offered a job in Chicago, which prompts John to tell her how he feels about her. He quickly regrets doing it, fearing he'll lose his freedom. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Rumor A rumor starts that John is dying when he suddenly begins eating healthy food and tries to control his temper. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Beckerethics No synopsis available. Becker: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em No synopsis available. Becker: Dr. Angry Head No synopsis available. Becker: Margaret's Dream No synopsis available. Becker: One Wong Move No synopsis available. Becker: What Indifference a Day Makes No synopsis available. Becker: The Usual Suspects No synopsis available. Becker: The Wrong Man No synopsis available. Becker: The Hypocritic Oath John's waiting room turns into a maze of boxes when Linda orders too many supplies; Reggie becomes attracted to a much younger student and Margaret learns that a former patient died and has included her in her will. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey No synopsis available. Becker: The More You Know No synopsis available. Becker: The Ugly Truth No synopsis available. Becker: Elder Hostile No synopsis available. Becker: You Say Gay Son, I Say Godson No synopsis available. Becker: Nocturnal Omissions No synopsis available. Becker: The Tor-Mentor No synopsis available. Becker: Sue You No synopsis available. Becker: Heart Breaker No synopsis available. Becker: The Trouble with Harry No synopsis available. Becker: The Princess Cruise No synopsis available. Becker: Pretty Poison No synopsis available. Becker: Small Wonder No synopsis available. Becker: Trials and Defibrillations No synopsis available.
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    HitFix Interview: Lennie James of AMC's 'The Prisoner'

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Nov 14, 2009

    'Jericho' veteran discusses overcoming his trepidation to play 147 for AMC's miniseries
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    'Moneyball,' 'Albert Nobbs,' 'The Descendants' among Toronto Film Festival 2011 debuts

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011

    Films featuring Channing Tatum, Megan Fox and U2 also make the cut
  • Sopranos: The Complete First Season

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009

    Includes:The Sopranos: Pilot (1999) The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) The Sopranos: College (1999) The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999) The Sopranos: Isabella (1999) The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything (1999) The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit (1999) The Sopranos: Boca (1999) The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) The Sopranos: Meadowlands (1999) The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (1999) The Sopranos: Pilot In the pilot episode of this HBO television series from executive producer David Chase, a New Jersey mob boss named Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) suffers a series of anxiety attacks. Convinced by his physician that he needs to seek therapy, Tony consults psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who begins exploring her patient's attachment to a family of ducks that have been living in his pool, but have recently departed. As signs of weakness and disclosures made to a "shrink" could have violent repercussions in Tony's secretive world of organized crime, he keeps his visits with Melfi a secret. Those in the dark at first include his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), his manipulative mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his scheming uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), a member of the same crime family. In the meantime, Carmela's relationship with her and Tony's high-school age daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is becoming strained, and their son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is clueless about his dad's real profession. Tony's stress increases when he learns that the restaurant of his best friend, Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia), is to be the site of a mob murder on the orders of Junior, and that his cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), one of Tony's soldiers, is making waves with his heavy-handed tactics. Tony orders Artie's restaurant blown up to trump Junior's plans, assuming that insurance will build his friend a new establishment. A hit with audiences and television critics alike, The Sopranos was the creation of executive producer Chase, whose resumé includes stints on such lauded television programs as The Rockford Files (1974-1980), I'll Fly Away (1991-1993), and Northern Exposure (1990-1995). The Sopranos' pilot episode aired on January 10, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: 46 Long In the sophomore episode of the HBO series, mob boss Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli) is dying of cancer, which can only lead to a power struggle between his two top capos, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Tony's own uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese). Tony persuades his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand) to move into a retirement community against her wishes. When a car is stolen from a teacher at the school of Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), Tony sends his two top lieutenants, "Big Pussy" Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to get the vehicle back. The incident leads to Anthony Jr.'s first suspicions about his dad's true occupation. Junior is having his own problems with the headstrong Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), his nephew, and a lieutenant of Tony's who has hijacked some merchandise from one of his trucks. Peace is made when Christopher agrees to pay Junior tribute, but his dimwitted associate Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando) again holds up one of Junior's trucks, this time accidentally killing the driver. Tony learns that his friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) did not have his restaurant insured, and that an explosion Tony secretly arranged has destroyed his friend financially. "46 Long" originally aired January 17, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: College Painful truths are revealed in the popular HBO series' standout fifth episode. New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) escorts his daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), on visits to several colleges in New England. As Tony and Meadow travel, he discusses his occupation with her openly for the first time. Although he's reluctant to do so, it has become obvious that Meadow and her younger brother, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), are aware of their father's criminal career. Stopping in a small Maine town, Tony spots a one-time snitch against the family named Fabian Petrulio, who long ago disappeared into the federal witness protection program. Between Meadow's appointments at various schools, Tony resolves to murder Fabian. Although Tony has confessed, to the delight of his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), that he is in therapy, she is unaware that his doctor is an attractive Italian-American woman, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to whom Tony has become drawn sexually. Home with the flu, Carmela becomes furious when she receives a call from Melfi about a scheduling conflict. Confiding her marital frustrations to her movie-loving friend Father Phil, Carmela's relationship with the priest threatens to become romantic when Phil decides to spend the night on the couch. Back in Maine, Tony learns that Petrulio now goes by the name "Fred Peters." Convinced he's got the right man, Tony plots his revenge on Petrulio. "College" first aired on February 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano The final episode of the HBO crime series' first season contains several startling plot twists. After she suffers a disorienting episode, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand), the manipulative mother of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, is moved to the nursing wing of her retirement home. Her son Tony (James Gandolfini) doesn't want to face the possibility, raised by his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his own mother may have been in on an assassination attempt that nearly took his life. Later, however, the FBI plays tapes of Livia's conversations with Tony's uncle and family rival, Junior (Dominic Chianese), which proves she knew about the attempt and that Junior ordered it. Visiting with Livia, Tony's friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) discovers Tony's role in the destruction of his restaurant and confronts Tony with a shotgun, but Tony is able to convince his friend that Livia is losing her mind. Tony's cousin and muscle man Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Soprano family lieutenant Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) murder Junior's top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), while he's out jogging. Before Tony can also rub out his uncle, Junior and his men are arrested by the Feds on racketeering charges. Tony informs Dr. Melfi that a gang war could be brewing, putting her life in danger, and that she should leave town for a while. Livia has a stroke, and an incensed Tony confronts her about her role in the attempt on his life as she is wheeled away. "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" first aired on April 4, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Isabella A fantasy woman leads to a therapeutic breakthrough for a mob chieftain, as his family crumbles around him in the penultimate episode of the HBO series' freshman season. Briefly confined to his bed by depression, New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) begins having hallucinogenic dreams about a beautiful neighbor named Isabella, who he believes to be a foreign exchange student living at his neighbor Cusamano's house. After Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) unwittingly prevents a first hit attempt on Tony, a pair of assassins nearly manage to kill the crime boss, but Tony gets away with only minor wounds. While he's recovering at the hospital, Tony is visited by the FBI, who tries in vain to recruit him as a federal witness. Tony also receives visits from his lieutenants, who vow revenge, and his uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), whom he correctly suspects ordered the botched slaying. Tony discovers that there is no Isabella and that the gorgeous girl he envisioned suckling a baby was a figment of his imagination. While consulting with his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to see if she's the one who leaked information about him, Tony comes to the conclusion that his dreams about Isabella are significantly related to his lack of childhood nurturing and mothering. Isabella aired March 29, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything Looming betrayals within a mob family cloud the horizon in this episode of the popular HBO crime series. Crooked police officer Vin Mazakian (John Heard) tells New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) that his best friend and trusted lieutenant Big Pussy Bompenseiro (Vincent Pastore), who was arrested by the feds, may have turned and could be working as an informant. Although he's incredulous, Tony orders another of his men, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to find the truth. Tony cautions Paulie not to kill their old friend until he's absolutely certain that he's a snitch, as it's possible Mazakian is framing Pussy to get out of his gambling debts. Before Tony can learn more, Mazakian is arrested in a sting operation and, his career in tatters, commits suicide as Paulie's plan to get Pussy to disrobe at a steam bath to see if he's wearing a wire fails. At the same time, Tony's uncle and rival within the family, Junior (Dominic Chianese) orders a hit on Tony, giving the bloody assignment to his top soldier Mikey (Al Sapienza), who tells his wife he's moving up in the family. After the incident at the steam bath, Pussy disappears. This episode first aired March 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit A mob boss finds he can't escape his true identity, while his cousin learns that the music industry is as crooked as organized crime in the tenth episode of the HBO series. New Jersey Mafia chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is delighted to receive an invitation to play golf with his well-to-do neighbor, Cusamano, at his exclusive country club. Happy to socialize with non-mobsters for once, Tony quickly realizes that Cusamano has extended the invitation simply to impress his buddies with his powerful crime boss pal. Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and his girlfriend Adriana (Drea de Matteo) meet Massive Genius, a rap star with a financial grudge against Soprano family advisor Hesh (Jerry Adler). Genius is immediately attracted to Adriana and makes a deal with Christopher: in exchange for Christopher setting up a meeting between Genius and Hesh, the musician agrees to consider signing a band that Adriana wants to represent, but it becomes clear that Genius is only interested in Adriana sexually. Meanwhile, Tony gets even with Cusamano by asking him to "hold on" to a package wrapped in plain brown paper, sending his neighbor into a panic over the possibly illegal narcotic contents. Episode 10 first aired March 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Boca An intimate sexual act triggers further tension between two crime bosses in this episode of the HBO series. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ridicules his uncle and fellow mobster Junior (Dominic Chianese) on the golf course. Tony has heard about Junior's oral sex skills with his girlfriend, Bobbi, who has been gabbing to her friends about Junior's prowess while the two were on a vacation in Boca Raton, FL. In retaliation, Junior smashes a lemon meringue pie in Bobbi's face, breaking their 16-year relationship. He also tells his vicious top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), a secret he's been keeping that he recently learned from his sister-in-law, Livia (Nancy Marchand): her son, Tony, is compromising family security by seeing a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Tony and his friends make plans to convince their daughters' talented soccer coach not to accept a lucrative college job, until they learn that the coach has been sleeping with one of his underage players, a friend of Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). They take steps to teach the coach a lesson he'll never forget. "Boca" was first shown on March 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti Legal troubles come to a boil in the eighth episode of the hit HBO series. Mob soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) is enraged that he's not receiving the same publicity that other Mafia soldiers are enjoying due to the current round of federal indictments that are being handed down and covered extensively in the press. On edge and ready to explode, Christopher gets into an altercation with a bakery employee and shoots the man's toe off. In the meantime, psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses to her son and ex-husband that she is counseling a stressed-out mobster, New Jersey crime kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), and they become concerned about her safety. At a wedding, the Soprano family members learn that they are about to be indicted by the FBI, which has become interested in their activities again since the death of the organization's one-time godfather. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), hurry home to conceal evidence not a moment too soon, as federal agents soon arrive with warrants and begin searching the premises. When the story hits the news, Christopher is pleased and relieved to be mentioned as an important family associate. Episode 8 aired on February 28, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Down Neck In this domestic episode of the hit HBO series, Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler), the son of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, gets suspended from school for stealing sacramental wine from the chapel. The school psychologist summons the boy's parents, mob capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a meeting at which Anthony Jr. is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Tony is troubled by his son's actions and reflects on his own childhood with his cruelly controlling mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his mobster father. Although Tony expresses concern to his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his son may end up living the same life of crime he does, he and Carmela refuse to accept the judgment of their son's school that the boy might need special education. Forced to visit Livia in her retirement home everyday, Anthony Jr. tells his grandmother about the incident and, also, accidentally reveals that his father is consulting a psychiatrist, spilling a very dangerous family secret to the shrewd and manipulative Livia. Down Neck aired on February 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pax Soprana The sixth episode of the HBO mob series finds New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deciding to do the noble thing and cede control of the family to his rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), much to everyone's surprise and dismay. In reality, Tony is maintaining control of the family. With the agreement of the other families in the tri-state area, Junior is being set up as a frontman without his knowledge. Immediately, however, Junior causes trouble by ordering tribute to be paid by Tony's top lieutenants, including a long-time family advisor, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler). Tony shocks his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), by declaring that he's falling in love with her during a session, and then kisses her. Junior learns that his tailor's grandson committed suicide because of a crippling drug addiction and orders two of his men to throw the drug dealer off a bridge in retaliation. Tony's medication is causing his sex drive to become nonexistent, much to the chagrin of both his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his mistress. At a dinner celebration, the FBI conducts surveillance on the Sopranos, aware that Tony is still the real power behind the criminal organization. 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Frantic after the mock execution he suffered, Soprano soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) believes that his cousin and boss, Tony, ordered the incident because he gave Tony's daughter, Meadow, some crystal methamphetamines; however, after Christopher and his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), discover the corpse of his murdered friend, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), he realizes that his uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), ordered the slaying in retaliation for a botched truck hijacking. Exacerbated by Junior's bloodthirsty soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), tensions rise between Tony and Junior when their boss and head of the family, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), passes away from cancer. Tony is left to decide whether he will make a play for the top job in the family or concede control to his uncle. "Meadowlands" first aired on January 31, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance In the series' third episode, a crime family confronts the possibility of a future power struggle. Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), the daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), takes crystal methamphetamines with a friend in order to help them study for the SATs. Tony visits his dying Mafia superior, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), in the hospital and presents him with a gift: a hooker dressed as a nurse. Mikey Palmice (Al Sapienza), the top lieutenant of Tony's rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), is convinced that Tony will make a grab for top boss after Jackie's death, and he begins to convince Junior that his nephew should be whacked. Tony, his henchman Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), and another Soprano lieutenant, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), deal with a Hasidic family of motel owners who refuse to pay protection money. After hiring family friends Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) and his wife Charmaine (Kathrine Narducci) to cater a party, Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), learns that her husband slept with Charmaine in high school. Soprano associate Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) tries to make a botched truck hijacking right by returning stolen goods to Junior, but the mob capo still orders Christopher's pal, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), murdered and Christopher to be threatened. Airing on January 24, 1999, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" was directed by independent feature filmmaker Nick Gomez (New Jersey Drive, Illtown). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide
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