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The Happy Wanderer 

Tony's old school friend digs himself into trouble with his gambling, while Tony's family problems only continue to grow.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Frank Renzulli
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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
Vincent Pastore ... Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
David Proval ... Richie Aprile
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Nancy Marchand ... Livia Soprano
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
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Storyline

An old high school friend of Tony's, David Scatino, talks him into letting him play in a high stakes poker game. David's on a streak of bad luck and he's also in debt to Richie Aprile, who has banned him from his games until he catches up a bit. When Richie sees David at Tony's game there's trouble. David's problems grow when he can't pay Tony back and has no way out but to give him his son's four wheel drive as partial payment. It puts Meadow in an awkward situation. Richie continues to be a problem for Tony who sees him, Janice and his mother together at a family funeral. Janice eggs Richie on adding to the tension with her brother. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This episode features a very earnest appearance as Himself by Frank Sinatra Jr'. His sister Nancy Sinatra would also courageously play Herself as a close mob acquaintance in a final-season episode of the series eight years later (Season 6, Episode 16, "Chasing It".) See more »

Goofs

When Tony and Meadow are arguing in Meadow's room, the gold charm/medal on Tony's necklace is alternatively inside, then outside of his white t-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [Rolling down his window after having been pulled over] What'd ya hear what'd ya say
Cop: License and registration please
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: [Pulls out a gun] how about I give you one of these instead?
Cop: I'm wearing a vest
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Oh yeah, if I shoot, it's going into your bragiole
[laughs]
Cop: You're a real sick fuck, you know that?
[laughs]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: How's your family?
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Not bad, I had to move my father to another old folk's home...
[...]
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Connections

References Titanic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)
Performed by A3
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between me and your father..
23 September 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Sopranos

A classic take on the most beloved genre which clearly suggests the crazy love it received from the audience but also left a long lasting impression on critics and awards shows where it took away five justified Golden Globes to its home. The Sopranos is a character driven series about a family that basically runs the whole town, just illegally.

The writing is adaptive, gripping and ground-breaking on terms of its structure that is so eerily easy as it slips away from the audience like some jelly; it is sweet, nutritious and immensely pleasing. It is rich on technical aspects like its metaphorical cinematography, sharp sound effects and up beating songs along with palpable background score. The series is shot beautifully, each and every color sparks up neatly; especially the visuals that are taken in sunny days are amazing.

The performance by the cast is plausible since the effort is clearly visible but Gandolfini, Bracco, Falco and Imperioli stands alone due to their easiness in their acts. Gandolfini; at the heart of it, oozes power and the aegis nature which is what helps makers keep the audience rooting for the character.

The relationship between Gandolfini and Bracco is the highlight of the series due its fragile tone which is soothing to experience as it lights up the series in a whole new way. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional character, gut-wrenching politics, brawny dialogues and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature that makes it one of the best series.

Season 02

Unlike the first one, the second act is weaved to run for a longer time, it adds up few characters and shakes the old ones and milks out the apt and diverse than the previous one which shows us, the boldness and maturity of the makers to visit such newer territories.

The Happy Wanderer

The theme to this chapter can be the crisp and tension spread around the environment amidst multiple characters, where then be it between a son and a mother grieving over their broken relationship or a daughter and her father for the so called moral high grounds.


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