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2007-04-08 14:28
by Jon Weisman

It's Premiere Night 2007 for The Sopranos and Entourage. Remember, my Sopranos package at Variety can be found here.

I'm also an Entourage watcher, although I think the hype about the show got a little out of control last year. It's fun and fairly clever and strangely believable, but it never makes me think I'm watching exceptional television. That's no slam - just my own personal reality check.

2007-04-08 20:18:03
1.   Benaiah
I managed to find time to watch the episode tonight. I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks about it. I thought it was a great episode. The show is back like a punch in the face.
2007-04-08 20:53:46
2.   trainwreck
I concur.
2007-04-08 21:35:43
3.   Benaiah
Alan Sepinwall, in his article for, points out how Livia like Tony's revenge on Bobby was. Tony, despite how much I like him, is such an evil guy.

There were so many things that made me smile (Carmella popping out from between the covers, "Happy Birthday), shake my head (Tony firing a fully automatic rifle the day after he gets arrested on a gun charge) or gasp (the fight!).

How about Carm asking "Is this it?" at the beginning of the episode? That sense of dread hanging over this season (highlighted by the revelation of the FBI's five year RICO case against Tony) was solidified in that moment.

I felt a little sad when Janis was retelling the story of her and Ritchie, it was pathetic that she was using it to hint at Tony beating Carmella. And Carmella still looks great in a swimsuit.

2007-04-08 21:52:03
4.   Jon Weisman
1 - Funny turn of phrase you used - I logged in to call it tonight's Sopranos a knockout episode.
2007-04-08 22:21:08
5.   Bob Timmermann
Bobby, the Mounties always get their man.

You're in a world of hurt.

2007-04-08 23:06:36
6.   Greg Brock
I'm such a big Bobby fan, it was nice to see him kick Tony's ass up and down the cabin. The gentle giant finally gets to do what he's probably wanted to do for awhile. Not that he hates Tony or anything, but all those insults directed at him, and his wife, have probably built up over time. Anyway, Bobby is one of my favorite characters.

And in a miracle of miracles, Janice has very slowly become less hateable every season. Not likeable, but less manipulative and disgusting.

What a great episode.

2007-04-08 23:42:33
7.   Jon Weisman
I had one of those moments when I said to Bobby, "Oh, how could you let him get a piece of your shirt" and then realized, "Wait a minute - I'm not really supposed to be worried about someone getting away with murder."

Nevertheless, the way Bobby hugged his daughter at the end broke my heart.

2007-04-08 23:50:03
8.   Greg Brock
Especially how that whole thing was foreshadowed when Bobby was talking with Tony about DNA evidence while they were fishing earlier. Hopefully, no hair was on that shirt.

And I have no problem rooting for the "bad guys" on the show. It's just a show.

And congratulations to AJ for remaining the single most useless child in the history of television. Man, I hate that kid.

2007-04-12 13:59:38
9.   Fletch
AJ jumped the shark immediately after his line of his career: "What no F* ziti?"

Johnny Drama was brilliant in playing the relationship guru. Can't wait to hear how bad the review is for "Five Towns" How long before Vince sleeps with Carla Gugino's character?

2007-04-12 17:40:25
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - I know the answer to that.
2007-04-13 13:01:51
11.   Fletch
10- BASTARD!!!
2007-04-25 14:23:01
12.   aloofman
I've always like Carla Gugino, although I agree that she's all wrong for the power agent role. Does it make me a bad person if I completely overlook that in the hopes of more of her walking around her kitchen in black lace?

Don't answer that.

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