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A.J.: A Little Pitchy
2007-05-07 15:06
by Jon Weisman

Sopranos Open Chat

2007-05-07 15:21:21
1.   jasonungar07
I really liked this episode because I have always been a big fan of the Tony/AJ/Chris storyline.

One source of Tony's depresion is that he is experiencing a crisis in masculinity. There were numerous allusions to T's (and society's) outmoded notions of manhood.

A "real man" drinks liquor (so much for Chris), is out "banging co-eds" (so much for AJ), and stays silent (doesn't whine or complain, especially in a psychotherapeautic setting; doesn't rat out people; and doesn't attribute his drinking problem to a "disease"). A real man doesn't sit in his boxers and laugh like a girl while interacting in a "chit chat room."

I really think this is one of main sources for T's own self-hatred ("depression is rage turned inward") and his disappointment with AJ and Chris (his two sons). His notion of masculinity doesn't jive with what and who men really are and it's causing him a lot of anxiety. Even when he and AJ were in the movie room tonight, Tony got really excited when a John Wayne movie came on. He longs for that strong, macho, tough guy who doesn't go about in pity for himself. But that type of man is a myth, a fiction. I don't think Tony will ever understand this...those days might be over.

So what I am wondering is, will Tony turn witness to save his family (Carm, AJ and Meadow)which was alluded too in his exchange with the FBI agents.

Tony hates "degenerate" gamblers and rats. He's already become the first. Will he become the second?

2007-05-07 16:06:05
2.   chazmac138
Wow, I was just going to say I thought this was the best episode of the new season so far. When Paulie was headed to Chris' house to rearrange his lawn, the look he had on his face while driving in the car was CLASSIC! It's those little things like that that I am personally going to miss when the show is over.
2007-05-08 10:56:30
3.   jasonungar07
Bob Dylan once said the the best songs are always those that can be interpreted in a number of different ways. The Sopranosare the same, the show is like a ray of sunshine that can be seen in many different colors through a prism of our own subjectivity. That's what makes it so cool..

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