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The Sopranos 6 Seasons 2001

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Season 3
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In Season Three of HBO's hit series, the federal wiretap begins as Livia dies and Meadow goes to college. But Tony faces challenges from some tough newcomers, such as hothead Ralph Cifaretto, New York crime boss Johnny Sack and a sexy car saleswoman.

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James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

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Season 3
1. Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood

In the Season Three premiere, Agent Harris and his team concoct an elaborate new plan to wiretap the Soprano home now that Pussy is singing with the fishes instead of for the feds.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 4, 2001
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2. Proshai, Livushka

Tony's concerns that his mother will rat him out to the feds expire when she, literally, does. Later, Janice arrives to arrange the funeral, which takes a bizarre turn.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: March 4, 2001
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3. Fortunate Son

Christopher finds that being a 'made' man isn't all it's cracked up to be. Meanwhile, Janice moves into her mother's house, where she soon gets a leg up on Livia's former housekeeper.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: March 11, 2001
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4. Employee of the Month

Dr. Melfi's attempts to steer Tony into behavior-modification therapy take a detour due to a personal crisis. Meanwhile, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) finds a way to endear himself to Jackie Jr.--but not to Tony.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: March 18, 2001
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5. Another Toothpick

Bobby 'Bacala' Baccilieri Sr. comes out of retirement to deal with a young hothead named Mustang Sally--much to the chagrin of his son and Uncle Junior.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: March 25, 2001
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6. University

Ralph's volatile relationship with a Bada Bing stripper and his obsession with the movie 'Gladiator' combine to put a damper on several boys'-nights-out sessions. Meanwhile, Meadow's relationship with Noah is put to the test.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: April 1, 2001
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7. Second Opinion

Tony convinces Uncle Junior to seek a second opinion for his cancer. Meanwhile, Carmela debates whether or not to take Dr. Melfi's advice and see a shrink, and Christopher continues to endure a humiliating probation period.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: April 8, 2001
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8. He Is Risen

As Thanksgiving approaches, Tony's feud with Ralph escalates, despite the intervention of Johnny Sack. At a frat-house mixer, Meadow and Jackie Jr. find they have more in common than mob-boss dads.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: April 15, 2001
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9. The Telltale Moozadell

Tony gives Carmela a ring...and Christopher gives Adriana her own music club. Anthony Jr. gets busted for vandalizing the school pool. Tony test-drives a new Mercedes--and the Mercedes saleswoman.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: April 22, 2001
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10. To Save Us All from Satan's Power

A somnolent visit with the ghosts of Christmas past lands Tony back on Melfi's couch. Bacala reluctantly agrees to don a Santa suit. Tony and Furio have a surprise for the Russian who roughed up Janice.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: April 29, 2001
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11. Pine Barrens

Paulie and Christopher are engulfed in a nightmarish journey into the South Jersey woods while trying to collect a debt from a Russian mobster. Meanwhile, Meadow is suspicious that Jackie Jr. is two-timing her.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: May 6, 2001
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12. Amour Fou

Inspired by Ralph's tale of how his father got 'made,' Jackie Jr. decides to 'make his move' in organized crime. Reminded by Melfi of the parallels between Gloria and his mother, Tony finds it harder to spend time with his 'crazy love.'

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour Release date: May 13, 2001
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13. The Army of One

In the Season Three finale, yet another misstep by A.J. forces his parents to contemplate military school. Tony orders Ralph to deal with the Jackie Jr. situation, and later seems to take Ralph's side in a dispute with Paulie.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour Release date: May 20, 2001
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The third series of 'The Sopranos' consolidates the brilliance of the first two, rather than taking it in any radically new directions. The characters, their relationships and their environment are so strong; the dramatic irony between our sympathy with and enjoyment of these people, and our knowledge of their brutal and unhypocritically presented crimes, is so complex, that any blatant originality merely for the sake of it would be a betrayal.
But, because the central components are so strong, there is plenty of room for play - in the way narratives are set up to encourage then defy expectations; in the interplay with canonical gangster texts, especially 'The Godfather'; in the consistently creative use of music - for mood and to emphasise character, yes, but also to create ironic distance, to add montages of 'commentary' over the stories, to connect apparently disparate scenes, to add a depth of texture. Because it is in texture that 'The Sopranos' has really developed - the recklessly confident film-making; the layered scripts; the rich dialogue; and the knowing acting combine to create programmes of truly, yes, operatic density.
There are a number of new plot developments in this series - Meadow goes to Columbia University; the FBI (in a supremely funny handful of episodes) attempt to bug the Sopranos; the Russian mafia grow in menacing importance; Janice takes up with a Christian musician; Anthony Jr.
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If you are looking at this review, you probably already have the first and second season. All I can tell you is that the third season is as good, if not better, than the first and second. This is truly one of the best series ever to have graced the television screen. Leave it to HBO to have come up with such an engaging, well-written, well-acted, and totally addictive series.
There are some major plot developments this season. Starting off slowly, the first episode chronicles the synchronized, often comical efforts of the FBI, which is trying to get an electronic surveillance bug in place in the Soprano's household. The season then heats up considerably from thereon.
Livia Soprano, Tony's wicked mother and a canker in her children's lives, dies, bringing daughter Janice back from where she had fled, after she had bumped off her manic boyfriend, Richie Aprile, last season. Janice returns with a narcoleptic, musician boyfriend who is the antithesis of Richie. As always, Janice likes to stir up trouble, and her mother Livia's wake and funeral services are fertile country for her new machinations and self-importance. When she tries to stir up trouble with Livia's one legged, Russian caregiver, which leaves the caregiver searching for her missing prosthetic leg, however, Janice soon discovers that she has gone too far, and her chickens come home to roost with a vengeance.
Meadow, the Soprano's daughter and eldest child, a college student at Ivy League Columbia University, gets a new boyfriend, Noah Tannenbaum. He is handsome, intelligent, and articulate, and Tony hates him on the spot for reasons the viewer will quickly discern, as Tony pulls no punches with Noah. This will create a certain amount of tension between father and daughter, and an estrangement ensues.
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This season really focuses on Tony & Carmela's role as parents. The gangster plotlines take a backseat to Mr. & Mrs. Soprano's slow awareness that the future they hoped to provide for their children is something of a delusion.
Story lines move in unexpected ways, and some episodes really need to be viewed more than once in order to fully comprehend (Univesity, Fortunate Son). There are some great new characters (Gloria Trillo, Ralph Cifaretto, & Burt Young as a mean old brute, chain-smoking his way through lung cancer), but the main characters have new life breathed into them. Paulie Walnuts, always great comic relief, begins to show a darker side. And Christopher, now a Made Man, has grown into a genuine threat.
By the season finale the characters have evolved in ways that leave them at odds in ways they've never been before.
This is my favorite season yet. Very rich, thought provoking, and in the end pretty frightening. My fav. episodes: Army of One (the finale), Pine Barrens (Tony needs to keep an eye on those 2!), & Employee of the Month.
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If you want a summary of the plot, read the other reviews, this is a little thought peice on the reasons why viewers have such a "mo fo" (Tonese for "amour fou") relationship with this series.
First of all, I agree that this season carried on with the best parts of the first two seasons, but its darker and maybe even wearier in tone than the last two. This is (in my humble opinion) one of the great things about this series as TV drama: the characters are on long enough temporal arcs that they can undergo serious changes in character and temprament in a thoroughly convincingly human way. And it is to the writers' directors' and actors lasting credit that they make it convincing, engaging and utterly compelling. This is ensemble dramatic work at its absolute best.
One example is Tony himself. In the first two seasons you see his charismatic side at work brilliantly. He's on his way up and his brutality and ambition are juxtaposed against his native intelligence and charm in a thoroughly captivating manner.
By the third season, the viewer can sense Tone's increasing sense of being burdened by his past actions. He has gained weight, and is becoming more and more irascible, even as the immediate problems in his life (his mother and the loose cannon Richie Aprile) meet their appropriate fates.
Rather than conflicts between characters (though there is plenty of that, with the grating Ralfie and the N-Syncly boorish Jackie Jr. as major examples), it is really Big Pussy's betrayal and the Family's response to it that stands like a looming ghost over Tony, Paulie and Silvio. Try as they might in their various ways to bluff and bluster their way past what has happened, its clear that that whole incident has pulled each of these men closer to a psychological abyss.
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