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He Is Risen 

Tensions rise between Tony and Ralphie until circumstances demand that they resolve their differences. Meadow gets involved with Jackie's son, and ends up in trouble.

Director:

Allen Coulter

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Robin Green | 2 more credits »
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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
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
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Robert Funaro ... Eugene Pontecorvo
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto
Jerry Adler ... Hesh
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Storyline

Meadow and Jackie Aprile Jr. meet at a frat party and start taking an interest in one another. Tony and Ralphie Cifaretto are still feuding with Ralph refusing his offer to buy him a drink. The insult leads Tony to cancel their previous invitation to Thanksgiving dinner but Carmela's story about canceling dinner doesn't hold up for very long when Jackie Jr. shows up at the house to see Meadow. Carmela's not too keen on the two of them seeing each other. Ralph meanwhile goes to Johnny Sack to see if he could possibly switch families. He follows Johnny's advice and goes to Tony to apologize. When Gigi Cestone dies unexpectedly, Tony has to decide whether to make Ralph a capo. At Dr. Melfi's office, Tony runs into another of her patients, Gloria Trillo, a Mercedes salesperson. Tony decides to get himself a new car. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The voiceover on the Mercedes TV commercial, which Tony watches before going to bed with Carmela and which makes him think of Gloria, is voiced by Joe Mantegna, who also voices mob boss Fat Tony on The Simpsons, as well played Joey Zaza in The Godfather Part III. See more »

Goofs

Jackie Jr. pours himself some cereal and talks to Ralph. In the next scene, the cereal box has changed. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Cifaretto: [apologizing to Tony, while Christopher and Paulie stand guard] I was doing a lot of coke, I said some things, and I did some things that I'm sorry for. It's not gonna happen again.
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Connections

Spoofs The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghost Riders In The Sky
(uncredited)
Written by Stan Jones
Performed by The Ramrods
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Tony vs. Ralph
27 April 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

This episode is less a TV series than it is a heavyweight contest between two powerful actors, both renowned for playing villainous brutes: James Gandolfini and Joe Pantoliano. The friction between their on-screen personas reaches its highest points here, setting the tone for the remaining five episodes of the season as well as most of the fourth series.

Continuing where University left off, Tony and Ralphie keep avoiding each other since the latter beat a Bada Bing stripper to death and the former reacted with violent retaliation in front of a dozen people. They both have good reasons for being mad at each other - Ralph is a made guy, so he couldn't get hit just like that, but then again he totally crossed the line with Tracee - however circumstances dictate that a peaceful solution be found: firstly, their struggle might damage business with New York, which is why Johnny Sack urges Ralphie to apologize; secondly, one of Tony's captains suffers a fatal heart attack (sitting on the toilet, in case you were wondering), and there is only one person who seems to deserve a promotion. Clue: it ain't Paulie or Sil...

In addition, He Is Risen opens up a new, risky path by having Meadow Soprano embark on a relationship with Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone). That kind of thing can't and won't end well, and the teleplay uses that blossoming romance well to contrast with the increasing hatred between the two lovers' "fathers" (Ralph is sleeping with Jackie's mom), but since there are still five shows to go all the cute stuff is kept to a minimum, the real core of the story being the metaphorical showdown between the boss and his hot-tempered captain. In the end it boils down to a duel between Gandolfini and Pantoliano, an old-school confrontation, involving two great thespians, to see who's the biggest bad-ass. Result: almost a tie, but eventually there's no doubt - good old Tony prevails, no matter what.


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