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Irregular Around the Margins 

A car crash puts Tony and Adriana in a compromising position, and Cousin Tony tries to keep Chris from getting wrong the impression and wrong information.


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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 (as Jamie-Lynn DiScala)
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Kathrine Narducci ... Charmaine Bucco (as Katherine Narducci)
Steve Buscemi ... Tony Blundetto
Jerry Adler ... Hesh


With Christopher out of town for a few days Adriana and Tony spend some time together at the Crazy Horse. Tony develops feelings for her but he does his best to resist his urges. He feels quite guilty about it all, which sends him back to see Dr. Melfi after a long break. After the club's closing early one morning they set off together to find Adriana's coke dealer but have a car accident when Tony swerves to avoid an animal on the road. They're not seriously injured but it doesn't take long for rumors to surface, all to the effect that they were having sex in his car. When Christopher returns from an out of town business trip and hears what's happened, he goes berserk, forcing Tony to take a drastic and near-fatal step. It's Tony Blundetto who comes up with the evidence needed to convince Christopher that everything is above board. Carmela meanwhile is now sleeping with AJ's school guidance counselor. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony's burgundy 1999 Chevy Suburban is last seen in this episode. He was last seen driving it in the closing scene of the season 4 finale. He upgraded to a black Cadillac Escalade at the beginning of season 5 and drives/is driven in a white 2003 Escalade from the middle of this season onwards. See more »


When Adrianna is playing darts with Tony, her two darts that hit the board land in the bottom half and the middle of the board but when she gets them, she pulls the darts from the upper right part of the board. See more »


Dante Greco: [Over the phone with Silvio] Tony walked away without a scratch but Adriana suffered a severe blow to the head
Silvio Dante: [Over the phone with Hesh] Adriana got caught giving the big guy a blow job
Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri: [Over the phone with Paulie] when the paramedics found her, she still had his cock in his mouth
Hesh: [Over the phone Hesh] statistics show that most single car fatalities are the results of guys "popping their loads" behind the wheel
Junior Soprano: [Over the phone] apparently, he came all over the sun visor
Agent Deborah Ciccerone-Waldrup: [...]
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15 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Aside from Steve Buscemi, the key player of the fifth season is Drea de Matteo, her scarred turn as Adriana La Cerva having become meatier from the beginning of the previous series. She deservedly won the Emmy as Oustanding Supporting Actress, and this episode, along with the penultimate show of the season, explains why.

With the Feech problem solved, Tony starts hanging out at Adriana's club. There the two get to know each other better, and soon she is confessing her worries to him and even offering him drugs. The downside of their friendship is that everyone else thinks they're having an affair, an idea that is reinforced when they have a car accident in Tony's SUV and rumors begin to spread about what they were doing when it happened. Naturally, the hot-tempered Chris takes the news very badly, hitting Ade and threatening Tony with a gun while drunk. In the end, the only thing that can save him from getting whacked for his excessive behavior is Cousin Tony, who uses his medical knowledge (he is planning to open a massage parlor) to prove nothing of what has been said could have taken place.

Irregular Around the Margins is arguably the best episode of the fifth series, except for the upcoming Long Term Parking, and it's all in the careful writing and soulful acting: in Gandolfini and de Matteo's hands, the complex bond that forms between Tony and Adriana becomes one of the most endearing relationships depicted on the show, and Imperioli (another Emmy-winner, and justly so) delivers some of his best scenes with his traditional yet gripping take on the "jealous lover" type, ably supported by Buscemi's final solution.

And for those who like the show's occasionally sick sense of humor (and who doesn't?), this episode contains a moment of foul-mouthed comedy genius: a montage where Paulie, Silvio and the rest of the gang exchange phone calls on what they think was going on in Tony's car. It's so good it could have been used in a Kevin Smith film, and that's a genuine compliment.

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