It's me, it's me, but I try to find a theme to plug all the wires into, and for me, this week it was "drowning" ... Christopher drowned in his own blood ... they drowned the asbestos ... Tony told Meadow to have some Scotch (to drown her sorrows) ... he went to Las Vegas to drown out the voices of sorrow ... Christopher turned up the radio, IMO, to drown out Tony ... evoking the name Kennedy and a hit-and-run at the same time, brings more images of drowning ...
- I liked that Tony stared at 9-1 on his phone for a moment before choosing not to dial ... "nein" in German being no, one ... no one ... okay, I'm reaching! but I like to find symbolism and this show certainly provides a lot of it.
- The asbestos in the beginning and all the guys wearing masks, then Christopher, who has stuck plenty of powder up his nose, dies because he can't breathe ... and Christopher asked Tony "What happened to stopping to smell the roses?" ... can't smell roses, either ...
- I thought a possible reason for "Heidi" was a reference to Heidi Fleiss -- someone who gave up names in exchange for lesser sentence? Or did they just take her black book? The only other Heidis I can think of are the little girl with the goats and Ms. Klum. I mean, if the name means anything ... Hide D? (Searching for Symbolism!)
- And Tony has always been fascinated with JFK. He owned (owns?) Kennedy's sailing hat ... so sleeping with the girl in Vegas would be like sleeping with Marilyn when he couldn't get Jackie.
- Did they say Danville? No, I just googled. DENville. As in Den of Thieves ...?
- I think the limb through the car seat was just something Tony catalogued as useful ... I don't think he was motivated by it. Just as he knew that Christopher would test positive. Just something useful for later, but not motivation. Christopher's been high too often for Tony to care this time. And as Christopher has said "Tony pours you a drink with one hand and (curses you out when you take it?)"
- Christopher telling Tony "just pay the man" reminded me of the scene in S1 in which he recommends to Hesh that he pay the money to the Black gangsta record producer ... Christopher never knew to stick with family until in private.
They totally suckered me: I was crying, drowning in tears when Tony killed Christopher. As much as Christopher is a murderer, who gave up the love of his life to die cruelly, and was a drug addict, etc., he was still my favorite, and I watched the show always looking for him, wishing I could be there to give him good advice ... especially, I guess because he had dreams of being artistic, but didn't have the talent, or support ... and that's a painful thing to watch ... it's something that can bond an audience member to a character who is otherwise completely repellant. It's almost the effect of Tony's therapy. If he was serious, as Melfi recently called him on, then maybe I'd still like him despite all that he's done. But I don't. Because he isn't serious. He just wants someone to complain to, he is sexually interested in Melfi, so there's that to keep him coming back, she's cheaper than a lawyer and just as bound by confidentiality, and she's smart -- he was raised by Livia and he does appreciate smart women. But all that doesn't redeem him. If this show had not had Christopher in it, I'd have stopped watching.
So I was sobbing, shocked, my heart was pounding as Tony killed Christopher. I was so dismayed! Then Tony started telling Melfi WAY TOO MUCH and then he WOKE up!! And I was SO HAPPY!! IT was all a DREAM!! Christopher was still alive! ... then I was confused, because after Tony chucked the mug into the woods, it seemed he was dreaming again ... and damn it. Christopher was dead ... again.
Put me in the camp that believes we could be headed into a "it was all a dream." ... though I tend to disbelieve that Chase would do something that was done on shows like DALLAS and ROSEANNE and NEWHART (For God's sake!), IF he did it, I believe it would be done in such a way that I'd applaud it. So, the bright lights, the strange extra people I've never seen, the facts that are all screwed up (including how old Tony should be) could all be part and parcel of Tony's brain in a coma. I think it would be a kick to see him end up in the Retirement Home that so frightened Livia ... if he is Livia, reborn, then it would be fitting as an end. And all the people he believes he killed go on through life without him. I'd even have to say that Tony looking down on the women below would be like people who say they floated above their own surgeries when they were under anasthesia. And that woman who is there 3-5, 7-9, shows up at every wake, could be representative of a nurse who is there everytime Tony "wakes" ... the idea of a wake at all ... or was it a wake? or a viewing?
- Kennedy and Heidi drove away, more concerned about themselves than any other people -- just like Tony and Christopher would have done. Fitting justice.
- That said, if it's not a dream? I want him to MURDER PHIL ... I'm SICK of old man Leo-Retardo! That phone call! Joyful that CHRISTOPHER was DEAD! Whack that fucker, now, please!!!
- Why was Melfi wearing black? I guess she might have read the news, but wearing black was ... a little personal??
- If Meadow has not been shown much in the last episodes, to me that points to her dying. BUT AJ has been taking anti-depressants. And one known side-effect of anti-depressants is feelings of suicide. As much as AJ was mourning his relationship with Blanca, he wasn't really suicidal before ... jumping off the roof to fool around? Thoughts of "I should just kill myself!" ... not really suicidal. Suicidal is thinking "how could I do it? where would I get the stuff to do it? how long would it take? where should I do it? when?" ...
- There's a big thing in cultures like the one we see on the Sopranos: the heir and the spare. If Christopher was supposed to be the heir, but failed, then Tony'd be counting on AJ now. And it would be fitting, in that TV way, for him to lose that, too.
- Possibly what distressed AJ was hearing that kid say "I work, I got to school" etc. combined with AJ's feelings that he was "one of 'them'" when he was with Blanca ... brought it all "home," maybe ... remember him saying "in OUR neighborhood, etc."?
What Tony "got" was that he knew the signs - bright lights - means that the end is near and now he's ready to face death; or at least after three more episodes. – BeatBoxinJagoff
I agree. He realized he was in a coma. Works for me.
All eight of the nuns could have been lying unconscious at the bottom of the ravine, and could have died slowly because Heidi and Kennedy didn't call 911. You don't really mean to suggest that that's acceptable behavior, do you? – Steambadger
I've got friends who went to Catholic school who would find that PERFECTLY acceptable. ;-)
ETA: Someone posted:
I have a feeling that the series ends with Tony, still in the hospital after Uncle Jun shooting him, opening his eyes one last time to gaze at his loved ones before expiring. He's "ready" for his calling. The episodes that followed the shooting were probably his thoughts, his predicted outcomes of events, and/or how he'd prefer to see everything unfold. As others have pointed out, this episode hinted at and drew many parallels to when he was in a coma/dream-like state, after the shooting.
And I didn't write down who, but I AGREE.
Edited by IcyAll Ican, May 14, 2007 @ 8:24 AM.