The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Calling All Cars 

Tony's dreams seem to tell him where his life is headed, but he still feels as though he's out of control.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


David Chase (created by), David Chase (teleplay by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti (credit only)
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano (credit only)
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny 'Sack' Sacramoni
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto
Ray Abruzzo ... Little Carmine Lupertazzi


Tony's been having strange dreams of late but isn't happy with Dr. Melfi's inexact interpretations. He's on the verge of quitting therapy, or so he says. Bobby Bacala is still grieving for his late wife but that doesn't mean Janice has given up her pursuit. She manipulates him quite easily. New York mobsters Carmine Lupertazzi and Johnny Sack want a 40% cut of Tony's HUD scam. Johnny sounds out Paulie on where his loyalties lie should Tony be replaced. They also tell Tony's appraiser that he's working for them now. For his part, Tony decides to approach Carmine Jr. to see if he they could make a deal. Tony makes it clear that he's prepared to go to war if necessary. Uncle Junior is worried about his upcoming competency hearing. AJ scares Bobby's kids when he takes out the Ouija board after dinner and then decides to hold a séance. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The game that Bobby Jr. is playing is Max Payne (2001), but there are some added generic video game sounds, and he's hitting buttons during cut-scene graphics. See more »


Janice uses a Mac to talk to Bobby Jr. through AIM, but her screen resembles a Windows desktop. See more »


Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: You know, there's this Russian woman. She told me something that's very true. She said, only here, in America, do we expect to be happy. I mean this woman, she had a terrible leg disease since she was 9. She was dirt poor. She's getting on with her life. I mean, over here, we come and we bitch to shrinks. I mean, what the fuck?
Dr. Jennifer Melfi: Well, part of that may be true. But, who said that after getting out of the dirt and the poverty, do we have to stop looking for pain and truth?
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Pain and truth? Come on,...
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


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Dream on, Tony...
12 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Calling All Cars isn't what one would conventionally describe as a great episode, especially if compared to the sheer emotional weight of the two shows preceding it, but it is an artful mood-setter, and deserves as much recognition as any other ep because of a single sequence.

The sequence in question is of course Tony's eerie dream, which features both Ralphie and Gloria, two people united by the fact that the New Jersey boss had a role in their deaths. The dream is elusive, even to the viewer, and when Tony asks Dr. Melfi for an explanation, he finds it unsatisfactory. Further disappointments are bound to follow, as his dealings with Johnny Sack and Carmine Lupertazzi don't go as expected.

There isn't much going on in this episode, perhaps because events are lining up for the imminent season finale, but the dream scene will keep everyone up for a long time: whereas all other similar moments were quite simple to interpret, the key event of Calling All Cars is shockingly beautiful for the very reason that it has no immediate significance. It's a haunting, daringly ambiguous sequence: the series in a nutshell.

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