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The Weight 

A joke sparks a series of hit contracts, while Carmela finds herself happier than perhaps she should be that Furio will be around for good.

Director:

Jack Bender

Writers:

David Chase (created by), Terence Winter
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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 (credit only)
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva (credit only)
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny 'Sack' Sacramoni
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto
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Storyline

Johnny Sack is still upset about the wisecracks over his wife's weight and goes on the warpath seriously beating up one of Ralph Cifarello's men. When Ralphie returns from a trip to Miami, Tony tells him to make amends. After Ralph botches it, Johnny goes to Carmine and Junior for permission to get rid of him. When they say no he takes matters into his own hands. As tensions rise, Tony feels he has no choice but to defend one of his captains but there's a risk of an all out war between the two families. Sylvio and Christopher visit Junior's suggestion on outside help but it all proves to be a somewhat surreal experience. Meadow signs up as a volunteer at the law center. Carmela still wants to invest some of their money in a stock portfolio but Tony isn't sure. She also starts flirting with Furio who has bought his own house. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While Ginny is dieting, Tony is seen throughout this episode eating various fatty foods including cake and donuts, hinting at the double standard between men and women regarding weight. Tony can eat unlimited amounts of anything he wants, but Ginny cant. This speaks to overconsumption, a tendency shared by many Americans both male and female See more »

Goofs

When Johnny Sack forgets the sweater and goes back to his home, he finds Ginny in the basement, covering a box of hidden candies and snacks with some laundry, when Johnny removes the laundry to reveal the box, a Milky Way Midnight Dark is resting slightly on top of a package of Skittles, also a bag of Combos is visible, when they show the box again, the Skittles are now covering the unseen Milky Way, and the Combos are gone. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Moltisanti: Wait a minute. What's if Vesuvio's bugged, and the fuckin' Feds told Johnny?
Silvio Dante: Conspiracy theories now?
Christopher Moltisanti: Why not? Create a little dysentery among the ranks.
Tony Soprano: First of all, the place is swept once a week. Second of all, what the Feds want is a lot more interesting shit that's being talked about in there besides Ginny Sack's fat ass.
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Connections

Features Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) See more »

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Malafemmena
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Written by Totò
Performed by Jerry Vale
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Take it easy, Johnny!
6 May 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

In terms of unfettered, nail-biting tension, The Weight has no equals in the rest of the season: it's a pure exercise in suspenseful storytelling, driven mostly by Vincent Curatola's fearless acting.

Curatola, having been a minor presence thus far, is finally given the opportunity to step in the spotlight, and what an opportunity: his Johnny Sack is rapidly transformed from calm New York liaison into a madly jealous man, triggered by pride and honor. The latter qualities have been metaphorically hammered by Ralph Cifaretto, who famously told a bad-taste joke two episodes back, saying John's wife Ginny was about to have a 95-pound mole removed from her butt. Now, this ain't the first time this has happened (remember the "she's so fat" gags in the previous season), but it's the first time Johnny has been made aware of the embarrassing situation, and his reaction is violent to say the least: after failing to get an authorization from his boss, Carmine Lupertazzi, he sanctions a hit on Ralphie by himself; unfortunately, the man, no matter how unlikable, is Tony's top earner, so it doesn't take long before a retaliatory hit is called on John, raising the stakes to unbearable heights.

There are hardly any laughs in this episode, apart from a few of the usual conversations between foul-mouthed gangsters, and for a good reason: humor would utterly ruin the dramatic impact of the tightly constructed script, as well as dampen the show's ever present study of moral ambiguity, which probably comes close to its peak in these 50 minutes. There's Johnny, an old-school captain who nonetheless decides to override the conventional system when he is denied his revenge; there's Tony, who personally hates Ralphie (and he isn't alone), but has no other choice than to protect him for business's sake. And there's Paulie, who feels compelled to inform John of what happened despite being no stranger to bad jokes himself: it was he who delivered the infamous "She's so fat, she goes campin', the bears have to hide their food" back in Season Three. These people are driven by personal, occasionally irrational impulses, and there are no easy answers waiting around the corner: if there were, the series wouldn't be the milestone it has rightfully become.


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