|Posted: 18 June 2019 at 10:49pm | IP Logged | 5
A really good and moody episode (ably written by Michael Imperioli and directed by Steve Buscemi) which subtly focuses on the suffering, guilt, and inadequacies of numerous characters.
First and foremost, we have Carmella unknowingly dropping the huge bomb of Gloria’s suicide on Tony, and the bulk of the episode concerns Tony trying to A) purge himself of his guilt; B) convince himself that he’s not a “toxic person”. Lots of great, subtle moments from Gandoflini, here, as Tony struggles with his guilt and horror. There’s also a nice poignancy in AJ’s friends asking why his family isn’t uber-rich (as AJ’s girlfriend is revealed to be), since we see that Tony is will to take financial hits for the sole purpose of unburdening himself of his guilt...and to prove that he’s not “toxic”.
Of course, Artie’s financial sense is, as usual, even worse than Tony’s, and his attempt at acting like a gangster is appropriately pathetic...and hilarious. The perfect button to the subplot is that silent shot of Furio subsequently being sent to retrieve the money.
I was a bit concerned that the episode was going to dispense with Gloria completely offscreen so the showrunners could avoid having to pay Annabella Sciorra. But, no, to their credit, they worked her into Tony’s properly bizarre nightmare.
Meanwhile, Carmella is trying to purge herself of her own guilt over her attraction to Furio by setting him up on a blind date...and then she feels jealous over it. AJ finally gets some time to shine, too, although he’s made to look stupid, as he often is. The bulk of the main cast doesn’t get a lot to do in this episode, but they do have some nice little moments. Christopher’s slow descent into all-out drug addiction is slowly moving to the forefront of the story. And Janice literally sucking the marrow out of bones seems particularly appropriate for her character.