|Posted: 17 October 2019 at 9:35pm | IP Logged | 5
Lots of moving parts in this buildup to the fourth season finale. After several episodes which have heavily focused on Tony, Carmella now gets the spotlight. Her emotional affair with Furio has reached a boiling point...only to end(?) with the crushing anticlimax of Furio abruptly leaving the country. Of course, prior to that, we get the great moment where Furio very nearly thrusts the drunken Tony into the helicopter’s spinning rotor.
Some great laughs with Paulie in this episode. Just as I’d love to watch a miniseries about Paulie’s adventures in prison, I’d also love to see Paulie’s adventures while driving his mother and her friends around. Comedy gold. Another big comedy moment would be the (again, anticlimactic) pay-off to the subplot of Paulie maneuvering around Tony to possibly try to take charge of the crew. But, when he speaks with Carmine, not only has Johnny Sack NOT been buttering up Carmine with the idea of Paulie getting promoted, but Carmine barely knows who Paulie is. Tony Sirico’s facial expressions and reaction to this realization are priceless.
On a much darker note, we then see Paulie break into Minn’s home to rob her and in order to give the impression of being a big “earner” and thus slyly smooth over his relationship with Tony. And then he ends up murdering her with a pillow when she surprises him in the act. Dark, yes, but still grotesquely funny, in the way that only Paulie can be.
Meanwhile, we get to catch up with Meadow, and I appreciate how the ever-rocky Carmella/Meadow relationship is used to crystallize just where Carmella’s head is at. She’s basically sublimating her pain and anger over Furio’s departure into her relationship with Meadow, and it ends up throwing a huge wrench into their traditional mother-daughter lunch. Meadow then quickly puts the clues (which AJ is, typically, completely oblivious to) together, and realizes that Carmella feels miserable enough to nearly fall into an affair with Furio.
Big shock to see Johnny Sack not-so-subtly indicate that he and Tony should whack Carmine for the sake of both their crews. Looking forward to seeing how that plays out.