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The Sopranos: Pax Soprana

Junior is more than thrilled when he is named the new Boss of New Jersey and no one is more upset than Tony. After Junior decides to tax Hesh, Tony goes behind his uncle's back and sets up a meeting between Junior, Hesh and Johnny Sack, so the later two can get Junior to change is mind. Tony and Carmela end up celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary in Johnny's Manhattan restaurant where Carmela realizes that she is jealous of Dr. Melfi more than she ever has been with one of his mistresses. Meanwhile, Tony continues to have erotic dreams of Melfi and even tries to kiss her at the end of their session.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: S106
Airdate: Sunday February 14th, 1999

Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Frank Renzulli

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Al Sapienza
As Mikey Palmice
Frank Santorelli
As Georgie
George Loros
As Raymond Curto
Jerry Adler (1)
As Hesh Rabkin
Joe Badalucco
As Jimmy Altieri
John Heard
As Vin Makazian
Oksana Babiy
As Irina
Paul Schulze
As Father Phil Intintola
Sylvia Kauders
As Old Woman
Tony Darrow
As Larry Boy Barese
Vincent Curatola
As John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni
Christopher J. Quinn
As Rusty Irish
Dave Salerno
As Card Player
Donn Swaby
As Guy on Bridge
Prianga Pieris
As Mechanic
Salem Ludwig
As Mr. Capri
Salvatore Piro
As Sammy Grigio
Sonny Zito
As Eggie
William Conn
As Old Man
Main Cast
James Gandolfini
As Tony Soprano
Edie Falco
As Carmela Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
As Meadow Soprano
Michael Imperioli
As Christopher Moltisanti
Robert Iler
As Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Lorraine Bracco
As Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Dominic Chianese
As Corrado "Junior" Soprano
Tony Sirico
As Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Aida Turturro
As Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa
As Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
Jonny V
As Artie Bucco
Steve Van Zandt
As Silvio Dante
Vincent Pastore
As Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
Nancy Marchand
As Livia Soprano
Episode Notes
This is the first appearance of Vince Curatola (John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni).

Deaths: Dominic, Uncle Junior's grandson (suicide); Rusty Irish (thrown off of a bridge by Mikey Palmice)

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Connie FrancisWhen the Boy's In Your Arms 
Gustavo SantaolallaPampa 
Medeski, Martin, & WoodCocoanut Boogaloo 
Rufus ThomasWilly Nilly 

Episode Quotes
Mikey Palmice: (to Rusty Irish) Listen to me. I'm gonna give you a break. I'm gonna give you a break. When I toss you over, if you can fly, I won't shoot you down.

Dr. Melfi: When's the last time you had a prostate exam?
Tony: Hey, I don't even let anybody wag their finger in my face.
Dr. Melfi: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have laughed.
Tony: Don't apologize.
Dr. Melfi: Oh boy.
Tony: You got a nice laugh.

Dr. Melfi: What's the one thing, every woman, your mother, your wife, your daughter, have in common?
Tony: They all break my balls.

Tony: All due respect to New York, I don't think you should be tellin' my uncle how ta run things.
Johnny Sack: You think I got the balls ta drive in from New York and tell your uncle how we should run this family? I shouldn't expect to see the Statue of Liberty again if I did that, huh?

Tony: (to Junior) Remember the story you told me about the father bull talking to the son. They're up on this hill and looking down on a bunch of cows. And the son goes to the father, "Dad, why don't we run down there and fuck one of these cows?" Now do you remember what the father said? Father says, "Son, why don't we walk down there and fuck them all?"

Junior: I always thought you could make the pros. You could have done it. You had a swing like Joe D.
Tony: You're crazy.
Junior: What? You think I'm fucking you?
Tony: Yeah, I could barely hit .250.
Junior: That's because you didn't want it. Too busy chasing skirt. Chasing skirt, your average was .500.

Tony: Carm, you're not just in my life. You are my life.

Episode Goofs
While Tony is talking to Dr. Melfi about his "problem" she is shown with both feet on the floor, legs together. A quick shot of Tony and then a shot of Dr. Melfi with legs crossed. Another quick shot of Tony then back to Dr. Melfi with legs crossed. Another quick shot of Tony and then back to Dr. Melfi and she is in the original position with both feet on the floor, legs together.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Pax Soprana

"Pax Soprana" translates to "Soprano peace" and is a possible reference to the Pax Romana time period in Roman history where there was peace throughout the Roman Empire.


The story that Tony tells about bulls, and claims he heard it from Uncle Junior, is, in fact, a storyline from the 1988 film Colors.

Warning: The Sopranos season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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