Sunday, March 7, 2004

The mob scene


As 'The Sopranos' starts a fifth season,
we catch up with the HBO gang

By Lauren Bishop
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SOPRANOS POLL

Maybe Tony Soprano shouldn't have left therapy so soon.

When we last heard from the star of HBO drama The Sopranos, he was calling a hotel home after wife Carmela finally got fed up with his philandering and kicked him to the curb. Fans of the show are used to long lay-offs, but the past 15 months have been especially difficult because series boss David Chase has made a solemn vow that 2006 will bring the sixth and final HBO season of his gang's activity.

In the meantime, in season five of the hit series, things are about to get worse. Tony's reformed cousin, Tony Blundetto (new cast member Steve Buscemi) and a gaggle of other gangsters who went to jail in the 1980s are out on parole and looking to regain a piece of the action, no matter what the cost.

Uncle Junior beat his racketeering case in season four, but his insanity defense is starting to feel a bit too real for the rest of the family, while son AJ is slipping further into a life of misdemeanor teenage rebellion. And, most troubling, Tony's back in therapy, but his unrequited feelings for Dr. Melfi are about to bubble over once again.

MORE SOPRANOS

The mob scene
The characters
Mob speak
A penne for your thoughts, Tony

How will it all shake out? You'll have to wait until 9 p.m. today to find out - but refresh your memory on who's who in America's favorite fictional crime family first.




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