Do Not Resuscitate (The Sopranos)

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"Do Not Resuscitate"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no. Season 2
Episode 2
Directed by Martin Bruestle
Written by Robin Green
Mitchell Burgess
Frank Renzulli
Cinematography by Phil Abraham
Production code 203
Original air date January 23, 2000
Running time 50 minutes
Guest actors

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"Do Not Resuscitate" is the fifteenth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the second of the show's second season. It was written by Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess and Frank Renzulli, directed by Martin Bruestle and originally aired on January 23, 2000.

Starring[edit]

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Guest starring[edit]

Episode recap[edit]

Tony Soprano visits Uncle Junior in prison, upset that he wasn't put on the visitors' list for three weeks. Junior tells Tony to be careful what he says as the prison officials record inmates' conversations. Junior tries in vain to convince Tony that Livia had nothing to do with the shooting. Tony won't talk business but asks to meet with Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, Junior's now highest-ranking soldier. When Bobby meets Tony at Satriale's, Tony tells him that Junior can still "earn" via his shylock business and the pipe fitters' union, but everything else now belongs to him, though Junior will still hold the official title of boss. Before leaving, Bobby quotes, "to the victor belongs the spoils." Tony angrily tells Bobby to shove his "quotations book up your fat fuckin' ass" and to get out.

The following day, Junior's lawyer, Harold Melvoin, successfully gets Junior out of jail after convincing the judge that Junior has a recurring heart problem. The judge agrees to put Junior on house arrest with a position-monitoring bracelet, on the condition that he can only leave the house for grocery shopping, family functions, and doctor's appointments. During one such appointment at which Tony is present, Junior tells Tony that the owner of the Green Grove Nursing Home, Fred Capuano, has been discussing Soprano family business with others, saying that "Tony Soprano likes to fluff his mother's pillows". Tony takes action by making sure that Capuano disappears. Shortly thereafter, a New Jersey State Trooper finds Capuano's abandoned Cadillac and toupée near a waterway.

After Pussy has surgery for his back, his "friend" Agent Skip Lipari takes him home. It is revealed that Pussy has been working with the FBI since at least 1998, but it is unknown to what exact extent. Now that informant Jimmy Altieri has been whacked, Skip wants Pussy to step up and "stop being Tony's errand boy." Pussy tries to convince Skip that he is over Tony and that he wants to help the government. However, Pussy continues to lie to Lipari and provide him with false information.

When Tony learns that Massarone Brothers Construction is facing problems due to a lack of African American workers, which is causing union protests, he accepts Jack Massarone's offer to stop the dissent. Tony then sends in several mob associates to successfully break the strike and send the protesters away from the construction site. Tony later visits Reverend James, Jr., where it is revealed that he is in on it with Tony. He arranged the protest so that the Soprano crew could break it up and extort Massarone. The Reverend states "My protesters would kill me if they knew I was lining my pockets with their blood."

In the hospital, Janice Soprano continues to visit Livia, still unhappy and in self-pity. When Janice asks Meadow what brings Livia joy, Meadow tells her that Livia enjoys opera and show tunes. Janice then purchases a set of records and plays them for Livia, who becomes very emotional. Later, Livia begins to choke but is quickly attended by a nurse. The nurse then discusses with Janice whether to make Livia a "DNR"—otherwise known as "Do Not Resuscitate"—if she ever enters a comatose state or is kept alive artificially. Janice considers this and talks it over with Tony, who advises her to do whatever she wants and that she can even move into Livia's house if she should choose. A.J. overhears this and asks Livia if "DNR" is the same as "DNA," as he is writing a school paper on the subject. Livia is shocked that her daughter would suggest this. When Janice tells Livia she is ready to go home, Livia says, "Why? So you can 'not resuscitate' me?" Livia is then brought back to her hospital room where, apparently quite disoriented, she calls Carmela and tells her about her troubled offspring, and promises to leave her wealth to her grandchildren. Carmela warns her to never call the house again. Livia begins to say "if anything happens to me," but Carmela hangs up before she can finish her sentence.

The following evening, Junior slips in the shower while shaving and believes that he has fractured something, maybe even a hip. Bobby Bacala then frantically calls Tony for help and Tony hurries over to find Junior lying on the couch, soaking wet, in his bathrobe. Tony suggests that they call an ambulance, to which Junior objects. Tony then picks his uncle up in his arms and drives him to the emergency room.

First appearances[edit]

Deceased[edit]

  • Frederick 'Freddie' Capuano: Director of Green Grove Retirement Community, presumed murdered by the Soprano crime family for talking about Soprano business and about Tony's attempt to kill his mother, though his body is never shown on screen
  • Reverend Herman James, Sr.: dies of natural causes due to old age (he was 83)

Title reference[edit]

  • The episode's title is a common medical clause known as Do Not Resuscitate or DNR. Janice and Tony talk about signing a DNR for Livia.

Production[edit]

  • Although this was the second episode of season two to air, it was the third to be produced.

References to other media[edit]

  • When Livia watches a cooking show with Emeril Lagasse on TV, her appalled reaction is: "He's not even washing his hands!" From 2000 onward, Emeril was cautious to wash his hands while cooking on Emeril Live, in hopes that "the lady from "The Sopranos" doesn't bug me".
  • After Livia finds out about Janice's plans regarding the DNR (and that Janice will be moving in with her), she confronts her daughter, saying: "I've seen that movie with Richard Widmark." This is most likely a reference to the 1947 film Kiss of Death, in which Widmark's character (a gleefully psychotic killer) pushes a wheelchair-using elderly woman down a flight of stairs to her death.[1] This is reinforced by the fact that during this scene, Janice briefly hallucinates an image of Livia falling down the stairs on a "In case of fire use stairs" sign on the hospital wall. It may alternatively be seen as a reference to the 1978 film Coma, also starring Widmark.[2]

Music[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Zoller-Seitz (2000-01-28). "Star-Ledger Sopranos Archive: She's the devil in disguise". Star-Ledger (Newark). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ IMDB. "Coma (1978)-Movie Connections". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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