...To Save Us All from Satan's Power

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"...To Save Us All from Satan's Power"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 3
Episode 10
Directed byJack Bender
Written byRobin Green
Mitchell Burgess
Cinematography byAlik Sakharov
Production code310
Original air dateApril 29, 2001
Running time45 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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"...To Save Us All from Satan's Power" is the 36th episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the 10th of the show's third season. It was written by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and directed by Jack Bender, and originally aired on April 29, 2001.

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Tony is on the Asbury Park boardwalk, where he is going to meet Paulie. While waiting, he remembers another meeting there five years ago, in 1985, with Pussy and Jackie Aprile, Sr.. At the time there was a dispute between Jackie and Junior, and Pussy had been in Boca Raton, Florida arranging a sitdown. Back in Satriale's, Tony remembers that Pussy did not attend the sitdown. He thinks that was when the FBI flipped him after catching him selling heroin, and later made him wear a wire when he dressed up as Santa. This year they need a new Santa and Bobby is compelled to play the part. He is shy, unhappy, and gauche. Pussy was a good Santa.

When Tony is visiting Janice she starts complaining about a pain in her wrist, which might need an operation, caused by the Russian thug who came to take back Svetlana's prosthetic leg. Tony obtains his name and place of occupation, and he and Furio beat him up and throw him through the glass window of a mall Christmas display. When Janice sees the TV news report she is badly shaken.

Charmaine, newly separated from Artie, looks glamorous at Nuovo Vesuvio. Tony compliments her, but she responds by blaming him for changes in Artie's character. He angrily walks out, along with Christopher and Silvio. They go to a strip club. Jackie Jr. is there, getting a lap dance. Enraged, Tony takes him to the bathroom and hits him hard. He confiscates the gun Ralphie gave him, and finally knees him in the groin, leaving him on the floor.

On Christmas morning, the Sopranos are opening their gifts when Jackie arrives with presents from his mother, and his own present for Meadow, an engraved necklace. She ostentatiously embraces and kisses him, while he glances at Tony. Alone with Tony, Jackie tells him he has flunked out of Rutgers but believes he can be a serious student of men's fashion. He says, "I'm sorry," again and again. Tony says, "I haven't decided what to do with you." After Jackie leaves, Tony has to show pleasure when Meadow gives him her present, a Big Mouth Billy Bass.

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References to prior episodes[edit]

  • The Big Mouth Billy Bass, including the song "Take Me to the River", was previously featured in the episode "Second Opinion".
  • The Asbury Park boardwalk in winter, along with the view of the sea closing the episode, was previously featured in "Funhouse".

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